Krakow is definitely a place that your camera will love! Regardless of if you point it at a historical building or a wonder of nature, irrespective of if you do it at night or in the full sun, what you capture will surely reflect the beauty of Krakow just as you remember it. If you still need actual proof to become convinced of it, check the amazing pictures of Krakow below!
# 1 PICTURESQUE WAWEL CASTLE
It may only be considered a serious mistake not to visit the massive castle on Wawel Hill when sightseeing Krakow! 7,040 square metres of exhibition rooms, “Lady with an Ermine” by Leonardo da Vinci, the Wawel Cathedral, royal chambers and tombs have a lot to tell you about the fascinating Polish and European history directed on certain tracks precisely in Krakow.
#2 KRAKUS MOUND - WHERE IT ALL STARTED
This ancient structure of Celtic origin is beautifully located among the limestone rocks of Podgorze district. Named after a legendary ruler who, in exchange, gave his name to the city you are about to visit, it is the most famous pagan mound of Krakow, possibly serving astronomical purposes of its pagan constructors.
#3 ST. MARY’S BASILICA - THE NOTRDE DAME OF POLAND
This Gothic-style church is one of the most recognisable hallmarks of the Old Town of Krakow. As stunning on the outside, as with its impressive interior (especially with regard to the altarpiece by Veit Stoss), it lets you know how much time you have spent on people-watching at the Main Market Square with its bugler plaing the trumpet at one-hour intervals.
#4 SLOWACKI THEATRE
This 19th-century building has been inspired by the Baroque aesthetics. The mastery of architectural design make this best-known Krakow theatre change your perception of it under the influence of weather, daytime and the angle you adopt. Do not forget to visit the interior of this jaw-dropping place - believe us, it is as beatiful inside as its perfect exterior indicates it.
#5 SUKIENNICE CLOTH HALL: BEAUTY OF THE NIGHT
Each time you pass by the gems of the Main Market Square of Krakow after the sunset, you may just think of what great job the originators of Krakow’s illumination system have made. Sukiennice Cloth Hall, with its amazing Renaissance decor, is just one example of how brightly Krakow shines at night, as with its particular attractions, as with a more holistic approach adopted.
#6 SZCZEPANSKI SQARE: THE COLOURS OF WATER
Szczepanski square, with its 20th-century Palace of Fine Arts, is a highly popular meeting place of Cracovians. The play of colours implemented in the system of fountains put in front of it is something that will never fail to attract your attention once you go there.
#7 GRODZKA STREET
Grodzka street is not only famous for the milk bar that attracts thousands of hungry visitors a day - this is also where the extremely picturesque church or St. Peter and Paul proudly exposes its Baroque facade and statues to the passers-by.
Adjoined by the church of St. Andrew, it also looks pictureworthy at night, with great illumination devices focusing the light on its architectural detail.
#8 MIDSUMMER IN KRAKOW
Between June 23 and 24, you will see a lot of wreaths worn by the women of Krakow. This is when Kupala Night is celebrated at the Vistulan banks of Krakow, with impressive fireworks show, concerts and performances prepared for its attendees. The picture above perfectly shows what awaits you on this magical night, if you only happen to appear under Wawel Hill then.
#9 RAKOWICKI CEMETERY
All Saint’s Day is a special date in the calendar of Polish customs. This is also when the residents Krakow visit the graves in Rakowicki Cemetery, lighting millions of candles there to shine in memoriam of those who have passed. Spending some time there after dusk will let you sightsee the beautiful tombstones of Rakowicki discreetly lit with the flames of candles.
#10 TYNIEC ABBEY
Taking a cruise to Tyniec along the Vistula will expand the impressive panorama of Tyniec Abbey in front of you. Surrounded by greenery, limestone rocks and hills, this medieval structure will surely occupy a lot of space on your SD card with the pictures of it taken. Additionally, the view of Wawel castle stretching there on your return will add a lot of mystery and charm to this romantic trip.
#11 THE PARKS OF KRAKOW…
…are very pleasant objects to capture with your camera, no matter what weather conditions you will encounter there. The park of Planty, surrounding the Old Town of Krakow, is one of those places you will be guaranteed to pass by as you visit. This former moat is now a place where plenty of benches, flowers and lanterns make you relax after the intense sightseeing of Krakow attractions.
#12 THE ALTERNATIVE FACE OF KAZIMIERZ
Kazimierz: this medieval Jewish quarter, with plenty of synagogues, centres of Jewish culture, restaurants and cosy pubs, is also where the spirit of alternative and counterculture takes its reign. The hippie atmosphere is expressed with a number of artistic murals covering the facades of its buildings which make the sightseeing of this eclectic district of Krakow a real pleasure.
#13 KRAKOW FOR KIDS
Who is afraid of the big bad… dragon? Well, your child definitely will not, if you only take them to the Grand Parade of Dragons, organised in Krakow each summer. The astounding number of dragons present there, referring to the legend of the Wawel one that you can sightsee on everyday basis, makes its attendees willingly use all the free memory of their cameras to capture each distinctive kind appearing there.
#14 BEHIND THE DOORS OF KAZIMIERZ…
… you will be invited to extraordinarily unexpected interiors. No matter if you visit a Kazimierz-based restaurant, pub or a private dwelling, the mix of styles, epochs and functionality of their decor will surprise you with the overall coherence they seem to ooze with. Visit Kazimierz if you like the feeling of boarding a time machine and let your camera immortalise the eerie places you want others to believe you really were at.
#15 KRAKOW PIGEONS
Krakow has to be a really safe place to go to if pigeons are the most dangerous species inhabiting it - especially as pigeons are not dangerous at all. Due to their number, they even say that the city’s authorities have decided to count them as the actual citizens of Krakow! But, jokes aside, you will notice some pigeons swarming in front of Krakow attractions at times, as well as people feeding them as winter comes. If you give them a crumb or two, they will return the favour by gracefully posing to your pictures.