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10 unusual things to do in Krakow

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Would you like to discover Krakow off the beaten track? Choosing to visit a city through some of its less touristy points has several advantages. Firstly, you get away from the most touristy spots.

So you can take your time, stroll around and move at your own pace. Secondly, and by no means least, it’s less expensive! That’s why, in the rest of this article, we invite you to discover our selection of 10 off-the-beaten-track activities in Krakow.

What are Krakow’s most unusual activities?

Are you looking for a more authentic, less touristy experience, focused on visits and discoveries that are a little off the “ordinary” beaten track? In the following content, we invite you to discover our list of the most unusual Krakow activities. Those off the beaten track.

1. The Krakow Tumulus


Around Krakow, there are several small hills. Some are easy to get to, like Krakus, the most popular with tourists and locals alike. For a more challenging walk, head for Piłsudski.

This is the city’s highest hill. If the weather’s right, the view from the top will give you a nice aerial sensation. This hill lies in the heart of Las Wolski (a quiet forest). A little haven of peace, off the beaten track.

2. Visit a farmer’s market

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In the heart of Krakow, you’ll find numerous small farmers’ markets. The best-known and most popular? Probably the Stary Kleparz/Nowy Kleparz. These are two separate but very close markets in the heart of the city center.

It takes about 5 minutes to reach them from the central square. Olives, fresh vegetables, eggs, cheese, poultry… You’ll find everything you need for a delicious dinner.

3. Zakrzówek

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Hop on a streetcar in the direction of Dębniki. You’ll find a turquoise lake on site. Be careful, however, not to jump into the water or do anything else on site. The site is protected by a fence, which is there for a reason.

Some people have had fun and disregarded the rules. Several deaths have been recorded as a result. We therefore recommend that you enjoy the view and the area for a quiet stroll.

4. Go to a cat café

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There are two cat cafés in Krakow. Both are called Kocia Kawiarnia Kociarnia. One is right next to the city center. The second is a little further north.

Two unusual establishments where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, while being approached by shy tomcats.

One of Krakow’s off-the-beaten-track activities. And don’t forget to check out our selection of the 10 best hotels in Krakow.

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5. Pose in Tatrzańska

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In 2013, the markets at Tatrzańska, in Podgórze, were painted, so as to give them a bit of life, a bit of pep. Today, they’re loved by the locals for embellishing the neighborhood.

This is your chance to pose for some great souvenir shots, which you can then post on your social networks. The steps are close to a pretty park and an equally charming church. The perfect opportunity to enjoy a beautiful moment.

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6. Going out in Tytano

Tytano is a complex of buildings once used as a tobacco factory. It has now been redeveloped to create a dozen or so cafés, restaurants and pubs. One of Krakow’s most off-the-beaten-track establishments.

In fact, it’s the only place of its kind in the heart of the city. We really appreciate the hipster atmosphere, very relaxed and casual. An unusual place, always lively.

7. Jagiellonian University Botanical Garden

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On your way to Jagiellonian University, you’ll be able to enjoy and discover the botanical garden! Located in the center of Krakow, this unusual and peaceful spot offers a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Please note that admission is not free. So remember to bring a few złoty.

8. Street art

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Krakow is not a city renowned for its street art… Which is hard to understand. Indeed, graffiti, murals and drawings can be found all over the city.

It’ll probably take you a while to get the hang of it, though. This is a Krakow activity that’s off the beaten track, allowing you to discover the city with new eyes, at your own pace.

9. Skałki Twardowskiego

Close to Zakrzówek is Skałki Twardowskiego. This is a place mainly frequented by students. A park where you can walk, green up and breathe, again away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. An exceptional and practical place if you want to get away from it all, without really being far from the city.

10. Nowa Huta

Nowa Huta is a place whose reputation is rather… Negative. Most people think of the stories about how easy it is to get mugged by hooligans, for no real reason. However, this reputation is unfounded.

Don’t be afraid to explore this beautiful district, built by the Soviets. At the time, it was seen as the very symbol of the Soviet utopian city.

Getting off the beaten track in Krakow

We wanted to offer you our selection of the 10 best off-the-beaten-track activities in Krakow. This is your chance to travel in a whole new, more local, more relaxed way.

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