Kraków, Poland

General information on Kraków

Cracow or Krakow, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków was the official capital of Poland until 1596 and has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, economic, cultural and artistic life. Cited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, its Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland’s second most important city. It began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill and was already being reported as a busy trading centre of Central Europe in 965. With the establishment of new universities and cultural venues at the emergence of the Second Polish Republic in 1918 and throughout the 20th century, Kraków reaffirmed its role as a major national academic and artistic centre. The city has a population of about 770,000.

In 1978, Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II—the first Slavic pope ever, and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. Also that year, UNESCO approved the first ever sites for its new World Heritage List, including the entire Old Town in inscribing Kraków’s Historic Centre. Kraków is classified as a global city with the ranking of high sufficiency by GaWC. Its extensive cultural heritage across the epochs of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula, the St. Mary’s Basilica, Saints Peter and Paul Church and the largest medieval market square in Europe, the Rynek Główny. Kraków is home to Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world and traditionally Poland’s most reputable institution of higher learning.

Polish złoty (PLN) is the currency of Poland.

1 EUR is about 4,25 PLN.

Cracovia Stadium (Marszałek Piłsudski Stadium)

Address: Józefa Kałuży 1, 30-111 Kraków

Marszałek Piłsudski Stadium (formerly Stadion Cracovia or Stadion Cracovii) is a football stadium located in Kraków, Poland. It is used mostly for football matches and it is the home ground of Cracovia. Originally, the first Cracovia stadium was built in 1912. It was demolished in mid-2009. From then until late 2010 entirely new construction was raised in roughly the same location where the old stadium stood. After reconstruction the stadium holds 15,016 people. The stadium meets the criteria for UEFA Category 3.

The stadium’s design and construction has been frequently awarded in many architectural contests. In 2010 it was honored with the Janusza Bogdanowskiego award, given by the Archi-Szopa Association for the best architectural construction in Kraków City.The stadium is located south of Błonia Park (in the Zwierzyniec district of Cracovia), near the stadium of Cracovia’s archrival Wisła Kraków.

The stadium is named after Polish legendary Chief of State – Marshal Józef Piłsudski.

UEFA 3rd Category Stadium
Capacity: 15,016
Field size: 105 x 68 m
Surface: Grass

Accomodation in Krakow

Sheraton Grand Krakow 5 *****

Address: 7 Powisle Street, 31-101 Kraków, Poland

Recommended for the teams’, VIPs’ accommodation
Distance to Krakow-Balice Airport – 14 km (20 min drive)
Distance to Cracovia Stadium – 1,5 km (5 min drive)

Sheraton Grand Krakow is the first Sheraton Grand in Poland and has joined the brand’s new premier tier of hotels, renowned for their enticing destinations, distinguished design, excellence in service and guest experiences. The Hotel is ideally located on the bank of The Wisła River and at the foot of The Royal Wawel Castle, within walking distance to The Old Town and Kazimierz district with all its iconic tourist attractions.

Boasting spectacular views, Sheraton Grand Krakow offers 232 fully renovated rooms and suites. All the rooms have been beautifully designed by London-based designer Alex Kravetz and recently restored, featuring residential design flexible for work and leisure: smart TV with wide range of channels, 24-hour in-room dining, High Speed Internet and the unique comfort of the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience bed.

You can lounge the day away in our glass-roofed atrium or enjoy excellent meals at 3 other hotel’s restaurants, swim laps in the heated indoor pool or workout at 24-hour Sheraton Fitness or arrange the meeting at eight event spaces.

Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow 5 *****

Address: Straszewskiego 17, 31-101 Kraków

Recommended for the teams’, VIPs’ accommodation
Distance to Krakow-Balice Airport – 15 km (19 min drive)
Distance to Cracovia Stadium – 1,1 km (5 min drive)

Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow is located within walking distance of some of the city’s top attractions. Stroll for just 8 minutes to find the Teatr Bagatela (Bagatela Theater), which dates back to 1919 and puts on subtitled performances for its English-speaking visitors. Within a kilometer of the hotel, you’ll also find the 16th-century Wawel Castle — a grand Renaissance palace now turned into a museum — as well as Florian’s Gate, a Gothic structure once part of the city’s medieval fortifications.

Each of 196 rooms is designed for your comfort, with plush furniture, warm décor, and coffee and tea to enjoy. You’ll also find a range of modern conveniences, such as high-speed Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions.

When you’re a guest with us, you’ll also receive a complimentary access to our beauty studio and fitness center, so you can keep up your routine on your holiday or work trip. Hungry? Visit our exquisite restaurants: Solfez, which serves the Super Breakfast Buffet every morning, and Milk & Co, which specializes in fresh seafood, straight from the best fish markets in Europe. The Salt & Co bar is decorated with vibrant salt tiles from the Wieliczka Mine, and serves beer, wine, cocktails, and more.

Novotel Krakow Centrum Hotel 4 ****

Address: Tadeusza Kościuszki 5, 30-105 Kraków

Recommended for the teams’, Media, supporrters’, accommodation
Distance to Krakow-Balice Airport – 13 km (18 min drive)
Distance to Cracovia Stadium – 1 km (2 min drive)

The hotel is located near the Vistula Boulevards in the heart of Krakow. It offers easy access to the train station and Krakow-Balice Airport and a convenient route toward Wawel, the old town and the Kazimierz district. Spacious rooms (most with views of the meandering River Vistula), modern conference rooms, a renovated restaurant, bar and recreation center make for an enjoyable stay.

The venue comprises 198 non-smoking rooms spread across 6 floors. Overlooking the Vistula River, the property includes a storage room, private parking and a barber shop. Rooms will provide you with individual climate control, a storage space and a personal safe. Guests can enjoy the castle views from the hotel. They boast a standard décor and offer a microwave oven and a stove.

The cold buffet breakfast is available at the restaurant. The restaurant serves Polish dishes. You can also order coffee and tea at the in-house bar on site. Situated 50 meters from the venue Via Otta and The Garden Brasserie serve a variety of food.

Guests will benefit from a nightclub, a sundeck and a library. Should you be feeling more energetic, fitness classes and a gym provide opportunity to keep fit.

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Hotel 4 ****

Address: Marii Konopnickiej 33, 30-302 Kraków

Recommended for the Team’s, Media’s, supporters’ accommodation
Distance to Krakow-Balice Airport – 15 km (20 min drive)
Distance to Cracovia Stadium – 3,1 km (12 min drive)

Situated on a bend in the Vistula River across from the Wawel Castle, Hilton Garden Inn Krakow is the first Hilton Garden Inn in Poland. Ideally located in central Krakow next to the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, the hotel is within walking distance from many cultural attractions such as the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter and the historic Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our location provides the perfect base for exploring the Galician architecture, verdant city parks, baroque palaces and gothic churches of Poland’s second largest city.

Enjoy a picturesque view of the river, castle or park from the comfort of your room or suite and find everything you need for work and relaxation including complimentary WiFi, a desk with ergonomic chair, an LCD TV and a comfortable Garden Sleep System bed®. We offer a range of convenient on-site facilities including 24-hour fitness and business centers, 220 sq. m. (2,300 sq. ft.) of flexible meeting space and the popular Globe Cafe, the only bar in Poland to be accredited by the International Bartender Association.

  • 4-Star central Krakow hotel, 150m (500 ft.) to ICE Krakow Congress Centre
  • Walking distance to Old Town, Wawel Castle and Rynek Główny
  • 20 minutes to Krakow Balice Airport
  • Spacious guest rooms and junior suites with city or park views
  • Complimentary WiFi, business center and fitness facilities
  • 2 restaurants, bar and lounge with 24 hour convenience mart

DoubleTree by Hilton Krakow Hotel & Convention Center 4 ****

Address: Dabska 5, 31-572 Kraków

Recommended for the Team’s, Media, supporters’ accommodation
Distance to Krakow-Balice Airport – 19,5 km (30 min drive)
Distance to Cracovia Stadium – 6 km (19 min drive)

Located in the beautiful city of Krakow, DoubleTree by Hilton Krakow Hotel & Convention Center offers easy access to the heart of the city. Our Concierge can organize transfers to the city center, airport, railway station, and the Wieliczka Salt Mine*. Our Krakow hotel is a short walk to the Krakow Arena Hall and a convenient distance to the Expo Krakow Fair Trade Center, making it the perfect hotel for business or leisure.

Unwind in contemporary 232 guest rooms, offering complimentary wired and wireless internet access and a 42-inch HDTV. For a truly luxurious experience, try the beautiful 126 sq. m. Presidential Suite, which can be connected to other rooms, offering up to 184 sq. m. of space. Exercise in our complimentary and fully equipped gym, or swim in the 20-meter indoor pool. The Premium Wellness Center includes dry, steam, and herbal saunas. Onsite dining options include our restaurant, 5th Avenue Restaurant, and two bars, offering a range of dining options and settings. With 16 meeting rooms and facilities, totaling 3,000 sq. m. / 32,292 sq. ft., our Krakow hotel is an ideal venue for events for up to 2,000 attendees. Our ballroom is perfect for conferences, product launches, cocktail receptions, sports galas, live broadcasts, and fairs. The hotel is also a unique venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.

232 guest rooms, including a Presidential Suite

16 meeting rooms offering space for up to 2,000 attendees

Onsite spa and complimentary fitness center / Onsite 5th Avenue Restaurant and two bars

Hampton by Hilton Krakow Hotel 3 ***

Address: Dabska 5, 31-572 Kraków

Recommended for the Media, supporters’ accommodation
Distance to Krakow-Balice Airport – 16,5 km (25 min drive)
Distance to Cracovia Stadium – 3,2 km (14 min drive)

Ideally located within walking distance to the multipurpose Krakow Arena Hall, the Hampton by Hilton Krakow hotel is also near the Expo Krakow and many corporate offices including Delphi, Cisco, State Street, Google, GE and EDF. Plaza Shopping Mall is situated just opposite the hotel, offering lots of retail and dining options and an IMAX theater. Enjoy easy access to the city center, just 10 minutes away or visit popular Krakow attractions like Wawel Royal Castle and Kazimierz – a part of city that, together with the Old Town, is the hub of culture and entertainment in Krakow.

Save and get a head start on your day – there is a hot breakfast included when you stay at this Hampton by Hilton hotel in Krakow. Keep up with your exercise routine in the fitness center, which features state-of-the-art cardio, resistance and weights equipment. Make last minute updates to your presentation or check emails with free WiFi in the work zone. With four versatile meeting rooms and contemporary A/V technology, our Krakow hotel is ideal for a variety of business and social events.

Unwind in a bright and modern guest room, equipped with everything you need for a successful business trip or relaxing vacation. Work comfortably at the desk, and stay connected with free WiFi. The comfy bed guarantees a peaceful night’s sleep after a long day. Choose one of our inviting corner rooms for more space.

  • First Hilton dual-brand hotel in Poland, with DoubleTree by Hilton Krakow Hotel & Convention Center
  • Set in the green part of city with easy access to city center
  • Next to the newly opened Kraków Arena Hall and the Expo Krakow trade fairs center
  • Four flexible meeting rooms and a 24-hour work zone
  • Contemporary guest rooms with free WiFi, a walk-in shower and a 32-inch LCD TV