What are the most instagrammable places in Kraków, Poland? Where are the best photography spots in the city? In this blog post I present to you a list of the top 15 Instagram and photography places in Kraków, Poland. I hope you enjoy it. If you want to stay in touch, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram or on Facebook.
1. Main Market Square.
The Main Market Square in Kraków (Rynek Główny w Krakowie) is one of the most photogenic spots in Poland. You will find here everything that is most characteristic and recognizable for Kraków. If you want to take a nice photo on your Instagram or travel blog, this place is a must. Many people also do wedding sessions here. No wonder, just see how beautiful Kraków’s Market Square is!
2. St. Mary’s Basilica.
St. Mary’s Basilica in Kraków (Kościół Mariacki w Krakowie) looks impressive both from the outside and inside. This is one of the most amazing churches in Poland. Every hour from the church tower you can hear the St. Mary’s bugle call, which is the symbol of Kraków. Legend has it that when the Tatars came to the city in 1241, the tower watchman began to sound the alarm. He managed to warn the city of the attack, but a Tatar arrow pierced his throat half-stroke. That is why the melody of the bugle call ends so abruptly – in the same place where the hero guard stopped playing it. If you are in Kraków, be sure to take a picture of St. Mary’s Church. This is the most instagrammable spot in the city.
3. Wawel Royal Castle.
The Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski na Wawelu), which was once the seat of Polish kings, is now one of the biggest tourist attractions and the most instagrammable place in Kraków, Poland. The castle is located on a hill with beautiful views of the Vistula River. Admission to the Wawel courtyard is free.
4. Kraków Cloth Hall.
The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) is one of the most instagrammable places in Kraków. Most people take pictures under the arches where the charming restaurant gardens are located. If you want to have a nice picture for your Instagram, you can also try to capture St. Mary’s Basilica with the arches of the Cloth Hall as a frame.
5. Floriańska Street.
Another great photography and Instagram spot in Krakow is Floriańska Street (Ulica Floriańska). This is one of the main and most famous streets of Krakow’s old town. It stretches from the historic St. Florian’s Gate to the Main Square. If you want to have a nice picture from here, try to capture St. Mary’s Basilica in the background.
6. Juliusz Słowacki Theatre.
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre (Teatr im. Juliusza Słowackiego w Krakowie) is one of the most beautiful buildings in Kraków. Both its facade and interior are impressive, so if you are here, be sure to go inside and take some pictures. You won’t regret it. This theater is a real architectural gem.
7. Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter.
The Jewish Quarter Kazimierz is one of the triendiest places in Kraków. Tourists usually visit synagogues and churches here, for locals it is a meeting place where you can sit in one of the atmospheric pubs and simply relax. Kazimierz with its bohemian vibe and hipster spots is completely different from Krakow’s Old Town. If you are looking for charming nooks and crannies, interesting details and street art, be sure to visit Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter in Kraków.
8. St. Joseph’s Church, Podgórze.
St. Joseph’s Church in Podgórze (Kościół św. Józefa na Podgórzu) is one of the favorite spots for drone photographers. Although this neo-Gothic church is located half an hour walk from the old town, it is worth going here if you want to see also some non-touristic, off the beaten path places in Kraków.
9. Bernatek Footbridge.
The Bernatek Footbridge (Kładka Ojca Bernatka) is a bicycle-foot bridge that connects the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz with the Podgórze district. It is also called the Bridge of Love due to the fact that many couples lock padlocks on its barriers and throw keys into the Vistula River. This is to express their great love. The bridge is illuminated at night and is one of the tourist attractions of Krakow. If you’re nearby, be sure to take a picture here.
10. Zakrzówek Lagoon.
Zakrzówek Lagoon in Kraków (Zalew Zakrzówek) is one of the most popular places on Instagram. The lake has a beautiful turquoise color and is dominated by the sheer limestone cliffs. Cracovians like to spend time here, especially on hot summer days. The lagoon is so hidden that some people think it is a myth. But it really exists! You can get here on foot from Wawel Castle in about half an hour.
11. The Corner of Doubtful Thomas.
The Corner of Doubtful Thomas (Zaułek Niewiernego Tomasza) is a small square that is considered one of the most charming places in Kraków’s Old Town. There are some cozy cafes, restaurants and bars that are popular with the locals. Cafe Camelot, which is one of the most instagrammable places in Kraków, is also located here.
12. Jagiellonian University.
If you’re in Krakow, don’t forget to take photos of the beautiful building of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University (Wydział Prawa i Administracji Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego). The building is located on the edge of the Old Town, next to the beautiful Planty Park. It is most beautiful here in autumn, when colorful leaves fall from the trees.
13. Metrum Restobistro.
If you’re looking for a rooftop bar in Kraków, don’t miss this place! Metrum Restobistro is one of Kraków’s best-kepts secrets. This student restaurant is located on the 6th floor of the Kraków Music Academy (Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie) and boasts two fantastic rooftop patios with beautiful panoramic views over the Old Town. In summer, you can sit at a table overlooking the city’s rooftops, and in winter stay warm behind the glass and just go outside to take a picture. Prices of the meals are quite affordable, but be sure to check opening hours before coming here.
14. MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków.
The Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK (Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej MOCAK) is one of the newest tourist attractions in Kraków. If you are interested in art, be sure to visit this place. One of the must-see is a room with Latin letters on the walls. Actually, it’s one of the best Instagram spots in Kraków.
15. ICE Kraków Congress Centre.
Last but not least, ICE Kraków Congress Center (Centrum Kongresowe ICE Kraków). A perfect Instagram and photography spot in Kraków, especially for mobile photographers who are looking for interesting shapes and modern interiors. If you want to take an epic shot, don’t miss this place!
Do you know any other interesting photography spots in Kraków? Which place do you think is the most instagrammable?