Krakow Self-guided Tour for Kids, Krakow

Krakow has a lot of attractions and activities for families. Many special Wonderlands, such as Kulkoland or Anikino, will entertain your kids and make them happy. If you want to have a fun and active time with you family, consider visiting the fairy-tale Aqua Park. Some nice cafés offer lovely ambiance with special dishes and playgrounds for your fidgety little ones. And don’t forget to visit some toy shops where they can choose a present to remind them of the trip to Krakow.
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Krakow Self-guided Tour for Kids Map

Guide Name: Krakow Self-guided Tour for Kids
Guide Location: Poland » Krakow (See other walking tours in Krakow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: ellen
Groteska Theatre

1) Groteska Theatre

A theatre like no other in the world, the Groteska Theatre aims to only tickle ones imagination with stories that are far from reality. Unlike other theatres, which tell tales that are inspired from life and the true reality of existence, the Groteska aspires to take its audiences into a mystical land of fairy tales, elves, myths and magic.

Open since 1945, the Groteska reaches its audiences through puppets, paintings, masks and artists. It was founded by one of the most outstanding stage personalities of the era- Zofia and Wladyslaw Jarema. Both were regarded as magnificent stage directors and more so, pioneers in bringing forth the unique and modern concept of puppet theatre to post war Poland.

For those who would like the dive into the evening life of Krakow, there is nothing like the Groteska. The theatre has three distinct types of plays that cater to different aged audiences. First, there are the fairy tales that are directed at children. This may be done with the medium of puppets instead of artists. The second are the legends that are directed at the school going audiences, where legends of warriors and folklore of the land are enacted. The last type, catered for adults come under the category of myths, where stories are told through masked actors and paintings.
Massolit Books

2) Massolit Books

Yet another interesting place in Krakow, the Massolit is a place where one can curl up in the comfortable interiors with a good book in hand. If you love reading and can never get enough of any book, then the Massolit is the place for you.

Owned by an incredible American couple who have a great passion for books and Poland, the Massolit boasts of a mammoth collection of over twenty thousand titles. The store covers a vast range of genres right from popular- fiction, non-fiction, coffee table books, all the way to academic titles. If you have just the time to patiently look around the store you might even come across some of the rarest books in the world. Each book that is on their shelves has been significantly discounted which makes it a pretty rare find.

Apart from the vast collection of books the store has to offer, you can also indulge in some of the city’s best pies, cookies and cakes. With a homey touch of furniture, smell of hot baked goodies from the oven and feel of an old, wise hard bound book in hand, the Massolit Book store would definitely be one of you best memories of Krakow.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wawel Royal Castle

3) Wawel Royal Castle (must see)

With the wealth of history and abundance of heritage, the city of Krakow is a haven for admirers of the past. The Wawel is one such place in Krakow where one can get enchanted by the city’s legendary sagas. The Wawel Hill has formed about 150 million years ago and is majorly made up of Jurassic limestone that dates back to the Oxfordian age. The Hill comprises many historically significant buildings that date back to different eras. Surrounded by water and marshes, archaeologists found evidence of settlers on the Wawel Hill that dates back to the early Palaeolithic.

For centuries the residence of the kings of Poland and the symbol of Polish statehood, the Wawel Royal Castle on Wawel Hill is now one of the country’s premier art museums. Established in 1930, the museum encompasses ten curatorial departments responsible for collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, among them the Sigismund II Augustus tapestry collection, goldsmith’s work, arms and armor, ceramics, Meissen porcelain, and period furniture. The museum’s holdings in oriental art include the largest collection of Ottoman tents in Europe.

Why You Should Visit:
"Everyone loves castles" – Peppa Pig

You can walk around the grounds for no charge at all; what you choose to do dictates the entry price.
Opting for the State Rooms and Royal Apartments is worth it as you see a lot of impressive and well-preserved interiors (for English guided tours, pre-book online as to avoid the queues).
The Sandomierska Tower will give you a great all-round view of the place and the Dragon's Den takes you to the underground caves, but note that these are seasonal (closed Nov-Mar).

Please check the opening hours on the Royal Castle website, as they tend to vary quite a bit:
Sight description based on wikipedia
Aquarium and Natural History Museum

4) Aquarium and Natural History Museum

Located in the center of the Old Town in Krakow, adjacent to the Wawel Castle is the Aquarium and Natural History Museum. Housed in an unusual building, this is a must visit in Krakow. Amidst all the historical buildings in the Old Town, the museum filled with exotic marine life comes as a pleasant surprise.

Together, the Aquarium and National History Museum house over 130 species of exotic fish and marine organisms collected from all over the globe. Apart from that, you can also treat your eyes to some amphibians and reptiles which are rarely sighted. Spread over a massive area of 1600 square meters, the Aquarium is the most exotic of its kind in the whole of Poland.

The exhibits are not only restricted to marine life but you can also find some critically endangered terrestrial species from across the world, safe at home here. The recent addition of an insectarium is sure to get the attention of the little ones if they are not already taken to the animals around.

The woolly rhinoceros is for sure the envy for every natural history museum in the world. It was found in 1929 in a very good state of preservation due to the combination of salt, oil, and clay at the sight. This creature lived in a Palearctic ecozone. It was 12 feet in length and 3 feet tall and had long thick hair. It is considered that this species of rhinoceros is extinct due to the sudden climatic change, the so-called Ice Age.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am–3pm; Sat: 12-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Krakowianka Ice Rink

5) Krakowianka Ice Rink

If you are looking for a fun pastime or an active rest together with your children, try the Krakowianka Ice Rink. Two skate rinks are available. Even if you're only learning how to skate, don't deprive the family of fun and giggles.
Park Wodny

6) Park Wodny

This huge Aqua Park was nominated “The Construction of the Year” in 2000. It's an ideal place to have a good time with your family. It includes wild springs, water massage, counter-currents, many swimming pools with a Mediterranean water temperature, salt-water Jacuzzis, saunas and places designed for water sports, and several entertainment studios.
Botanical Garden

7) Botanical Garden

The Botanic Garden of the Jagiellonian University (Polish: Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego) is a botanical garden, founded in 1783 in Kraków. It is located east of the Old Town (Stare Miasto) and occupies 9.6 hectares. It belongs to the Jagiellonian University and is classified as a historical location. Situated not far from the center of Krakow Botanical Garden is an oasis in the busy city. An ideal place to have a rest. It was one of the first European botanical scientific institutions. About 5000 species of plants grow in the open area and in the green houses as well. You can also see there an old 300 year old oak and wander around a Garden of Healing Herbs. There is a beautiful Renaissance palace in the Garden and the Astronomic Observatory.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Krakow, Poland

Create Your Own Walk in Krakow

Create Your Own Walk in Krakow

Creating your own self-guided walk in Krakow is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Galleries Walk in Krakow

Art Galleries Walk in Krakow

Krakow is the cultural capital of Poland. Contemporary art flourishes here. There are many galleries in the city. Krakow is proud of its talented artists whose works have been exhibited in Poland and abroad, winning prestigious international awards. Those who appreciate art will surely find exclusive, interesting works here.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Museums Tour in Krakow's Old Town

Museums Tour in Krakow's Old Town

Krakow, the second capital of Poland, is the cultural center which is why you will find a lot of museums of all kinds here. Learn about the history of Krakow and Poland at the Historical Museum and learn about the nation’s traditions at the National Museum. There are also unique collections you will not find anywhere else in the world. A great deal of museums are dedicated to ancient, medieval and modern art. Take the following tour to discover the most popular museums in Krakow’s Old Town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Krakow Shopping Spots Tour

Krakow Shopping Spots Tour

Krakow is a very attractive place for shopping lovers. It has a lot of specialty shops, malls and charming markets with everything you need. As you wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town, visit some of its splendid boutiques. Antiques lovers will definitely get something interesting for bargain prices in the Street Markets. Check out the most popular shopping spots of Krakow in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Places of Worship Walking Tour in Krakow

Places of Worship Walking Tour in Krakow

Krakow, earlier considered “the Northern Rome” is a city of many churches. It is the center of the religious life of the country. New churches continue to appear today, but the most attractive and interesting for tourists are the old ones. Some of them have wonderful architecture, others are picturesque or have historical value. Many of them possess relics and old manuscripts. Check out the most acclaimed places of worship in Krakow in this next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Daily Life Walk in Krakow Kazimierz

Daily Life Walk in Krakow Kazimierz

Kazimierz is a farmer Jewish district. It was founded in the 14th century by the King Casimir. It might be called the most charming district in the city. The largest street, Szeroka, has many lovely cafés and restaurants, boutiques and shops. Things are really zipping along here. Learn about the residents of Kazimierz and their daily life routine through the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

In the course of fifteen centuries Krakow has evolved from a tiny hamlet at the top of the Wawel Hill, overlooking the Vistula River, to one of Europe's culturally richest destinations. One of a kind on the list of the World Heritage Sights, Krakow is a recognized center of the academic, artistic and cultural life of Poland. Take this orientation walk to acquaint yourself with some of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Krakow for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Krakow has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Krakow, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.