Car hire in Krakow
Car hire in Krakow
Standing on the banks of the Vistula River, Krakow is one of the largest cities in Poland and a leading centre of art and culture.
The city boasts a fascinating history, as it became the capital of Germany's General Government during World War II. But it has more than overcome this terrible period and established itself as one of the most beautiful and lively cities in Europe.
What I need to know
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Where to pick up my car
Several major car hire companies have offices in convenient locations across the centre of Krakow, so picking up your vehicle should be simple and straightforward.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
No trip to Krakow is complete without exploring the medieval old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts stunning architecture and landmarks such as St Mary's Basilica and the National Gallery of Art. It is also home to Rynek Główny, the largest market square in Europe.
Additionally, visitors to Krakow should explore the Wawel Castle. This has long been regarded as one of the most significant historic and cultural sites in Poland, as it was the residence of the country's kings for many centuries and today holds an impressive collection of notable artworks.
Car hire customers can reach Ojcow National Park in just 15 minutes from Krakow. This charming location is the smallest of the country's national parks, but what it lacks in scale it makes up for with its sheer beauty. It's probably one of the most attractive locations of its kind to be found in Europe.
Krakow was occupied by Nazi Germany during World War II and the invading force set up the notorious Auschwitz death camp not far away.
Today, the site is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and a powerful reminder of one of the darkest chapters in human history. It's an emotional experience, so think carefully if you are planning on bringing children with you.
Eating and drinking
If you're visiting Poland, make a point of sampling some of its most famous delicacies, such as its wonderful breads and sausages.
But visitors can be confident that all tastes and dietary requirements will be more than well catered for.
Things to do
Krakow's old town is packed with fascinating sights, with an impressive array of museums and galleries displaying rare and historic artefacts and artworks.
The main market square in particular boasts a vibrant yet delightfully quaint atmosphere, with its Gothic architecture and horse carriages available for hire creating a very distinctive vibe.
But Krakow also has both feet firmly in the 21st century, with locations such as its world-class and modern shopping centre proving to be a haven for visiting shopaholics.
Visitors to this part of Poland should explore the Trail of the Eagles' Nests, named after a chain of 25 medieval castles running between Krakow and Częstochowa.
Each castle looks like something from a fairytale or ghost story, as they are imposing spectacles dominating the equally dramatic scenery, with its limestone rocks, cavities and gorges.
More stunning views can be found in the Tatra Mountains, where visitors can indulge in pursuits such as skiing, cycling, paragliding and rock climbing.