If you’ve ever had that just-stepped-out-of-a-time-machine feeling, that’s how I felt walking into Krakow’s market square for the first time. Every corner of Europe’s largest square looks like it did centuries ago. The colorful market houses are straight out of a painting. Even the rhythmic clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages on the cobblestones seems right on cue.

Krakow does that to you over and over, whether you’re climbing the hill to explore its grand castle, walking through the lively Kazimierz neighborhood, or sitting at an outdoor café with a drink in hand. Think of this one-day itinerary as a teaser for what you’ll encounter on your first trip to the city, with plenty of tips and recs from Tripadvisor users who’ve been there and loved it.

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