Our days of cruising Krakow go down as one of the fondest memories of our first European trip. Exploring the town on two wheels gave us the freedom to mix Poland’s historical sightseeing stops with the plethora of dog friendly restaurants, cafes and bars and shops. It felt like I was on a cyclist’s high as we cruised the shoulder of the Vistula River. I waved to children and parents in awe of Tango riding shotgun of the cargo bike we were happy to call our whip for the week.
With the right map, Krakow can be a fun city to explore by bike. Without it, it’s easy to get yourself caught in a maze of narrow one-way streets with cars parked on the roadside and sidewalks. A day of cycling can quickly become a frustrating adventure; Google Maps can’t help you out of this one! We cycled Krakow developing a route with dog friendly stops and bike-friendly paths. We hope you enjoy the ride!
Pick your bike up from Cool Tour Company when they open at 9:30. Bring 100 PLN in cash as a damage deposit as well as an ID they can photocopy. You will sign a small form and then you will be ready to hit the road. Don’t forget to ask for a bike lock.
Stop 1. Old Town and Main Market Square Go up and down the cobblestone streets at your leisure, circling the major sights. If this is your first time in Old Town, take the opportunity to grab some photos. When you are tired of weaving through pedestrians, it’s time to move on using the beautiful paths of Park Planty that circle the Old Town.
Stop 2. The Pope’s Window Cruise into the courtyard and stop for a quick photo. Read this overview while you are there. GPS location: 50.059508,19.935105
Stop 3. Wawel Castle Unfortunately the castle is not dog friendly. You will not get past the gate with a dog. But you can circle the castle and get an idea from the outside of Poland’s largest castle. GPS location: 50.0341.15,19.561169
Stop 4. Smocza Jama On the water side of Wawel Castle is the iconic Dragon. Try to get a picture with it as it breathes hot fire (for real!) GPS location: 50.0540495,19.935412300000053
Stop 5. Pomnik psa Dżoka Just minutes away is the Statue of the dog Dżok. You can read about the sad “tail” here. GPS location: 50.051516,19.935609999999997
Stop 6. Father Bernatek Footbridge (Kładka Ojca Bernatka) Cruise the path along the Vistula River and cross the Father Bernatek Footbridge. There is a dedicated pedestrian side and cycle side. Make sure you choose the right one! GPS location: 50.0466211,19.94756559999996
🛑 Stop for a break! Choose a cafe within the block in front of you and have a drink! 🛑
Stop 7. Kościół św. Józefa w Rynku Podgórskim (Sorry, I could not find an English translation) This is one of my favourite churches. 99.9% of the world’s churches do not allow dogs to enter, but it is a beautiful church to observe from the outside. GPS location: 50.0433029,19.949893400000065
Stop 8. Ghetto Heroes Square This is an iconic memorial to the victims of the Kraków Ghetto with each chair used as a silent reminder of 1,000 deported people. GPS location: 50.0463628,19.95445559999996
Stop 9. Fragment of Ghetto Wall A fragment of the Ghetto wall that the Nazis built around the Jewish ghetto during the WWII GPS location: 50.0445517,19.957653599999958
Stop 10. Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory Unfortunately, the factory is not dog friendly, but it is worth seeing from the outside. GPS location: 50.0474268,19.961332399999947
We are about to cross the bridge and go to the Jewish Square. You may wish to pause this itinerary and pop up to these abandoned places:
Optional Stop 1: Fort 31 Benedykt (Benedict’s Fort) GPS location: 50.0427436,19.958064899999954
Optional Stop 2: Kamieniołom Liban (Liban Quarry) GPS location: 50.0037455,19.924964199999977
Stop 11. Jewish Square There are many pubs and restaurants to check out. Stop for some lemonade. The Jewish Square begins as soon as you get off the bridge. GPS location: 50.0520716,19.948523000000023
Stop 12. Pub Stajnia You may recognize this staircase from the scene in Schindler’s List. GPS location: 50.0520716,19.948523000000023
Stop 13. Visit The Galicia Jewish Museum. Yes, it’s dog friendly, go on in! GPS location: 50.05081759999999,19.949632000000065