Are you planning to propose in Cracow and wondering where to pop the question? As a Cracow photographer and Cracow lover, I come to the rescue! This city is so beautiful and so vibrant, and with countless fantastic locations to choose from. No matter if you’re after a city vibe, or trying to find a more secluded place surrounded by nature, or great restaurants with the best views of the city. I’m Polish, Cracow is my beloved city and trust me—I know the best spots! Check out a couple of ideas below to find out where to propose in Cracow:
Proposal in Cracow: Main Square
This one was obvious, wasn’t it? Perhaps it’s a bit cliché but Rynek Główny, one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, is perfect for a surprise proposal. But you know what? It’s absolutely stunning during sunrise—the only time of day when it’s not crowded. And this is exactly when I recommend that you take your second half for a walk through the Old Town. Especially if you want your proposal to be photographed! The light is perfect and no one will step into the frame. :) Let’s think about some good excuses for this morning walk together!
Proposal in Cracow: Kanonicza Street
If you’re looking for something more specific, consider Kanonicza street, named the most charming corner in Old Town Cracow. Hear the sound of horses clopping down the cobblestones, admire the colourful historic townhouses, and be led straight to the majestic Wawel Castle. It’s worth to mention that Kanonicza boasts some of the best Polish restaurants in town, and with outdoor seating areas. Wouldn’t they be perfect for a romantic dinner after your surprise proposal in Cracow?
„Anna was the perfect choice for the surprise proposal I had planned. Quick and helpful responses through email, Professionalism and above all, her warm and cheerful character made the moment enjoyable and not awkward at all!From the planning to the photo shoot, the quick delivery of the photos and the amazing results. It was truly a pleasure and wouldn’t choose anyone else for it. Words aren’t enough, you have to be there to feel it! 5*”~ Pablo
Proposal in Cracow: The view of the Wawel Castle
Here’s another obvious choice but… I have an insider’s tip for you right here. Even though there might not be anything more romantic that the Italian-styled main courtyard, do consider running away from tourist crowds. Cross the bridge and arrive at the other bank of the Vistula river. That’s where the locals go to read a book, relax and admire the magnificent Wawel Hill from the best possible spot.
Proposal in Cracow: Inside the Wawel Castle
If you want to stick to the Wawel Castle itself—why not! I often recommend this spot especially for proposals during winter. The cathedral’s impressive architecture is a perfect backdrop no matter the weather. If you’re worried about the crowds, I know a couple of great angles to choose from that will feel a bit more intimate in this rather touristic spot. Or… let’s meet there in the early morning and have the beautiful Wawel Castle all for yourselves. I assure you… it’s magic!
Proposal in Cracow: Botanical Garden
Did you know that there’s a botanical garden in Cracow? It’s not very big but still—it’s such a perfect little oasis in the middle of a bustling city center! Romantic alleys, a pond among trees, photogenic orangeries and abundant flowers will be such a charming backdrop for your surprise proposal. Great choice for someone who wants nature but doesn’t want to look far. It’s usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from April to the end of October. Admission fee is 9 PLN, cash only.
Proposal in Cracow: Kopiec Kraka
There are so many mounds here! The most famous one is Kopiec Kościuszki, located close to the zoo and with a lovely panoramic view of the whole city (admission fee 15 PLN). But Kopiec Kraka (also sometimes called Krakusa) is a place where locals go—and it’s for free. There are virtually no tourists there and the views are great, that’s why it’s such a nice spot to watch the sunset or… to propose in Cracow! How about organizing a picnic with a view under a picturesque tree?
Proposal in Cracow: Kładka Ojca Bernatka
Between Kazimierz and Podgórze neighbourhoods, there’s an interestingly designed Father Bernatek Footbridge. Since the very beginning, it has been a place of couples in love who, as a sign of their commitment, hang engraved padlocks there. So do leave your own after hearing a “YES!”. Be warned though—during the day, especially during warm weekends, it may be very crowded. If you’re looking for a more secluded place, reach out to me as I know a couple of calmer spots nearby with a nice view of the footbridge! :)
Proposal in Cracow: Zakrzówek
This is one of the spots that I most often recommend to my clients when they ask me where to propose in Cracow in a more secluded location but at the same time a stunning one. Most of the tourists have no idea that a place like this even exists! Zakrzówek lake, with its crystal-clean, intensely turquoise water contrasting with white limestone rocks and abundant plants is a perfect place for an intimate proposal at any time of year. Nearby, there’s a fantastic spot with a view of the Wawel Castle. It may be full of people in summer but I know where to go for everything to be ideal. :) Zakrzówek is easily reachable by taxi or public transportation within 20 minutes from the Old Town.
Proposal in Cracow: Tyniec
The Benedictine abbey in Tyniec is a very nice place to visit if you stay in Cracow for a little bit longer. Naturally, it’s also a fantastic spot for a surprise proposal! You can do it in the inner courtyard next to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, or while you take a walk in the beautiful area next to the Vistula River from where you’ll have a pretty view of the abbey. But the best spot is probably this one:
Surprise proposal photographer in Cracow
I guess now you know where to propose in Cracow! Now what about hiring a photographer for your proposal? It certainly is a unique proposal idea in itself! I’m proud to tell you that I’m the only surprise proposal photographer in Poland specializing in this kind of sessions.
I photograph over 50 surprise proposals each year and I love it. :)
Wouldn’t it be great to offer your significant other not only a ring but also some beautiful photographs of the moment? Believe me, the emotions of surprised and happy girls look brilliant in photos and are something to cherish for years. There are at least 3 ways to organize a surprise proposal shoot. I have a couple of tricks to make sure that your loved one will have no idea what’s coming! :) No matter the budget you have, we’ll be able to prepare something extraordinary.
„Anna is AMAZING! Highly highly highly recommend. I was looking for a photographer for a surprise proposal in Kraków. Having never been there before, I was nervous about everything working out perfectly. She alleviated all fears through her meticulous attention to detail and friendly personality! Anna goes above and beyond to make sure everything goes smoothly. More importantly she is so incredibly talented and takes amazing photos! Our special day can now be forever commemorated through her work.”~ Marshall
I also know some beautiful spots near Cracow, like these ones for example:
So yes—I’ll be happy not only to photograph your proposal but also help you organize it. Perhaps you need advice when choosing the perfect location (the above ideas are just a few examples—because there’s so many more!). Do you need a reservation at a restaurant with the best view of the city too? Would you like me to order beautiful flowers, or arrange your favourite champagne? Or you’re thinking about what would be the best place to stay for a newly engaged couple? Hmmm… what about a suite with an outdoor jacuzzi on a rooftop with a view of the Wawel Castle? :) Let’s talk details!
Your proposal in Cracow can be unique and unforgettable.
Don’t hesitate and let’s talk about it! :)
I’ll explain you how it’s done and lead you through the process step by step.
What about a proposal over dinner in Krakow?
In my opinion, a restaurant for a proposal should meet certain conditions. Firstly, the atmosphere must be at least a little romantic. Secondly, it should be possible to book a relatively intimate table but in an attractive place at the same time (no one wants to propose near the entrance to the toilet, right?). Thirdly, you must be able to rely on its professional staff—preferably one that has dealt with such events in the past. Fourthly, it should be a place where you do not eat every day—it should be more elegant and more special than the restaurants you visit every weekend. In my guide „15 Best Restaurants to Celebrate an Engagement in Krakow” you will also find restaurants that you can surely ask for help in organizing the whole thing.
If you are not interested in photographing this moment and prefer to propose in a Krakow restaurant without paparazzi :), go ahead and choose from the following categories: „Luxurious restaurants” (p. 6 in my e-book) and „Smart casual restaurants” (p. 11) , or the one on p. 18 and p. 20 (from the „Casual” category). Read about how my guide can help you and why it’s worth investing literally the value of one restaurant tip to get it: Best Romantic Restaurants in Krakow.
See some examples of surprise proposals in Cracow that I photographed:
- Surprise proposal at the Main Square with family members present!
- Morning surprise proposal at the Wawel Castle
- Sunset proposal in Tyniec
- Surprise proposal on a 5* hotel terrace with a view of the Castle
- Surprise proposal in winter with a magnificent view of an abbey
- How Arek proposed next to the Wawel Castle
- Surprise proposal with the view of the Wawel Hill
Or you’re still looking for an engagement ring? Check out my article:
„5 stars for Anna and her photography skills. Very professional. Knows the city of Cracow very well, recommended different places to propose, recommended great restaurants for dinner. We are very happy with the photos she took during the proposal, different angles and captured the whole thing.”~ Shane
„Highly recommend Anna! She has so much knowledge of the city, so friendly and the photographs Anna captured are UNREAL! She helped out with so much more than just capturing the surprise proposal of me and my fiancée! Anna sorted flowers, champagne, a romantic restaurant in the night to celebrate and even got us the best table in the place! She is so friendly and clearly loves what she does which made the process so fun and exciting! Due to the location of the proposal being just out of the city centre, Anna even sent me directions and all the public transport information to help me get there which she didn’t have to do. I urge anyone who is thinking of proposing or even just wants a few photos done in Cracow to get in touch with Anna, she has made our whole experience so special and so fun for me and my fiancée. I can’t thank Anna enough for the photos she captured and the moment she helped create for me and my fiancée which we will remember forever and be able to show our family for years to come!”~ Aaron