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Historic Old Town

Rynek Glowny, Krakow 30-062, Poland
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The 13th century merchants' town is home to Europe's largest market square and offers numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with magnificent interiors, 14th century fortifications, ancient synagogues, Jagiellonian University and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried.
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“old town” (828 reviews)
“beautiful city” (203 reviews)
“the main square” (260 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Rynek Glowny, Krakow 30-062, Poland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Krakow is definetly the most touristic city in Poland, this naturally has advantages, like being delighted with the sheer beauty of Old Town and disavantages, like the crowds and specially the thieves! It is in my opinion one of the 12 cities in Europe you...More

Thank Salvador C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped for a gelato, we shopped, we ate authentic Polish cuisine and relaxed. Krakow was one of the few cities not destroyed by Hitler. So much history here. I truly would recommend Krakow to anyone! English is spoken all over as it's a college...More

Thank tahoequeen21
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Only draw back is that all the people come up trying to sell something. Like strip club tickets, restaurant, tours etc. I got annoying after a while. Square is beautiful and the market was great!! Go place to shop.

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just walk the streets and side streets, take photos, buy ice cream and cakes (rose-petal doughnuts if you can find them), pop into churches, and the university on ul. Jagiellonska, wander around the castle precincts, visiting its cathedral and climbing a guard tower, relax in...More

Thank Rob L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Krakow's old town is compact and easily navigated on foot. Most streets lead towards the main market square, the centre of life in this bustling city. Krakow is a student city and the original university dates from the 14th Century. Don't miss the beautiful quadrangle....More

Thank Howi58
Reviewed 3 days ago

There's so much to explore around these cobbled streets, be it souvenir shops, restaurants or historical locations like the Jagiellonian University, ancient defences or the plethora of churches. Start early to beat the crowds!

Thank FiShep
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the free walking tour. 2 hours of stories and explanations of the history of the city, focusing on the old town.

Thank Yehr2014
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Krakow old town is incredibly quaint with so much to wander through and see. The range of old buildings is impressive but the light still at street level even more so due to an excellent design of street layout.

Thank Stacie D
Reviewed 4 days ago

As one walks in the main square of old town Krakow one cannot help but being thrown back into a medieval time. The cobbled streets, vendors, open space, a mixture of museums, restaurants, street artists make it a very special place. It is good as...More

Thank aciram
Reviewed 4 days ago

I loved my brief visit to Krakow and wished I could have stayed longer. The locals were friendly and helpful, and it was safe to walk around at night. I chose a random restaurant off the square and really enjoyed it. My visit there was...More

Thank Shari A
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19 November 2016|
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Response from Rose001 | Reviewed this property |
The most comfortable way is to go by coach it's far better than going by yourself. The coach will have their own guide, which you need, and they are also good value. Many of the Hotels have details of good coach tour... More
22 July 2016|
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Response from Beauster | Reviewed this property |
A heavy winter coat or parka and snow boots will come in handy, with an average low of -5°C, very chilly, even for the winter months. The average high reaches 1°C , just above freezing but still cold if you’re spending any... More
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Response from redskifreak | Reviewed this property |
I suggest that you go to the Schindler Factory, over the bridge from the Jewish Quarter. Much the best thing to do. Allow half a day there (at least, you could spend hours there) then go to the Contemporary Art gallery... More