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Rynek Główny (Main Square), Krakow

Rynek Główny (Main Square), Krakow (must see)

The Main Market Square, popularly known as the Rynek Główny, is one place everyone is bound to visit in Krakow. Surrounding the Market are some of the city's most prized treasures like the Cloth Hall, St Mary’s Basilica, the Town Hall Tower, along with many others. The buildings surrounding the Market Square display the tireless effort and the appetite for rich architecture that the denizens of Krakow had. Contained by castles, palaces and historical monuments, the Main Market Square is probably the most vibrant places in the city.

The Mongol Invasion of 1241 which left the city in ruins, also gravely affected the Main Square. It was in 1257 that the foundation for this massive complex was laid and today it is Europe’s largest medieval market area (40,000 m). The main reason for setting up this market was to attract merchants to share their trade in the city – something quite important in those times.

Why You Should Visit:
The main spot for locals and tourists alike. Exciting and lively at any time of day/night. Many shops, restaurants & bars to enjoy a drink with the view. Great place for souvenirs as well.

Tip:
The square can be expensive but have a look down the side streets as there are lots of bars that are underground – some of which have a magical atmosphere and serve cheaper food/drinks.

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Rynek Główny (Main Square) on Map

Sight Name: Rynek Główny (Main Square)
Sight Location: Krakow, Poland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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