Central Krakow, Krakow

More than 750 years old, Krakow is the royal capital of Poland. It is a unique city with narrow streets, fine architecture, lovely parks and friendly people who will surely capture your heart. Here you will find the greatest masterpieces in the world, some mysterious and legendary places and things you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Take the following tour to discover prominent sights in Poland’s cultural capital.
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Central Krakow Map

Guide Name: Central Krakow
Guide Location: Poland » Krakow (See other walking tours in Krakow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: ellen
“Lady with an Ermine” Leonardo da Vinci

1) “Lady with an Ermine” Leonardo da Vinci (must see)

Painted close to the end of the 15th century, the Lady with an Ermine is arguably the prettiest of all Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting. Speculated to be Cecila Gallerani, the mistress of the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza il Moro, the painting took shape two decades before Mona Lisa was made.

Probably in his thirties, Leonardo Da Vinci was in service to the Duke when he painted the Lady. Known to have only painted four women portraits in his life, the Czartoryski Museum is among the 6...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of St. Casimir

2) Church of St. Casimir (must see)

Standing quaintly in the Old Town District of Krakow is the Church of St. Casimir. The plain white exterior may not look extraordinary but the Church is quite unique in its own right. One of the most mysterious places in Krakow, the St. Casimir’s Church gets a number of visitors year round waiting to steal a peek at the secrets that lie beneath the church. Adjacent to the Franciscan monastery, the church has over the years, managed to garner much curiosity from visitors all over the world....   view more
Veit Stoss’ Altarpiece

3) Veit Stoss’ Altarpiece (must see)

The artist whose work has managed to amaze, enthrall, captivate and mystify people over a span of five hundred years is none other than Viet Stross, the notorious yet brilliant sculptor of the 16th century.

A Bavarian by birth, Stross, however, spent most of his productive years in Krakow, Poland. He remains till date, one of the most documented sculptors of the medieval times. In the nineteen years that he was active as an artist, Viet Stross spent a magnificent twelve years to create the...   view more
Adam Mickiewicz Monument

4) Adam Mickiewicz Monument

Standing tall in the Main Market Square of the Old district in Krakow is the monument of the famous personality of the early 19th century- Adam Mickiewicz. Known as one of the greatest romantic poet in the history of Poland, Adam Mickiewicz is many a times referred to as a national hero. His poem ‘Pan Tadeusz’ is also considered as a Polish national epic and the last great work produced by the Polish- Lithuanian culture.

Adam Mickiewicz was considered a national hero and was one of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Windows of Awe

5) Windows of Awe (must see)

The city of Krakow is adorned with some of the most beautiful stained-glass windows in the world. The Basilica of Virgin Mary houses one of the most delicate examples of stained glass windows which attract connoisseurs of the art from far and wide. However, the greatest art piece stands at the entrance of the Basilica of St. Francis on Franciszkanska Street. Titled ‘Become!’ this stained glass window is better known as ‘Our Father’.

The window is a masterpiece not only of this art...   view more
Swiatowit Idol

6) Swiatowit Idol

The Swiatowit Idol is the most interesting exhibit in the Krakow Museum of Archaeology. This 8-foot-tall limestone Slavonic god dates back to the 9th century. Swiatowit was the god of war and the harvest. It is a four-sided sculpture with the four heads of the god. This monument of Slavonic belief is the only representation of its kind in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pod Aniolami

7) Pod Aniolami

Pod Aniolami (under the angels) is considered one of the culinary highlights of the city. This fabulous restaurant is located in a 13th-century building with nicely decorated cellars. Visiting this place you get into a fantastic medieval atmosphere. The dishes are contemporary but cooked in old traditions. Pod Aniolami is famous for its marinated meat grilled in the stove fire with beech wood. Amazing ambience, attentive service and exquisite food will make your visit a great...   view more
St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church

8) St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church

Raised beside the austere St Andrew’s Church is the St. Peter and St Paul’s Church in Krakow. Unlike its neighbor, the Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church stands out with its immaculate facade and famous collection of life size sculptures of the 12 disciples erected at the fence of the Church.

The Church was funded by King Sigismund III Vasa for the Jesuit Order, which had arrived in Poland to stand against the influence Reformation and its ideas. Built during the 16th and 17th century, the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Giant Bell

9) Giant Bell

One of the many attractions in the Wawel Cathedral is the Giant Bell or the Royal Sigismund Bell. It is the largest out of the five bells that hang in the tower of the Cathedral. The bell was cast by Hans Behem in 1520 after being commissioned by King Sigismund I. The bell is cast in bronze, weighs a whooping 9,650 kgs and has a diameter measuring up to 9 feet. The clapper that chimes the bell weighs about 365 kg and is attached to the instrument by leather belts that fasten it to the bell in 12...   view more
King Sigismund Chapel

10) King Sigismund Chapel

One of the most outstanding works of Renaissance architecture in Poland, the King Sigismund Chapel stands one among the several domes that make up the Wawel Cathedral. Adorned with a gold plated dome, the Chapel has earned its reputation as one of the finest structures that represent the Tuscany Renaissance style of architecture north of the Alps.

The Chapel was designed by renowned Italian architect Bartolomeo Berrecci in the early 16th century, especially for the Jagiellon dynasty. It...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
23,000 Year Old Rhino

11) 23,000 Year Old Rhino

This woolly rhinoceros is for sure the envy for every natural history museum in the world. It was found in 1929 in a very good state of preservation due to the combination of salt, oil and clay at the sight. This creature lived in a palearctic ecozone. It was 12 feet in length and 3 feet tall and had long thick hair. It is considered that this species of rhinoceros is extinct due to the sudden climatic change, the so-called Ice...   view more

Walking Tours in Krakow, Poland

Create Your Own Walk in Krakow

Create Your Own Walk in Krakow

Creating your own self-guided walk in Krakow is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Krakow Culture Walk

Krakow Culture Walk

Krakow is attractive to tourists not only for the glamorous entertainment and great parks, but also for its rich culture. It is the cultural capital of Poland. Here you may visit the best museums and galleries of the country, watch outstanding performances at its famous theaters and attend great concerts. It is Krakow that hosts a great number of important festivals and other cultural events. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent cultural attractions in Krakow.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Daily Life Walk in Krakow Kazimierz

Daily Life Walk in Krakow Kazimierz

Kazimierz is a farmer Jewish district. It was founded in the 14th century by the King Casimir. It might be called the most charming district in the city. The largest street, Szeroka, has many lovely cafés and restaurants, boutiques and shops. Things are really zipping along here. Learn about the residents of Kazimierz and their daily life routine through the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Family Entertainment Tour in Krakow

Family Entertainment Tour in Krakow

Krakow is an attractive place for the entire family. There are a lot of places of entertainment for kids - playgrounds provided with modern safe equipment and professional babysitters, children-friendly cafés, recreational parks, museums and theaters. A great interest for every child are natural attractions such as caves. Krakow also has a wonderful Zoo with lots of rare animals. Check out the list of popular family oriented attractions in this tour:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Places of Worship Walking Tour in Krakow

Places of Worship Walking Tour in Krakow

Krakow, earlier considered “the Northern Rome” is a city of many churches. It is the center of the religious life of the country. New churches continue to appear today, but the most attractive and interesting for tourists are the old ones. Some of them have wonderful architecture, others are picturesque or have historical value. Many of them possess relics and old manuscripts. Check out the most acclaimed places of worship in Krakow in this next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Krakow Shopping Spots Tour

Krakow Shopping Spots Tour

Krakow is a very attractive place for shopping lovers. It has a lot of specialty shops, malls and charming markets with everything you need. As you wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town, visit some of its splendid boutiques. Antiques lovers will definitely get something interesting for bargain prices in the Street Markets. Check out the most popular shopping spots of Krakow in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

In the course of fifteen centuries Krakow has evolved from a tiny hamlet at the top of the Wawel Hill, overlooking the Vistula River, to one of Europe's culturally richest destinations. One of a kind on the list of the World Heritage Sights, Krakow is a recognized center of the academic, artistic and cultural life of Poland. Take this orientation walk to acquaint yourself with some of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km