Krakow Old Town District Self-guided Tour, Krakow

The Old Town is an ideal district for sightseeing as it is free of traffic and you can enjoy a quiet walk and some fresh air. The district has many attractions, including historical buildings and monuments, grand churches and museums. Here you can see Krakow’s oldest architecture. The residents began building the Old Town in the 13th century. At that time it was surrounded by great city walls but today only parts of the walls remain.
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Krakow Old Town District Self-guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Krakow Old Town District Self-guided Tour
Guide Location: Poland » Krakow (See other walking tours in Krakow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 20
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: ellen
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The Barbican (Barbakan)

1) The Barbican (Barbakan) (must see)

The Barbican guards the city of Krakow. This mighty structure is an excellent example of a building that is deeply embedded in the history of the city and displays its lavish architecture. You can learn about Krakow as you walk along the 10 feet thick walls and stroll inside the inner courtyard.

The Barbican was built for purposes of safeguarding the city of Krakow from those who dared to put a bad eye on its security. With a 3 meter thick wall, it was well designed to accommodate 130 crenels in four rows. The lower crenels were used by artillery and the higher ones were used by archers and riflemen.

With seven turrets, the Barbican acted as the perfect outpost protecting the city. This Gothic-style fortification was built in the late 15th century and is more of the Arabic style rather than a European-style military structure. It was initially linked to the inner city wall.

Today one can take time to watch some of the finest exhibits the city has to display at the Barbican. From classical concerts to dances, exhibitions, and reenactments, the Barbican is the perfect place where you can enjoy the building’s immense historical presence while listening to music or watching a story unwind before your very own eyes.

Tip:
Make sure you book the outdoor shows in advance or you'll miss out!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10:30am-6pm (Apr-Oct); closed on every 2nd Monday of the month
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Czartoryski Museum

2) Czartoryski Museum

The Czartoryski Museum was established in 1796 by Princess Izabela Czartoryska and its collections are actually the work of five generations of the Czartoryski family. The collection has been moved to another city, gone underground and even missing; a small percentage of the original collection is what is open to the public today. The tale of the Museum is a story everyone must know. 

With the motto ‘From the Past to the Future’, Princess Izabela set up the museum in Pulawy, Poland to store Polish and other historic memorabilia. Da Vinci’s ‘The Lady with an Ermine’ was added to the collection by Izabela’s son, Adam, upon his return from Italy. After his political career failed, Adam moved to Paris along with the collection which was set up at Hotel Lambert. Adam’s children, Prince Wladyslaw and Princess Izabela Działyńska, also added to this collection. In 1878, the return of Prince Wladyslaw to Poland led to the inauguration of the current Czartoryski Museum. His son, Adam Ludwik, and Adam’s wife then took over the museum and further expanded the collection. During the Second World War, the museum was raided by the Germans and most artifacts were stolen. After the War, a massive attempt to recover lost collections was made but over 800 artifacts were lost forever.

The museum has been closed since 2010 due to repairs and improvements to modernize it, but it may reopen in 2019. Some parts of the collection are displayed in other venues. 350 selected exhibits are displayed in the Arsenal building, while Lady with an Ermine is displayed in the Kraków National Museum.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Juliusz Slowacki Theater

3) Juliusz Slowacki Theater (must see)

In case you travel to Krakow by train, the Juliusz Slowacki Theater is probably the first building you will see after exiting the station. Right from the start, the decision to construct this theater was controversial. Not only was it preferred over the plan of a better sewage system, but it was also to be erected after demolishing the Church belonging to the Order of the Holy Ghost.

The theater building got preferential treatment once again during its construction and went on to become the first building in Krakow with electric lights. Once the theater officially opened in 1893, it became a huge success and displayed the country's cultural richness. By 1909, it was christened in honor of the Polish poet and playwright, Juliusz Slowacki. The theater first suffered at the hands of the economic downturn and then surrendered to the Nazi invasion. A German troupe performed at the theater during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The generation of post-war Polish artists was greatly talented and resurrected the glory of the Slowacki Theater and Polish theatrics.

Today, the theater continues to bring new ideas to society while holding on to old values through its authentic Polish-styled presentations. Even if you do not like theaters, you should consider going to the Slowacki to catch a glimpse of over a century old oil-painting depicting the allegory of Tragedy and Comedy which is used as the stage curtain even today.

Why You Should Visit:
The Baroque style is nice in every area of this building; an exquisite example of architecture inspired by the most beautiful theaters in Europe.

Tip:
A tour of the inside takes about 90 mins. You hear good stories and also have the chance to see the backstage.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Florianska Street

4) Florianska Street (must see)

There's nothing like strolling the streets of a city to feel its pulse, and if you want to put your finger on Krakow's then take a walk down Florianska. This place gets its name from the famous Florian Gate at the north. Built in the 13th century, the street has managed to garner attention since its inception. Filled with structures that boast of beautiful facades, the Ulica Florianska is the best place to admire the change in styles of architecture of the buildings through the years.

While some buildings still brag of a stern yet intricate edifice displaying Gothic influence, other buildings showcase styles more modern ranging from early to late Renaissance to Baroque and Neoclassic. Never the less, the amalgamation of these different styles makes the street worthy of mention and visit.

Not only is it a must-see because of its rich architectural wealth, but each structure (that is given a serial number) also has a story of its own. There might even be a few houses you would like to enter for a short visit. Owned by some of the wealthier middle-class families in the 14th century, one can read about each structure and its inhabitants in detail. Today, the Ulica Florianska is the most visited street in Krakow and rightly so, for it has so many stories to offer to its visitors.

Tip:
Be aware of the money exchange outlets located here – to be avoided at all costs or it will cost you.
Be aware, also, that this street is among the most expensive of all of Krakow for souvenirs.
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Small Market Square (Maly Rynek)

5) Small Market Square (Maly Rynek)

Not very far away from the Main Market Square you have the Small Market Square or the Maly Rynek. Not as impressive as the Main Square albeit the Small Market has its own charm and history.

Originally a butcher’s market where the freshest meat and fish could be obtained, this area later went on to become a fruit and vegetable market in the 18th century. The history of the market is also tainted with bloody violence from the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants that lived on either side of the square.

In 1903, it was transformed to accommodate a tram track, which was only functional till the 1950’s after which the use of trams was discontinued in the city. After the redundancy of the track, the area was largely used for parking of taxis and cars, up until recently. On the 750th anniversary of Krakow; the Mal Rynek underwent a major facelift. The whole place was decorated with lanterns, benches and beautiful fountains giving it a very different feel from the Main Market Square. Today, the Maly Rynek is an adorable place to meet up, walk around or simply grab a cup of coffee. Much quieter than the bigger square it also is an excellent place to just sit and watch life in Krakow.
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Pod Sloncem

6) Pod Sloncem

This place history begins in 13th century. Its walls still reserve the medieval historical spirit. You will be greatly impressed by its extraordinary interior. A face of huge stone-made sun lighted by candles is strangely watching the guests. Hospitable staff meets you smiling and offers the restaurant’s exquisite dishes such as prunes in bacon, camembert with huckleberry sauce, breaded pork served with stewed cabbage, zurek – old Polish soup and many other masterpieces of its cuisine.
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Adam Mickiewicz Monument

7) 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 Three Bards, who lived and worked in exile during the partition of Poland. He was very much involved in the freedom struggle of Poland, which was then part of the Russian Empire. Tragically, Adam Mickiewicz never returned to his homeland and breathed his last in Constantinople (Istanbul). After his death, he was temporarily buried in a crypt in Istanbul, which was transported to Paris and buried at the Montmorency. He only returned to Krakow 35 years after his death when he was properly put to rest in the crypts of the Wawel Cathedral.

The statue that adorns the Main Market Square was unveiled on June 16 1898 on the 100th birth anniversary of Adam Mickiewicz. The monument was made by the famous Teodor Rygier much before he shot to fame.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rynek Główny (Main Square)

8) Rynek Główny (Main Square) (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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Historical Museum

9) Historical Museum (must see)

The Main Square is home to many important sights in Krakow, one of which is the Historical Museum. Housed in one of the most magnificent buildings, this Museum is filled with artifacts that prove that Krakow truly is Poland’s cultural capital.

The building that the Museum is located in is the Krzysztofory Palace, a part of Krakow’s prized heritage. A beautiful Baroque structure, the Palace was owned by Crown Court Marshal Adam Kazanowski in the mid-17th century. It underwent a series of renovations and even housed a popular restaurant named Pod Palmą on its first floor. The interiors of the building display the brilliant Stucco work done by Italian architect, Baldassare Fontana.

The Historical Museum houses some interesting exhibits like 16th through 20th-century city maps, paintings, prints, photographs, guild objects and works by Krakow artists and artisans, as well as portraits of nobility from the 16th to the 20th century; 14th through 20th-century weapons; a collection of 16th through 20th-century clocks. Apart from these historical artifacts, the Museum is also home to 'Szopki' which are the famous Polish nativity scenes. Made of paper mache, these cribs attract a lot of attention in the museum and are a delight to see.

Why You Should Visit:
To be catapulted into a spectacular anachronistic dimension, immersing yourself in a reality belonging to the city in a time not even remotely imaginable.

Tip:
Admission is free on Tuesdays! It's helpful to go by the tourist office to get your tickets in advance; they limit admission to 30 people each half hour – though once you're in, you can stay as long as you like.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palace of Arts

10) Palace of Arts

The city of Krakow is filled with historic monuments and structures from different eras of architectural history, and therefore, Krakow is nicknamed the art capital of Poland. One such place to marvel at the historical and architectural wealth of the city is the Palace of Arts. This present day museum houses some of the finest and most prestigious exhibitions in the city. Works of established artists and those who have gained global reputation are proudly displayed at the Palace of Arts. The venue is also used for art auctions and exhibitions of contemporary Polish art.

The building was constructed as the headquarters of the Society of Friends of Fine Arts (Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciol Sztuk Pieknych in Polish) which was founded in 1854. Erected at the beginning of the 20th century, the Palace of Arts is the first Art Nouveau structure in Krakow. Designer Francis Mączyński was said to have drawn inspiration from the Pavilion Secession in Vienna for the construction of the Palace of Arts.

The facade of the structure was designed by the famous symbolist painter Jacek Malczewski. Other famous Polish artists like Madeyski Antoni , Konstanty Laszczka and Theodore Rygier contributed to the facade with busts of masters of Polish art.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
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Collegium Maius

11) Collegium Maius (must see)

The Collegium Maius is the first building in Poland that was used by a university. Located on Jagiellon Street, the building was gifted by King Wladyslaw II to the Jagiellonian University in 1400. By the end of the 15th century, the University had become popular and attracted students from all over Europe. Nearby buildings were added to the University and a courtyard was built while adding touches of Neo-Gothic architecture to the main building in 1517. By then, the University had seen some famous students like Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and polymath who would revolutionize European ideas about the universe.

Classes were conducted on the ground floor while the faculty occupied the higher floors as their residence. As the infrastructure grew, the Collegium Maius went on to become the first house of the University library. Today, the building is home to the Jagiellonian University Museum and exhibits the University's rich collection. Here, you can expect to see lecture rooms, communal halls, professors’ quarters, a library and a treasury containing rectors' Gothic maces and the Jagiellonian globe. Exhibits also include medieval scientific instruments, globes, paintings, collectibles, furniture, coins and medals.

Along with temporary exhibitions, the building also hosts an interactive educational show titled ‘The World of Senses’ which must not be missed. It elaborates the power of human understanding and you are sure to feel enlightened after watching the show.

Why You Should Visit:
It's free to look at the beautiful and ancient courtyard, but it's also well worth paying to take the English guided tour to see inside.

Tip:
Try and time your visit to be in the courtyard at an hour of the day between 9am and 5pm when the bell strikes the hour. There is a musical box effect with figures moving and music played, similar to other clocks in Munich and Prague.

Opening Hours:
[Full exhibition] Mon-Fri: 10am-2:20pm; Sat: 10am-1:30pm (Nov-Mar); Mon, Wed, Fri: 10am-2:20pm; Tue, Thu: 10am-5:20pm; Sat: 10am-1:30pm (Apr-Oct)
[Interactive exhibition] Mon-Fri: 9am-1:30pm; Sat: 9am-1pm
Visitors can enter the Museum courtyard each day before it is closed at nightfall
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Krakow Philharmonic

12) Krakow Philharmonic

Whether a music lover or not, the Krakow Philharmonic is sure to enthrall your senses. Built in the early 20th century, the Krakow Philharmonic is the reflection of the some of the finest times of Krakow. Along with being one of the finest buildings in the city, the Krakow Philharmonic has also played its part in the history of the country since its inception.

Designed by architect Józef Pokutynski in a Neo-Baroque style, the Concert Hall boasts of three halls, the largest seating 693 people. The other halls, namely the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall are slightly smaller and act as Chamber halls. The Krakow Philharmonic is the largest concert hall in Krakow.

The building was constructed as a Catholic Assembly Hall by Prince Adam Sapieha. However, soon after its construction, it became home to the Philharmonic Orchestra. The Concert Hall is used regularly by musicians and artists in and around the city as a platform to display their talent. Today, one can enjoy concerts and symphonies performed by both, renowned Polish and international artists at the Krakow Philharmonic.

It is the perfect place to spend a splendid evening filled with elegance, art and music. Not to be missed if you are in Krakow.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pavilion “Wyspianski 2000”

13) Pavilion “Wyspianski 2000”

Bridging the gap between Krakow’s rich and abundant past and its dynamic present is the Wyspianski Pavilion that stands at ul Grodzka 19. The building is home to the stained glass work of Stanisław Wyspiański that was designed for the Wawel Cathedral but never made it to the final structure.

Unique in its own accord, the building’s façade is made up of thousands of bricks that act as a giant curtain, lighting up the interiors in their own inimitable way. The bricks of different colour manage to bring to the structure a unique shade every time the position of the brick is moved. Unconventionally placed, the bricks are mounted vertically on a metal rod that allows the user to manipulate the whole façade or an individual brick as he desires.

The building started taking form in 1998 as just a vague idea for the summer of 2007 when the city would celebrate its 750th birthday. Today the building stands as an information centre and exhibition pavilion that is dedicated to promoting sights, sounds and experiences in Krakow and the Malopolska region of Poland. Designed by Polish architect Ingarden & Ewy, the Wyspianski Pavilion is a truly one of a kind in Poland and a must see on your visit to Krakow.
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Pod Aniolami

14) 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 experience.
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Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace

15) Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace

Note: From March 10th, 2014 to September 2014 Gallery „Art of Old Poland. The 12th – 18th century” at The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace will be closed for conservation reasons.

At the Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace you are welcomed by the newest branch of the National Museum of Krakow.

The building was erected in the early 16th century, making it one of the oldest structures of Renaissance architecture in Krakow. This beautiful structure was raised due to the efforts of Bishop of Płock Erazm Ciołek, secretary to King Alexander, the Jagiellon. The Bishop was a strong supporter of artists of those days, along with being a very skilled diplomat. The Palace still holds as one of the few buildings in the city which show glimpses of both Gothic and Renaissance styles of architecture.

Opened in 2007, the Palace is one place where you can view the art that has inculcated in Poland over the years. The Museum has a wide array of paintings, sculptures, and portraits etc. collected from the medieval era alongside the more contemporary exhibits. The exhibitions are divided into two well-defined categories which take the viewer on an art journey through Poland between the 12th to the 18th centuries. Exhibits of Gothic paintings and sculptures, old Polish funeral coffins and ceremonies, the figure of Madonna of Krużlowa etc. comprise the Art of Old Poland. The other exhibit includes orthodox art from the Polish-Lithuanian Republic period.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am. to 6 pm.; Sunday 10 am. to 4 pm.
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Wawel Cathedral's John Paul II Museum

16) Wawel Cathedral's John Paul II Museum (must see)

Opened in 1978, this museum is a fine example of 14th-century Gothic architecture. It was opened by Pope John Paul II and has pieces of medieval church art on display. There are many precious sculptures, paintings, golden monstrances, old crosses, and fancy reliquaries. Here you will see one of the most precious of things, King Sigismund II August’s ornate sword from the 16th century.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-4pm
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Wawel Royal Castle

17) Wawel Royal Castle (must see)

With the wealth of history and abundance of heritage, the city of Krakow is a haven for admirers of the past. The Wawel is one such place in Krakow where one can get enchanted by the city’s legendary sagas. The Wawel Hill has formed about 150 million years ago and is majorly made up of Jurassic limestone that dates back to the Oxfordian age. The Hill comprises many historically significant buildings that date back to different eras. Surrounded by water and marshes, archaeologists found evidence of settlers on the Wawel Hill that dates back to the early Palaeolithic.

For centuries the residence of the kings of Poland and the symbol of Polish statehood, the Wawel Royal Castle on Wawel Hill is now one of the country’s premier art museums. Established in 1930, the museum encompasses ten curatorial departments responsible for collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, among them the Sigismund II Augustus tapestry collection, goldsmith’s work, arms and armor, ceramics, Meissen porcelain, and period furniture. The museum’s holdings in oriental art include the largest collection of Ottoman tents in Europe.

Why You Should Visit:
"Everyone loves castles" – Peppa Pig

Tip:
You can walk around the grounds for no charge at all; what you choose to do dictates the entry price.
Opting for the State Rooms and Royal Apartments is worth it as you see a lot of impressive and well-preserved interiors (for English guided tours, pre-book online as to avoid the queues).
The Sandomierska Tower will give you a great all-round view of the place and the Dragon's Den takes you to the underground caves, but note that these are seasonal (closed Nov-Mar).

Please check the opening hours on the Royal Castle website, as they tend to vary quite a bit: https://wawel.krakow.pl/en/hours-tickets-reservations-luggage
Sight description based on wikipedia
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King Sigismund Chapel

18) 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 houses the tombs of Sigismund II Augustus, Anna Jagiellonka as well as their financier King Sigismund I. The King is believed to have built the Chapel after the death of his wife Barbara. He then sent for Berrecci, who came along with some of the finest artists to work on the Chapel. Not only are the exteriors of the Chapel awe striking, the interiors also live up to the expectations of those who walk in.

From the red marble sculptures of the saints to the altar piece designed by Hans Durer everything within the Chapel is one of a kind. The sarcophagi of the members of the dynasty need special mention as each of them is a master piece in its own right.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Giant Bell

19) 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 layers.

The mighty bell is ceremoniously rung on every Christian holiday, feast and significant days in the history of Poland. Till date, this huge bell is rung manually and its takes a healthy dozen to do so. It takes 12 men, six on either side to ring the Giant Bell. The act demands a great deal of coordination and strength. An honorary badge symbolizing the Bell is even given to the one that has rung the Bell over 50 times. The Badge is even given as a symbol to honour achievements of an individual in the state. Undoubtedly, the Giant Bell is one of the national symbols of the Poland.
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Dragon's Lair

20) Dragon's Lair

Krakow is the perfect place to get lost in rich history and ancient lore. With castles, museums, traditional concert halls and mystical folklore, Krakow is the perfect blend that offers every visitor a reason to spend time here.

The Dragon’s Lair is one such destination. Located on the foot of the Wawel Hill on the banks of the River Vistula, the Dragon’s Lair is a must visit in Krakow.

Legend has it that during the reign of King Krak (after whom the city is named), there once lived a monstrous dragon on the foot hills of Wawel. The town folk were tired of appeasing the dragon with a regular supply of cattle and their livestock. A parallel story also goes to say that the dragon feasted on nothing but young maidens of the town. Finally it was time to sacrifice the King’s only daughter, Wanda. Unable to comply, the King decided to put an end to the menace but none of his knights could vanquish the dragon. However, a young shoemaker, Dratewka, skilfully outsmarted the creature by offering it a ram stuffed with sulphur. On devouring the ram, the dragon instantly felt thirsty and went to the river to quench his thirst but no amount of water could satisfy his parched throat. Bloated from all the excess water, the dragon finally exploded and the town breathed a sigh of relief from the monster. Relive the story all over again at the Dragon’s Lair.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
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: 5.5 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: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 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: 4.5 km
Art Galleries Walk in Krakow

Art Galleries Walk in Krakow

Krakow is the cultural capital of Poland. Contemporary art flourishes here. There are many galleries in the city. Krakow is proud of its talented artists whose works have been exhibited in Poland and abroad, winning prestigious international awards. Those who appreciate art will surely find exclusive, interesting works here.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Museums Tour in Krakow's Old Town

Museums Tour in Krakow's Old Town

Krakow, the second capital of Poland, is the cultural center which is why you will find a lot of museums of all kinds here. Learn about the history of Krakow and Poland at the Historical Museum and learn about the nation’s traditions at the National Museum. There are also unique collections you will not find anywhere else in the world. A great deal of museums are dedicated to ancient, medieval and modern art. Take the following tour to discover the most popular museums in Krakow’s Old Town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Krakow for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Krakow has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Krakow, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.