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...   view more
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...   view more
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...   view more
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. ...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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...   view more
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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...   view more
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...   view more
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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...   view more
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...   view more
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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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.

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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...   view more
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...   view more
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...   view more
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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...   view more
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.
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
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
Krakow Acclaimed Museums Walking Tour

Krakow Acclaimed Museums Walking Tour

One of the best ways to learn about Krakow is to visit its numerous museums. You will be charmed by Krakow’s sense of history, culture and tradition. Check the list of museums that are popular among tourists and Krakow's friendly locals in this next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 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
Krakow Self-guided Tour for Kids

Krakow Self-guided Tour for Kids

Krakow has a lot of attractions and activities for families. Many special Wonderlands, such as Kulkoland or Anikino, will entertain your kids and make them happy. If you want to have a fun and active time with you family, consider visiting the fairy-tale Aqua Park. Some nice cafés offer lovely ambiance with special dishes and playgrounds for your fidgety little ones. And don’t forget to visit some toy shops where they can choose a present to remind them of the trip to Krakow.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km