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  • 1 Rynek Glowny (Rynek) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rynek Glowny PL - 31-042 Kraków

    This big square is always lively. The ground floors of the attractive buildings house boutiques and cafés. In the centre, near the Church of Our Lady, stands a statue of the poet Adam Mickiewicz (a popular meeting point). Every hour, trumpets ring ou..

  • 2 Church of Our Lady Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. Mariacki PL - 31-042 Kraków

    The Church of Our Lady is an impressive redbrick Gothic building with a pentagonal porch flanked by two square towers. The ornate interior reveals a combination of styles and colours. The main point of interest is undoubtedly the monumental altarpiec..

  • 3 Ksiazat Czartoryskich Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Sw. Jana 19 PL - 31-017 Kraków

    The pride of Krakow, this museum houses an important collection of European pictures from the 16C to the 19C. Looted by the Nazis, it was partially restocked prior to its nationalisation and incorporation into the National Museum in 1949. The jewel o..

  • 4 Wawel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Wzgórze wawelskie PL - 31-001 Kraków

    Proudly standing between two bends of the River Vistula, this hill is the heart of the city of Poland itself. Discover the admirable Cathedral and the superb Royal Palace. Together they seem to watch over the city. Along the access ramp, an equestria..

  • 5 Wawel Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Grodzka PL - 31-006 Kraków

    The Gothic cathedral dedicated to St Stanislas and St Wenceslas contains many works of art, including St Stanislas' mausoleum (1629 and King Wladyslaw II Jagiello's Tomb, in red marble. Italian artists created the finest example of Renaissance archit..

  • 6 Old Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parc Planty PL - 31-042 Kraków

    Inside the green swathe of Planty Park, developed in the 19C on the site of the old city walls, the historic old town occupies a beautiful location. Around the Marketplace, the medieval character of Krakow is revealed, and there are many remarkable s..

  • 7 Ulica Kanonicza (Canons' Street) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Kanonicza PL - 31-002 Kraków

    This street, one of the city's oldest, has retained its medieval character with finely decorated façades, beyond which arcades line the old courtyards. The motifs on the entrances are geometric; note the statues, leaded windows and balustrades.

  • 8 Zwierzyniec Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Kraków

    Lying about 1km west of the centre of Krakow, this district is worth a detour on account of its numerous curiosities: churches, monasteries and a unique view over the city. Two of the region's oldest festivals take place here, namely those of Emmaus ..

  • 9 Michalik Café Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Florianska 45 PL - Kraków

    This is Krakow's finest café and its astonishing decor gives it the air of a museum. A simple cake shop in the late 19C, this establishment opened by Jan Apolinary Michalik became in the Belle Époque period the hub of the Mloda Polska (Young Poland) ..

  • 10 Szeroka Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Kraków

    The hub of Jewish Krakow's commercial and religious life from the 15C to the 19C, the street is today the epicentre of Kazimierz and teems with tourists and traffic. In the courtyard of the Alef restaurant is the old Popper synagogue founded in 1620 ..

  • 11 Basilica of the Holy Trinity and Dominican Convent Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Stolarska 12 PL - Kraków

    One of the largest and most important basilicas in Krakow, the church was consecrated in 1249 and rebuilt several times, notably in 1872 after the fire of 1850. Of particular interest are the relatively original lateral chapels, the result of 17C pat..

  • 12 Franciscan Basilica Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. Wszystkich Swietych 5 PL - Kraków

    The church's Gothic character was overlaid in the 19C by stained-glass and wall painting by Stanislaw Wyspianski, for which the building is now renowned. The paintings incorporate floral, geometric and heraldic motifs plus some figurative scenes and ..

  • 13 Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    PL - Kraków

    Perched on a promontory overlooking the Vistula, Poland's oldest monastery has the characteristics of a fortified church. Of Romanesque origin, the building today is principally Baroque withs some Gothic elements. Only the church, renowned for its su..

  • 14 Cistrecin Monastery of Mogila Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Klasztorna 11 PL - Kraków

    Like a miraculous island in a sea of concrete, this monastery founded by Bishop Iwo Odrow of Krakow is a rare surviving vestige of the old village of Mogila. Behind its Baroque façade is one of the country's oldest Gothic churches. Don't miss the Hol..

  • 15 MOCAK or Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lipowa 4 PL - Kraków

    MOCAK is a great space - covering 10 000m2 - dedicated to contemporary art. The architects, Claudio Nardi and Leonard Maria Proli, have put to good use six existing buildings on the site, where the Emalia factory (run by Oskar Schindler) used to stan..

  • 16 Rynek Underground (Podziemia Rynku) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Rynek Główny 1 PL - Kraków

    This satellite of the city's History Museum presents the fruit of archaeological research carried out beneath the Market Square (Rynek) from 2005 to 2007, retracing the history of the city from its distant origins and, with a particular focus on the ..

  • 17 Krakow under the Occupation Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Lipowa 4 PL - Kraków

    This museum takes visitors on a terrible journey back in time: to the reign of terror of German occupying forces, present from 1939 in Krakow, seat of their general government in Poland. Over three levels, it presents the dark days and heroic acts of..

  • 18 Collegium Maius Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Jagielloñska 15 PL - 31-010 Kraków

    The Gothic-style Collegius Maius is the principal building of the Jagiellonian University (one of Europe's oldest). The courtyard, with clock incorporating moving figures, is charming. Guided tours allow visitors to see the Libraria Magna (library), ..

  • 19 Kazimierz Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. J. Warszauera PL - 31-057 Kraków

    Founded in 1335 by Casimir the Great (hence the name), this quarter was once an independent city, surrounded by walls. In 1494, on the orders of King John Albert, the Jews were forced to move to the eastern part of the city. Kazimierz quickly became ..

  • 20 Cmentarz Remu'h Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Szeroka 40 PL - 31-053 Kraków

    Next to the Remu'h Synagogue (16C), this cemetery has old sculpted tombs in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. Rabbi Moses Isserles, alias Remu'h, who gave his name to the synagogue, is buried here under a tree; his grave is surrounded by wrought-ir..

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