Category Archive: Sightseeing

Krakow Barbican

The Krakow Barbican is a medieval fortified outpost. It used to be connected to the city walls, but now is standing by itself. It is just past St. Florian’s Gate, and is surrounded by Planty Park. It was built in 1498 and is the best preserved fortified outpost of its type in Europe. It used […]

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Rynek Underground Museum in Krakow

The Rynek Underground Museum in Krakow is a neat little museum underground in the main square. It can be a little bit hard to find (its entrance is in the Cloth hall building – on the wall facing the St. Marys Church). The Rynek Underground museum is a new museum (opened in late 2010) and […]

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Plac Nowy in Kazimierz – Full Guide

There are two main areas in Krakow – the old town and its main square, and Plac Nowy, in Kazimierz. It is easily recognised by its square of buildings (mostly bars and restaurants), with market stalls and ‘hole in the wall’ fast food places (that mostly sell zapiekanke). It was originally the heart of the […]

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St. Florian’s Gate in Krakow

St. Florian’s Gate is at the end of Floriańska Street in the Old Town area of Krakow. It is quite small, but worth checking out. You can walk under it (sometimes there are performers playing music there), and check out the nearby Barbican. St. Florian’s Gate was first mentioned in 1307 was built to help […]

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Krakus Mound – For Great Views of the City

Krakus Mound, also known as Kopiec Krakusa in Polish, is a large mound just south of the river in Krakow (approx 3km from the city center, a 20-30 minute walk). The mound gives some very impressive views. It which is where the Polish Prince Krakus is believed to be buried. If you fancy the walk […]

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Visit Zakrzowek

Zakrzowek is a great place to go if you want to get away from the main city center of Krakow. It is was a limestone quarry, but they hit the water table and it flooded. Apparently there are plenty of things to see under the water. We would not recommend you just go for a […]

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Lady with an Ermine in Krakow

Lady with an Ermine is a  Leonardo da Vinci painting, dating back to around 1489–1490. The subject of the portrait is Cecilia Gallerani, and probably was painted at a time when she was the mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, and Leonardo was in the service of the Duke. The painting is one of […]

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The Best (Free) Walking Tours in Krakow

Due to the massive amount of tourists here – especially in summer – there are actually quite a few walking tours that go in, in Krakow. We recommend the Free Walking Tour Foundation tours. For the latest times, check out their facebook. But generally from the Old Town (which is their main tour) they leave […]

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St. Mary’s Basilica

St. Mary’s Basilica is the big church in the main Market Square. From Wikipedia: Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (also known as St. Mary’s Church; Polish: Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny (Kościół Mariacki)) is a Brick Gothic church re-built in the 14th century (originally built in the early 13th century), adjacent to the […]

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