Kraków's historic monuments you must see

Panoramic view of the market square in Krakow by day

Kraków is a magic city which attracts crowds of tourists from around the world. Plan your first, or maybe next, trip to the former capital of Poland and the seat of Polish kings. Rent a car to move around the Town of Krak swiftly and comfortably. Learn what to see. Here are Kraków's most interesting attractions and historic monuments.

The most interesting tourist attractions in Kraków

Thinking what you should see in Kraków? The best idea is to start your visit from the Royal Road and Barbican. Walk through the famous St. Florian's Gate to reach the Old Town and the Main Market Square, which vibrates with life whatever the time of day or year. Enter the historic Cloth Hall, where you can buy Kraków souvenirs. Other must-see landmarks include the stunningly beautiful St. Mary's Basilica with an altarpiece by Wit Stwosz, the Wawel Royal castle and the Wawel Cathedral with the famous Sigismund Bell and crypts of Polish kings.

Walking around Kraków, listen to St. Mary's Bugle Call which is played every hour on the hour from the tower of St. Mary's Basilica. Remember to walk the tourist route under the main Market Square. See one of the world's oldest universities – the Jagiellonian University, and Nowa Huta – a concrete-built proletarian suburb.

Bazylika Mariacka in Krakow

 

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Tourist attractions in Kraków

Sites of interest in Kraków include the limestone den of the Wawel Dragon and its sculpture which breathes real fire, and the 55 rainbow steps in Podgórze with quotes from Polish and foreign writers. Want to have good fun and eat well in this historic city? Take a map and find the famous Tytano, a building complex which once was a tobacco factory. Today, it houses vibrant pubs and cafés.

Stop, even for a brief moment, by cafés, restaurants and synagogues in the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Visit the beautiful art workshops and galleries in the area of Szeroka, Miodowa and Izaaka streets. And when you get tired of sightseeing, take a breather in the Planty Park or go to the all-green Botanic Garden of the Jagiellonian University. You must visit the Museum of Illusions and Contemporary Art!

When you get bored with the Town of Krak, drive to Kraków's neighbourhood to discover more attractions!

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