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11 Apr 2024

Top 10 places to visit in Krakow, Poland

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Yes, the capital of Poland is Warsaw, but the sweet and fabulous city of Krakow was and remains to be the most beloved Polish city of all tourists. You may askwhy is that? This time Tourflow answer you with Top 10 Things to See in Krakow and you will figure it by yourself. While planning your trip to Krakow, don't forget to look at our website to see the best offers in the city such as:

  1. Main Square

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All roads in Krakow lead to the Main Square, as it has some of the city's main attractions, such as the Town Hall, St. Mary's Basilica and the Cloth Hall. This is the epicenter of cultural and night life. There are also many restaurants and pubs on this square. You can come here to feel the morning over the cup of tea or meet the evening, enjoying the street music and city's lights.

  1. Cloth Hall

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The oldest market in Krakow, built back in 1257 and surprisingly resembling a fabulous building. Today's Cloth Hall is one of the main tourists' attractions. If you want to plunge into centuries-old antiquity or just buy unique souvenirs, then be sure to visit this place. Here you will find everything from postcards to amber, lace and folk costumes at very affordable prices.

3 St. Mary's Basilica

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Probably the most recognizable landmark of Krakow. Since Poland has the very important role of religion, St. Mary's basilica should be in your "must see" list Krakow. Besides, it's particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss. We highly recommend you also to experience with its famous melody that sounds four times a day from the church tower.

  1. Wawel Castle

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The residence of the Polish kings of XIII century, located on the banks of the Vistula River. The construction began to be erected under Wenceslaus II of Bohemia and continued under King Casimir III the Great. During Great Northern War, the castle was burned by Swedish troops, after which it was reconstructed in 1724-28. For a long time, the Wawel Castle belonged to the Austrian Empire, and only at the beginning of the XX century the Poles managed to buy it back.

In 1978 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Kraków.

  1. Juliusz Slowacki Theater

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One of the best dramatic scenes in Poland, founded in 1893, which is already at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries gained wide popularity and significance among the public theaters. The theatre was named after Polish poet Juliusz Słowacki in 1909 and listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  1. Barbican Krakow

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Barbican Krakow is a historic gateway that leading to the Old Town of Krakow. Back to the time it played the very important role in the city protection from enemy attacks and in turbulent times was the only way to get outside the city walls. Today the Barbican is one of the city's famous landmarks and a living piece of its history, which is worth seeing in Krakow.

  1. Collegium Maius

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Collegium Maius is the building of the Jagiellonian University, which is the oldest university building in all of Poland. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the life of medieval students, take a walk along the Gothic stone corridors, look into the courtyard with an arched gallery and be sure to visit the real alchemical room where Copernicus's instruments are stored.

  1. Kazimierz

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A quarter in the historical part of Krakow, on the territory of which the Jewish community lived from the XVI century until the occupation of Poland in World War II. In the period of 1335-1818 Kazimierz was an independent city, since 1800 it became a part of Krakow. The Jewish quarter is one of the main tourist centers. Many historical monuments located on its territory are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Don't miss the opportunity to see Krakow from the other angle: Krakow Kazimierz Tour of Schindler's List Filming Locations

  1. Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory

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Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory is the factory of metal item production, established in 1937 by Jewish industrialists Michal Gutman, Izrael Kahn and Wolf Luzer Glajtman. In 1939, it became a bankrupt and transferred to Oscar Schindler, who modernized and revived production. During the WWII, Jews from the Krakow ghetto worked here. Thanks to Schindler's efforts, many workers escaped death in a concentration camp. In 2010, a memorial museum of the same name was opened on the territory of the factory and you can visit it nowadays.

  1. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK)

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The exposition is located in one of the buildings of the Schindler factory, modernized in 2010. The museum specializes in organizing art exhibitions created in the last decades of the XX century and at the beginning of the XXI century. It has its own permanent exhibition, which is exhibited in one of the floors. The gallery has a library, a bookstore and a restoration workshop.

By the way, don't forget that you can experience the city different ways, one of them is through History and the other one is through local food and drinks.

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