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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Discover Old Town Krakow on this walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, who will give you the rundown on Krakow’s long history. From Rynek Glówny (Main Square) to Mariacki (St Mary’s Basilica) to Wawel Hill, you’ll see Krakow’s top historical sights. Admire centuries-old churches and Renaissance architecture, and end your tour with a look inside Wawel Cathedral. This tour is limited to 20 people, ensuring a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • 3-hour walking tour of Old Town Krakow
  • Hear lesser-known facts and anecdotes about Krakow’s history from your knowledgeable guide
  • Walk through Europe’s largest medieval market square, Rynek Glówny
  • See Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest in the world
  • Head to the top of Wawel Hill to see Wawel Royal Castle and visit Wawel Cathedral
  • Small-group tour with maximum 20 people provides a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Krakow Old Town Walking Tour Including Rynek Glówny, Mariacki and Wawel Cathedral

Mariacki Church

After making your own way to Krakow Old Town, meet your guide at St Adalbert Church to begin your walking tour. Spend a minute admiring the 11th-century St Adalbert, one of the oldest stone churches in Poland, and then follow your guide across Rynek Glówny, the city’s main square and the largest medieval town square in Europe at 10 acres (4 hectares).

Marvel at the square’s design, which was created in 1257, as you walk to the northeast corner, where you'll see the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady (St Mary's Basilica), better known in these parts as the Mariacki. You may even hear the hejnal (bugle call) from the top of the taller of St Mary's two towers.

Next head to the center of the square, dominated by Cloth Hall, originally designed for the medieval rag trade. Walk inside the hall, where you’ll pass by the craft stalls before heading to Jagiellonian University, established in 1364 by Casimir III the Great. It is the oldest university in Poland and the second oldest in Central Europe.

Continuing further south, make your way to the outer circle of Old Town, which was originally surrounded by double defensive walls complete with 47 towers and a moat; today the moat has been replaced by a ring-shaped park called Planty.

Strolling through the park, you’ll arrive at the foot of Krakow's must-see attraction and the symbol of the nation, Wawel Hill. Follow your guide to the top, where you'll see stately Wawel Royal Castle, a magnificent Renaissance palace built by Italian architects. It was the kings’ seat for more than 500 years until the end of the 16th century, when the seat of power moved to Warsaw.

After snapping some photos of the castle, head inside neighboring Wawel Cathedral, which has hosted most of the coronations and funerals of Poland's monarchs. See kings' graves and the Royal Sigismund Bell, the largest of the five bells hanging in the Sigismund Tower of the cathedral. Hear from your guide about the bell’s history, which dates back to 1520. The bell weighs almost 28,000 pounds (13 tonnes) and requires 12 bell ringers to swing it!

Your tour ends on Wawel Hill, where you can enter the castle if you wish (own expense) or keep exploring Krakow on your own.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended September 2013

A good introduction to Krakow and lots of information from our guide about the city's legends and tips on where to eat and have coffee. Good way to find out what you want to go back to visit in more depth.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

The guide was very knowledgable freindly although cold did not hesitate to stop and inform the group on the history of the places on the walk.

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