Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is the city’s most atmospheric district and the best way to explore is on foot. This 3-hour walking tour checks off all the highlights, including the Royal Route and the Wawel Castle complex; the medieval St. Mary’s Basilica and 17th-century St Peter and Paul’s Church; and the historic Cloth Hall.
3-hour walking tour of Krakow’s Old Town
Discover the UNESCO-listed monuments of Krakow’s oldest district
Explore the Royal Route and the Wawel Castle complex
Admire architectural wonders such as St Peter and Paul’s Church, St Mary’s Basilica, and the Cloth Hall
Learn more about Krakow’s fascinating history and heritage from a local guide
Meet your guide in Krakow’s Main Market Square in time for a 2pm departure and set out to explore the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town.
Follow your guide down the Royal Route, and walk in the footsteps of the Polish Kings as you hear about Krakow’s stint as the royal capital. Pause to see historic landmarks such as St. Florian's Church, and admire the grand medieval buildings along Floriańska, Grodzka, and Kanonicza Streets.
Arrive at Wawel Castle and spend time exploring the magnificent castle complex, including the Cathedral, the Royal Chambers, and the Armory. Marvel at the Medieval, Romanesque, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles, and take in the views from the top of Wawel Hill, gazing out over the Vistula River and the gold-roofed Sigismund Chapel.
Continue to Rynek Główny, where the star attraction is the 13th-century St. Mary’s Basilica, home to an impressive altarpiece by Veit Stoss, and some striking paintings by artists including Matejko, Mehoffer, and Wyspiański. Nearby, St Peter and Paul’s Church is another important religious monument, build in the 17th century and still the most significant Jesuit church in Krakow.
After enjoying a coffee break (own expense) at a local café, visit one of the city’s most photographed landmarks – the elaborate Cloth Hall and the Underground Museum.
Your tour ends around 5pm back in the Main Market Square.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Excellent introduction to Krakow
, Aug 2019
The guide was both entertaining and informative. She explained many things about the history and environment I would have missed otherwise. She also had great suggestions for later activities. My enjoyment of the city was greatly enhanced.
This was my second visit to Krakow. I had little more time to spend in the city this time so booked this walking tour..and it was worth it.
Our guide knew history of the city, of all the places we visited, very well and he sure made it interesting!!
We had sufficient time in each place to view, observe and click photos. The walk was comfortable for group members of all ages..
and finally walking in the rains of Krakow was fun! (because it lasted for only 10 minutes out of the 3 hour tour)
Alex is an experienced and personable guide. He knows his subject matter well and is open to providing more information in-depth when answering questions. A bit more spontaneous local colour would have been nice and visual aids in the form of a few charts/pictures would have helped us grasp unfamiliar Polish names/Kings
We were a small group (5 persons) which always improves the quality.
This is actually a 2.5 hour tour (includes 30 minutes rest break which we declined).
There are many. many companies offering this tour with a wide range of prices, so it is always comforting to be looked after by professionals. Good value.
This tour was perfect. We had very little time to see quite a long list of items on our list during our quick visit to Krakow, and this tour covered all of it, and so much more. I'm impressed with how much we were able to see and learn about in a relatively short amount of time, and yet we were even able to take a break halfway through to rest our legs and have a refreshment in some shade it was really hot out. Our guide, Severyn, was amazing. He was a doctorate student in history, so he had a wealth of knowledge to share about everything we saw, it was so enriching. I felt like he was actively engaged with each and every one of us the entire time and was very warm and proud of Krakow and its rich history and people. I was bummed when our tour ended, we were all left wanting more. I would highly recommend this tour for any savvy traveller or history buff.
This tour was the greatest. The reason was our guide - Jack - though his real name was probably three times longer and had no vowels. We met at the prescribed location in the main market square and set off at precisely 2pm. For the next three hours, we saw the wonderful sights of Krakow's old town while we took the graduate course relating to its history, geography, art and architecture from Jack, whose English was excellent and colourful. He wasn't just knowledgeable, he was passionate, and a natural story-teller. He had us hanging on every word. At precisely 5pm, we were back in the square - we had to be there at the top of the hour for this - where Jack delivered his piece de résistance - another bit of theatre that I won't reveal here. A bit of history that we'll remember, especially for the way in which it was conveyed by our entertaining guide. This review may sound a bit effusive, but no, I don't work for the tour company, and I'm not a relative of Jack! Just really enjoyed the tour and hope you do, too.
Victoria, BC Canada