Kraków, one of Poland's oldest cities, dates back to the 7th century. Kraków was the capital until 1596 and traditionally one of the main centers of academic, economic, cultural and artistic life in Poland. The old town of Krakow is the historic center of Poland, and its central square is the most famous old center in Poland today.
The Old Town of Krakow was included in the World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO in 1978, and the most noticeable focus in the Old Town is the Central Market Square. The square is 200 meters long and wide, and has a total area of 40,000 square meters. It is one of the oldest medieval squares in Europe. The square is surrounded by historical buildings of various styles, including various coffee shops, restaurants, and souvenir shops, and the central part is the textile hall of Renaissance architecture.
beautiful place to hang out with friends, or family. the Archilochus monument is very interesting. and location is very nice. a must visit.
krakow is a very histrocial town in Poland, compare to Warsaw it is more relaxing and have more attaction for tourist. It is also the main connection town for visitng the Poland Concentration Camp.
Although Poland seemed remote and unfamiliar to us, after visiting Krakow Lesser Poland Province, I wanted to take another in-depth Poland tour and see more cities. Krakow occupies a special place in Polish history, culture and spirituality. It was once the capital of Poland and contains countless cultural relics and national symbols. It is listed as a World Heritage Site by virtue of its own charm. On the other hand, Krakow is also a vibrant, active and open European city. In the Middle Ages, the old city was surrounded by a city wall about three kilometers long. Most of the city walls were demolished in the 19th century. After filling the moat, it became a green belt around the city. The southern end is Wawel Castle on the Vistula River. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from Krakow Station to the entrance of the old town, which is not far, but it takes a short walk. If you don’t want to walk, you can also take the streetcar to Wawel Castle first. It is also good to walk from the castle through the old town to the station. In addition, taking a horse-drawn carriage tour of the old city is a romantic way to appreciate the city, especially after night falls, the entire square, the Santa Maria Cathedral and the Textile Hall are brightly lit. Walk to the entrance of the old town, and you will see Barbakan Krakowski, a red brick urn city built in 1498, which is a few of the remains of Krakow’s city walls. Walking into the old city, colorful classical buildings are neatly arranged, and you can see the Sanctuary of Our Lady on the square in the distance. There are many Catholic churches in the Old Town of Krakow. The Bazylika Mariacka, the Basilica of Our Lady is located next to the square. The Basilica of Our Lady was built in the 14th century. It is a brick Gothic building with a distinctive asymmetrical appearance. Every hour, horns sound from the top of the bell tower. The sorrowful horn tune will be interrupted midway, to commemorate the horn player who played the horn on the bell tower during the Mongol invasion. When the Mongols attacked the city, the trumpeter sounded the alarm on the clock tower, but was shot in the throat by a Mongol bow and arrow and died. Transportation strategy: Transportation: You can take a train from Warsaw to Krakow, the whole journey takes 2 and a half hours. The old city is not big, you can go shopping in one day, if you rush, you can go back and forth on the same day. Hotel strategy: Accommodation: There are many hotels inside and outside the old city, don't worry. There are also many restaurants, cafes, and bars. It is very pleasant to choose a good day to drink and taste local food. Little Tips: Wawel Castle is a must-see attraction, you must take a closer look. Free ride in a carriage~