Top 10 Attractions in Krakow

Kraków is the former capital of Poland, rich in history and located around the Wawel hill. The tourist flow is increasing dramatically, more and more people discover how beautiful the city is. It is also a student city. It is therefore not strange that there are many clubs and cafés here.

10. Jordan Park

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West of the center of Krakow is the big Jordan Park. It is also called Jordans Garden of Park Jordana.Henryk Jordan used to be the owner of the park. There is a monument made of him in the park. Jordan Park dates back to 1889 and was the first public playground in Europe. In the past there was a swimming pool, twelve sports fields, lockers and changing rooms in the park. After the Second World War, the park was expanded with new sports fields and locations, including a toboggan run, amphitheater and cycle paths. Even now there are still plenty of sports, including football, cricket and tennis. Centrally located in the park is a large water pond which can be ridden and cycling.


9. Theater im Juliusza Słowackiego

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In the old part of Krakow is Theater im Juliusza Słowackiego. The theater is named after Polish poet Juliusz Słowacki. The building was built between 1891 and 1893. The huge building was designed by John Zawiejski, the winner of a design contest, in Neo Baroque style. This theater became the birthplace of the concept of ‘The Young Poland’. This is an important period in Poland from visual arts, literature and music, between the 1890s and 1918s. In this theater, the Romantic drama was rediscovered and here was the premiere of the pieces of Polish playwright Stanisław Wyspiański. To date, great dramatic performances are given in the theater.

8. National Museum (Narodowe)

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The largest museum in Krakow is the National Museum, located west of the center. The museum is also called the Narodowe Museum and dates back to the year 1879. There are extensive collections of Polish Art and many (formerly derived) military attributes.

7. Kazimierz (Quarter with the Old Synagogue and Landaupaleis)


Kazimierz is a neighborhood, located near the Wawel hill. Traditionally, the district was a separate city.Since the end of the 16th century it has been added to Krakow. In this lively district there are two famous buildings, namely the Old Synagogue and the Landaupaleis. The Old Synagogue is not only old (the oldest of Poland), but also large. It is not exactly known when the Synagogue was built, at least somewhere in the 15th century. Later, in 1570, it was expanded, strengthened and rebuilt. In the Second World War the synagogue was destroyed, only a ruin remained. By the synagogue wall, thirty Polish hostages were executed in the year 1943. The Old Synagogue was rebuilt after the war and became part of the Historical Museum. The Landaupaleis from the year 1320, is located against the Wawel hill and is also called Jordanow Palace. Here in the past lived a rich family. Now there is a bookstore and a café-restaurant. The past is still found in an old-fashioned living room atmosphere and live klezmer music is played here in the evening. In addition to the synagogue and castle you will find many restaurants and terraces in Kazimierz.

6. Barbakan (port)

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Barbakan used to be the gateway to Krakow. The impressive gate dates back to the Middle Ages, from the 15th century. Annual medieval celebrations are held here, with knights fighting taking place.Exhibitions are also regularly arranged here.

5. Mariakerk

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The Mariakerk is located in the old center of Krakow and was built in the 13th century. This gothic catholic church was founded by the citizens of Krakow. Here is the largest (and very impressive) altar of Europe, made by Veit Stross. Every hour, the sound of a bug comes from the Mariakerk. This sound has been used in the past as a warning noise. Attacks were announced. In one of the attacks, the bugles came to life. Since his death the bell sound stops halfway through the last tone. There are many art treasures in the Mariakerk. It is possible to climb the tower of the Mariakerk. From the tower you have a view of the city.

4. Council Houses

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The Council House is located on the Main Market Square of Krakow. This Gothic tower was built in 1316 as part of the Council House. In 1820 the Council House was abolished. The tower remained. The tower of the tower was replaced in 1685 after it was destroyed by fire. In 1783 he was replaced again because he had perished. In the 1960s, two statues of lions were placed in front of the entrance. These are from the early 19th century. In the past there was a prison with torture under the tower. The Council House is now a Historical Museum. There is also the possibility to climb the tower and enjoy views over Krakow.

3. Laundry rooms (bazaar)


The Laeken halls, the Krakow bazaar, also called Sukiennice, is located on the Grote Markt. In the past, since the 15th century, it was a center for international trade. Now it is full of stalls with Polish handicrafts products. You can find artwork, bags, jewelry, sheepskin sweaters, belts, shoes and crystal glass among others. The Laeken Halls building looks spectacular.

2. Great market

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The Great Market of Krakow is called Rynek Glowny in Poland. The square is in the heart of the city and has a size of more than 40,000 m². There are many sights to be found in the square, including the Mariakerk (number 5 of this list), the Adalbert church, the council houses (number 4 of this list) and the Laeken halls (number 3 of this list). In the middle of the square is Adam Mickiewicz’s monument. This is a very famous Polish poet. There are also many terraces in the square.

1. Wawel hill (with castle and cathedral)

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On the Wawel hill in the southern part of Kraków’s Old Town are the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. From the center you walk up the hill through a path, reaching a particularly beautiful destination. Some of Poland is even talking about a sanctuary when it is about the Wawel castle. This Royal Palace was built between 1320 and 1364 and has an area of ​​more than 7000m² with 71 rooms.Until the end of the 17th century, the royal residence was located. Now you can admire the many halls during a tour. Especially the knight room, the armory room, the auditorium and the senator’s hall are spectacular. There is also a museum located in the castle. The Cathedral was built in the same time as the palace. In the Wawel Cathedral, the Polish kings were crowned and buried. There are also some other Polish celebrities buried. Famous part of the cathedral is the Zygmunt Chapel with the Zygmunttoren. The chapel has a gold-covered dome roof. The tower can climb you. Here is a big clock.If you touch this, you will experience happiness in love, it is claimed.


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