Cracow has been a popular tourist destination for many years, as it has some of the best preserved medieval buildings, churches, abbeys and streets in Europe. Much of Cracow has hardly been changed since the 13th Century and this has meant that there are some beautiful, unspoiled medieval areas that are still almost intact.
There are many top attractions in Cracow, both historic and modern. And here are just a few of the best:
Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square) – Located at Rynek Glowny, Old Town. All streets lead to the Rynek Glowny square in Cracow. The Market Square in the heart of Cracow was the largest market square in Europe and still has a vibrant atmosphere. The Main Square is Cracow’s hub of the city life, bustling with people round the clock, Cracow citizens and tourists meet on its ten acres for business and for pleasure, to shop in several stores, to enjoy themselves in a variety restaurants, cafes and clubs, to attend major events from traditional festivals, street performers to open air concerts, cultural events to political rallies.
Sukiennice (the Cloth Hall)– Located at Rynek Glowny 1, Old Town. The impressive Sukiennice or Cloth Hall is one of Cracow´s major tourist attractions and perhaps the city´s most recognizable symbols. It is an important center at the heart of Cracow´s trade and industry. These days it is filled with market stalls and cafes, and is very popular with both visitors and locals.
Royal Wawel Castle – Located at Wawel 5, Old Town. Cracow’s Wawel castle was a royal residence for eight centuries and the home to Poland’s three dynasties. Renewed to its historical grandeur, the Royal Castle features first-rate period furniture and excellent works of art. Wawel is positioned proudly on the hill above the city, with the Vistula River flows gently at its bottom. The palace is now a museum open to the public and houses a number of wonderful exhibits including the crown armory and treasury, the royal private apartments and an excellent collection of Oriental Art.
Wawel Cathedral – Located at Wawel 3, Old Town. Cracow’s monumental Gothic cathedral is the most venerated Polish church and one of the most interesting landmarks of Europe. The cathedral contains the shrine of St. Stanislaus, the patron saint of Cracow and Poland. It boasts several finely decorated royal chapels and monuments. Its highlight is the Sigismund Chapel, the masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and sculpture.
Kazimierz – The narrow streets lead you through one of Cracow´s most unique districts and features some of the finest architecture found anywhere in the city. In Kazimierz district with its mushrooming cafes and nightlife spots has become Cracow’s equivalent of London’s Soho, Paris’ Quartier Latin, and New York’s Village.