Krakow Old Town is unique to Poland and Europe, it's a feast for the eye. From the monumental Market Square, St. Mary's Church, charming streets, many nooks and crannies and the oldest Polish university, we won't run out of things to see, touch, and discuss.
The Tour is led by a local licensed guide.The points of the Tour in Old Town: • Main Market - The main square of the Old Town of Kraków, Lesser Poland, is the principal urban space located at the center of the city. It dates back to the 13th century, and at roughly 40,000 m2 (430,000 ft2) is one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) lists the square as the best public space in Europe due to its lively street life.The main square is a rectangular space surrounded by historic town-houses, palaces and churches. The center of the square is dominated by the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), rebuilt in 1555 in the Renaissance style, topped by a beautiful attic or Polish parapet decorated with carved masks. On one side of the cloth hall is the Town Hall Tower (Wieża ratuszowa), on the other the 10th century Church of St. Adalbert and 1898 Adam Mickiewicz Monument. Rising above the square are the Gothic towers of St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki). Kraków Main Square does not have a town hall, because it has not survived to the present day. • St. Adalbert • City hall Tower • Cloth Hall - dates to the Renaissance and is one of the city's most recognizable icons. It is the central feature of the main market square in the Kraków Old Town - listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. • St. Mary's Church - a Brick Gothic church re-built in the 14th century (originally built in the early 13th century), adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Standing 80 m (262 ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz). On every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of St. Mary's two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city. The noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station. • Collegium Maius (University) - Jagiellonian University's oldest building, dating back to the 14th century. • St. Florian's Gate - part of a Royal Route • Barbican • Grodzka st. - part of a Royal Route • St. Peter and Paul Church • St. Andrews Church • Kanonicza st. • Royal Cathedral - Church of Polish kings! Silent witness of the size and power of the two royal dynasties: Piast and Jagiellonian. Heart of the Polish homeland and refuge in times of partitions. This isn't your average Sunday church