5 Places You Should Visit in Krakow

Krakow is one of the most beautiful city of Poland and, probably, of Eastern Europe as well. Its architecture is so magnificent that it will make you fall in love with the city at the same moment when you see its beauty for the first time. This is not only is a historic and visual gem, but also Poland's one of the oldest and second largest city. To discover all of its wonders, you will definitely need several days. And for sure, this is a place where you will want to come again and again. Get lost between its beautiful streets, walk around its old town, feel its atmosphere and simply become a part of this unforgettable and unique city. We promise, you will love it! But before, read our list of 5 places you should visit in Krakow!

1. Main Square

The main square in the Old Town from Krakow is something that every visitor of the city has to see. It dates back to the 13th century, and is one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe. it is always lively, spacious and beautiful. A lot of important historic and cultural attractions of Krakow are also located here, including the Cloth Hall, the Town Hall Tower, the 10th century Church of St. Adalbert and Adam Mickiewicz Monument. The Gothic towers of St. Mary's Basilica are rising above the square making it even more impressive.

2. Wawel Castle

The Wawel Castle is another famous landmark of Krakow. Built in the 14th century, it has a long history behind. The Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Hill constitute the most historically and culturally important site in Poland. In 1930, it has become one of the country's premier art museums. Nowadays it houses the State Rooms, Royal Private Apartments, Exhibition "The Lost Wawel", Exhibition "Oriental Art", The Royal Gardens and Dragon's Den. Definitely a "must see" place for every traveler coming to Krakow!

3. St. Mary's Basilica

St. Mary's Basilica, which is also known as Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven, is a Brick Gothic church and one of the most impressive buildings in Krakow, especially in its interior beauty and decorations. It was built in the beginning of the 13th century and is 80 m tall. There is another interesting story behind it. On every hour, a trumpet signal is played from the top church, in order 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 signal is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national radio.

4. Wawel Cathedral

The Wawel Cathedral is also known as The Royal Archcathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslaus. Most probably, you will not remember this name, but you can still see it in another guides and tourist information centres. It is located on the Wawel Hill, next to the castle which we have already mentioned before. More than 900 years old, it is the Polish national sanctuary and traditionally has served as coronation site of the Polish monarchs. Originally, it was built in the 11th that makes it also one of the oldest sites of the city. However, the current building of the cathedral is the third one on this site, since the previous two were destroyed.

5. Kraków Cloth Hall

The Krakow Cloth Hall is one of the most significant landmarks of the city. It is located on the main square in the Old Town of Krakow and has a long and interesting history. Centuries ago, it was a major centre of international trade. Traveling merchants met there to discuss business and to barter. During its golden age in the 15th century, the hall was the source of a variety of exotic imports from the east – spices, silk, leather and wax. Nowadays on the upper floor of the hall you can find the Sukiennice Museum that houses the largest permanent exhibit of the 19th-century Polish painting and sculpture.

Conclusion

So as you see, Krakow is not only beautiful. All of its major attractions have very exciting stories behind and can tell you a lot of interesting things. Krakow is amazing and unique, so never stop exploring its secrets, and this is city will always surprise you!

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Kate Makogon
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