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Cracow's Historic Centre
Cracow's Historic Centre

Cracow's Historic Centre

9.413 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Plaza
Ranked #5 in Krakow things to do
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Rynek Glowny, Krakow 30-062, Poland
+48 12 6161 511
http://www.krakow-info.com/1oldtown.htm
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The historic centre of Cracow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. The 13th-century merchants' town has Europe's largest market square and numerous ... Read more
historical houses, palaces and churches with their magnificent interiors. Further evidence of the town's fascinating history is provided by the remnants of the 14th-century fortifications and the medieval site of Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues in the southern part of town, Jagellonian University and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried. In 1978, it was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

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Cape Town, South Africa

The historic centre of Krakow is wonderful. The wonderful church with that announces the quarter hour with a trumpeter is just breath-taking. You cannot miss it when in Krakow!

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Lisbon, Portugal

We got around in a tour, which was great to hear a bit of history and the main attractions

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Cracow (Krakow)'s historic center is where you can feel why this city is loved. Good mix of old and new can be seen here, and also one of the best places to people watch. From the 14th-century fortifications to the medieval site of Kazimierz, from ancient synagogues to Gothic cathedrals, it's overwhelmingly charming. The square of the former capital city is an UNESCO heritage site.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

The urban layout of Cracow's Historic Center is an outstanding example of medieval architecture, and the heart of Poland's former capital. Situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle, the Stare Miasto, as it's known in Polish, is home to Europe's largest market square as well as numerous historical houses, palaces and churches. Although very touristed, Cracow's Historic Center is a highlight of Poland and it's long and storied history.

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San Diego, California

The historic center of Krakow is where you want to go in this city. There is the Cloth Hall, churches, and so many historic buildings. The town square is huge! We were there during New Year's Eve and they were having a free concert. Around 300,000 folks were there, so that tells you how big it is.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA
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Krakow's town center is composed of a number of historic buildings set in a grand square. The main building is Cloth Hill Market. Cloth Hill Market is one of the best places to buy souvenirs in Europe. Salesmen hawk various homemade Polish handicrafts. I bought a wooden chess set for the equivalent of $5. If you like jewelry, check out the amber and silver pieces sold at many stalls. Amber literally washes up on the Baltic Sea in northern Poland.

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