Explore Old Town: its cathedral, history, museums and more!

Kraków Old Town (Stare Miasto) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site festooned with architectural gems. Explore cobblestone streets and squares framed by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. Browse galleries, visit museums and experience a slice of Kraków’s nightlife scene. The Old Town has been a flourishing commercial and political center since the 11th century.

Enter via Floriańska Gate and follow a route once traversed by the Polish royal family. Marvel at the Barbican, a 15th-century defensive tower previously connected to Floriańska Gate by a drawbridge. Stroll past pubs and shops on Floriańska Street to Jan Matejko House and the Pharmacy Museum. Admire the collections at the Princes Czartoryski Museum – Gallery of Ancient Art.

Stand in Main Market Square to appreciate the enormity of one of Europe’s largest plazas. It houses the Cloth Hall, a glorious former merchant market, Rynek Underground museum and the 230-foot-tall (70-meter) Town Hall Tower. People-watch from cafés in old tenement houses. On the west side is the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków and Polonia Wax Museum.

Find impressive churches on the square’s east side. Among these are the Church of St. Wojciech, St. Barbara’s Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Stroll south on Grodzka Street to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and St. Andrew’s Church. Tour the Archdiocesan Museum of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla.

Climb up to a fortified royal complex on Wawel Hill. Major highlights include Wawel Cathedral and the 14th-century Wawel Royal Castle. Enjoy a break on the lawns of the Planty, ringed gardens on the grounds of Kraków’s old city walls.

After dark, beerhalls, clubs and live music venues provide nighttime entertainment until early morning hours. Attend concerts and theatrical performances at Slowacki Theatre.

The Old Town is a short walk from Kraków Glówny train station. Get around on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. The district extends into the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Visit Corpus Christi Basilica, New Jewish Cemetery, Remuh Synagogue and Wolnica Square here as well.

Known for

Historical Buildings, Castles and Cathedrals

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Top hotels in Old Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Amber Design Residence
4 out of 5
ul. Sw. Marka 35, Krakow
£62
per night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4.9/5Exceptional! (130 reviews)

"Loved the location the staff and the room The bed was a very soft a little too much for me The towels were small"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2019

Amber Design Residence
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Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Rynek Glowny 11, Krakow, Lesser Poland
£77
per night
13 Oct-14 Oct
4.6/5Exceptional! (789 reviews)

"Amazing location on main square but not noisy. Easy to access most things. Friendly and efficient staff who made my last day easier as I had a long delay before my evening flight. I’d love to return and if I do will definitely try the restaurant. The food looks and smells amazing but is tucked away. ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019

Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
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Wyspianski Hotel
3 out of 5
Ul Westerplatte 15, Krakow, Lesser Poland
£51
per night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4/5Very Good! (1,731 reviews)

"Location, it was a very good service they were help ful."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

Wyspianski Hotel
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Betmanowska Main Square Residence
4 out of 5
Ul. Rynek Glowny 44, Krakow
4.9/5Exceptional! (1,515 reviews)

"Everything from the moment we arrived was excellent. Welcome gift, friendliness of staff, wonderful room with great whirlpool and custom shower facilities."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2019

Betmanowska Main Square Residence
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Hotel Legend
3.5 out of 5
ul. Sw. Gertrudy 12, Krakow
£81
per night
23 Oct-24 Oct
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,427 reviews)

"This hotel was a great choice for our time in Krakow. The location was absolutely perfect. Everything we wanted to see in the city was a 15 minute walk or less, but the park across the street made it feel like we weren't even in a city and meant that it was nice and quiet at night. We also really ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2019

Hotel Legend
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Aparthotel Stare Miasto
4 out of 5
Ul. Golebia 2, Krakow, Lesser Poland
£62
per night
3 Oct-4 Oct
4.4/5Wonderful! (800 reviews)

"The hotel is close to everything including attractions, restaurants and public transport - very convenient. It would have been perfect if the kitchen is on the same level as the rest of the room. I have problem climbing stairs. To overcome the problem, I moved the kettle and utensils downstairs to ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Aparthotel Stare Miasto

Other areas in Krakow

Kazimierz
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Kazimierz

Known for Culture, Churches, Monuments

The city's old Jewish quarter survived near destruction to become a vibrant locale bursting with historical attractions and a lively social scene.