Main Market Square

Main Market Square featuring street scenes and outdoor art

Main Market Square

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Spend some time in a large medieval square that is filled with restaurants, cafés and magnificent buildings that are hundreds of years old.

Search for clothes and jewelry in a 700-year-old shopping center, tour ancient churches and climb to the top of a Gothic tower at Kraków’s Main Market Square. This 13th-century plaza is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. It is surrounded by traditional Flemish houses and is home to some of the city's most important historical buildings.

Right in the center of the square is the Cloth Hall, an old marketplace that has played host to traders from across the world since the 14th century. Browse a range of stalls then check out the 19th-century Polish Art Gallery upstairs.

Once you have explored the market and gallery, head to the two smaller buildings, situated on either side of the hall. To the east is the 11th-century Church of St. Adalbert, the oldest church in the city. This small stone cuboid building predates the market square. Venture inside to appreciate the beauty of its altarpiece and the paintings lining the dome.

To the west of the hall is the 230-feet (70-meter) Town Hall Tower. Look carefully and you will see that the baroque structure has a slight lean. This was caused by strong winds at the beginning of the 18th century. Walk up the 100 steps to the top and gaze out across the city.

When you are back down at ground level, head over to St. Mary’s Basilica in the square’s eastern corner. One of the characteristic features of this 14th-century church is the different heights of its two 15th-century towers. Go inside for the beautiful stained glass windows and the stunning carved wooden altarpiece, featuring more than 200 figures.

With so much to see, break up your trip with a stop at one of the cafés that sprawl out into the square.

Main Market Square is right in the heart of Kraków, a 10-minute walk from the city’s main train station. Being in a pedestrianized area, the square is only accessible by foot or on bike.

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