Old Town and Main Market Square
Krakow's old town is usually the first place to visit when staying in the city. The old town's distinctive architecture has been restored from the neglect of the Cold War era, with the removal of much of the industrial soot that cloaked the city during that time. The gothic churches and huge Rynek Glówny (the main market square) are a must-see for visitors.
However, Old Town Krakow doesn't just trade on its history, as many bars, restaurants and music clubs have made their homes in the alleys and side streets of the neighbourhood. The atmosphere in restaurants such as Wentzl, positioned above the main square, and the Cien nightclub cherish their old world locations while giving Old Town flourishes of modernity.
Exploring Krakow Old Town
The central part of old town Krakow is the Rynek Glówny, Krakow Market Square
, Europe's largest medieval square. The square features many neoclassical buildings and is dominated by the Mariacka Basilica and the Cloth Hall arcade, a former commercial pavilion, which now serves as a souvenir shop. It is also near one of the most beautiful Polish churches, St. Mary's Church, with its historic medieval altar designed by Veit Stoss. Wawel Castle
, former home to the Polish royal family, is also close to the old city and is open to visitors.
Other places worth seeing in Krakow Old Town include the Collegium Maius, Poland's oldest university building, which dates back to the 15th century. The Town Hall tower and St. Mary's church attract many visitors, as does the National Museum.
Taking a break at the Park Inn by Radisson Krakow Hotel
Just fifteen minutes walk from Wawel Castle and twenty from the market square in Old Town Krakow, our Krakow Old Town
hotel is a great place to base yourself during your trip to Krakow. Stay in one of our 152 rooms and 10 suites to enjoy our restaurant, sauna and fitness centre - everything you need to wind down after a day's sightseeing. Learn more about Krakow
, its history and attractions.