Fall under the spell of beautiful, historic Krakow on this guided walking tour.
Meander through the medieval town center, the ancient capital of Poland. Admire the Main Market square, arguably one of the world’s most beautiful plazas, and the splendid Renaissance Cloth Hall.
See twin-towered St Mary’s Church and learn the story of the brave trumpeter who died while warning his city of a Mongol invasion.
See Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world and Wawel Hill with its great Castle and Cathedral. Hear stirring stories of the city’s magnificent past.
Stroll around Planty Gardens, a ring-shaped park which was once the city's moat.
This tour includes a 30-minute break to discuss the history and present day situation of Poland with your knowledgeable guide.
3 hoursStart time
Please make your way to 8 Szczepanski Square.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time for check-in. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Wawel Castle Hill
To join the Krakow Old Town Walking Tour you should make your way to the start point. Here you will meet your English-speaking guide. The 3-hour tour consists of a 2 ½ -hour walk tour and a 30-minute break for discussion.
Your tour first takes you through the Old Town with its glorious medieval buildings, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Until the 16th century this district was the center of Polish political, social and cultural life.
You’ll see the famous Main Market Square. Surrounded by elegant townhouses, palaces and churches, this is the largest medieval town square of any European city. At its center is the magnificent Renaissance Cloth Hall, which has been in business for 700 years and could be regarded as the world’s oldest shopping mall!
You’ll see the Town Hall Tower, Krakow’s leaning tower and a famous landmark. Your guide will also point out St. Mary’s, a twin-spired Gothic church with a poignant tradition. Every hour, a plaintive trumpet signal plays from the taller tower to commemorate a famous 13th century trumpeter who was shot while sounding the alarm before a Mongol attack.
Other important landmarks include Jagiellonian University. Established in 1364 by Casimir III the Great, this is the second oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest universities in the world.
You will pass Wawel Hill, topped by Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral and the seat of royal power up until the 17th century. The Castle was home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs, many of whom are buried in the Cathedral. The great Cathedral contains a quantity of superb religious art and boasts one of the world’s largest bells.
Your tour includes a walk in Planty Gardens, a leafy ring of some 30 public gardens established on the site of the medieval fortifications, and a half-hour break for discussion. Over coffee (or another beverage) (payable direct) you can discuss with your guide all the fascinating things you have seen and gain insights into the recent history of Poland.
The tour ends at Wawel Castle Hill.
Free Krakow Audio Guide! With all bookings of this tour you will receive a downloadable Krakow audio guide absolutely free. The link to download your free audio guide will be emailed to you within 72 hours of receiving your booking.
This tour does not go inside any monuments or attractions.
Printed voucher should be handed at the beginning of a tour.
Very informative and knowledgeable guide. Didn't revive a free audio guide but was not needed as our group was small and really friendly. Thank you...Peter Mcging, United Kingdom, 18/Feb/2017
The tour guide we had was born and still lives in Krakow. He spent time explaining the old buildings and other places of interest. The pace we walked at was comfortable so you...MR S N SWAIN, United Kingdom, 05/Mar/2017