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Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square) Tours

Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square)
The gigantic town square of Rynek Główny (most often translated Main Market Square) is the centrepiece of Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and the largest medieval square in Europe. Dominated by the Renaissance-style Cloth Hall and flanked by colorful neoclassical buildings, the square is both an architectural landmark and the main hub of local life. 

The Basics
As the navigational center of the Old Town and home to many of Krakow’s historic monuments, the main square is seen on almost all city tours. A walking tour offers the best photo opportunities; an experienced tour guide will point out the architectural highlights and explain the many historical events that took place on Rynek Główny. You'll see the name written many different ways in English: Main Square, Central Square, Market Square, Main Market Square, and even Grand Square.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Horse-and-carriage rides depart from Rynek Główny during the summer and Christmas seasons.
  • Krakow’s main tourist information office is located at the Cloth Hall.
  • Museums on Rynek Główny include the Historical Museum of Krakow, the Polonia Wax Museum, Rynek Underground Museum, and the Polish Art Gallery. 

How to Get There
Rynek Główny is located in the center of Krakow Old Town and is reachable on foot from several centrally located attractions, including Wawel Royal Castle and Planty Park. It’s about a 20-minute walk from Krakow’s central train station. 

When to Get There
Rynek Główny is buzzing with activity at all hours. Head there early in the morning for crowd-free photo opportunities or in the evening to grab a drink at one of the many bars and cafés lining the square. Although it’s busiest in July and August, the square is at its most atmospheric during the festive season, when it hosts a large Christmas market. 

Historic Monuments of Rynek Główny
Now home to a shopping arcade and an art gallery, the 16th-century Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) stands at the center of the square. Next to that, the Gothic-style Town Hall tower affords views over the Old Town; the magnificent St. Mary's Basilica, which dates back to the 14th century, stands at the eastern end of the square. Other architectural highlights include St. Adalbert Church, Krakow’s oldest church, and a number of notable sculptures including Igor Mitoraj’s Eros Bendato and monuments to the poet Adam Mickiewicz and the cabaret legend Piotr Skrzynecki. 
Address: Rynek Glowny, Krakow 30-125, Poland
Admission: Free
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Golden Era Film Music Festival

Golden Era Film Music Festival

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Royal Chamber Orchestra The Royal Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2007 by Sławomir Prokopik. It consists of young musicians, students and graduates of the Academy of Music in Kraków, performing and touring all over the world. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Brahms are only a few names from the Quartet’s repertoire. Additionally, they perform contemporary film scores and jazz pieces. The Royal Cracow Quartet has given concerts in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and the United States. They have played in numerous notable concert halls, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Wiener Musikverein, the Rzeszów Philharmonic, the Wrocław Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic and the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Aula of the Collegium Minus of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, etc. In 2009 they have released their debut album.
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Krakow Virtual Tour with a local guide

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Basically, you’ll delve into the life of people who live in the royal capital of Poland. By using google maps, pictures and videos, we’ll show you what makes Krakow so special and unique. Find out what you can do in Kraków and what you can’t. Having 5 years experience of guiding we would like to share with you the top things our tourists ask us about. For example, why you could be imprisoned for 3 years for saying Polish Death Camps; or why would you have big troubles for wearing some certain type of cloth in Krakow. Discover what is the reason why 2.5 mln came to Krakow for 10 days and some people dress like “Ku Klux Klan” but in black. What is the most favorite place of Roman Polanski in Kraków and what is the most picturesque spot in the city. In general, it’s a light tour which gives you a feeling of Kraków’s spirit with its unusual traditions and dramatic history. So grab a coffee or wine and your comfiest pajamas and let’s “meet” in Kraków!
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Krakow Evening Food Walking Tour

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Treat your taste buds to a food and walking tour through the evening-lit streets of Krakow. Try tastings of local dishes that may include smoked cheese and ‘pierogies,’ the famous stuffed dumplings filled with meat and potatoes, as you travel through the hidden haunts of the Main Market Square. Wash it all down with a cold Polish beer before heading to the vibrant Kazimierz district. There, savor delicious Jewish fare and a shot of ‘bison grass’ vodka before parting ways with your guide.
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Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

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Explore Krakow on this tour of the city’s top attractions. Led by an expert guide, see Wawel Castle, the main square of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and St. Mary’s Church. Stretch your legs with a walking tour along the Royal Route and browse the Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade. Your tour concludes in the city center.
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Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

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Krakow Night Tour: The Magical Tales of the Old Town (Ghosts, Legends, Vampires)

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Krakow City Sightseeing Private Tour by Eco Friendly Electric Car With Audio Guide

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Cruise through Krakow in an electric car on this 60- or 90-minute private city tour. Enjoy an open-air ride through the Old Town, passing the Rynek Główny, the Cloth Hall and the medieval structure of the Barbican, and delve into areas closed to normal traffic. Then, experience a poignant piece of World War II history as you pass Oskar Schindler’s Factory, Ghetto Heroes Square and the city’s former Jewish quarter. As you go, your private guide will discuss the stories behind this vibrant Polish city.
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Krakow Vodka and Culture Tour

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Krakow Private Walking Tour with Schindler's Factory

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Get a fantastic introduction to the rich history and resilient spirit of Krakow with this private city walking tour. See where Polish kings ruled and are buried at the Royal Wawel Castle, stroll through the atmospheric streets of the Kazimierz district, tour the remnants of the old Jewish ghetto established by the Nazis, and much more. Delve deeper into the city's wartime history with an included visit to Oskar Schindler’s Factory, and enjoy hotel transfers and personalized attention from your private guide, who will answer all your questions about this captivating Polish city.
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The tour covers the must see spots of Cracow letting you understand a full picture of Cracow and Polish culture at it's best. Run by friendly, knowledgeable and very local indeed guides. See you in Cracow !
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E-Cruiser Krakow Tour - experience the adventure

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The new way of experiencing the city. The only one E-Cruiser tour in Krakow. Chilling and cruising :) Explore the biggest medieval square in Europe, learn about it`s heritage with the city`s heartbreaking history. During the tour you will learn the history and legends, enjoy the views, take some great pictures, meet other tourists and ask all the questions to our local guide. Enjoy the freedom and choose the tour route and duration that suits best your preferences: 1. Old town tour - 2 hours in Old Town 2. Total tour - 3 hours - Old Town and Kazimierz the former Jewish District 3. Jewish Quarter Tour - 1,5 hour only for Kazimierz. Special offer for limited time only: you will get a 40% discount to rent our scooters after the tour! If you need more freedom, you can choose only the E-Cruiser rental and experience Krakow on your own.
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1 Day Auschwitz Birkenau Museum Guided Tour from Krakow

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Meet Krakow in 3h! Private tour through ALL historical areas.

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Whether you’re short on time, prefer not to walk, or both, check off Krakow’s highlights in less than half a day, all from the comfort of a private, climate-controlled minibus. Choose one, two, or all three hour-long audio-guided tours. They cover Krakow Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, bohemian Kazimierz, once the city’s Jewish quarter, and Podgorze, site of the Jewish ghetto.
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Krakow Old Town Walking Tour

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Krakow walking sightseeing

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Find out why the city is a UNESCO heritage listed site and witness some of the city's most important social and historical landmarks.Discover the historic city of Krakow on this 2.5-hour guided walking tour through the city.
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Krakow Old Town Walking Tour

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Solve the mystery and explore hidden Kraków

Solve the mystery and explore hidden Kraków

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It is going to be a quest game where you will walk around the city, get into places that sometimes even locals don't know about and solve hidden puzzles. Tasks are linear-answers to questions gives you next locations with more puzzles. Sometimes you will need a password to get in or to get next clue. You will find them out from previous puzzles or you will need to interact with people that are in check points. If you manage to solve the riddle you will get to the final point and find out what happened in the city. In order to get there you really need to get involved in solving the tasks and sightseeing itself. This way of exploring new places is way more engaging, educational and entertaining. It may sound serious but don't worry we are not too serious ;) we will take care that you will have fun - prepare for hilarious tasks and vodka shots in the check points. That is going to be an experience you couldn't just have on your own. You will surely remember that for a long time!
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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Private Tour

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Visit the Auschwitz and Birkenau camp. Discover the history of the largest Nazi camp in Europe thanks to a professional guide. Use the transport from your hotel and booking service without waiting in queues. Travel by comfortable air-conditioned car or minvan from Krakow. Travel by a private vehicle with a personal driver at your disposal the entire travel, without having to share the vehicle with other travelers. • Round-trip door-to-door transfers to Auschwitz-Birkenau are provided • No need to buy tickets on site - admission is included • Learn about historical events dating back to World War II from your guide • Hear commentary clearly - headphones are provided REMEMBER ! Visiting the camps takes place in groups of up to 30 people (the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum does not organize visits for smaller groups). For you, for your private disposal is a vehicle and driver during the trip.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is a place devoted to the memory of those who lost their lives there during World War II. This tour will help you understand more about when the site was a concentration camp. After a morning pickup, you’ll travel in an air-conditioned minivan to Auschwitz-Birkenau. You’ll avoid crowds as you’re guaranteed to skip the long lines. A guided tour will enrich your experience as your guide will explain the history of the area in more depth.
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Krakow Bike Tour - small groups

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Discover Krakow at a faster pace than a walking tour by going on an action-packed bike tour. Pedal past many top sights including Krakow’s Main Square, St. Mary’s Church, the Cloth Hall, St. Florian’s Gate, The Barbican, Planty Park, Wawel Royal Castle, Kazimierz, and Podgorze. Learn about the sights you pass with fascinating guide commentary along the way.
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When visiting Kraków, see a pair of Poland’s UNESCO-listed monuments in a single day with this combo tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum plus the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Feel the weight of Holocaust history on a guided tour through the remnants of the largest Nazi concentration camp of World War II. Later, explore more than 700 years of Polish history from the depths of the mine, a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers filled with intricate salt sculptures.
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