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Rynek Underground (Podziemia Rynku) Tours

Rynek Underground (Podziemia Rynku)
In the heart of Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, Rynek Underground (Podziemia Rynku) sits approximately 13 feet (4 meters) below the Main Market Square (Rynek Główny), one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe. This subterranean museum showcases Poland’s past through interactive displays, artifacts, and 4D movies.
 
The Basics

Rynek Underground, housed in recently excavated medieval merchant stalls, tells the city’s entire history, from its first settlers to the death of Pope John Paul II. The popular attraction is most commonly visited as part of a tour of Krakow’s Old Town. If you have more time, you can combine Rynek Underground with other regional attractions, such as the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Wieliczka Salt Mine.
 
Krakow’s Old Town is great to explore with a walking tour, many of which stop at the Main Market Square, Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), St. Mary’s Basilica, and Jagiellonian University. Krakow Card holders receive free admission to Rynek Underground as well as 40 other attractions including Schindler’s Factory, Town Hall Tower, and Cloth Hall.

Things to Known Before You Go

  • Rynek Underground is ideal for history buffs as well as families, as there are many kid-friendly interactive displays.
  • Admission to Rynek Underground is free on Tuesdays.
  • The museum is limited to 300 visitors at a time, so book timed tickets at least a day in advance.
  • Displays are multilingual, and audio guides are available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot to explore on foot in Krakow.
  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get There

Rynek Underground is located below Krakow’s Main Market Square, which is easily accessible on foot from anywhere in Old Town. From the main train station (Kraków Główny), it is a picturesque 20-minute walk or short taxi ride.
 
When to Get There
The museum is open from 10am to 8pm Monday, to 4pm Tuesday, and to 10pm Wednesday to Sunday. It is closed on the second Monday of the month. Krakow is busiest during July and August, so it’s best to explore Krakow in spring or fall, when temperatures are lovely and crowds are thinner. Or come in December for Krakow’s famous Christmas market.
 
Restaurants in Krakow Old Town
Krakow’s Old Town Main Market Square hosts lots of fantastic restaurants serving up Polish and international cuisine. If you want to try pierogis, the famous Polish dumpling speciality, be sure to visit Pierogarnia Krakowiacy. For great pizza, Boscaiola is a good choice, and Morskie Oko is tops for interesting highlander entertainment and traditional food.
Address: Rynek Główny 1, Krakow 31-042, Poland
Admission: Varies
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Rynek Underground (Podziemia Rynku)

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Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

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The Krakow Undergrounds Museum on the Market Square, opened in 2010, is a kind of archaeological park where you can observe pictures of the life of a large, bustling medieval city. With the help of modern technology, the authors of the project created the ideal illusion of a lively medieval city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.49
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Skip the Line: Krakow Museum Ticket & Attraction Official Pass

Skip the Line: Krakow Museum Ticket & Attraction Official Pass

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Enjoy complimentary access to Krakow’s top museums with the Krakow Museums and Transport Pass. Gain entrance to 40 museums, including the impressive Rynek Underground, with its original medieval market stalls; Oskar Schindler’s Factory; and a wealth of art galleries, churches and more. THis card offers generous discounts at select restaurants, shops and on other activities, and it’s a money-saving way to enjoy Krakow.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.14
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Underground Secrets Tour in Kraków

Underground Secrets Tour in Kraków

Without a queue, without a hassle, we will enter "Following the traces of European Identity of Krakow" exhibition presented in the underground, underneath the Main Market Square of Krakow. Some parts of the tourist route will take us through 14th century Rich Stalls and actual cellars of the Cloth Hall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.04
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Krakow Museums and Transport Official Pass

Krakow Museums and Transport Official Pass

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Enjoy complimentary access to Krakow’s top museums and its bus and tram network with the Krakow Museums and Transport Pass. Choose from a 2- or 3-day pass and gain entrance to 38 museums, including the impressive Rynek Underground, with its original medieval market stalls; Oskar Schindler’s Factory. • Admission to attractions is possible upon presentation of our Card at the ticket office (valid for 1 day starting from the day of issuing the card) • Discounts: restaurants, car rental, cinema • Free and unlimited city’s public transport for 1 day (zones I & II) • The card doesn't need to be validated, in the event of an inspection, it is enough to show it to the person checking the tickets • 13 Card collection points within the city center
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.21
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$36.21

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Krakow

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Krakow

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Cracovians, and Poles in general, love sharing their passion for food with visitors. Your adventure will explore our rich history of royal feasts and simple fare, with family stories told around the table. Each of the traditional, delicious dishes are prepared with high-quality ingredients and served by welcoming, hospitable locals. We'll enjoy a traditional Polish dishes, including the authentic regional potato pancakes with smoked sheep cheese and a glass of a famous local wheat beer; a popular communist-era appetizer of herrings in oil served with a shot of Bison Grass vodka, and a secret traditional meal that guarantees you will fall in love with Polish cuisine. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours
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$94.15
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Secret Food Tours Krakow w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Krakow w/ Private Tour Option

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Cracovians, and Poles in general, love sharing their passion for food with visitors. Your adventure will explore our rich history of royal feasts and simple fare, with family stories told around the table. Each of the traditional, delicious dishes are prepared with high-quality ingredients and served by welcoming, hospitable locals. We'll enjoy a traditional Polish dishes, including the authentic regional potato pancakes with smoked sheep cheese and a glass of a famous local wheat beer; a popular communist-era appetizer of herrings in oil served with a shot of Bison Grass vodka, and a secret traditional meal that guarantees you will fall in love with Polish cuisine.
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  • 3 hours
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An audio tour of Historic Krakow: Ancient kings and fire-breathing dragons

An audio tour of Historic Krakow: Ancient kings and fire-breathing dragons

Delve into Krakow's medieval past on this self guided audio tour, with tales of ancient kings and fire-breathing dragons, on this tour of the historic old town and castle. You’ll hear how Krakow was transformed into a royal city – and Poland’s capital until 1596 – after starting out as a humble merchant town. Our walk starts in the city’s medieval market square and ends just outside Wawel Castle, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Krakow’s whole old town was the first city in Europe to be given UNESCO World Heritage status too.) Some of the highlights you can look forward to include: • The story of St. Mary's trumpeter • Krakow's legendary fire-breathing dragon • A walk around Wawel Castle and the Royal Palace which are open from 10am to 6pm • Stories about St. Mary's Basilica and the Wawel Cathedral • The Kraków Barbican, a medieval fortress • A short visit to the Bishop's Palace, the former home of Pope John II
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
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