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Krakow Must-See Sights

Best Sights in Krakow, Poland

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Krakow is Poland's most popular destination city, with a beautiful old center that captures the city's history in castles, churches, and squares. Be sure to take in this must-see sights in Krakow when you visit this cultural capital!

The Cloth Hall

Krakow's Cloth Hall
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The Cloth Hall is an enormous structure that bisects Krakow's Main Market Square. Once a place for merchants selling practical wares, it is now a souvenir market where traditional crafts, amber jewelry, and trinkets can be purchased.

St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church, Krakow
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St. Mary's Church, with its tall bell tower and red brick facade, is a major feature of Main Market Square. Listen for the bugler who trumpets a strangled tune to recall a similar player who was shot in the throat by an invader.

Krakow's Town Hall

Krakow's Town Hall
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Krakow's Town Hall Tower was once part of a larger structure, and a model of the original building has been placed nearby for curious visitors to examine. Climb the tower for views of Main Market Square and the old town, or take advantage of its shade to have a drink or a snack in one of the nearby restaurants.

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle, Krakow
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Polish history has been made time and time again in Wawel Castle, where Polish kings were crowned, married, and buried.The grounds of Wawel Castle contain a cathedral, archeological remnants of past structures, palaces, and a lookout over the Vistula River. Don't forget to find Wawel Castle's dragon, who guards it from waterside attacks.

Grodzka Street

St. Peter and Paul Church, Krakow
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Grodzka Street connecst Main Market Square with Wawel Castle. Besides the many shops and eateries you'll find on Grodzka Street, note-worthy sights can also be viewed. St. Peter and Paul Church, with its figures of the twelve apostles, is unmissable, and next door is the Romanesque St. Andrew's Church. Stop at a major crossroads on Grodzka, and you'll see the Franciscan church to one side and a Dominican church to the other - the streets are named for their respective churches.

Kazimierz District

Kazimierz District, Krakow
Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com

Krakow's Kazimierz district, found south of Wawel Castle, is as historic as it is trendy. The Jewish Quarter of Krakow, it is home to synagogues and churches alike. This rejuvenated neighborhood also enjoys a lively nightlife.

Florianska Gate

Florianska Gate, Krakow
Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com

This gate was once an entrance to the city. Dating from the 14th century, it it connected to all that remains of Krakow's former city walls. Here, you'll find artists' depictions of Krakow that you can purchase as a souvenir of your visit to the city.

Barbican

Krakow Barbican
Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com

The Barbican was once a defensive structure (to which its 3-meter-thick walls attest), but it now stands as a monument to times past amidst the greenery of a park. It's possible to  enter the Barbican from May until October.

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