Discover Poland’s past and present as you walk along the medieval Royal Route of Krakow’s Old Town. Experience a taste of local culture while strolling through the largest square in Europe, visiting the Babican outpost, and exploring Wawel Royal Castle.
What to Expect
Step back in time as you walk through Krakow’s Old Town. Not only will you experience the charm of its medieval architecture, but your professional and knowledgeable city guide will teach you about Poland’s history, unique symbols and traditions, and fun facts as well along the way.
The Old Town sets Krakow apart from the rest of Poland. The original medieval street layout, marvelous architecture, and distinctive atmosphere make the Old Town an enjoyable spot for history buffs and fun-seekers alike.
The highlight of the Old Town is the Royal Route, an impressive reminder of the Golden Age in Krakow’s history when the city was the capital of Poland. You will travel along this ceremonial route just as king, aristocrats, and esteemed guests did for ceremonies and parades. It begins in the northern part of the Old Town at St. Florian's Church, which contains the relics of the Patron Saint of Poland, St. Florian.
The historic path continues on 3 streets, Floriańska, Grodzka, and Kanonicza. You will pass many notable landmarks and monuments along the way, including the medieval Barbican. Built in 1499, it is one of only three fortified outposts of its kind still standing in Europe (and the best preserved). You will also walk through St. Florian's Gate, an impressive Gothic tower. It is the original entrance to the city, as well as the only remaining of the 8 medieval city gates.
Next, you will visit the Main Market Square, which lies near the center of the Royal Route. This is the largest medieval square in Europe and home to many historic buildings. Among others, you will see St. Mary's Basilica, in which you can admire the oldest and largest Gothic altarpiece in the world, carved by Wit Stwosz. The central feature of the Square is the Sukiennice, a Renaissance Cloth Hall with fabulous arcades designed by Italian architect J.M. Padovano. There are also fascinating museums located in the Square, including the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków and the International Culture Center.
The Royal Route comes to an end at the foot of the Wawel Hill, from which you can look up and admire the Wawel Royal Castle. Explore this impressive old residence of Polish monarchs built in the 14th century and adventure into the Dragon’s Den below, a cave in which the legendary Wawel Dragon is said to have lived. The castle boasts a fantastic collection of tapestries, furniture, war trophies, and Oriental Art. The gorgeous Royal Private Apartments and Crown Treasury are a must see, as is the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanisław and Vaclav, the traditional coronation and burial site of Polish kings.
The Old Town of Krakow Walking Tour will also include a visit to the Jagiellonian University district, home to the oldest university in Poland, and the beautiful Planty Park. The park circles the Old Town where the old medieval city walls used to stand. You will have a 1/2 hour coffee break to join your fellow walkers in discussing the social and economic situation in Poland.
- English-speaking tour guide
Meeting point: SeeKrakow Tourist Information Point (Krakow TIP), 6 Floriańska St., 15 minutes prior to the tour.