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Creepy Krakow: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

1. Creepy Krakow: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

On your creepy Krakow walking tour, discover the dark side of Krakow. Learn about Krakow's legends, scary anecdotes and the horrifying stories based on true life. Uncover the creepy side of Krakow by joining the tour just when the sun goes down. Visit places you may have seen in the day, but this time discover their true darkness and get some goosebumps! Don't miss out on visits to the Florian Gate, St. John Street, St. Mary's Basilica, The Cloth Hall,Town hall Tower, Collegium Maius, City Hall, Maria Magdalena's Square, Katyński's Square, The Vistula River and the dragon. Discover an entirely new side to the best sites of Krakow!

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Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card

2. Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card

Explore Krakow at your own pace and according to your own personal interests with a 1-, 2-, or 3-day City Card. Get access to 40 museums and monuments. Learn more about the World War II hero Oscar Schindler at the Oscar Schindler Factory. Visit the Eagle Pharmacy in the former ghetto, and learn how the Holocaust impacted on Krakow’s Jews. Go to the Main Market Square Underground Museum and encounter vampires. See a traditional bourgeois house, and hear the trumpet signal at the Gothic brick church of St. Mary’s Basilica. A full list of museums will be attached to your City Pass, and to make getting from sight to sight easier, your card also comes with unlimited travel on the city’s public transport system, day and night! The museums included in the City Pass, are as follows: Oskar's Schindler Factory Main Market Underground Museum  Pharmacy "Under Eagle" Town Hall Tower St. Mary’s Church Former Gestapo Headquarter at Pomorska Street The Old Synagogue  The National Museum  The Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice The Main Building The Szołayski House The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace The Princess Czartoryski Museum  The Jan Matejko House The Józef Mehoffer House The Barbican The Old Synagogue The Hipolitów House History of Nowa Huta Branch City Defence Walls The Zwierzyniec Artistic Salon Museum of Archeology St. Albert’s Church The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum Krakow Museum of Urban Engineering Museum of The Photography The Archdiocese Museum Krakow Polish Aviation Museum Mloda Polska Museum – Rydlówka – PTTK Museum History of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Museum Galicia Jewish Museum Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK) Museum of the Home Army – dedicated Gen. Emil Fieldorf "Nil" EUROPEUM The European Culture Centre The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum

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Krakow: Walking Tour of Old Town and Kazimierz

3. Krakow: Walking Tour of Old Town and Kazimierz

Discover the remains of the medieval city walls in Planty Gardens and admire the Barbican and St. Florian's Gate. Make your way to Main Market Square and hear legends about St. Mary's Basilica. Admire the historic Cloth Hall and see the head of Eros Bendato beneath Town Hall Tower. Continue to the university district to see the oldest academic building in Poland, and then follow in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II to discover his former home and favorite temple. Go to the Kazimierz district and discover the synagogues and cemetery of the Oppidum Judaeorum (Jewish Town). End with a look at Corpus Christi Church before walking to Wawel Castle. 

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Krakow: Old Town City Tour in a Golf Cart

4. Krakow: Old Town City Tour in a Golf Cart

Travel by golf cart around Krakow’s Old Town while listening to audio commentary. Pass by different sights, including Planty, Main Market Square, and Wawel. Visit the Planty Park that surrounds the Old Town and see monuments located in the park. Hop on board a golf cart and make your way around Krakow Old Town, located in the center of the city. Discover the Main Market Square, churches and cathedrals, and museums. Learn about the city's history from your audio commentary on board. See different sights, including the Latin Quarter, the Church of St. Anna, the Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica, a Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window.

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Krakow: Electric Golf Cart Tour of the Old Town

5. Krakow: Electric Golf Cart Tour of the Old Town

Enjoy audio commentary as you ride through Krakow's Old Town on a heated electric golf cart on this group tour. View sights like Planty park and a 13th-century gothic Franciscan monastery. Hop onboard your golf cart and enjoy expert audio commentary as you go. Hear stories from history as you see highlights in Planty park, like medieval walls and the well-preserved fortifications at the Barbican. Ride to the Main Market square to see the Renaissance-style Cloth Hall and the Baroque St. Mary's Basilica. Admire the Collegium Maius where Copernicus once studied. Pass by the Baroque 17th-century Church of St. Anna, the Academy of Fine Arts, the tower at St. Florian's Gate, and a the papal window in a Franciscan monastery. Marvel at the royal cathedral and castle on Wawel hill.

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Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

6. Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

Experience the ultimate introduction to Krakow with a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town. Start your tour in the heart of the city in front of St. Mary's Basilica. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you stroll amongst the medieval architecture in the Main Market Square, the largest square in Europe. Your professional guide will take you to the top sights of Krakow and inform you of its dramatic history. They will also provide you with insider knowledge of what to visit, see and eat while you're in this beautiful city. You'll end your tour at Wawel Castle, the impressive royal residence of Polish kings.

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Krakow: Old Town "Royal Route" Walking Tour

7. Krakow: Old Town "Royal Route" Walking Tour

See the most important historical monuments registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list on this unique route through the city. The name of the tour route refers to the formal entries of Polish Kings heading for their residence on the Wawel Hill.  Along this route, you'ill walk around the Old Town which is surrounded by the luscious green Planty park. Make your way to Main Market Square, the largest one in Europe, and see the gothic-style St. Mary Basilica and Cloth Hall. Every hour, near Basilica’s tower you can hear the bugle call.  Next, pass by Jagiellonian University, the oldest one in Poland before visiting the castle and cathedral situated on Wawel Hill. Here, you can see the Wawel dragon breathing fire.

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Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

8. Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

Discover the historical area of Krakow with this electric golf cart tour of the Old Town. Drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz . Find out where the Jewish Ghetto was located. Listen to commentary on what you see with a handy audio guide. Be picked up from the meeting point and start your tour with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Krakow Old Town. Put on your headphones and listen as your audio guide provides context for what you see. Admire the vibrant Main Market Square. View the towering Renaissance-style old market space of the Cloth Hall. Marvel at the towering St. Mary's Church and the green space in Planty park. Cruise down narrow streets with many temples, universities, and charming houses. Appreciate splendid views of Wawel Castle, on the way to Kazimierz. Spend some time driving through the picturesque streets, old synagogues, cafes, and stalls of Kazimierz, the oldest district in the city.

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Krakow: Walking Tour with Visit to Wawel Castle

9. Krakow: Walking Tour with Visit to Wawel Castle

You will begin your tour by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz to explore the area which used to be inhabited by one of the most diverse Jewish communities in Europe. Then a short drive will take you up the Wawel Hill which is the embodiment of Poland's former monarchical glory. On its summit is the Royal Castle and a 14th-century cathedral which hosted nearly all the Polish monarchy’s coronations and funerals. Having descended the hill, stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets to reach Collegium Maius (Great College), the oldest building of the Academia Cracoviensis. After visiting the charming Gothic courtyard, continue to the Main Market Square. This bustling heart of the city is the perfect place for picking up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall which has been the local market place for centuries. Complete your tour by visiting St Mary's Church, where the stunning medieval altar sculpted by Veit Stoss is located and a bugle call sounds towards the four corners of the world every hour on the hour.

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Krakow: Private Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

10. Krakow: Private Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Krakow's historic Old Town and learn more about the monuments from a private guide. Follow in the footsteps of the Kings of Poland as you explore the famous Royal Route from the medieval Old Town to Wawel Hill. During the walking tour, see the highlights and main attractions of Krakow as you learn about their history including Wawel Castle, St. Mary's Basilica, and Sukiennice. Also, visit some of the lesser-known parts of the city that only the locals know about. Next, walk around the Old Town to see the highlights of Krakow, but also to discover hidden gems of the city and to learn some incredible stories. Finally, get some tips about the local traditional restaurants, patisseries, and everything else that Krakow is famous for.

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What people are saying about St. Mary's Basilica

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 641 reviews

The tour guide was brilliant, a great laugh and seemed to take pride in her job when telling us the stories. Was really interesting to hear the story behind some of the places in the old town!

great tour, great guide. turning brutal history into a fun hearted history lesson. Was fantastic to learn about the darker side of city's history along with factual information. thank you

This tour was very interesting, and our guide was engaging and knowledgeable! A great was to hear some history of Krakow not covered by the standard attractions!

eugenio was very kind and helpful, the explanations were very clear and he answered all questions. surely if we go back to krakow we will turn to him.

Funny way to see things. Also the guide is funny too.