Rynek Underground

Delve into Krakow's centuries of history and discover forgotten secretes in the excavated tunnels.

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Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

Be guided on a 2-hour tour of the Rynek Underground, a unique museum situated below the main market square of the city. Explore medieval constructions in this unique archeological reserve, covering nearly 43,000 square feet. Meet your guide at the entrance to the museum, and start your discovery of the past. Learn about the city’s treasures on display while your guide narrates the turbulent history of Medieval Krakow. See reconstructions of 11th-century burials presented in the exhibition. Uncover secrets of the hidden underground with the help of touchscreens, holograms, projections, and documentary films. See Krakow from a whole new perspective.

Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Group or Private Tour

2. Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Group or Private Tour

You will get to know the Main Market Square. Your local tour guide will take you on a fascinating journey back into the Middle Ages. You will walk above the ground, between the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church, and then cover the same path underground, while going 4-7 meters down to the Underground Museum. You will travel back in time and experience what the Main Square looked like 750 years ago. You will learn about the history of the Market Square, which was the setting for the ceremonial meetings of the kings and foreign envoys, and a place where cloth, salt, barrels, shoes, as well as coal, lead and copper were traded. It was also a place where you could meet witches, thieves and alchemists, where the martens were put around the neck of the condemned man, and public flogging was held at the pillory. Over the centuries, the level of the Krakow market has risen up significantly, thus after descending into the underground, you will go back a few hundred years, to the times before the city was founded in 1257. With a little bit of imagination and help from your guide you will discover the atmosphere of the medieval Market Square while walking along the underground route and listening to the colorful stories. You will see the exposed foundations of former commercial buildings, medieval roads, hygienic utensils, used more than 600 years ago, or authentic 11th-century tombs, which will allow you to learn about the burials of vampires and witches. Why Travelers Choose This Tour With your tour guide you will visit the fascinating -and according to many - the best- museum in Kraków, that is the Underground Museum and do it without queuing in a ticket line. You will feel the atmosphere of the medieval Market Square. You will learn first-hand the history of the Main Market Square - the icon of Krakow, because your guide will be a local Krakow resident. You won't get similar knowledge neither from books nor the internet! Meeting point We will meet you at the entrance to the Rynek Underground Museum, Rynek Główny 1, 31-042 Kraków. Sightseeing part I (~ 0.5h) Our professional guide will take you for the first part of the walk during which you will get to know the Main Market Square and its monuments, located above the ground. You will learn where the former medieval cemeteries were located, where the martens were put around the necks of convicts, where the pillory was located and where public flogging took place. Sightseeing part II (~ 1h) Your guide will take you for the second part of the walk to the Underground Museum, where you will descend 4-7 meters below the surface of the Market Square to travel back in time and discover Krakow's medieval realities. End of the tour You will end your tour at the Main Market Square. You may then choose to go to the one of many local restaurants, recommended to you by your guide, and enjoy a delicious dinner. You can also join us on another tour, which starts at 7:30 pm.

Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card (39 museums included)

3. Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card (39 museums included)

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 37 museums and monuments. Learn more about 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 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, you can choose a card with unlimited travel on the city’s public transport system, day or night. The museums included in the City Pass, are as follows: 1. Schindlers Factory 2. Main Market Square Underground 3. Polish Aviation Museum 4. Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) 5. City Defence Walls Krakow 6. Archaeological Museum Krakow 7. Stanislaw Lem Garden of Experiences 8. Czartoryski Museum 9. The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum 10. Europeum The European Culture Centre 11. The Zwierzyniec House 12. The Jozef Mehoffer House 13. St. Adalberts Church Underground 14. St. Mary’s Church 15. History of Photography Museum 16. Centre for documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka, Archives. Office 17. History of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Museum 18. The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace 19. The Old Synagogue 20. The Archdiocese Museum 21. The Szołayski House 22. The Hipolit House 23. Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec 24. Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow 25. The Main Building of the National Museum 26. Regional Rydel`s Museum of Polish Modernism Rydlowka 27. The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum 28. Pomorska Street 29. Celestat 30. MOCAK 31. Town Hall Tower 32. Exhibition in Nowa Huta District Branice 33. Galicja Jewish Museum 34. The Barbican 35. The Eagle Pharmacy 36. The Krzysztofory Palace 37. Museum of the Home Army dedicated Gen. Emil Fieldorf Nil 38. The Jan Matejko House 39. Kopiec Kościuszki

Krakow: Guided Tour of Rynek Underground

4. Krakow: Guided Tour of Rynek Underground

Your guide will meet you at the entrance to the museum and you start your tour into the past. During your 2-hour museum tour you will discover a unique archaeological reserve in Europe, covering nearly 43,000 sq.ft (4000 sq.m). It was fashioned under the surface of the Main Market Square to provide a display for the treasures that had been found and narrate the turbulent history of Medieval Krakow. The oldest history is exemplified by reconstructions of 11th-century burials presented in the exhibition. See the treasures hidden underground, learn a lot with the help of touchscreens, holograms, projections and documentary films. At the end of the tour, when you go to the surface again, you will see Krakow from a new perspective.

Krakow: Underground Museum Tour

5. Krakow: Underground Museum Tour

Once the capital of Poland, Krakow boasts a rich history waiting to be discovered and the city’s Old Town has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list for over 40 years. Discover the secrets of this city on a 2-hour guided walking tour with a local expert guide and visit Krakow's underground museum hidden beneath the famous Market Square. Follow your guide through the underground corridors and listen to stories, tales and anecdotes about Krakow’s history and culture. Admire the museum's countless relics and items found by archeologists during some of the country’s most important excavations. Learn about Krakow’s history and what the city used to look like before modern developments changed its streets and buildings. At the end of the tour, visit the glass pyramid room of the museum and marvel at the view of St Mary’s Basilica.

Krakow: Underground Museum Visit & Old Town Private Tour

6. Krakow: Underground Museum Visit & Old Town Private Tour

Go beneath the surface of Krakow’s long and tangled history with a tour of the one-of-a-kind Underground Museum. Enjoy convenient skip-the-line entry and an exclusive private tour that allows you to avoid the crowds and enjoy the exhibition in a small intimate group. Reach the museum under Krakow's famous Market Square and follow your guide through underground corridors, learning about the countless relics and items uncovered by archeologists. Take advantage of the private tour setting to adjust the tempo and topics of the tour to your tastes. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of an earlier Krakow as you stroll through the city's original streets and cellars of buildings that no longer exist.  Then continue your private tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Krakow. Admire the beauty of monumental Wawel Castle and the cozy Kazimierz District. Walk along the famous Royal Route from the Middle Ages and pass top sights like St. Mary's Basilica and Cloth Hall. Visit hidden gems with your guide that will make you feel like a local.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

Visit the central square of Royal Krakow and find the most interesting traces of past events on Market Square. Take a walk on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with a visit to the Dungeon Market Historical and Archaeological Museum. Stroll around the square, find the most interesting artifacts of the old times, and unravel their purpose. Find out what events took place here, and what legendary persons have been here. Go 4 meters underground to the Dungeon Market Museum to find yourself on the same level as the cobbled roads of 12-13th century Krakow. Explore the residence of Polish Kings at the Royal Wawel Castle. See the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. See the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection in the Royal chambers. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art containing the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Enter the gothic Wawel Cathedral, a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

Krakow: Skip the Line Rynek Underground Museum Private Tour

8. Krakow: Skip the Line Rynek Underground Museum Private Tour

Learn about Krakow’s long history, its relics, and hidden gems in the Rynek Underground Museum. Benefit from skip-the-line access and meet your licensed guide. Explore the fascinating exhibits of the museum on a 2-hour tour. Follow your guide through underground corridors and admire fascinating exhibitions, sights, and artifacts. See a variety of relics and items found by archeologists during important excavations of the city. Stroll through Krakow's history in what used to be the original streets, and cellars of buildings that no longer exist.  Extend your trip with an additional 2-hour walking tour of the Old Town. Walk along the famous Royal Route and discover most iconic sights of the city such as Wawel Hill, St. Mary's Basilica, and Cloth Hall as some as some lesser-known points of interest.

Krakow: Underground Museum with a Guide and Ticket

9. Krakow: Underground Museum with a Guide and Ticket

Get your entrance ticket and guide all in one and tour the Rynek Underground in Krakow. Discover this unique museum situated below the main market square of the city. Explore medieval constructions, learn about the archeological reserve, and hear local legends and lore from your guide. Skip the line and meet your guide at the entrance to the museum to begin the journey deep into the past. Learn about the city's treasures on display while your guide narrates the turbulent history of Medieval Krakow. See reconstructions of the 11th-century burials presented in the exhibition. Uncover secrets of the hidden underground using touchscreens, holograms, projections, and documentary films. Allow yourself to see Krakow from a completely different perspective.

Krakow: Guided Tour of Rynek Underground

10. Krakow: Guided Tour of Rynek Underground

Find out what secrets an underground city is hiding on a guided tour of Rynek Underground. Meet your guide at the entrance to the museum, skip the line and begin your journey into the past. During your 2-hour museum tour discover a unique archaeological reserve in Europe, covering nearly 43,000 sq. ft. It was fashioned under the surface of the Main Market Square to provide a display for the treasures that had been found and narrate the turbulent history of Medieval Krakow. See the treasures hidden underground, learn a lot with the help of touchscreens, holograms, projections, and documentary films. At the end of the tour, when you go to the surface again, you will see Krakow from a new perspective.

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What people are saying about Rynek Underground

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 327 reviews

Absolute delight Passionate , communicative , friendly , informative , timely and professional guide Tour excellent - learnt loads - very engaging Thank you Would highly recommend x

The guide(Anja) was really very nice. She could tell very well and made our group very enthusiastic.

It was very useful, not only with access to various places but to be able to use public transport.

I bought a 3 day pass and could. use the card in most places, I saved money in buying the card

excellent experience, Philip was very informative. A big thank you from the both of us.