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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!

Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card (39 museums included)

2. 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 Walking Tour to Old Town and Kazimierz

3. Krakow: Guided Walking Tour to 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. 

Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

4. 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.

Krakow: Old Town "Royal Route" Walking Tour

5. 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.

Krakow: Old Town Walking Tour

6. Krakow: Old Town Walking Tour

Krakow's Old Town is one of the most famous places in Europe and even the world. The best way to seize the history and all highlights of Krakow is to do it with professional licensed city guide. A traditional walk along the Royal Route, through the Old Town, the University district up to the Wawel Hill towards the Castle of Polish kings. The tour guide will tell you about the most famous monuments - the Barbican, St. Mary's Basilica, the Cloth Hall, you will know the legends associated with St. Mary’s Trumpet Call, a knife on one of the old houses or the foundation of Cracow. This tour is a oportunity to seize Krakow's Old Town on your own conditions. 

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

7. 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.

Krakow: Walking Tour with Visit to Wawel Castle

8. 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.

Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Historian

9. Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Historian

Welcome to the Royal Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Discover the most important monuments of the City of Polish kings, including the Old Town and the Wawel Hill. These monuments are among the most important monuments in Poland, and are also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. While exploring the Royal Krakow, you will be able to feel the beating heart of Poland. For centuries Wawel was a place of residence of the kings of Poland, Sweden and Lithuania. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the old streets of beautiful Krakow and feel the unique charm of the Old Town. Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a history teacher. You will discover such sites as the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Adalbert’s Church, the Town Hall Tower, Planty Park, Jagiellonian University, Sukiennice Cloth Hall and the Royal Castle and the Cathedral. Your guide will be a history teacher and PhD student, who has for many years been fascinated by history, especially the history of Christianity and Israel. He is a Polish native and is well traveled, having spent extensive time in the countries of both Sweden and Israel, but is glad to call Poland his home.

Krakow: Guided Walking Tour around the Old Town

10. Krakow: Guided Walking Tour around the Old Town

Your professional guide will show you the highlights of Krakow’s Old Town during this half-day walking tour. The medieval center is surrounded by Planty Gardens, a green area that forms a ring around the Old Town. In the middle of it all is the Main Market Square, which is the largest such square in Europe and dates from 1257. The historic center of Krakow has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture of the Old Town has been maintained in its original form, dating from medieval times. Today you’ll see that this is the city’s cultural and commercial center and is filled with cafés, flower shops and horse-drawn carriages. Your sightseeing route will take in the streets of the Old Town, starting by the Church of St. Adalbert, through the Main Square, St. Mary's Basilica, the Cloth Hall, historical buildings of the Jagiellonian University, Planty park, and leads up to the Wawel Hill, with its castle and cathedral, as well as kings' graves and the Royal Sigismund Bell. Your guide will entertain you with interesting stories about Krakow's development through the ages, and tell you about the area's customs and traditions.

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What people are saying about St. Mary's Basilica

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 731 reviews

Fantastic trip. The trip required lots of walking to get to each building but the stories were so interesting. Well worth the money, would even be happy to pay more for it. The stories spoke about who lived in the buildings years and centuries ago, how they lived, crazy ways they dealt with things. Very interesting 1hr 30 mins. Guide Navia also spoke great english.

Fantastic. Creepy is the correct title. This isn't a ghost walk, it is a walk with some creepy tales at each stop. Perfect for an evening walk around Krakow. Really enjoyed it and the guide was fabulous, engaging and knowledgeable.

We had SUCH a great guide. Bart was funny and incredibly full of knowledge! Super worth it. A MUST to get to know Krakow, by someone who has the true polish spirit. LOVED IT!!

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

Easy to find, good length of tour, guide was great.