Places to visit in Poland, and self-catering accommodation

Krakow Square

The central square in Krakow, called Rynek Glowny, is the second largest medieval square in Europe after St. Mark's. Lots of historical places to visit in Krakow and Poland...

In the centre of the square is the Sukiennice or cloth hall which houses a collection of market stalls selling traditional Polish crafts.

A flower market creates an array of colour at one side of the square.

The bugler in Krakow (Cracow)

In 1241 a bugler sounded the alarm by playing his bugle out of the tower window to warn the city of the impending arrival of a hostile Tatar army. His throat was cut by a Tartar's arrow ending his music abruptly. In commemeoration of this event, every day, every hour, a bugler appears at a window at the top of St Mary's Basilica and plays the same music until suddenly cut short in mid breath.



Krakow contains within in it the old walled city. Parts of the old walls remain and nowadays are adorned with artwork for sale in places.

In the centre you will find the Rynek Glowny, or main square. This is lined with restaurants and street cafes during the summer months. In the winter and around Christmas there is a charming Christmas market.

Other places to visit in this part of Poland:

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Places to see in Krakow (Cracow):
  • Wawel Castle and Cathedral
  • Old Town
  • St. Mary's Basillica
  • Florianska Street and Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz. Book a tour from a tourist office for an informative tour. See the factory that featured in Schindler's List. There is also a Jewish Heritage route marked out on the street maps that you can follow, visit synagogues and museums.
  • There are various walking tours marked on the maps around Krakow (Cracow), e.g. a royal tour, in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II, historical tour. Tour operators with electric cars offer to drive you round and provide an overview of the city. With a good map, the old town can easily be traversed on foot.
  • River Wisla and Krok the fire breathing dragon
  • More about Rynek Glowny in Krakow ...
  • Krakowska shopping centre beside main railway station for a state-of-the-art shopping mall. Very glamorous and beautifully decorated for Christmas.
  • Visit interesting pubs and atmospheric restaurants.
  • Jagellonian university; Krakow appears to be a city of young people. The population is swelled by a huge influx of students studying at the university and colleges during term-time.
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