Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square

Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square

Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square
4.5
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7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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Huge 10-acre square, the largest in any of Europe's medieval cities, features the 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall and the splendid 14th-century Gothic Basilica of the Virgin Mary.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Patrick
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cracking Krakow !
    Great city to visit for various reasons. Too many to list. I'm certainly going to return. Don't rush your visit and try to go when average temperature is 21 - 27 Celsius.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 July 2023
  • daniellepoppy2014
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Gorgeous place! There are so many eateries to choose from. Locals are all so friendly and speak amazing English. Spoilt for choice on where to have a morning coffee, or lunch or dinner. The local food was fantastic! We spotted a hard rock cafe, too! Cute little indoor market selling traditional polish delights! Had such an amazing couple of days here in Poland. Would definitely recommend it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 August 2023
  • AleksanderMyslicki
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Krakov! The one place to be
    Krakov is amazing! So many things to do , to see , to eat and drink. Many cool spots for kids like muzeums shooting ranges etc! So full of people but not too crowdy . There are spaces for people walking, for bicycles and scooters riding, for cars and trams and still there is so much space !!! Can't compaire to any other city.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • gonzo3757
    Cherkasy, Ukraine56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You need to see it in Kraków
    Interesting and useful to visit place. You will see the place forming image of ancient town that as a rule built around Castle and market- mark and symbols of power and trade. Now it’s tourist’s site with many souvenir shops and cafe/restaurants.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • MrsH
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful city
    What a beautiful place, and wow so hot in summer,.you may want to pack for a city break but you also need to consider how hot it is, ladies pack those light flowing dresses to keep cool. We met a chap Colin chadwick on the square doing day trips and we couldn't recommend him enough, picked up from hotel with English speaking driver, he came into venue and booked us in. We had our day out and he stayed to drive us home. +48 732 914 971 WhatsApp him if your visiting... We stayed at lounge apartments, 5 min walk from the square, great location and lovely rooms for the cost. Brits, on the corner of the square is a bar called bull dog bar. They do lovely "british" meals and live music. It can be hard to make a food choice if your not accustomed to the polish cuisine... all the side streets have hidden gems so have a good walk around don't just stick to the square. It's quite expensive so have a look at the little side street bars, restaurants... Really enjoyed our stay and glad we came
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • RickDen
    Beaconsfield, United Kingdom481 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where everyone goes
    A huge square surrounded by cafes and bars. There is always something going on, and the sqaure has a large stage where shows are almost run nightly. This is also where you can get the carriage rides around the town, should you wish.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • xcschlr
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin512 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the grandest town squares that is still free of modern structures
    Europe has a lot of beautiful town squares, but this is one of the grandest that is still basically free of modern structures around it. Around the square, there are some other places worthy of visiting. The inside of the St. Mary’s Basilica is very beautiful, and it’s intriguing to see that the town hall next to it is even taller. You can see how ancient people lived and buried in the Rynek Underground Museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Matt W
    Fairford, United Kingdom72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Krakow focal point
    This beautiful square seems to be the place to be. Bars and cafes surround the square where you can sit out and people watch. The Cloth central building houses a vibrant indoor market for your tourist tat. The outside of the building is a series of bars, cafe and entrance to the underground museum. They are numerous horse drawn carriages for hire in thw centre too. We didnt go on one (not our thing) but Google sais it was pretty cheap. In the square is the Church and Tower. Just a great places to wander round and chill with a tea or a beer. My pics do it no justice
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Peggy T
    Singapore, Singapore1,130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Krakow - a place full of "gems"
    This Krakow square is full of gems. There are many beautiful historical artitecture building. A very busy place indeed with local and tourists. There are numerous nice restaurants where you can indulge yourselves. Do remember to get some nice sourvenirs too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Richard Dunne
    United Kingdom2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Krakow
    Upon first setting foot in Krakow Main Square, one cannot help but be enchanted by the sheer grandeur and beauty that surrounds them. The square, known as Rynek Główny, is a true architectural marvel and one of the largest medieval town squares in all of Europe. The atmosphere of the Main Square is equally captivating. It teems with life and activity, as locals and tourists converge to enjoy the vibrant ambiance. Street performers add a delightful touch, entertaining passersby with their talents. Quaint outdoor cafes and restaurants dot the square, offering a chance to relax and indulge in the delicious flavors of Polish cuisine while immersing oneself in the captivating buzz of the surroundings. At the heart of the square stands the imposing Cloth Hall, a magnificent Renaissance building that dates back to the 14th century. As you venture inside this architectural gem, you find yourself immersed in a lively marketplace, where stalls and vendors proudly display their wares. From traditional artwork and crafts to vibrant souvenirs, there is something here to entice every visitor.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
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Tigerqueen01
London, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visit the underground city below the market, great history there from the past recreated. Go early though it gets very busy.
All the restaurants and shops obviously charge inflated tourist prices so beware a beer costs twice as much as a restaurant outside the area. Beware also of the CC scam where they charge you in the card currency with a markup and a poor exchange rate, it all adds up and could have cost us over £70 during the week we were there.
Written 25 February 2020
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TeeGee62
Winnipeg, Manitoba387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Always bustling with people both day and night, a great meeting place.
The Rynek is a large square surrounded by colorful old architecture, churches, towers, and buildings of which are restaurants,cafes and bars.
Always bustling with people both day and night, great meeting place.
In the square you will see a bronze monument of "Adam Mickiewicz" (poet, writer, dramatist), another unique bronze sculpture is "Eros Bendato" a giant face mask.
There are beautifully decorated horse and carriages all along the square , which are available for a ride through Krakow's streets.

This is the place to be on the weekends, as the square becomes an awesome giant market with an assortment of food kiosks, beer huts, flowers souvenirs and entertainment. Great place to sample local food and beer, meet locals and tourists, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Written 21 February 2020
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Rachel G
Leicester, UK33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The square itself is in the middle of everything you could want to see in krakow. I recommend downloading the HIVE app to experience it on electric scooters for an amazing experience. The centre has a range of bars and restaurants, all of which is priced very reasonably compared to its European cohtner parts. If you can go into the market in the centre of the square for souvenirs and unique gifts
Written 29 February 2020
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James
Bargoed, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Largest Medieval square in Europe and you can see why.

Beautiful St Mary's Church, Cloth Hall (with souvenir stalls) and the Town Hall Tower dominate the square. There are numerous bars and restaurants in the area. They are inevitably more expensive on the square, but we found one called Vis a Vis which was very small but reasonably priced for drinks.

I recommend Krakow free walking tours for a comprehensive and detailed tour of the square and Old Town of Krakow.
Written 23 February 2020
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bavbino1989
Kent, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I visited here with my partner for a short break as we are very interested in the history, Auschwitz etc.

I also proposed in this beautiful city so will always be a place to remember. The restaurants in the main square are beautiful, reasonably priced and great food, the bugler that sounds every hour due to a historical event hundreds of years ago is great to keep the history alive. The horse drawn carriages are great but a little over priced but great to venture around the city.

Would return here
Written 10 January 2020
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797dennisp
Montrose, UK30,912 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Plenty to do around the Square as there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars and therefore a lot of choice of great food and drinks. Loved to watch the carriages with their beautiful horses clippity clopping past ! There was a cycle race while we were there on our second day but the rain spoiled that a bit unlike the day before when the weather was warm and dry.

The Cloth Hall is a large indoor market with many traditional crafts for sale and loads of wonderful Polish meats and delicacies.
Written 29 March 2020
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William G L Corlett
Liverpool, UK218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Krakow is a stunning city with one of the largest if not the largest medieval squares in Europe. The centrepiece of the city, buzzing day and night with a fantastic atmosphere often complemented by live performers.
Nice eateries and colorful style buildings line the square.
Enjoy the ambience
Written 4 April 2020
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KD
Galway, Ireland9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This was worth visiting but certainly not a must-see. It gives us a good idea of what Krakow was like as an old market town and some of the underground features of the main square. However, one of the stagg members was extremely rude let down the museum for tourists. The young red-haired lady was taking bags and coats as I went in and was simply ignorant towards tourists. As I was leaving, she was standing at the door playing on her phone, which in my opinion was quite unprofessional. She needs to be reminded that Krakow is very much a tourist town and her livelihood depends on tourists continuing to visit.
Written 26 February 2020
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Sarah R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We loved the square in Krakow and were drawn back to it every time we tried to go anywhere else! The restaurants all have covered seating areas with heaters and fairy lights at night. The food in these is a little more expensive than elsewhere but the atmosphere is great. Horse drawn carriages circuit the square and a trumpeter sounds from the windows of St Mary’s Basilica every hour. The cloth hall
In the center has many little stalls selling local crafts and souvenirs. Definitely spend some time here!
Written 19 February 2020
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Senya-2013
Herzliya, Israel32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were there in early January, it was a bit cold, the entire atmosphere was warm. We took a private tour through the "Rynek Glowny Central Square" and heard historical facts behind the place.
A lot of friendly people, many inside and outside places to set, to eat, to drink a hot and tasty glint-vain. Great barbecues, a lot of souvenirs in the local market, on all tastes...
Don't miss this place.
Written 20 January 2020
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