Rynek Underground

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

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Rynek Underground: Our most recommended tours and activities

Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Group or Private Tour

1. 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: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

2. 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: Guided Tour of Rynek Underground

3. 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: Skip the Line Underground Museum & Old Town

4. Krakow: Skip the Line Underground Museum & Old Town

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: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

5. 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: Guided Tour of Rynek Underground

6. Krakow: Guided Tour of Rynek Underground

Your guide will meet you at the entrance to the museum and then you will start your tour into the past. During the 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 in order to narrate the turbulent history of Medieval Krakow. Ancient history is reborn through the reconstructions of 11th-century burials presented in the exhibition. See the treasures hidden underground, learn with the help of touchscreens, holograms, projections and documentary films. At the end of the tour, when you reach the surface again, you might see Krakow from a new perspective.

Krakow: Skip the Line Underground Museum & Old Town Private

7. Krakow: Skip the Line Underground Museum & Old Town Private

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: Skip the Line Underground Museum Private Guided Tour

8. Krakow: Skip the Line Underground Museum Private Guided 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: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

9. Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

Tour Krakow's old town in an eco-friendly electric golf cart. Discover the grandeur of Krakow's royal past on a tour of the Wawel State Rooms and Cathedral. Go below the Main Square to see excavations from the middle ages. Hop aboard a heated golf cart and travel to the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Explore Planty Park, which has the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Drive through the Main Market Square where you can spot Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. See the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard. Listen to your audio guide as you pass the Baroque 17th-century Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, a13th-century Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and a Papal Window. Disembark the golf cart at Wawel Royal Castle for a guided tour of the ornate State Rooms where kings and queens once entertained royal guests. Follow your guide to the Wawel Cathedral to see a mixture of architectural and artistic styles that have been used to adorn this royal burial site. Rejuvenate yourself with a delectable 2-course Polish lunch. Go 4-meters underground to the Market Square Underground Museum to uncover what the city was like in the Middle Ages.

Krakow: Skip-the-Line Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

10. Krakow: Skip-the-Line Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

Enjoy skip-the-line entry on this guided tour of Rynek Underground Museum. Go underground to get a look at what medieval Krakow was like. Marvel at the museum’s hidden treasures and learn through touchscreens, holograms, projections, and documentary films.  After seeing and hearing what the modern main square of Krakow looks like, venture down the museum stairs a few meters underground and step into the past. Find yourself on the same level as the cobbled streets of ancient Krakow.  Follow your guide around the museum exhibits to experience this unique archaeological reserve covering nearly 43,000 square feet under the surface of Krakow's Main Market Square. See reconstructions of 11th-century burials presented in the exhibition and more.

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What people are saying about Rynek Underground

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 359 reviews

My guide, Dominika Bednarczyk, was absolutely amazing! Her English was perfect and she provided concise and interesting information about every exhibit in the museum. Well educated about the general history of the city and other popular historic locations. She even told me a few famous urban legends! Friendly, helpful and answered every question I asked. I would definitely recommend this company to everyone!

The underground Museum was fantastic, to think it was only first excavated in 2005, and the items within the Museum and the info on it all is so interesting, we had an English speaking tour, and out Guide spoke very good English, well worth a visit.

A very nice museum, well worth a visit. Consider a guide. We had Olga as a guide and she did a great job! With infectious enthusiasm she took us to the Middle Ages of Krakow.

Philip was a charming man. His commentary was very clear and well informed. A great sense of humour too.

fantastic museum so much to see in this underground space