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Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card with 37 Museums

1. Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card with 37 Museums

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. See a traditional bourgeois house or hear the trumpet signal at the Gothic brick church of St. Mary’s Basilica. 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. 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 include: 1. Schindlers Factory 2. Main Market Square Underground 3. Polish Aviation Museum 4. The Princes Czartoryski Museum (Lady with Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci) 5. City Defence Walls Krakow 6. Archaeological Museum Krakow 7. Stanislaw Lem Garden of Experiences 8. The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum 9. The Stanisław Wyspiański Museum 10. The Zwierzyniec House 11. The Jozef Mehoffer House 12. St. Adalberts Church Underground 13. St. Mary’s Church 14. History of Photography Museum 15. Centre for documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka, Archives. Office 16. History of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Museum 17. The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace 18. The Old Synagogue 19. The Archdiocese Museum 20. The Szołayski House 21. The Hipolit House 22. Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec 23. The Main Building of the National Museum 24. Regional Rydel`s Museum of Polish Modernism Rydlowka 25. The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum 26 Pomorska Street 27. Celestat 28. MOCAK 29. Town Hall Tower 30. Exhibition in Nowa Huta District Branice 31. Galicja Jewish Museum 32. The Barbican 33. The Eagle Pharmacy 34. The Krzysztofory Palace 35. Museum of the Home Army dedicated Gen Emil Fieldorf Nil 36. The Jan Matejko House 37. Kopiec Kościuszki

Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour with Ticket

2. Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour with Ticket

Head four meters below the ground to uncover the mysteries of Krakow's past. After taking a thorough tour of the Main Square, walk down to its underground passageways to visit Rynek Museum. Learn about the city's history from its early days and see the exposed foundations of medieval constructions. Follow your guide on a fascinating journey back into the Middle Ages. Begin by strolling around the Main Square, between the Cloth Hall and St Mary's Basilica. Take in the modern sights of the area before traveling down to see what it once looked like. Step into the mystifying Rynek Underground Museum to experience what the Main Square looked like 750 years ago. Immerse yourself in the history of what once was the setting for ceremonial meetings between kings and foreign envoys, and a place where valuable materials were traded. With a little bit of imagination and help from your guide, discover the atmosphere of the medieval Market Square while walking along the underground route. Admire the exposed foundations of former commercial buildings, medieval roads, hygienic utensils, and authentic 11th-century tombs. End your journey back at the Main Square, where you may choose to enjoy a delicious dinner at one of many local restaurants recommended to you by your guide.

Creepy Krakow: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

3. Creepy Krakow: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

Discover the dark side of Krakow on this creepy Krakow walking tour. Hear Krakow's legends, scary anecdotes, and the horrifying stories based on true life. Pass by sights like the St. Mary's Basilica, the Cloth Hall, and the Town hall tower as they are lit up for the night. Meet your guide after the sun goes down and get ready for some goosebumps. Visit places you may have seen in the day, but this time discover their true darkness. Stop outside sights like the  Polish Gothic towers of Florian Gate, and the 14th century St. Mary's Basilica. Walk down St. John Street and admire sights in the heart of the city like the Cloth Hall, Town hall Tower, Collegium Maius, City Hall, Maria Magdalena's Square, and Katyński's Square. Take in views of the Vistula River and find out where the legendary city dragon once dwelled.

Krakow: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Old Town

4. Krakow: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Old Town

See some of the most historically significant sites in Krakow on this guided tour of the Old Town. See Wawel Hill, with its Royal Castle and Cathedral, which are part of one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the most important historical sites in the country, and one of the largest castles in Poland. Visit Old Town, Krakow, one of the most famous old districts in Poland, which was the center of Poland's political life for over 500 years. Experience Jagiellonian University district, home to the oldest University in Poland, Planty Park, one of the largest city parks in Poland, and the Main Market square, which dates back to the 13th century. Marvel at St. Mary’s Basilica and remnants of medieval fortifications of Krakow, while the guide tells stories and legends to teach the tour group about local customs and traditions.

Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

5. 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.

Kraków: 3-Hour Group or Private Walking Tour & Stories

6. Kraków: 3-Hour Group or Private Walking Tour & Stories

Would you like to know the history of Krakow and learn even more? Would you like to see the most important symbols of that city-museum in one walk? If so, you've come to the right place! Our tour guide and Krakow enthusiast will take you for a walk throughout the city. You will hear unique stories and anecdotes that you will not find in any history books or even in a guide book. You will feel Kraków's atmosphere, which is a mixture of old fashion and modernity. You will visit the most important iconic monuments, but also places that you would never find on your own, as they are indeed the secret places of Krakusy - the local residents. If you really want to get to know Krakow, you need to embark on a fascinating walk through the streets and squares of Krakow, filled with treasures of each century. Our guide and city enthusiast will help you discover Krakow. You will learn the history of the city and discover Krakow through the prism of a completely new, local perspective and its numerous symbols, such as the Royal Route, St. Florian’s Gate the Main Market Square, the Cloth Hall, the Jagiellonian University, the Wawel Hill. Why Travelers Choose This Tour Stories, anecdotes, legends, personal adventures… our guides are really willing to share them with you. Get the general orientation of the city, its history and present life in just 3 hours to be able discover it later on your own. Ask your guides about anything – Kraków has no secrets for them! Meeting point We will meet you at St. Florian’s Gate from the Barbican side), Florianska Street, 31-019 Krakow. Sightseeing part I (~ 1.5h) Our professional guide will take you for the first part of the walk. You will then discover: the remains of medieval defensive walls, the Royal Route, the Main Market Square, St. Mary's Church, the University district with Collegium Maius. Break for some rest and a cup of delicious coffee (0.5h) Relax in the atmospheric café before the second part of the tour. Sightseeing part II (~ 1h) Your guide will take you for the second part of the walk, which will lead you through the picturesque Kanonicza street to Wawel Hill You will be delighted with the splendor of this place, the beautiful Renaissance courtyard and the golden dome of the Sigismund Chapel which was built during the reign of the powerful Jagiellonian dynasty. You will discover the historical side of this place and be able to step back in time, thanks to the amazing stories and storytelling skills of your local guide. End of the tour You will end the visit on the Wawel Hill from where you will admire the wonderful panorama of Krakow. Later, you may want to try one of the many atmospheric restaurants recommended to you by our guide, and enjoy a delicious meal and experience the magical spirit of the city. You may also opt for another tour organized by our company on that day.

Krakow Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

7. Krakow Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Krakow at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Krakow’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start your tour at the imposing Town Hall Tower! Visit the iconic Kraków Cloth Hall with its unique exhibits and explore the miraculous St. Mary's Basilica. Take a photo at Floriańska Gate in the city center and get lost in the historic Plac Szczepański in the center of the old town. Learn about the pioneering Nicolaus Copernicus and his life. You will also pass by the unique Church of Sts Peter and Paul, don't forget to take a photo. See, admire, photograph and shiver with Wawel Cathedral in the center of the city, while Smok Wawelski, the symbol monument, will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Krakow: Old Town Walking Tour

8. 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 Private Guided Walking Tour

9. Krakow: Old Town Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide by the Florian's Gate and be invited for the fully private sightseeing with all of the city's top sights. Spend a half a day exploring a UNESCO World Heritage listed city. Begin your guided tour with a walk through the Old Town. Listen to stories about the architecture, inhabitants, local history and attractions of Krakow. Walk along Florianska, one of the most famous and most exemplary streets of Kraków, leading straight to the heart of the city – the Main Market Square. Today it tempts with a variety of shops, restaurants, and clubs, while centuries ago it hosted the solemn coronation and funeral processions of monarchs. Admire the Main Market Square, the most important public space in Krakow, the most expansive Market Square of medieval Europe, gathering everything most characteristic of the city and having the most distinctive hallmarks, the most beautiful, the most important, the most charming, the most… Stop by the Collegium Maius and the Jagiellonian University the oldest in Poland and in this part of Europe. Immerse yourself in the culture of Krakow visiting Wawel Hill an ancient centre of power: legendary – connected to Krak or Krakus, the mythical founder of the stronghold and his descendants, and historical: ducal, princely, ecclesiastical, and royal. Be amazed by the castle and the cathedral with a bell tower and catacombs where many Polish monarchs are buried. See the six-metre tall Wawel Dragon statue and stop by the cave on the bank of the Vistula where the legendary dragon inhabited, terrorised the locals and demanded offerings of cattle, though in an alternate version of the tale these were virgins. Heading back down into Old Town, walk along the medieval cobblestone streets to St. Mary's Basilica with a high altar by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz), a bugle call and the star strewn murals by Jan Matejko covering the vaulting. Visit Sukiennice - Cloth Hall - full of stalls offering typical Krakow souvenirs. See the defensive walls and Barbican fortress before you part ways with your guide to see the city on your own.

Krakow Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

10. Krakow Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Krakow's historic Old Town and learn more about the monuments from a private guide. Follow in the footsteps of the Kings of Poland as you explore the famous Royal Route from the medieval Old Town to Wawel Hill. During the walking tour, see the highlights and main attractions of Krakow as you learn about their history including Wawel Castle, St. Mary's Basilica, and Sukiennice. Also, visit some of the lesser-known parts of the city that only the locals know about. Next, walk around the Old Town to see the highlights of Krakow, but also to discover hidden gems of the city and to learn some incredible stories. Finally, get some tips about the local traditional restaurants, patisseries, and everything else that Krakow is famous for.

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What people are saying about St. Mary's Basilica

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,050 reviews

First off, our bad for not reading ALL the details of the game and what was required to download. The ONLY major issue with these clues was the weather! One of the final clues/questions required there to be a clean walkway. The snow and frozen area wasn’t ideal, but we made it work!

Elizabeth was an amazing tour guide, she was so interesting and fun. the tour was very worthwhile and her local knowledge was outstanding.

I had a little delay because I was on the other side of the town but the guide waited for me to come. I really appreciated that.

Really brilliant! Some gory history and a night time walk was a well spent 2hrs!

Nice walk around krakow with some good stories to suit.