Garden Ring in Krakow
Krakow's medieval city walls were
largely demolished after 1807 save the part with
the main gate, its adjoining towers and the great
barbican. Fortunately, a green belt of public
parks called Planty took up the emptied area of
52 acres in the 1820s.
It takes an hour to two
hours to walk around the Old Town historical
district down the leafy alleys among old trees.
And the stroll is the more delightful as
Krakow’s ancient buildings reveal their unusual
aspects. On the other hand, it appears also a
journey through the art of gardening for the
Planty ring actually proves to be a chain of some
30 gardens in varied styles.
a virtual walk through Platy gardens in Krakow
Wawel Royal Castle
Home to three dynasties of Poland's
monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite
chambers are filled with priceless art, best
period furniture and rare ancient objects. The
collection of the 16th-century monumental Flemish
Poland's impressive national shrine
shelters plenty of superb church art. Its giant bell of 1520
ranks with the world's largest. Most Polish kings
and their family members are buried in the
cathedral, its chapels and crypts.
Krakow’s central Grand Square (Rynek
Glowny), the largest plaza of medieval Europe and
one of the world’s finest with its spectacular
landmarks, has remained the hub of the city since
the 13th century.
Basilica of the
The immense Gothic church, Krakow's
principal temple since the 13th century, shelters
the world's greatest
Gothic sculpture among its many excellent
works of art
The world's oldest shopping mall has
been in business for 700 years. The present
Renaissance edifice dates from 1555.
Town Hall Tower
Krakow's leaning tower was built by the
end of the 13th century.
700-year-old main city gate with
adjoining mighty walls and towers.
Awesome 500-year-old unmatched
masterpiece of medieval military engineering
15th-century impressive Grand College of
the Krakow university where Copernicus once
Picturesque 17th-century church and
monastery shelter numerous naturally mummified
bodies in their crypts.
The most beautiful of Europe's ancient