Planty 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
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.
area of the Planty gardens is roughly 41 hectares. There are
2,236 trees, including 629 maples, 362 lindens, and 227
chestnuts. Plus 3,021 bushes, 1,004 park benches, 36
monuments, two fountains, and 658 garden lamps.
Take a virtual walk through Planty gardens in Krakow
Public playgrounds equipped with play apparatus for
kindergarten-age kids are situated in the Planty gardens on
the eastern and the western sides of the Old Town, next to
Hotel Royal and the Archeology Museum respectively.
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
tapestries is matchless.
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 Virgin Mary's
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
700-year-old main city gate with adjoining mighty walls
Awesome 500-year-old unmatched masterpiece of medieval
15th-century impressive Grand College of the Krakow
university where Copernicus once studied.
Picturesque 17th-century church and monastery shelter
numerous naturally mummified bodies in their crypts.
The most beautiful of Europe's ancient streets,arguably.