Grand Square of Historical
Krakow’s central Grand Square (Rynek Glowny, often translated
wrongly as “Main Market”) has been the hub of the city ever
since its Old Town historical district got the present grid of
streets in the 13th century. The huge 10-acre square, the
largest of all Europe’s medieval cities, is a curio in itself.
At the same time, it is arguably one of the world’s most
Historical monuments at the Rynek Glowny grand square.
Krakow's chief landmarks at the Rynek Glowny central square are
the 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall
in the center, the 13th-century Gothic Town
Hall Tower, the magnificent 14th-century Gothic
basilica of the Virgin Mary’s with its astonishing Great Altar and the tiny church of St.
Adalbert's whose parts date back to the 11th century. Yet
practically all the Grand Square’s 47
buildings boast a considerable historical and/or
architectural value. And one cannot but regret that some
edifices once standing amid it were pulled down during the 19th
century, notably the 14th-century Gothic Town Hall.
hub of the city life.
Now as in the Middle Ages the Grand Square is the focus of
the city life. Krakow residents and visitors come here to
meet each other, to do business, to shop in numerous stores,
and to enjoy themselves in myriad restaurants, cafés and clubs. Krakow’s
forum serves also as the city’s most popular site of
open-air events – musical, theatrical, commercial,
Numerous sidewalk cafes line Rynek
Glowny (Grand Square) as well as other streets and squares
of Krakow's central Old Town historical district.
central square of Krakow online on video.
at the Krakow Rynek central square.
Any following information has been provided by respective
restaurants on their sole responsibility.
Gehanowska-Pod Sloncem Restaurant
No. 43 on the Main Square houses restaurant Gehanowska-Pod
Sloncem. Pod Sloncem simply means under the Sun. The place opens
up as early as 8 am serving excellent breakfast. Down in the
cellars, which date back to the Middle Ages, one can settle down
in one of the cozy booths and enjoy from the restaurant’s more
elaborate menu consisting of salads, soups, various meats, and
fish. The chicken with bacon, mushrooms and tomato; the grilled
steak cooked to perfection; and the trout with dill sauce are
all very popular. As is the outstanding coffee, desserts, and
beers and cocktails served through the day. With terrace seating
on the Main Square, this place offers a wonderful, comprehensive
experience in the heart of all of the action.
Address Krakow, Rynek Glowny 43.
Phone: +48 12 422 93 78.
Meal for two without wine: about 35 euro
Address: Rynek Glowny 15 /Market Square/
+48 12 424 96 16, email
Polish and Italian origin of our tenement and its historic
background has become an inspiration to combine two trends of
culinary art. You will be charmed by refurbished chambers, that
bring relaxing atmosphere of Italian little alleys and interiors
filled with deliciously tempting aroma of food. Our chefs
present a sumptuous menu rich in dumplings, mushrooms, succulent
meats and regional products from Polish farms complimented by
Italian pastas, soups and desserts. You can also try an
exquisite cheese selection and wines or take part in a dinner
with a Polish folk show.
Meal for two without wine: about 55 euro
Address: Rynek Glowny 16 /Market Square/
+48 12 424 96 24,
The tradition of the Wierzynek brand dates back to 1364,
when a wealthy merchant Nicolas Wierzynek hosted a splendid
feast for the monarchs of Europe on behalf of the Polish
King Casimir the Great. The feast took place in a historical
tenement at the Main Market Square in Cracow, where today
the legendary restaurant is located.
Wierzynek is the place
for traditional Polish cuisine and courtly customs gourmets.
This Krakow worldwide brand is associated with luxury and
sumptuousness, and the restaurant is distinguished as one
of the thousand places in the world that you must visit
before you die.
After 650 years of history our guests are
still the most important for us. Wierzynek Restaurant is not
just a legend – it is a story playing every day anew.
Krakow Old Town Historical
Poland's prime tourist attraction and a must-see in
Central Europe boasts numerous world-class monuments, charming
vistas, delightful atmosphere, and the best restaurants.
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.
Krakow's leaning tower was
built by the end of the 13th century.
Royal giant headdress tops
the city of Krakow since 1666
Hourly musical show in the
sky dates from the Middle Ages
Yearly Events at Krakow's Rynek Glowny Grand Square
Stroll Round the Grand Square