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Central square of Krakow

Grand Square of Historical Krakow

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 beautiful plazas. 

Krakow's Rynek Glowny in the 19th century

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. 

Still Krakow's 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, political, etc. 


street cafes in Krakow
Numerous sidewalk cafes line Rynek Glowny (Grand Square) as well as other streets and squares of Krakow's central Old Town historical district. 

Watch the central square of Krakow online on video.

Krakow Old Town Historical District
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.

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.

basilica of the Virgin Mary's in Krakow

Cloth Hall

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.

The Crown

Royal giant headdress tops the city of Krakow since 1666

Signal Trump

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

Hotels in the Old Town


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