Main Market Square

Center of Old Town, Krakow


The Main Market Square is a central public area in Krakow. The square dates back to 13th century. It is one of the largest medieval town squares in the world. Due to its quite active and lively street life the square is one of the best public spaces in Europe – the Project for Public Spaces recognized.
The square is circumscribed by historic houses and churches. The Cloth Hall falls in the heart of the square. It is a Renaissance-style structure that adorns the square. The Town Hall Tower and the Church of St. Adalbert are on opposite sides of the building. The 1898 Adam Mickiewicz Monument is among those marvelous landmarks as well. This a perfect place to take a stroll and admire the establishments of the historic essence in Krakow.

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  • David Gardiner

    - 07 September 2018 -

    The Market Square in Krakow - Rynek Glowny - is both big and beautiful by day and night. You can enjoy it best sitting outside its restaurants and bars, eating and drinking very well for not much money by UK standards. But don't miss the amazing interiors of some of the same places. The ground level of the square has been raised over many centuries, which has allowed the creation of an extensive underground museum about the history of the city. It's a really interesting concept and design, well worth a visit. The entrance is within the old Cloth Hall, in the centre of the square.

  • Ed Vance

    - 05 September 2018 -

    Krakow! I loved this city and this square. It was so alive with so many people and sights, and music, and art, and shops, and local food. It's like the largest square of this type and it was jam packed with everything you didnt know you wanted to experience. Love, love, love Krakow! And I got to go for a little run through the city and along the Vistula River. Note: I was there in July. I don't know what it's like during winter months.

  • M

    - 24 August 2018 -

    Really picturesque square both day and night. Plenty to see and do at all times. Market round the back of the square selling handmade items. Plenty of bars lining the edge of the square and also some cafes and clothes shops. Definitely visit when you're in Krakow.

  • Jeremy Swartz

    - 16 August 2018 -

    It is a great time to visit Krakow. This is a great celebration with lots of fantastic food. Everyone here seems to be in a great mood. There is more outstanding food than you can possibly eat. There are also a number of crafts for local Craftsman. Free concerts are performed sure this time. I highly recommend a visit during this time. It is well worth the time.

  • Dorian Allcock

    - 13 August 2018 -

    What a great place. Lovely atmosphere at the beginning of August. Choose your cafe or restaurant carefully for what you want to eat or pay but there's a wide choice. If you've a gift or purchase in mind check a few places out for the prices as they can vary quite a lot. Great side streets off the main square to walk around. The whole old town is worth spending time in.

  • Ruth Perrelli

    - 23 July 2018 -

    Lovely square surrounded by restaurants and a main hall selling local gifts. Good prices. Great bar over looking the square. Horses and carts for tourists (l would never use that service) beautiful church if you like them and just an overall wonderful place to be. In winter there are glass rooms to sit in and drink/eat whilst keeping warm and watching the world go by. 5 minutes from the station. There are also little stalls selling flowers arc and street artists.

  • H3rta

    - 25 June 2018 -

    Totally beautiful old town Square that is surrounded by restaurants (that are extremely overpriced, with mediocre food and the worst service imaginable so I'd highly recommend eating/drinking elsewhere) Do walk around the square, take pictures, sit by the fountain and people watch! It's beautiful at any time of day or night. There are also horse drawn carriages that take you on a 30 minute tour of old Town and by Wawel Castle. There is also this super cool art piece of a large metal head near one of the towers. Krakow is absolutely romantic. Grab someone you love, or find someone who you might wanna love and go enjoy yourself!

  • Steven Bibby

    - 11 June 2018 -

    The Cloth Hall straddles the middle of the square, and has an underground museum - can book tickets in advance at the ticket office on the west side (just north of the east-west archway) - or online... Tuesdays are free, but tickets still need to be booked in advance. St Mary's Church is on the north-east side of the square... keep an eye out for the trumpeter on the hour, from the top windows of the taller tower. Also can buy tickets to climb up the tower. Free walking tours meet up outside the front of the church. The Town Hall Tower sits on the south-east side of the square, have a look at the brass model to see some history of what the original adjoining structure looked like (there was a grain store as part of it). Beautifully adorned horse-drawn carriages queue up on the north side of the square, it is quite nice to sit down and see differently decorated horses coming into the square.

  • N S

    - 10 June 2018 -

    The main square in Krakow is at the heart of old town. It is beautiful, many churches surround the square itself. There are also lots of restaurants and cafes to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the Square. There is a flower market in the main square next to the cloth hall building. The cloth hall is full of a variety of market stall selling souvenirs, jewelery, glassware and other items. The square has been in existence since medieval times and the underground museum below the cloth hall is a highly recommended place to get more information about the bustling and vibrant history of the town.

  • Maciek Zielinski

    - 28 May 2018 -

    One of the most beautiful places on the planet. There is something really special about old town in Krakow that makes me go back over and over again. Plenty of of history in one place, charming architecture and for those who want to relax and enjoy the view, every wall of the town square is full of restaurants and pubs :)

  • Jessica Miron

    - 05 May 2012 -

    Expensive - you can get just as good if not better food, drink and service outside of the square.

  • lukasz

    - 13 January 2011 -

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Main Market Square tours

Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

Our tour meets in the largest medieval square in Europe, the main market square of Krakow. After an introduction on Krakow's origins we lead our guests to our shop to equip each person with their own Beachcruiser bike. Our tour takes you through a time warp of history and architecture, where you will...

Krakow in One Day Sightseeing Tour

For over a thousand years, Krakow has been the center of science, culture and art in Poland. Come and see for yourself upon boarding the Krakow City Sightseeing Tour. You'll see the likes of Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the Rynek Glowny, Main Market Square and St Mary's Church. It's a fine introduction...

Krakow Evening Food Walking Tour

Savor the flavors of Krakow on this 2.5-hour evening walking tour with a food-loving guide. Uncover Poland’s rich culinary history and customs as you roam the Small Market Square (Mały Rynek) and Main Market Square (Rynek Główny), stopping at hidden foodie haunts to sample treats such as...

Krakow Old Town, Jewish Quarter Walking Tour and Optional Wawel Castle Visit

Discover Old Town Krakow and the Kazimierz district on this walking tour with a guide, who will give you the rundown on Krakow’s long history. From Rynek Glówny (Main Square) to Mariacki (St Mary’s Basilica), you’ll see Krakow’s top historical sights. Admire centuries-old churches and...

Small-Group Walking Tour of Kazimierz Including Optional Oskar Schindler's Factory Visit

Get to know Krakow’s Jewish and World War II history on a walking tour of Krakow. With a guide, walk through the the former Jewish Quarter in Kazimierz and learn about the district’s rich history, from Jewish settlement in the 14th century to the Holocaust. Plus, see the site of Oskar...

Krakow Street Food Walking Tour

Wrap your taste buds around Polish traditional food on a 3-hour tour. With a guide, wind your way around the culinary haunts loved by locals, exploring stalls, cafes and eateries around Rynek Główny (Main Market Square). Taste around eight local specialties, such as an ‘obwarzanek’ (bagel-like...

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