Stare Miasto

Stare Miasto, Krakow: Address, Phone Number, Stare Miasto Reviews: 5/5

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The 13th century merchants' town is home to Europe's largest market square and offers numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with magnificent interiors, 14th century fortifications, ancient synagogues, Jagiellonian University and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried.
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Denisa Moricová
Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic24 contributions
Gorgeous architecture but prepared for a lot of tourists
Aug 2021
Gorgeous architecture everywhere you look. However the number of tourists there even on workdays is astounding. It's even worse than Prague. The moment you turn a few streets - it's empty. Everyone is cramped on Florianska Street and on the square (which is enormous so luckily even with a lot of people there's still plenty of space). I still recommend this place though because it's just beautiful, There are also horse carriages everywhere and I personally really love the look of that :) and the sound.
Written 13 August 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2 789 contributions
Dramatically changed by mass tourism
Oct 2020
Whenever there is a concentration of old buildings in Europe or even the world with a UNESCO recognition as historic, the place is almost inundated with tourists. The dynamics of the place change dramatically with local residents moving out unless they gear their activities towards tourists. Many tourists are not really interested in history, but rather in the historic ambiance serving as a background for selfies. In this respect the old town of Krakow is similar to Prague, Venice or Amsterdam.

Most of what is left of the historic medieval old town is underground and many of the buildings have been restructured (especially after a devastating fire in 1850). The predominant architectural style is neoclassicism (late 19th century), though especially some of the churches have maintained a Baroque appearance (17th century). Stare Miasto district is larger in size than the area surrounded by Planty park where the old city fortifications and moat used to be. The district includes Kazimierz and Rakowicki cemetery just north of the railway station. Price levels are significantly lower in this wider belt area and the ambiance is still predominantly Polish. Quite a relief after confrontations with touts and souvenir vendors.
Written 8 February 2021
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UriusT
Vilnius, Lithuania710 contributions
Tourist Infestation
Oct 2020
Sorry, but it's true. It's like Prague, but even tinier. It's overrun with tourists, every street packed to the gills in warm weather with all manner of Ryanair tourists out for a cheap holiday. Dare I say it's a bit unseemly if I am too be honest, with a lot of the worst aspects of modern tourism on display. The prices are very high in the Old Town for all bars, cafes and restaurants. Its nice to see the buildings, but the sheer scope of tourism there is a bit much for a such a small area. I had my best times in Krakow outside of the Old Town, and I recommend others to find as well alternative places to spend time. It's worth a half a day of looking around and not more.
Written 30 December 2020
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KatySarah
Stoke-on-Trent, UK97 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2020 • Couples
Beautiful architecture great to wander around and see the amazing sights. You can’t get enough of it all
Written 16 September 2020
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RobTheF
Linschoten, The Netherlands131 contributions
It is all worth your visit
Aug 2020
The buildings in Krakow have survived the war. Therefore, there are many beautiful buildings. If possible rent a bike and see more thsn just the stare Miasto.
Written 19 August 2020
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Ana G
Sydney, Australia431 contributions
Beautiful
Jul 2019
Beautiful architecture, it's a great big square with plenty of restaurants, shops and a church.

There are plenty of things to do there and it is in the centre so there are many other things to do in the vicinity.

The amber museum is there too.
Written 13 April 2020
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3stars1wish
Winnipeg, Canada330 contributions
Amazing enormous beautiful.
Dec 2019
In the centre of the old town. A real gem. In the centre, the Cloth hall. A church in the square. Restaurants and shops around the periphery. Beautifull8ghtdisplays and Christmas Market. Really classy.
Written 8 April 2020
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Joanna M
Kedzierzyn Kozle, Poland23 contributions
My favourite city break activity
Jul 2019 • Couples
I love walking along the street of the Old Town of Kraków, both during the day and at night. For me it is one of the most beautiful old towns in the world visited by thousands of tourist from all over the world. They can admire magnificient buildings, dine and wine in one of numerous restaurants and cafes, go to the teatre or a club to enjoy live music. You can never get bored in Kraków.
Written 14 March 2020
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Nitin J
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India200 contributions
heart of the city
Mar 2020
must go everyone. beautiful place and nice view. Heart of the city and gives you a closer look at the old world charm this city boasts of.
Written 13 March 2020
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XYUandbeyond
Cashel, Ireland180 contributions
Stunning
Mar 2020
It looks like a movie set and its hard to believe this still exists in all its glory, what a fabulous place to wander have a drink people watch or take a segway around the area. Better yet take one of the horse and carriages.
Written 13 March 2020
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