A walk around the Old Town of Krakow is easy and enjoyable, taking in the many historic buildings and stopping off at a cafe along the way. It's a half hour walk from the Florian Gate in the north, through the main square (Rynek Glowny) to the ramparts of Wawel Castle in the south, and you could walk back via the sheltered Planty which surrounds the Old Town (see separate story).
The Wista River runs below the walls of Wawel Castle, whilst the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz is half a mile (1 km) south-east, so these could be combined in a full day of strolling around the city.
This story draws on several short walks during our 3-day stay in the city. If you're staying close to the centre you'll be tempted, like us, to wander in and out to make the ost of the atmosphere and the restaurants. It has to be one of the most photogenic city centres in Europe.
- I'll remember most being almost overwhelmed by the splendour of so many buildings through the Old Town and on Wawel Hill
- The best bit was enjoying relaxing meals in the evening, outside on the main square as horse-drawn carriages went by
- I was surprised by so many religious buildings in such a small area
- I was pleased to see a city centre almost without cars
- A word of advice would be to book in advance for tours of the Castle and Cathedral, due to the visitor numbers.
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Poland page for links to other stories
|Location||Krakow, southern Poland|
|Date walked||29 & 31 July 2008|
|Walk type||Town and City walks|
|Difficulty||Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk|
|Distance||2-5 km (1-3 miles)|
|Time taken||1 hrs|
|Map used||1:12,500 map provided by StayPoland.com|
|Walk source info||Lonely Planet "Best of Krakow" booklet|
|Getting there||By air from Edinburgh|
|Places to stay||Large choice of hotels and other accommodation|
|Other features||Wawel Castle, Cathedral, churches and other historic buildings in the Old Town|