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Main Market Square

Spend some time in a large medieval square that is filled with restaurants, cafés and magnificent buildings that are hundreds of years old.

Search for clothes and jewelry in a 700-year-old shopping center, tour ancient churches and climb to the top of a Gothic tower at Kraków’s Main Market Square. This 13th-century plaza is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. It is surrounded by traditional Flemish houses and is home to some of the city's most important historical buildings.

Right in the center of the square is the Cloth Hall, an old marketplace that has played host to traders from across the world since the 14th century. Browse a range of stalls then check out the 19th-century Polish Art Gallery upstairs.

Once you have explored the market and gallery, head to the two smaller buildings, situated on either side of the hall. To the east is the 11th-century Church of St. Adalbert, the oldest church in the city. This small stone cuboid building predates the market square. Venture inside to appreciate the beauty of its altarpiece and the paintings lining the dome.

To the west of the hall is the 230-feet (70-meter) Town Hall Tower. Look carefully and you will see that the baroque structure has a slight lean. This was caused by strong winds at the beginning of the 18th century. Walk up the 100 steps to the top and gaze out across the city.

When you are back down at ground level, head over to St. Mary’s Basilica in the square’s eastern corner. One of the characteristic features of this 14th-century church is the different heights of its two 15th-century towers. Go inside for the beautiful stained glass windows and the stunning carved wooden altarpiece, featuring more than 200 figures.

With so much to see, break up your trip with a stop at one of the cafés that sprawl out into the square.

Main Market Square is right in the heart of Kraków, a 10-minute walk from the city’s main train station. Being in a pedestrianized area, the square is only accessible by foot or on bike.


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Sheraton Grand Krakow $113
Sheraton Grand Krakow

Sheraton Grand Krakow

Ul. Powisle 7, Krakow, Lesser Poland
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of STU Theatre and Smok Wawelski Statue. Stained Glass Museum and Planty Park are also within 10 minutes. Krakow Glowny Station is 24 minutes by foot.

    Betmanowska Main Square Residence $84
    Betmanowska Main Square Residence

    Betmanowska Main Square Residence

    Ul. Rynek Glowny 44, Krakow
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Amber Museum, Main Market Square, and St. Mary's Basilica. Cloth Hall and Krakow Barbican are also within 10 minutes. Krakow Glowny Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Unicus Palace $109
      Hotel Unicus Palace

      Hotel Unicus Palace

      ul. Florianska 28, Krakow, Lesser Poland
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Pharmacy, Krakow Barbican, and St. Mary's Basilica. Main Market Square and Cloth Hall are also within 10 minutes. Krakow Glowny Station is 7 minutes by foot.

        Balthazar Design Hotel $83
        Balthazar Design Hotel

        Balthazar Design Hotel

        63 Grodzka St, Krakow, malopolskie
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Wawel Castle, and Main Market Square. St. Mary's Basilica and Cloth Hall are also within 10 minutes. Krakow Glowny Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          The Loft Hotel - Adults Only $95
          The Loft Hotel - Adults Only

          The Loft Hotel - Adults Only

          Dietla 113, Krakow
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Planty Park and St. Mary's Basilica. Main Market Square and Cloth Hall are also within 15 minutes. Krakow Glowny Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Bonerowski Palace $114
            Bonerowski Palace

            Bonerowski Palace

            Rynek Glowny 42/ul. Swietego Jana 1, Krakow, Lesser Poland
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Krakow hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Amber Museum, Main Market Square, and Cloth Hall. St. Mary's Basilica and Krakow Barbican are also within 10 minutes. Krakow Glowny Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Stary $106
              Hotel Stary

              Hotel Stary

              Szczepanska 5, Krakow, Lesser Poland
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Krakow hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Main Market Square, Town Hall Tower, and Cloth Hall. St. Mary's Basilica and Krakow Barbican are also within 10 minutes. Krakow Glowny Station is 12 minutes by foot.

                Cracow Central Aparthotel $48
                Cracow Central Aparthotel

                Cracow Central Aparthotel

                4 Kurniki, Krakow, malopolskie
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Florian's Church and Krakow Barbican. Main Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica are also within 15 minutes. Krakow Glowny Station is 6 minutes by foot.