Planning to visit Krakow? You’ll find so much history, great food, bustling markets, beautiful art, and architecture. The best way to spend a day in Krakow is to explore Wawel Castle and the awe-inspiring cathedrals and churches.
Explore Wawel Castle
Wawel Royal Castle is one of the most famous buildings in Poland built upon Wawel Hill. The 16th-century castle used to be a home and a fortress of Polish kings while Krakow was the capital of the country. The complex is now a museum containing five separate sections: Crown Treasury and Armoury, State Rooms, Royal Private Apartments, Lost Wawel and the Exhibition of Oriental Art.
Visit Wawel Cathedral
The Wawel Cathedral served as the coronation site of Polish monarchs over the years. The 14th-century architecture including legendary dragon bones hung above the cathedral door, Wawel Cathedral houses a stunning collection of arts ranging from Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque to Classicist and even Modern.
Admire St Mary’s Basilica
St Mary’s Church (Bazylika Mariacka) faces the main market square, Rynek Glowny, in Krakow. Also known as Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven, it was originally built in the 13th century and then rebuilt in the 14th century to a majestic brick Gothic church standing at 80m tall. You really can’t miss this beauty as you wander around the market square.
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Check out the Church of St Peter and Paul
The Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a Roman Catholic Polish Baroque church located in the Old Town district of Kraków. This architectural masterpiece was built between 1597–1619 and was Krakow’s first church in the Baroque style.
Visit St Joseph’s Church
St. Joseph’s Church is a historic Roman Catholic church in Podgórze district of Kraków. The neo-gothic church was built between 1905 and 1909, and designed by Jan Sas Zubrzycki. It is the largest church in the area with an 80m clock tower, gargoyles, and sculptures of saints.
See St Florian’s Church
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