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Main Market Square / Rynek Glowny

Krakow, Poland

 
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Main Market Square / Rynek Glowny
Main Market Square / Rynek Glowny
Main Market Square / Rynek Glowny
Main Market Square / Rynek Glowny
Main Market Square / Rynek Glowny
Address
30-062 Rynek Glowny square
Krakow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
Recommended duration
2 hours

Krakow's Main Market Square (Rynek) is the very city's centre. Originally designed in 1257, the grid-like layout of the Old Town and its central square has changed little. Measuring 200 metres square, the Rynek Market Square ranks as one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, and is surrounded by elegant townhouses, all with their own unique names, histories and curiosities.

There king was sworn and public executions held. Also there Tadeusz Kościuszko roused the locals to revolt against Russians in 1794. The Market Square has always been the stage for public celebrations, starting from parades of sausage dogs to Christmas competitions. When Nazis occupied Poland, the square's name was changed to "Adolf Hitler Platz". Today the square mostly used by tourists and annual Christmas and Easter markets, as well as numerous festivals and outdoor concerts.

In the centre of the Market Square stands the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice). Built in the 14th century this huge hall was the first shopping mall in the world. To this day it is still crammed with merchant stalls selling amber, lace, woodwork and other tourist goods. The second floor hosts 19th Century Polish Art Gallery.

Directly next to the Cloth Hall stands Poland's most eminent scribe: Adam Mickiewicz. Ironically, the bard never visited the city until after his death when his remains were transferred to the Wawel Cathedral crypt, but this hasn't stopped the statue from becoming one of Kraków's best loved monuments.

Across from Mickiewicz looms the magnificent St. Mary's Basilica, with its crowning glory - Veit Stoss' altarpiece. The area surrounding the Basilica was formerly a cemetery, and the bodies of hundreds of Krakovians still lie beneath the cobbles. Some tourists will also appreciate the set of metal neck restraints displayed on the side door of St. Mary's, formerly used to punish philandering women.

On the other side of the square is the 70 metre Town Hall Tower, the only building of the Town Hall complex remaining after many fires and demolitions since 14th century. Visitors can get up to the 3rd floor through Gothic vaulted rooms and watch on the square below.

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5.0

Huge (200x200m) large market square in the heart of Krakow.
In this marketplace you don't even drum, if you visit Krakow - it will be curly in addition, with numerous monuments.
You should definitely be with the bureaux de change be careful because the work around the market with approximately 20% of Commission (too bad about the vacation money). Definitely a minus point of the exaggerated many of the Recruiters of the Sightseeing tours.

This review was automatically translated from German. Click to view original review.
Riesiger (200x200m) grosser Marktplatz im Herz von Krakau.
Um diesen Marktplatz kommt man gar nicht drum rum, wenn man Krakau besichtigt - es wird zudem mit zahlreichen Sehenswurdigkeiten gelockt.
Man sollte definitiv mit dem Wechselstuben vorsichtig sein, da die rund um den Markt mit ca. 20% Provision arbeiten (schade um das Urlaubsgeld). Definitiv ein Minuspunkt geht von den ubertrieben vielen Anwerbern der Sightseeing-touren aus.
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5.0

Very large historic central market place. Lively, fresh, mainly flanked by restaurant

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Very large historic central market place. Lively, fresh, mainly flanked by restaurant
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5.0

Best and biggest market square in Europe! Absolutely beautiful, and full of great restaurants, cafe's and bars.

It's one of the few places in Krakow, that never really sleeps.. Even the McDonalds located 20 meters from this square, is only closed for about 1 hour during the day (early in the morning, while they are cleaning..), in fact its open almost every day around the year.

Bonus info: Rynek Glowny has Old Town's only 24 hour Public Toilet - its located in the far end of the Sukiennice ("Clothe Hall"), which is facing the LOZA cafe.

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1.0

Service Pesimo.
The owner hires students malcarado throw you the food.
To any request the answer is NO.
The food,vulgar and we have tried to collect others.
The worst site in Poland that has been and I have gone on three occasions

This review was automatically translated from Spanish. Click to view original review.
Servicio Pesimo.
El dueno contrata estudiantes malcarado que te echan la comida.
A cualquier peticion la respuesta es NO.
La comida,vulgar y nos han tratado de cobrar demas.
El peor sitio de Polonia de los que haya estado y he ido en tres ocasiones
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5.0

Beautiful square in the centre of Krakow, there are a lot of good restaurants at the side, and it is not expensive !

This review was automatically translated from French. Click to view original review.
Magnifique place du centre de Cracovie, il y a beaucoup de bons restaurants a cote, et ce n'est pas cher !
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4.0

Beautiful central square in krakow,we are surprised the amount of people on their terraces in the month of September. It is worth to take a walk and enjoy the views

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Preciosa plaza central de cracovia,nos a sorprendido la cantidad de gente en sus terrazas en el mes de septiembre. Vale la pena dar un paseo y disfrutar de las vistas
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5.0

10 minutes walk from main railway station.
Likely, starting point for your visit in Cracow.
Usually crowded, not very suprasing though I guess.
Souranded by dozens of small streets, awesome atmosphere with so many places to discover that event living there won't lets one to explore all.
Its just nice.
Might be expensive so you need to be careful.

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5.0

A unique place, the special atmosphere, the magic of Krakow

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Wyjatkowe miejsce, wyjatkowa atmosfera, magia Krakowa
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5.0

One of the biggest Main Market Squares you could find. I love the atmosphere there. Usually crowdy (especially during the holidays times). Must visit when in Krakow.

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5.0

A must-see in Krakow.

This review was automatically translated from German. Click to view original review.
Ein muss in Krakau.
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5.0

Very nice place ,lots of bars and restaurants ... Location of the market throughout the day and evening...

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Très jolie place ,beaucoup de bars et restaurants ... Endroit où se trouve le marché toute la journée et soirée...
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4.0

Great place just watch out for: currency exchange offices around the Rynek Glowny tourist are rip-offs!

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Toller Platz nur aufpassen: Wechselstuben rund um den Rynek Glowny sind Touriabzocken!
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3.0

The square is to bussy. Too many restaurants in genrral food is very poor!!! Many people cheap suvenirs and the horses smell is brry bad. Nice architecture but there are 2 other squares more quiet.

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5.0

Beautiful square full of restaurants and bars

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Preciosa plaza llena de restaurantes y bares
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5.0

Beautiful place! There's a lot to see, and the smells of the restaurants you try everywhere! There is something for all budgets, but all in all, it's still affordable

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Endroit magnifique! Il y a énormément à voir, et les odeurs des restaurants vous tentent partout! Il y en a pour toutes les bourses, mais dans l'ensemble, ça reste abordable
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5.0

Wonderful square! It was too crowded when i visited this place, but it was because of WYD. There are lots of places to visit and see, you MUST visit it if you come to Kraków.

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5.0

The main square and Market Square of Krakow is a wonder. In full city center and with interesting buildings. All very neat and nice. One of the places most great of Europe

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La plaza principal y Plaza del Mercado de Cracovia es una maravilla. En pleno centro de la ciudad y con interesantes edificios. Todo muy cuidado y bonito. Una de las plazas mas grandes de Europa
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5.0

Magnet of attraction for every tourist. The beer flows and the cash registers are ringing :-)

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Anziehungsmagnet für jeden Touristen. Das Bier fließt in Strömen und die Kassen klingeln :-)
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4.0

Great place to hang out. Love the atmosphere here. There are so much places to visit from here. Would recommend to every one.

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5.0

Very busy square with plenty of bars and restaurants. Horses and carriages will take you for a ride around here and there were several people offering segways for the day. Lovely architecture with the main building in the centre and the surrounding buildings along with the church in the corner. Very nice fountain here too especially at night!

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5.0

With a wide range of restaurants aeound tge square and a marketplace in the middle and its history make this a must visit place while in krakow

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5.0

Very nice market with a great selection of local specialties.

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Sehr schöner Markt mit großer Auswahl an lokalen Spezialitäten.
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5.0

Small, family-friendly, just wonderful. A lot of emotions O

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Petit séjours en famille, juste merveilleux. Beaucoup d émotions ☺
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5.0

Definitely worth to see, curious architecture and beautifully renovated.

Definitely worth a look, interesting architecture and renovation.

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Definitely worth to see, curious architecture and beautifully renovated.

Zdecydowanie warty zobaczenia, ciekawa architektura i ładnie odnowiony.
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5.0

The main market in Krakow, one of the largest in Europe. Definitely worth to see.

Main square in Cracow, it's one of the biggest squares in Europe. It's worth to see.

This review was automatically translated from Polish. Click to view original review.
Rynek główny w Krakowie, jeden z najwiekszych w Europie. Zdecydowanie warto zobaczyć.

Main square in Cracow, it's one of the biggest squares in Europe. It's worth to see.
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5.0

A wonderful place, where life is raging both on the day and in the night. Surrounded by numerous pubs, Cafes, and Restaurants. With a great Mediterranean Flair.

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Ein herrlicher Platz, wo das Leben sowohl am Tage als auch in der Nacht einfach tobt. Umgeben von zahlreichen Lokalen, Cafés und Restaurants. Mit tollem mediteranem Flair.
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5.0

The heart of Krakow - thousands of tourists are here every day. A lot of restaurants surround the square.

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5.0

Great Place!
Super to sit when the weather is nice outside!!!

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Toller Platz!
Super um bei schönem Wetter draußen zu sitzen!!!
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5.0

The main place in Krakow. Must for every turist. Can't miss it. One of the biggest main squares in the world. 

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5.0

This place never sleeps. Winter, summer, rain and snow... Full of people. Must see! 

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5.0

The main square in Krakow, very beautiful. The ambiance around the square is great. There are a lot of restaurants around the square. A must visit when you are in Krakow!

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4.0

Amazing place, with so many shops as well, most of them are hidden underground so you will have to look carefully for the entrance. Only bad thing I found about the place was that at night there are quite a few shady subjects but that's to be expected from a big city like Krakow.

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Overall rating 
 
4.0

The main square of Krakow is beautiful. Plenty of things to do. Also the largest main square of Europe.

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5.0

I went there in Christmas where the Christmas Market was open. When visiting, you must try the Chimney Bread and the Hot Chocolate there, it's simply amazing! The locals mostly speak fluent English and are very friendly. If you wish, you can also get dragon themed souvenirs to remember the historic city of Krak?w.

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3.0

Beautiful place, indeed, but appalling attacks multiple different touts to perform at various circuits E. V with a non-negligible cost !! Always this problem of exchange rate (pln) that had been forgotten in much of Europe.
In this regard, AVOID the two offices of exchange at the natural exit of the place, the beginning street Florianska surrounding the Kebab Isis... real thieves, thus indicating a competitive exchange of 4.23 pln for 1 ˆ to end up with a sum of 341 pln and 313 pln for the agency modern Kantor (the worst !!) instead of 420 pln (about changes in the course of the day) for 100 ˆ. 100 Pln chewed by these agencies, about a $ 25 commission !! Absolutely unfair and outrageous !! So be warned !!

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Superbe place, en effet, mais détestables agressions multiples de différents rabatteurs pour effectuer divers circuits E.V avec un coût non négligeable !! Toujours ce problème de change (zlotys) que l'on avait oublié dans une grande partie de l'Europe.
A ce sujet, EVITEZ les deux bureaux de change à la sortie naturelle de la place, début rue Florianska entourant le Kebab Isis... De vrais voleurs, faisant miroiter un change avantageux de 4.23 pln pour 1 € pour se retrouver avec une somme de 341 pln et 313 pln pour l'agence moderne Kantor (la pire !!) au lieu de 420 pln environ (change au cours du jour) pour 100 €. Soit 100 Zlotys croqués par ces agences environ 25 € de commission !! Absolument abusif et scandaleux !! Donc prenez garde !!
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