Poland has many great cities to visit but one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the country is the city of Krakow.  Not only is Krakow one of the largest cities, second only to Warsaw, but it is also one of the oldest in Poland as well.  Having these two unique characteristics, Krakow has much history to be explored for visitors who travel there.  Whether you decide to visit Krakow during the winter, spring, summer, or fall you will find that there is much to be enjoyed in this great city.  And one of the most enjoyable, and the most popular, parts of the town to visit is the Old Town.

The Old Town in Krakow is the center of the city, and a place where much exciting activity takes place.  And while some of the most excitement comes in the form of the events that are held in Krakow’s Old Town, there is plenty to see any time you visit there.  There are three things in particular to see, though, when you visit the Old Town in Krakow.

  1. Wawel Castle – Wawel Castle is one of the most sought out sights to see in Krakow’s Old Town, as it is a true testament to the long history of the city.  The castle sits atop a hill that overlooks the beautiful Old Town, along with an ancient cathedral that is well worth seeing as well.
  2. Florian Gate – The Florian Gate is one of the most intriguing sites to see in the Old Town, as it consists of the remnants of a wall that used to surround the area.  Four towers and an arsenal still stand, offering visitors and those that live in the city a realistic reminder of the massive wall that used to surround the town. 
  3. Sukiennice – Perhaps the most frequented part of Krakow’s Old Town is the Sukiennice building that dates back to the 14th century.  It is a Gothic style building that was once used as a trading hall, and today houses small shops that sell souvenirs.  To see the elaborate building close up is reason enough alone to visit it.

Krakow no doubt has much to see and do, throughout the entire city, but a visit to Krakow cannot be complete without seeing the oldest part of the city.  Visiting these three places in particular will give you an intriguing lesson in history.