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Krakow Barbican

Take a tour of the structure that once ensured Krakow’s safety and is today the best-preserved barbican in Europe.

Stand outside the impressive, Gothic structure of the Krakow Barbican and imagine arrows raining down on enemy invaders from the 130 windows that ring the building. Nearby you’ll see remnants of the old city walls. In the large courtyard you may catch an open-air concert or a medieval jousting tournament. 

The Krakow Barbican was built in 1498 and was once the main city gate. It was comprised of seven turrets and an austere Gothic facade joined on either side by the city wall. At one time there was a 100-foot (30-meter) wide moat. The barbican was a strong base for deterring enemy invaders. With its 32-foot (10-meter) high and 10-foot (3-meter) thick walls, it served its purpose well. Today it is one of only three such remaining structures in Europe, and the best preserved.

Take one of the daily guided tours to learn about the history of the city walls and the soldiers who lived in and defended Krakow from this tower. Climb the walls and peer through windows to imagine yourself as a brave soldier protecting your homeland.

The museum is open only from April to October. Come when it’s warm to see one of the many outdoor events that are held here. Watch an open-air music concert in memorable surroundings or attend one of the medieval tournaments that can include fencing, exhibitions of torture weapons and a display from a pretend executioner. Check the Barbican’s official website for a timetable of events.

The Krakow Barbican is located within the Planty Gardens on the north side of the Old Town (Stare Miasto). It is open daily and there is a small charge for entry, which includes the price of a tour. If you don’t want to walk there, several bus lines and trams stop nearby. A typical visit here, including a tour, lasts about an hour.


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