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Main Market Square
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Top Hotels Close to Main Market Square

Betmanowska Main Square Residence
Betmanowska Main Square Residence
4 out of 5
Ul. Rynek Glowny 44, Krakow
The price is $86 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

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. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (994 reviews)

"Loved it. Great location, friendly staff. Complimentary upgrade for transfer back to airport in Rolls Royce. Nespresso machine, spa bath and interesting decor"…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Betmanowska Main Square Residence
Hotel Stary
Hotel Stary
5 out of 5
Szczepanska 5, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is $105 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (520 reviews)
Luxurious room in a perfect location

"Our stay at hotel Stary was amazing! The staff were lovely and upgraded us to the suite. The room was very spacious and comfy. Would highly recommend and stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Hotel Stary
Hotel Unicus Palace
Hotel Unicus Palace
5 out of 5
ul. Florianska 28, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is $108 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (521 reviews)

"This is a fantastic place to stay. The hotel is in an excellent central location and all the staff are really friendly and helpful. The facilities are of a very high standard and the pool and spa area are excellent. The Hotel is very clean and the dining room is great. We will definitely stay again ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Hotel Unicus Palace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Main Market Square

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5/5 - Excellent

Carl

Jan 7, 2020

We visited Krakow during the last two weeks of December. The Main Market Square was beautifully decorated, the food vendors had many selections and everything we ate was delicious, and we enjoyed all of the Christmas stalls in the Square that offered a variety of Christmas and Polish goods.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 16, 2019

The hotel staff did not give us any information at all about where we were or a map or anything at all. It's good to bring your own so you can figure out how close the hotel actually is to the main market and jewish quarter, etc.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2019

Lots of sights, stores, restaurants, and friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 3, 2018

Within walking distance.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 1, 2018

Long walk to tram or bus, stay closer.

5/5 - Excellent

Celia

Aug 21, 2018

Lots of shopping stores and places to eat. The shops at the beginning were cheaper than in the main plaza.

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Best Lodging Options Near Main Market Square

Betmanowska Main Square Residence
Betmanowska Main Square Residence
4 out of 5
Ul. Rynek Glowny 44, Krakow
The price is $86 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
Betmanowska Main Square Residence
Hotel Stary
Hotel Stary
5 out of 5
Szczepanska 5, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is $105 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
Hotel Stary
Hotel Unicus Palace
Hotel Unicus Palace
5 out of 5
ul. Florianska 28, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is $108 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
Hotel Unicus Palace
Best Western Plus Krakow Old Town
Best Western Plus Krakow Old Town
3 out of 5
Sw. Gertrudy Street 6, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is $54 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
Best Western Plus Krakow Old Town
Hotel Senacki
Hotel Senacki
4 out of 5
Ul. Grodzka 51, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is $82 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
Hotel Senacki
Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town)
Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town)
4 out of 5
Pawia 18 B, Krakow
The price is $53 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town)
Metropolis Design Hotel
Metropolis Design Hotel
4 out of 5
ul. Wygoda 8, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is $49 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Metropolis Design Hotel
Red Brick Apartments
Red Brick Apartments
3 out of 5
Kurniki 3, Krakow
The price is $20 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
Red Brick Apartments
Queen Boutique Hotel
Queen Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Ul. Dietla 60, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is $65 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
Queen Boutique Hotel
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