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Old Town Kraków

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Basic Information
English, Spanish, German, Polish, Ukrainian (check the booking calendar for availability)
Total time
2h 30min
Meeting point
Between St. Florian's Gate and the Barbican
Walking tour
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Kraków’s Old Town survived the Second World War, so you’re able to feel the ambiance of the days when it used to be the capital of Europe’s largest country. Come join us for a tour around a city that hasn’t changed much since the Middle Ages to find out why it was included on the first-ever UNESCO Heritage List!

We will show you where to look to find traces of the city in its heyday in the 15th and 16th centuries, when Copernicus himself walked these streets. These were the days when Kraków teemed with the sounds of many different languages, colourful clothing and exotic goods, and people from around the world who came here seeking their fortune. But the roller-coaster of history never missed the royal city, and its days of wealth and prosperity turned to times of collapse and decline. The most recent tragedy of World War II and the hopelessness of communism are something you can still feel roiling under the seemingly calm and peaceful surface of contemporary Kraków. It was also during this dark time that Kraków was home to a young man who later changed the fate of Poland and the world. His name was Karol Wojtyła, better known as Pope John Paul II. 

Like every good story, Kraków’s should have a happy ending, right? The city today will surely provide one! Join us and be ready to watch, touch, listen, smell and taste. You will definitely need all of your senses to discover Kraków!

On this 2h 30 minutes’ FREE Walkative! TOUR you will see:

  • medieval city walls and Barbican 

  • Main Market Square with Cloth Hall 

  • St Mary’s church with its famous trumpeter

  • Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the oldest university in Poland 

  • Archbishop Palace and “papal window” 

  • Wawel Hill with the Cathedral and Castle’s courtyard 

  • Wawel’s Dragon 

  • and much more…! 

After visiting the Old Town we recommend taking Jewish Kraków and World War II in Kraków free tours to understand Kraków’s history better!

Additional Important Information
  • professional local guide 
Ticket Message

Look for a guide with a yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign. 

  • Meeting Point: Between St. Florian’s Gate and the Barbican
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • Language: English, Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian, German (check the calendar to choose your preferred option)
  • Groups of 8-12 people that booked with paid option – note it is not a private tour.
  • Groups of more than 7 that did not pay for the reservation can be rejected by the guide. 
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Useful info:

  • After the tour it will take you around 10 minutes’ walk to get back to the Main Market Square, around 15 minutes to get to the Jewish district, and 20 minutes to the main railway station.
  • The closest restaurants are on the way to the Main Market or Jewish district.

Please note that the Walkative! guides are independent and thinking individuals. Depending on the guide, the tours may vary, but they are always designed to bring you lots of knowledge and fun.

Meeting Point
Tour in 🇬🇧 🇩🇪 🇺🇦 🇵🇱: Between St. Florian's Gate and Barbican. Look for the guide with yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign.

Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

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Time well spent for any visitor to Krakow

Rated 5 out of 5
6 days ago

Free walking tour of the old town.. on a cold and snowy morning.. It was super.. led by Thomasz or “Big Tom” !! Tomasz is friendly, passionate about his home city, an historian who shares his knowledge willingly and with a great sense of humour.

Overall one highlight of a visit to Krakow, and a must for any visitor.

Thank you,

Terri & Brendan ( Ireland)


Very enjoyable morning

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Our tour guide Victoria was friendly and very knowledgeable. We had been in the city for two days but the facts and things she pointed out we really would never have noticed without the tour. Had a great time and would highly recommend.


very interesting

Rated 5 out of 5
3 weeks ago

Tomasz was a great tour guide. He’s very knowledgeable of the Old Town and his interest is contagious. Me and my boyfriend liked this tour and would recommend it.


Amazing tour with amazing guide!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Tomasz was the best guide I’ve ever had! I highly recommend this tour to everyone who wants to explore the old town of Krakow and have a good time!


Big Tom & Old Town Kraków

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Маю надзвичайні враження від прогулянки з Томашем по Старому місту Кракова. Наповнена різними історіями, що, завдяки професійному і натхненном гіду оживають на твоїх очах, ця прогулянка завжди залишмться в моїй памяті, і у серці. Дякую організаторам цього чудового проекту і Великому Тому 🙂


I have extraordinary impressions from a walk with Tomasz through the Old Town of Krakow. Filled with various stories that, thanks to a professional and inspired guide, come to life before your eyes, this walk will always remain in my memory and in my heart. Thanks to the organizers of this wonderful project and Big Tom 🙂


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