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 (Exception: Tours in 🇪🇸: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill)
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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 (Exception: Tours in 🇪🇸: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill)
  • 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
Between St. Florian's Gate and the Barbican (Exception: Tours in 🇪🇸: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill)

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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Super informative

Rated 5 out of 5
3 weeks ago

Dale was very knowledgeable about the history and fun combining with legendary stories and facts. Wonderful way to start the vacation to appreciate the city.


Highly recommend

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Dale was a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. His passion for history was beautiful and helped me learn so much. I would highly recommend this tour and especially with Dale.


Jewish quarter with tour guide damien

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Brilliant guide, giving you all the best information. Really knew the history of the area and entertained for the full 2 and a half hours. The tour pace is easy going and goes fast.


Krakow old town with Jola

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

We had best time with perfect guide, time just flew. J was informative, not too detailed, just enough so you just listened and understood every word she said. Not once the mind when wondering, it was very easy and fasinating to listen to. Thanks!

ime with best


Incredible information

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Damian historical tour. This was funny and very informative. He was a former history teacher so ofc he provides tons of facts and information. The walk takes in the old town and ends at the castle. It lasted around 3 hours or so and we had a toilet break.

The speed is casual and suitable for all abilities. What I liked was he wasn’t pushy for money, he explained the situation then opened a bag and allowed you to donate what you wanted. He was very funny but maybe less Russian jokes about Russia in future

I highly recommended Damian and the Walkative Krakow


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