This tour is also available as
a Private Tour.
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:
After visiting the Old Town we recommend taking Jewish Kraków and World War II in Kraków free tours to understand Kraków’s history better!
Look for a guide with a yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign.
Thank you for choosing Walkative! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
This walking tour was well conducted and presented. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the old town of Krakow and we learned many of new historical facts about Krakow, Polish Kings, medieval military defenses, and the local University. Furthermore, our tour guide (Ania) was sensitive to needs of those following her. She walked at the right speed, spoke clearly, and brought everyone inside when it was clear that several us were noticing the coolness of the weather. The tour would have been perfect except for the tour guide’s selective criticism at the Catholic Church and the government of Poland, and her overt support for abortion. We came from the USA to Krakow to learn more about the realm where St. Pope John Paul II developed into a heroic leader, and were disappointed by the negativism and consideration of only one side of modern political discourse. The Catholic Church is large, has a long history, and is populated by flawed human beings; thus, it can be subject to criticism, some of it well deserved. However, tourists like ourselves (who are not Polish voters) are not likely to be uniformly appreciative of one-sided political discourse during a walking tour that should emphasize historical topics. We wish our tour guide had stayed ‘on topic’, and were left wondering about Walkative’s overall motive.
Our tour with Big Tom was great. He is so professional, knows the history and has a great sense of humor. Which we could have joined the Jewish Quarter tour.
Damian covered the information in jokes, so it was easy to remember a lot of things! He had a great energy and I was not bored at all! Thank you!
We took the Old Town tour with Big Tom today (18 March 2023) and had a blast. We learned a lot about Krakow and the Polish people, and our entire family (parents with two adult kids) agreed that this was a great experience. Will take another tour with Walkative on Saturday and can only recommend the company and Big Tom!!!
Jack was an amazing guide and a storyteller. The route of the tour is perfectly tailored to see the major landmarks of Krakow’s Old Town. Highly recommended activity to do whilst in Krakow.