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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.

Wished that the tour guide stayed on topic

Rated 3 out of 5
1 day ago

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.


Fun and informative!

Rated 5 out of 5
4 days ago

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.

Becky Nguyen

Great experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

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!


Highly recommended!!!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

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!!!


Old Town with Jack

Rated 5 out of 5
3 weeks ago

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.


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