Old Town Kraków

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Short Description
Our main tour of Krakow, which will take you through the thousand-year history of the former capital of Poland and show you the most important sights - the Main Square, St. Florian's Gate, Collegium Maius, Collegium Novum, the Pope's Window and Wawel Castle.
Total time
2h 30min
English, Spanish, German, Polish, Ukrainian (check the booking calendar for availability)
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Between St. Florian's Gate and the Barbican - look for the guide with the yellow umbrellaGo to map
Ending point
Wawel Castle
Additional info
♿️Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
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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!

Meeting Point
Between St. Florian's Gate and the Barbican - look for the guide with the yellow umbrella

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.

Amazing Old Town Krakow Tour with Big Tom (11/4/24)

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 weeks ago

Ella and I booked this tour for the start of our trip to Krakow and we are so glad that we did. We met up with ‘Big Tom’ and we immediately knew it was going to be a good tour. Very funny, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Phenomenal memory for international dialing codes! That might sound strange, but he was able to welcome us all with a little bit of info about our home countries which was a nice touch. The tour itself was brilliant, Tomasz obviously loves his city and his knowledge was fascinating and his humour just to our liking. Taking us through the history of the city, working our way through the old town, the university and ending at the castle, not only did it give us a great insight into Krakow and the people of Poland, but it gave us plenty of ideas for things to do for the rest of our trip. Tomasz, ‘Janet’ definitely missed out, and we enjoyed The Artist, Thank you!!!

Neil and Ella

Great tour with Jacob

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 month ago

The whole group and I had a great tour with our guide, Jacob. He was knowledgeable in the history of the city and offered so much insight on Polish culture, economy, and architecture. Very well spent 2.5 hours getting acclimated to the old town.


Old town with Big Tom

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 month ago

It was a very interesting and nice tour with Tom.

He know all about the history and we liked a lot listening to a lot of storys of this beautiful town.

Silke und Til


Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 month ago

We were lucky to have Damien who is a historian and a very proud resident of Krakow. He was very knowledgeable and it was easy to feed off his energy even if it was very unseasonably hot day. Would book again. Its my third city in Poland and I never hesitated to book Walkative. Thank you, Damien.

Beverly Cookman

Highly recommended!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 month ago

We joined this tour with Christopher in March and thoroughly enjoyed our 3 hours in his company. His jovial style helped us feel entertained and informed all in one as we visited a vast array of sites important to understanding the creation of Kraków as it is today. We would highly recommend this tour during the first couple of days of your stay as it really helped us put everything in context as we continued our adventures.

Thank you!


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a Private Tour.

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