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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 (Exception: Tours in 🇪🇸: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill)
Walking 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:

  • 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
Tour in 🇬🇧 🇩🇪 🇺🇦 🇵🇱: Between St. Florian's Gate and Barbican. Look for the guide with yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign.
Tour in 🇪🇸 from 1. October '22: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill.

Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers. In the best interest of our visitors, we aim to keep our free tours relatively small (up to ~35 people in one group). Hence, we cannot accept parties of 8 or more people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a Private Tour or select an option with a fee of 8 Eur per person. For more information please contact us.

Amazing tours!!!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 October 2022

We did the Old Town tour in the morning and the Jewish Tour in the afternoon. Jacob was a very knowledgeable guide with such love and passion for his country and its history…the good, the bad and the ugly!! Great sense of humour. Would highly recommend any of their tours. Wear comfy shoes!!


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Rated 5 out of 5
29 September 2022

It was very friendly and informative. I can join for a second time.


Unbelievable experience

Rated 5 out of 5
26 September 2022

I have been to a few tours by different countries and this has been the best experience thanks to Big Tom. His way to guide the tour (Jewish Krakow in our case) did it much more enjoyable than on other occasions, where everything seems much more mechanical. Not enough with this, his research work on this specific tour is incredible, worthy in my opinion of a movie, interlacing stories and data that make you see and understand the tour from different perspectives, from the most general (the history of the city) to more specific anecdotes that help you empathize much better with the situation explained. It was an incredible luck of being able to have Big Tom as a guide, a very nice person and an incredible professional. The world needs people like Tom.

Manuel García

An Incredible Two-tour Day with Big Tom

Rated 5 out of 5
24 September 2022

We booked two tours (Old Town and Jewish Kraków) on the same day. Luckily, both were with Big Tom! We were captivated for the whole duration of the two tours, 5 hours.
He is extremely knowledgeable and a great storyteller, and a great one for jokes. He knew the answers to a multitude of advanced questions I asked him and was more than happy to discuss them.
The tours with Big Tom were an absolute gem. Thank you!
P. S. Tomasz, I hope your dream of also being a guide in Auschwitz come true!


Amazing tour with Dale!!

Rated 5 out of 5
23 September 2022

We absolutely loved the tour with Dale, he seems to know everything worth knowing about the city and it’s history and gave plenty of good tips for restaurants and trips! We are also joining the jewish tour with him later today:))
Perfect start to exploring the city!!!

Kamille Troldborg Dorph

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