There is a lot to see in Krakow, such as centuries-old impressive landmarks, lovely vistas, world-class works of art, and stunning curios. Krakow boasts the best collections in Poland, and museums all over the world envies some of these treasures.
Church of St. Adalbert is located to the side of the Main Market Square in Old Town, and is one of the oldest stone churches in Poland. Its almost one thousand year old history goes back to the beginning of the Polish Romanesque architecture of the early Middle Ages.
This is the last surviving part of the former 14th-century town hall. It has become, accidentally, the city’s own leaning tower, as it bends slightly off-centre by 55cm, apparently caused by the wind.
This 15th-century Synagogue houses a permanent exhibition entitled "the Tradition and Culture of Jews in Krakow". The area surrounding the synagogue has been highlighted in Steven Spielberg’s, "Schindler’s List."
Here you can see a vast collection of ancient works of art from Greece and Egypt, but the key artworks here, have to be Leonardo da Vinci’s, "Lady with an Ermine” and Rembrandt’s, “Landscape with the Good Samaritan”.
This is one of the few surviving parts of the ancient defence system that once surrounded the Old Town. Built approximately 1285 it was the main defence of the north. Further towers were added in the 15th-century, but the Florian Gate is the only remaining gate from the original eight. In 1660, the Florian Gate was extended to include a Baroque roof, raising its height by one metre and today it measures around 33.5 meters.
At the heart of the city lies what was once the largest square in Medieval Europe. It has been the hub of the city, ever since the historical district of the Old Town got its present grid of streets in the 13th century. The Market Square is still very much the soul of the city.
A tour of the Gothic castle and cathedral on Wawel Hill is essential for any visitor to the city. See the bones of Smok Wawelski, the mythical dragon of Wawel Hill. The Castle itself, where Polish Kings ruled, offers enough to keep visitors interested for the remainder of their trip up Wawel.
The spiralling twin towers of this ancient church witnessed many of the tumultuous events that have shaken the city of Krakow over the centuries. The top of the church tower is a perfect spot to take photos of the city, however, today it is closed for visitors until further notice, due to renovation work.