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The Barbican (Barbakan)

Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland (Kleparz)
+48 12 422 98 77
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As featured in Krakow for young kids
Ranked #42 of 125 attractions in Krakow
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Styled after Arab defensive architecture, this masterpiece of medieval military engineering with its circular fortress was added to the city's... more » Owner description: Styled after Arab defensive architecture, this masterpiece of medieval military engineering with its circular fortress was added to the city's fortifications in the late 15th century. « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Wonderfully preserved part of the city fortifications & it is well worth a look. Unfortunately it was closed during our visit but there is a wonderful of how this was an integral part of the fortifications jut beside the Florian Gate.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We bought our tickets - 6 PLN or about $2 - at the city defense walls (Pijarska and Szpitalna streets) which include entry to both the walls and the nearby Barbican. The walk along what is left of the city walls is interesting and the many posters along the way provide an illustrated, detailed history. Half way along the walls... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We were told the story of this building while on a walking tour of the Old City. Our guide brought it to life for us and we were impressed by its architecture.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The name says it all. It is a huge Barbakan (polish name). It stands immediately outside what remains of the town fortification walls. You can tell there used to be massive walls leading to the Barbakan town entrance, but they were removed during the time when Austria controlled Krakow (aka when Poland did not exist on maps). The remains are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The Barbican sits at the northern end of old town beside the defensive walls. There is a small fee to enter which also includes entry into the defensive walls. This example of a Barbican is in excellent condition and definitely worth a visit as you are passing by. The views over the Planty from the inside are stunning, especially when... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Cant miss this place. One of main entrances to City and steeped in history, Walked around it or through it most days either on way in or out of Main Square from/to hotel. Very interesting history plaques to read and very impressive to look at. Small entrance fee to go inside I believe.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

We found ourselves with some time to kill so we took a look around the place it's very interesting and a significant part of krakows history we enjoyed the informative film before we walked round the city walls and at approx £1.60 each you really do get value for money.

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Grand Bend, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The Barbican was the most important entrance into the city. Built 1498-99, the Baribcan protected the vulernable north of the city against attack, while also serving as the triumphal entranceway for kings, queens, etc. The Barbican and the city walls defended Krakow against invaders on several occasions. The Barbican is a historical site as well as vaue for concerts, dances,... More

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northumberland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The barbican dominates the park and is another beautiful sight in krakow. so full of the country's history. we did not go in as we had read there is not to much to see but were happy just to have a walk around it. you can't miss it.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We didn't go inside, but worth a visit just to walk around the outside, really interesting building.

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