We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Barbican (Barbakan)

Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland (Kleparz)
+48 12 422 98 77
Website
Improve this listing
As featured in Krakow for young kids
Ranked #45 of 139 Attractions in Krakow
Book Now

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
Write a Review

101 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    35
    45
    20
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Buenos Aires
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
49 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Barbican you will see it in one of the main access to the Old Town.Small, rounded and easy to spot.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Barbican doesn't offer very much inside as an attraction. We went on a free walking tour during our stay in Kraków and on the tour, our guide mentioned that it would take 10 minutes, tops, to go around the interior and take a few photos. We didn't actually go in, but avoided it based on our local guide's advice.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

During yet another two week visit to Krakow, I finally managed to visit the interior of the Barbican. Am glad I did, although to be frank there is not much to see inside except bricks, steps, and the small courtyard. Still, it was interesting to see this unique piece of military history up close. The ticket also allows you to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gateshead, England
Top Contributor
366 reviews 366 reviews
231 attraction reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This fortified outpost was a defensive structure built at the end of the 15th century to provide protection to the main northern entrance into the old town of Krakow and is located beside the Florian Gate. It used to be attached to the old city walls but now stands a short distance away and is in a quite superb condition.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Does not consist of a whole lot but if you take the time to re-imagine being in this building defending the city against invaders it is really quite impressive. Even if you aren't a history buff you might consider taking refuge here during a Krakow thunderstorm and giving it a chance.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Krakow, Poland
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

You will get a ticket for both the Barbakan and the Florian Gate - both part of the old fortifications of Krakow. Barbakan is one of the 3 still remaining intact in the whole world so it is totally worth a shot! Kids will love climbing up the walls and chasing the pidgeons ;)

Was this review helpful? Yes
London
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
46 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Visit the Barbican and feel like a medieval knight or princess walking through the place - see what is left of the city's fortification system.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Barbakan is part of the old fortifications of Krakow. Now it is an interactive part of the history of the city as you can walk along the top and view out, through the slits and view holes, across the near distance. This gives you a perspective of what it would have been like as a guard. There are informative plaques... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed The Barbican (Barbakan) also viewed

 
Krakow, Lesser Poland Province
Krakow, Lesser Poland Province
 

Been to The Barbican (Barbakan)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Barbican (Barbakan), register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing