Stare Miasto
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The 13th century merchants' town is home to Europe's largest market square and offers numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with magnificent interiors, 14th century fortifications, ancient synagogues, Jagiellonian University and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried.
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Karen W
Wrexham, UK11 contributions
Couples
My husband booked 4 nights, 2 double rooms at Mecure Stare Miasto for 4 of us (2 couples) to visit Krakow to celebrate my 40th birthday. We stayed at the hotel between 14th & 18th Feb 2020. The hotel staff left a card, sweet treats & a personalised message on the full length mirror to wish me a happy 40th birthday....which was a lovely touch, and was much appreciated.

We stayed in rooms 309 & 311, which were near to the lobby & lift on floor 3 overlooking the front of the hotel & the Galaria Krakowska (large shopping mall). We'd requested the 2 rooms were close to each other in advance of our stay, and were given rooms next door to each other. The rooms were very well decorated, equipped well & were very peaceful. The beds were really comfortable.

The hotel facilities, food, drink & its location were all excellent. The staff were really friendly and helpful....they booked the Salt Mine tour for us (139 zloty per person with door to door pick up & drop off) and also arranged our airport taxi, brought fresh omelettes to our table that we ordered as part of breakfast each day & served us local drinks from the bar. 2 of us enjoyed the recommendation from the bar man - a locally produced vodka with apple juice.

We enjoyed the short walk (10 mins leisurely pace) to & from the main square each day, taking a few different routes between the hotel and main square, each time finding new places to look at, shop in or simply look at. We chose to eat our evening meals and have drinks on or around (down side streets) off the main square before returning for a drink from the hotel bar & relax in the lounge areas before going to bed. The hotel lounge areas are comfortable and the bar was open until 1am.

During our stay in Krakow we did an electric buggy around the city, visited the Salt Mines and also Auschwitz and Birkenau. Krakow is a beautiful city & we hope to return here again soon! 

We'd definitely book to stay at Mecure Stare Miasto in Krakow again! Thanks to all who made our stay so enjoyable.
Written February 19, 2020
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Denisa Moricová
Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic25 contributions
Gorgeous architecture everywhere you look. However the number of tourists there even on workdays is astounding. It's even worse than Prague. The moment you turn a few streets - it's empty. Everyone is cramped on Florianska Street and on the square (which is enormous so luckily even with a lot of people there's still plenty of space). I still recommend this place though because it's just beautiful, There are also horse carriages everywhere and I personally really love the look of that :) and the sound.
Written August 13, 2021
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Joanna M
Kedzierzyn Kozle, Poland23 contributions
Couples
I love walking along the street of the Old Town of Kraków, both during the day and at night. For me it is one of the most beautiful old towns in the world visited by thousands of tourist from all over the world. They can admire magnificient buildings, dine and wine in one of numerous restaurants and cafes, go to the teatre or a club to enjoy live music. You can never get bored in Kraków.
Written March 14, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,282 contributions
Whenever there is a concentration of old buildings in Europe or even the world with a UNESCO recognition as historic, the place is almost inundated with tourists. The dynamics of the place change dramatically with local residents moving out unless they gear their activities towards tourists. Many tourists are not really interested in history, but rather in the historic ambiance serving as a background for selfies. In this respect the old town of Krakow is similar to Prague, Venice or Amsterdam.

Most of what is left of the historic medieval old town is underground and many of the buildings have been restructured (especially after a devastating fire in 1850). The predominant architectural style is neoclassicism (late 19th century), though especially some of the churches have maintained a Baroque appearance (17th century). Stare Miasto district is larger in size than the area surrounded by Planty park where the old city fortifications and moat used to be. The district includes Kazimierz and Rakowicki cemetery just north of the railway station. Price levels are significantly lower in this wider belt area and the ambiance is still predominantly Polish. Quite a relief after confrontations with touts and souvenir vendors.
Written February 8, 2021
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Renb0
Manchester, UK320 contributions
Nice grounds and wall walk here. Great views and architecture too...
Lovely quadrangle with interesting drain spouts about 3ft long and dragon shaped. Nice shop selling tasteful souvenirs. We bought a music boxes that you turned with a handle that played well known tunes. Lovely! Great wider area around the city too...
Written January 27, 2020
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Chris L
Sumter, SC153 contributions
Family
Walking around the area gives you a feeling of what could be nostalgia. The green space was created from the old moat, and several areas are preserved as museums, like part of the old wall. No trip to Kraków would be complete without wandering around here.
Written February 15, 2020
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,423 contributions
The old town of Krakow is so beautiful! The tourists are congregated on Florianska Street, but once you walk across the park into the market square, it gets much better, mostly because the square is so large. The architecture is wonderful, and there are so many restaurants and cafes. You shouldn't miss this area of Krakow.
Written July 3, 2022
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Mark H
Paphos, Cyprus569 contributions
Visited Krakow for a 4 Night Christmas break and what an amazing time of the year to visit Krakow visit its Christmas market and walk the streets of the old town stopping for the odd drink and snack whilst people watching. Krakow offers so much to see and do and all within walking distance of the old town from a walk along the Vistiula River and Wawel Castle to St Marys Basilica and the amazing Galeria Krakowsa Shopping Mall.
....A wonderful City!
Written January 19, 2020
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Jane2806
Livingston, UK223 contributions
The most beautiful old town I have visited. Everywhere you looked there was wonderful architecture. Right from the Barbican, down to the castle, strolling through the streets was such a joy. Lots of lovely restaurants (especially on the main square) to sit and people watch.
Written July 25, 2022
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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,403 contributions
Couples
We arrived in Kraków early in the afternoon and had a good walk around the main square. As dusk arrived we headed into the small streets of the Stare Miasto along with hundreds of others. The whole place is packed with wonderful architecture and there is a real magical feel. Would most certainly return and spend more time in this lovely city centre.
Written January 3, 2020
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