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The Barbican (Barbakan)

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Address: Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland
Phone Number: +48 12 422 98 77
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Styled after Arab defensive architecture, this masterpiece of medieval...

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.

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Great photo shoot, great for historians to stop by and examine the full defensive works required in earlier days. Musicians hang out here for some additional fun. Not a large site... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great photo shoot, great for historians to stop by and examine the full defensive works required in earlier days. Musicians hang out here for some additional fun. Not a large site that takes much time.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walk the circuit of the park and enjoy Krakow's uniquely preserved character. Most of the city wall, moat and city defenses are gone, but the Barbican remains. A great place to begin you walk to the castle on the Royal Way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For a great introduction to the old town in Kraków, make sure to tak one of these tours. No reservation, no payment unless you want to, and an in depth tour led by a professional local guide who will knock your socks off with their knowledge and humor. Look for the yellow umbrella.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Barbican is a good place to explore after the walk through the Old Town. The area surrounded the Barbican give many opportunity for excellent photo shots. For the one price to cover three different sites, it is rather inexpensive. However we found out the last site is under renovation. We still believe the walk on the top of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barbican is a very impressive piece of brickwork which has been very well repaired /maintained to remain an excellent attraction to pedestrian visitors to Krakow. Walk past on the way to the park areas or the main square

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walking through it, it's like stepping back in time. A few minutes away from the main square, it's a fascinating piece of history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You must see this well preserved medieval structure and walk in the tunnels of its castle walls. Truely amazing. Some parts were closed because of restoration, the time I visited but the rest was good enough.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As this was covered by the Krakowcard, we've entered this museum. Okay to see, but hardly any information what/why it is (there). It does give some nice views to other parts of the street though, but that's obviously not the intention of the museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just as you would imagine a medieval structure to be. Intricate brickwork with towers, arches and window wells Good photo spot just outside of old town square

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queens, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is part of the gate that was put up to fortify the city of Krakow. It is about a block away from the main square.

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