The Cloth Hall in Kraków. The historic building of market hall in the center of the Main Market Square, was built in the thirteenth century. Initially, it was a double row of wooden stalls with a street in the middle, which was closed at both ends for the night. In the fourteenth century roofed stalls which gave them the appearance similar to the present. In today's Cloth Hall is possible to buy an amber from the Baltic Sea (600 km from Kraków), wooden dolls from Moscow (1500 km from Kraków) or T-shirts with the words "I love Kraków" from China (7000 km from Kraków). And the old days reminds a large iron knife hanging on a chain in the aisle. Symbol of the Magdeburg law which reminds that thieves will be punish by cut of ear.
St. Mary's Church in Kraków. According to legend, two brothers built the church towers, each his own. The first of them, built slowly and solidly on a broad foundation. The second noticed too late that his high tower stood on too little basis and it became clear that the first of the brothers will rise much more beautiful and more robust tower. Jealous architect stabbed his brother and then hid the body. Residents of Kraków waited in vain to finish the tower. Nobody knew what to do, so it was decided to only cover the unfinished building by helmet. During the ceremony of consecration of the two towers, in one of windows of the higher tower appeared its builder, who told the assembled citizens that he is not worthy to live, because of jealousy he killed his brother and... stuck a knife in the heart. This knife according to the legend is in the Cloth Hall where hangs as a warning.
Veit Stoss altar in St. Mary's Church. It shows falling asleep of Mary surrounded by the apostles. It was carved for 12 years in the fifteenth century by sculptor Veit Stoss who came from Nuremberg. Its height is 11 meters, width of 13 meters and is Europe's largest Gothic retable. 200 linden wood figures shows contemporary to the artist clergy, courtiers, and burghers. Realistic approach to the figurs allows us today to see what diseases plagued the residents of Kraków. The hardest infirmities has Judas. He has bumps on his forehead, strabismus, saddle nose and his skin is devoid of hair. This are classical lesions of syphilis, as modern doctors have stated. For his work Veit Stoss been paid 3,000 florins, which was the equivalent of the annual budget of the city (today's city budget is approx. 4 billion PLN or 1 billion Euro).
The Barbican. Gothic fortified building from the fifteenth century with seven towers, numerous embrasures, walls thicker than 3 meters, drawbridges and moat with a width of 24 meters and a depth of 3 meters - to the eighteenth century it was never impregnable fortress. The greatest danger threatened to it in the nineteenth century, when the Austro-Hungarian emperor recommended its destruction due to health and sanitary reasons. Fortunately, one of the councilors in a fiery speech showed that the destruction of the Barbican and Florian's Gate will cause an intrusion of strong northern winds into the city, exposing residents to numerous rheumatism and perhaps even paralysis, and also wickedly will raise skirts of Ladies Mothers and Wives (!). What glorious - these arguments prevailed and there are not strong winds in the city...
Traditional stall in Kraków. The oldest news about the fairs of Kraków come from the fourteenth century. Even then in the city operated fairs. The first - so-called Świętokrzyski - took place in May and lasted for 10 days. The second - so-called Small - took place in June and lasted for 5 days. The third - so-called Autumn - took place in November. Today's fair takes place continuously throughout the summer, when to the city come to most tourists. The old days, when as a medieval chronicler writes: "[...]. The British traded the best cloth, Hispanic - wine, Magyars - copper, Germans - precision in iron, Russians - fur [...]. " are gone. Now, remembering the beginnings of the city a Cracovian girl in a wreath - that is headdress assigned to maidens and virgins (married women wear headscarves) sells beads with a phone in her hand.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-4 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Sprinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose
Upon arrival to Kraków you have the choice of either 2 hour tour of the Old Town and other districts by electrical bus with audio-guide system (26 languages: chinese, croatian, czech, english, danish, dutch, finnish, french, german, greek, hungarian, italian, japanese,korean, lithuanian, norwegian, polish, portuguese, romanian, russian, serbian, slovak, spanish, swedish, turkish, ukrainian) and an hour free time for lunch in a restaurant or independent sightseeing of other attractions (eg. Schindler Museum) or 2-hour walk through the Old Town with a guide (6 languages in the standard: english, french, german, italian, polish, russian ) with free time for lunch
After completion of Cracow Tour, our qualified driver takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Kraków.
2. Sightseeing of Kraków (2 hours) by electric bus with audio-guide (26 languages). Tour: Church of St. Adalbert, St. Mary's Church. Church of St. Cross, Juliusz Słowacki Theater, Florian's Gate, Barbican, Czartoryski Museum, Cloth Hall, Town Hall Tower, Franciscan Church, Wawel Castle, Piarist Church, Street of St. John, Church of St. John, Palace of Arts, Collegium Novum, Collegium Maius, Bishop's Palace, Planty Park, remains of the ramparts of Kraków, Kazimierz Town Hall, Wolnica Square, Corpus Christi Church, Temple Synagogue, Old Synagogue, Popper Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue, Isaac Synagogue, Kupa Synagogue, High Synagogue, Synagogue on the Hill, New Square, Church of St. Catherine, Skałka, Church of the Holy Trinity, Gestapo Prison, Broad Street, New Cemetery, River Vistula, Ghetto at Podgórz, Under the Eagle Pharmacy, Ghetto Heroes Square, History of the Ghetto and its inhabitants, O. Schindler Factory, walls of the Ghetto, Market Square of Podgórze, Church of St. Joseph, Church of St. Benedict, Fort of St. Benedict, Krak Mound, Zucker Synagogue.
3. Sightseeing of Kraków (2 hours) with licensed guide (6 languages).Tour through the Old Town: Royal Road, Church of St. Florian, Julisz Słowacki Theater, Planty Park, remains of the ramparts of Kraków, Barbican, Florian's Gate and Street, Grodzka Street, Market Square, St. Mary's Church with an altar by Veit Stoss, Cloth Hall and National Gallery of Art, Church of St. Adalbert, Jagiellonian University. Additional option to choose from instead of free time - or Schindler Museum, or underground of Market Square with historical exhibition of the city.
4. Transit Kraków - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 10 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Cracow is 300 km / 186 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 3 hours 30 minutes.
Approximate length of sightseeing: 2 hours.
Time of Kraków Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.