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Krakow Cloth Hall

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Krakow Cloth Hall
  • (worth a trip)
  • less than 1 km
  • Easy
  • Average
  • 1 hour or less
  • 3 3

One of the oldest markets in the world

Kraków, Rynek Główny 3

The Cloth Hall in Krakow is situated in the middle of the Rynek Square which is the heart of the city. It fascinates every visitor with its exquisite Renaissance architecture and eye-catching colonnades. When you see the Cloth Hall for the first time, you immediately feel that magic atmosphere of the history reviving.


This is one of the oldest market buildings in the world. Actually, there is no exact date when it was built. However, in the fifteenth century it already was a huge trade center, famous not only in Poland, but throughout Europe. The stalls of this Cloth Hall had seen silk, leather, textiles, salt, and different exotic oriental goods which were sold here.


Today the long stalls inside the building are mainly selling souvenirs for the tourists. By the way, don’t hurry to buy souvenirs here. In this place, they are the most expensive in the city. However, you may still want to buy some small magnet, just for the pleasure of bargaining with vendors.


The upper floor of the building houses the division of the National Museum in Krakow. It features numerous paintings and sculptures of the 19th century, arranged in four different exhibition halls. The entrance price is 14 PLN, and there are discounts for students, group visitors and families. Budget travelers will appreciate the possibility of free entrance every Sunday.


Opening hours

10:00 - 18:00

How to get there

Buses 124, 152, 304, 424, 502.

Trams 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24, 52.