Free tour

Unique tour of Krakow Old Town - an unforgettable journey

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Natalie
Registered on May 22, 2024

I am a licensed Krakow guide with advanced knowledge of history and I am offering a unique insight into the story of Krakow, old capital of Polish kings, through the prism of Polish and European history. I am a hobbyist-historian and ardent traveller and I seek to help the tourists to understand the history of Poland in a global context, at the same time keeping them entertained and well cared for. My company Cool Dragon seeks to promote the experience of Polish history and culture with the beauty of Polish nature and land. Hence, I am also offering tailor-made tours through the most scenic routes in Poland’s most beautiful national parks and merge various kind of attractions to give people the most sensational and holistic experience of their stay in Malopolska region.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

As a licensed Krakow guide and a hobbyist-historian,  I am offering you a unique insight into the story of Krakow, old capital of Polish kings, through the prism of Polish and European history. My aim is to help you comprehend the history of Poland in a global context and to keep you entertained and well cared for throughout the duration of the tour. 

In the course of this journey, you will see and learn of the most important landmarks in Krakow Old Town including St. Adalbert Church, Cloth Market Hall, St Mary's Basilica, the oldest University in Poland (Jagiellonian University), the former residence of Pope John Paul II and the unique interiors of St. Franciscan Church. We complete our tour in the place most cherished by the Polish people - Wawel Hill - the former residence of Polish kings and bishops, where you will learn of Poland’s golden age of glory and hear stories of royal life and romance.

This tour is a TRAVEL IN SPACE AND TIME and shall leave you immensely enriched in knowledge and understanding about global historical processes.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    plac Mariacki 9, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
    plac Mariacki 9, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
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    In front of the main entrance to St. Mary's Basilica, at the Old Market Square. Please, look out for the British (Union Jack) umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Basilica of Santa Maria

    The most important gothic church in Krakow, apart from the Royal Cathedral, with famous late gothic altar of Veit Stoss

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Church of St. Wojciech

    One of the oldest romanesque churches in Krakow with interesting history dating back to early medival times

  • 3
    Free admission
    Cloth Market Hall

    The medieval Cloth Market Hall testifies to the old trading traditions of the city of Krakow located at the crossroads of major European trade routes

  • 4
    Entrance not included
    Town Hall Tower

    The remains of the old Town Hall give an opportunity to discuss life in medieval times and the era when the city prospered in the period of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

  • 5
    Free admission
    Collegium Maius

    The Jagiellonian University - the oldest University in Poland and the second oldest University in Central and Eastern Europe. The only University in medieval Europe to have a separate faculty of astronomy and astrology. Alma Mater of one of the greatest astronomers - Nicolaus Copernicus

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Collegium Novum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego

    Neogothic building of Collegium Novum - a place of Nazi-German 1939 November operation codenamed Sonderaction Krakow - when 183 professors were seized by the Nazi-Germans and subsequently sent to Nazi-German concentration camp

  • 7
    Free admission
    Bazylika Franciszkanow św. Franciszka z Asyżu

    The old medieval St. Franciscan Church - one of the most unique churches in Krakow - due to its splendid Art Nouveau wall decorative paintings and stained glass windows

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Okno papieskie

    The old residence of bishops of Krakow with famous 'Papal Window' - where former bishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) greeted people of Krakow during his multiple visits to Poland

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Wawel Cathedral

    The Royal Cathedral - most important church in Poland - place of coronations of Polish kings and Queens and their burial place. National Pantheon of state heroes and bishops who gave their life to the state and the church

  • 10
    Outside visit
    Wawel Royal Castle

    Wawel Castle - the royal residence of Polish kings and queens during times of Poland's greatest glory

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Brian 16 Jul 2024

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Travelled in group - Jul 2024
Great tour - I learned so much about the history of this beautiful city. I highly recommend Natalie - very knowledgeable and personable.
Gary 13 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Great tour, I learnt a lot about Krakow
Alan 12 Jul 2024
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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
It is not an understatement that this is the best walking tour we have been on together. Natalie presented us with a wonderful tour of the city of Krakow. She's astonishingly knowledgeable about the surrounding areas with a genuine passion of the city, super friendly and able to answer any of our questions/ offer genuine recommendations. We really enjoyed Natalie's company. Furthermore, we were all equipped with a headset each so we could hear her - it makes such a difference! Highly recommend this tour, choose this one!
Timon 11 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Had a great tour with Natalie. Her historic knowledge is absolutely fantastic, about the city and Poland and the region more broadly. I really liked the global-historic perspective of the tour. That way you understand Krakow not only as a city on itself, but how it has come about and has managed to thrive throughout the centuries. One of the best tours I have ever had!
Keelah 10 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
I had such a wonderful time exploring Krakow with Natalie. She has so much history knowledge and I throughly enjoyed learning from her! I was lucky enough that I ended up being a solo guest on my tour and this was certainly in my favour. She made the tour for me so personal and included lots of tips on where to eat and explore after the tour finished. I can’t recommend this tour enough. It was one of my highlights in Krakow so far!! 💗
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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