Market Square - Rynek Glowny, Krakow

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    The romantic horse-carriages.

    by breughel Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    The romantic horse-carriages.

    On the north side of the Rynek Glowny market square, not far from the Mariacki church, you can not avoid the horse-carriages standing there and inviting couples for a romantic promenade.
    They are well decorated rather large carriages, often white, with two horses and two cabman or cabwoman. The horses are strong and their harness is decorated. The couples in the white carriages made me think of the recent royal prince marriage in London . Maybe some will feel like princes at a reasonable price.
    In 2011 the price for a half hour promenade is 100 Pln = 26 €. It appears that you can discuss somewhat the prices and that you may choose the carriage you want. You don't have to take the first in line. Just for comparison in Vienna it costs 40 € for 20 minutes!

    We found remarkable that at their standing place there was no bad smell of horse's urine. The clients at the terraces would not like that when drinking or eating. We remembered the smell of the fiacre horses in Vienna at the St-Stephansdom! At Rynek Glowny it is clean. I wonder how they do.

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    There is always something going on.

    by breughel Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    There are two Central Grand Squares or Grand Places I like in Europe; these are Piazza San Marco in Venezia and Rynek Glowny in Krakow.

    As what concerns price Rynek Glowny is still much cheaper than San Marco and there is much more choice to eat and drink. The atmosphere is also more convivial in Krakow.
    Our preference goes to the north-west corner because you can see the west façade of the Cloth Hall, the towers from the Bazylica Mariacka and the Town Hall Tower.

    There is always something going on at Rynek Glowny. We had fire dancers in the evening as can be seen from my video.

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    Main Market Square

    by fairy_dust Written Dec 26, 2013

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    The Main Market Square is one of my favorite places in Krakow. It is a town square for pedestrians only, and there are many street vendors there during the mornings and afternoons. The vendors sell all sorts of things - food (perogies - yum!), handcrafted souvenirs and decorations, shoes, etc. There are also a few street performers too, as well as tourist attractions (St. Mary's Basilica) lots of cafes and restaurants with outdoor terraces, as well as bars and shops. Many major streets branch out from the square so it's easy to use as a meeting point.

    At every hour, you'll hear a trumpet sounding from the top of St Mary's Basilica, and everyone stops to listen. It's the Saint Mary's Trumpet Call, played 4 times in a row (1 for each direction) every hour, and is associated with local history, legends, and culture.

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    Rynek Glowny - Central Market Square

    by Airpunk Written Oct 21, 2013

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    The Rynek, Krakows market square, is Europe's largest market square. However, it reached its size only after the old town hall – which once stood in the middle of the square – was pulled down in 1820. Some of the best-known buildings in Krakow are located here, including the Cloth Hall, St. Mary's church and the clocktower which is the last remaining piece of the town hall. Below the market square there is an underground system of cellars and vaults. Only a small piece of it can be seen in form of reconstructed torture rooms which are accessible through the clocktower.
    As Krakow is one of Poland's favourite tourist destination, you can usually see some street artists on Rynek, especially in the summer season.
    In the middle of the square you will find a statue of the national poet Adam Mickiewicz as well as a modern sculpture of a cut-off head.

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    Adam Mickiewicz

    by GentleSpirit Written May 23, 2013

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    The statue in the Rynek Glowny, facing the Basilica of St Mary is of one of the leading figures of Polish Romanticism, the poet and writer Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855).
    He was active in the efforts for Polish Nationalism. He had been born in the Russian Empire, in what is today part of Belarus. After internal exile for his political activities he settled in Rome and Paris. He died in 1855. In 1890 his remains were repatriated to Poland and he was laid to rest in the crypt of Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, a city he had never visited.

    His monument in the Rynek Glowny was unveiled in 1898. In 1940 it was destroyed by the Nazis. The four statues at the base were recovered from scrap heaps in Germany and the monument was restored in 1955.

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    Horse Carriage Ride

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 23, 2013

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    There is a line of carriages lined up at the edge of the square, they will take you around for what seemed like about a half hour or so. Price was 100 zloty (about $33 US) Each carriage has two really nicely cared for horses, not the tired old horses that you sometimes see in other cities. In most places you have to take the first one in line, that doesn't seem to be the case here, and some bargaining is allowed.

    To their credit, there are no huge piles of you know what and no great stench. I didn't see an assistant following behind with a shovel or anything, so hard to say.

    On the weekends you would see newlyweds getting in a carriage and the new bride accepting the adulation of the onlookers

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    Rynek Glowny

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 23, 2013

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    This is the main square of Krakow. This is the central meeting place in Krakow, you will always find people here. There are lots of restaurants and bars and nightlife close to the square. I remember when i was planning the trip, it seemed strange that so many people talked about just hanging out and enjoying. If you come here you will see what they mean, it is a great place to people watch and just relax.

    The Rynek Glowny is the largest medieval town square in Europe. Supposedly a perfect square, it is 40,000 m squared (430,000 ft squared). I can only imagine how much larger it would seem without the Cloth Hall in the middle! The present market square originates from 1257, when it was rebuilt following the Mongol Invasion. (That same invasion gave rise to the trumpeter playing at noon, more about that later) Originally there was a ring road and small market stalls. Then the original cloth hall was built to replace all that.

    The important structures are the Cloth Hall, in the center of the Rynek. The Basilica of the Virgin Mary, with its incredible medieval altar is on edge. There is also the statue of the poet Adam Mickiewicz . The gothic Town Hall is no longer there, but the Town Hall Tower remains. Right by that is the rather small Romanesque St Adalberts church.

    If you go to some of the bars around the Rynek,,,,that's where the original level used to be, the Rynek has been raised over the years. But the underground vaults are often large spaces and i was reading that there are even connections between the cellars/vaults etc, almost like an underground city in some ways

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    Heart of the City

    by Jetgirly Written Dec 9, 2012
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    Krakow is home to the largest medieval town square in Europe. In the middle one can find the Cloth Hall, and around the sides of the square are important monuments including the Town Hall Tower, St. Adalbert's Church and St. Mary's Basilica. The square is also home to a number of museums, cafes, restaurants and works of art. Visitors can explore the square by foot or by horse-drawn carriage.

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    A square which is - square!

    by Askla Updated Dec 4, 2012

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    The Main Market Square is completely square, measuring 200 x 200 metres. It's the largest medieval square in Poland and probably in all Europe. It was laid out in 1257 and the square itself has not changed over the years.
    In or around the square you will find some of the most well known Krakow sights, like the Cloth Hall, the Old Town Hall tower, St. Adalbert's Church and St. Mary's Church.
    You can also find a new "monument" consisting of a hollow, cut-off head in the larger size, made of metall. I find this "sculpture" disgusting and ugly (see pic. # 4).

    Since most of you will start your sightseeing here, it's good to actually know where the Rynek Glówny, (as is the Polish name) is on the map. Just click the highlighted link.

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    A leaning tower - in Krakow!!

    by Askla Updated Dec 4, 2012

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    Krakow has its own leaning tower. It is the Old Town Hall Tower at the Main Square that is leaning. Not much, just 55 cm, but still. It was built of stone and brick in the late 13th century and weakened by several fires during the years it has had its west wall supported by a huge buttress since 1680. But in 1703 an extremely strong wind(!) made the tower leaning.
    The tower is the only remnant from the 13th century Gothic Town Hall which was sadly pulled down in the 1820s. It is said to have been a real gem.
    Beneath the Town Hall Tower there are cellars which used to contain the city dungeon and torture chamber. Nowadays they contain a café and a theatre.
    One can climb the stairs to enjoy the view from the top of the tower, but the 100-step stairs are steep and narrow.

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    The statue of Adam Mickiewicz.

    by Askla Updated Dec 3, 2012

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    Adam Mickiewicz is generally regarded as the greatest Polish Romantic poet. There are statues and monuments to honour him all over Poland as well as over the Slavic and Baltic states. Even streets are named after him.
    He was born near Nowogrodek in nowadays Belarus, on December 24, 1798, and died in Constantinopel on November 26, 1855.

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    Adam Mickiewicz Monument

    by fachd Written Oct 31, 2012

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    Adam Mickiewicz Monument is located at the Market Square. The monument is dedicated to Adam Mickiewicz who is great Polish romantic poet. The monument is not the original as it was destroyed by the German Nazi.

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    The Market Square

    by fachd Written Oct 31, 2012

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    The Market Square in the Old Town is the largest medieval town square in Europe which dates back to the 13th century.

    It is more than four hectares in area and twelve streets beginning at the Market Square. In the middle of the market square is the graceful renaissance architecture building of Sukiennice or Cloth Hall. Not far from Cloth Hall standing alone is the Town Hall Tower. Other well known buildings like St Mary’s, St Barbara, St Adalbert’s, Adam Mickiewicz Monument are also located in the main square.

    I find the Market Square is exciting and full of life. There are buskers and musicians performing their art, street artists, and people sitting on benches absorb the atmosphere, tourist taking photos and feeding pigeons. Also there are canopies selling flowers, restaurants, coffee and ice cream stand, beer gardens, gift shops and horse drawn carriages taking tourist for a ride.

    It’s a great place to relax and go with the flow.

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    People watching on the Rynek

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 14, 2012

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    Watch out for the guys offering free beer!!
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    The Market Square is an excellent place to just sit back and relax and watch people. On weekends you have the groups of dancers that show off. There are always the mimes.. Its a wonderfully relaxing place, you will see everything:)

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    Town Hall Tower

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 20, 2012

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    The Town Hall Tower is the only remaining part of Krakow's former town hall, which was built in the 13th century. To make space in the market square the rest of the building was demolished in 1820.

    Nowadays the 70 m tall tower can be climbed for panoramic views of the largest market squares in Europe.

    Directions:
    The Town Hall Tower stands near the south western corner of the Krakow's Market Square (Rynek Glowny).

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