Town Hall - Ratusz, Krakow
The old town hall was pulled down in 1820 to create the big spaces we all love at market square. Only the Gothic clocktower remained. It dates back to the 13th century but got its present appearance in the 17th century. The latest addition were two lions brought from a former country house in 1962. Inside, you will find the tourist information, a café and a tourist attraction in form of a reconstructed torture chamber. The tower can be climbed, but unfortunately I missed that chance.
If you stand for this 70 meter high tower you can compare like a little bit of Pisa, the tower lean just a very little is not a result of incorrect assembly or calculation,(insider say,) a strong wind in the early 18th century make the tower leans, despite its leaning tower they're proud of the position and is even one of the best known sights in Krakow
The town hall here used associated however no longer exists and only still be found on old paintings and engravings. From the tower you have a splendid panoramic view over the city, but you have to steep 100 steps to get to the top
This stately tower is all that remains of the original building, which was demolished in 1820 in order to open up the town square. The tower was built at the end of the 13th Century and its top was rebuilt in the 17th as the original was consumed by fire. the pair of lions at the entrance date to the 19th century.
Today, one can enter and climb to the top. An admissions fee is charged.
This was part of the large Town Hall that used to be on the Rynek that the Austrians destroyed when they took over in the 19th century.
The town hall tower, which is 70 meters high, was said to have been started in the 13th century. At the time it was right next to the gothic Town Hall, which was subsequently torn down in 1820. The tower has remained. Where the basements under the tower used to contain the cities' dungeons and torture chambers it now contains a cafe and theater.
You can go up and I'm told the view is great. I'm not sure that it is open consistently though.
The Town Hall Tower which has a big clock is located at the Old Town Main Square. The gothic style tower is the only one standing because large part of the town hall was demolished in 1820 to make progress to open up the Main Square. Well I thought the tower standing alone proudly by itself is quite impressive. It would be more of a focal point for tourist if it is leaning little bit more. They should just call it Clock Tower after all the main body has vanished. Today the tower basement has turned into café and theatre. I guess it is better than torture chamber and then again it can be torture if you are served with bad coffee.
While we did not visit the tower itself, we did use it as a point of reference and rallying point during our VT meet there. Don't look for the Town Hall that the Tower should be near because the Town Hall was destroyed... According to the information I researched on the internet there is a cafe in the basement and upstairs has the tourist information office.
If you want to learn more about the history, visit -
The 70-meters high Wieza Ratuszowa or Town Hall Tower is the sole remaining construction of the former Town Hall that was built in the 15th Century. The Hall was demolished in the 1820-ies.
The basement of the tower housed the city dungeon and torture chamber; nowadays the rooms are in use by a café and theatre.
The tower got its first clock in 1524.
In 1680 a three stories enforcement was made at the West side, after the structure was weakened by city fires.
In 1685 the Town Hall Tower was heightened for 6.5 meters. Its present Baroque roof dates of 1686.
The tower leans a bit as result of a storm in 1703.
Two stone lions in front of the entrance came from a Plawowice country house in the 1960-ies.
At the ground floor a branch of the tourist information office is located.
In the summer the tower is open to visitors and you can enjoy a great lookoff after climbing the 100+ steps.
Two stone lions in front of the entrance were brought from a country house in Plawowice in the 1960s
The tower of the Town Hall, located in the Market Square, is all that is left from the 14th century town hall which was pulled down in the 1820s by the government to free up more space. I guess you can walk up to the top for the view of the Market Square but we didn't.
I was a little disappointed to read that the two stone lions that sit in front of the Town Hall entrance aren't that old, they were brought to Krakow from a country house (or the Classicist Palace of the Morstin family depending on which source you read) in Plawowice in the 1960s
In addition, they aren't doing a very good job of guard duty as they are sleeping on the job!
The old Town Hall which dates to the 14th century is partially lost, but the tower remains standing and is a dramatic element of the Krakow skyline. There is a museum in the basement of the tower, altho I still haven't seen it in all my visits to this wonderful city. Seen here against a stormy sky, it is a back drop for many visiting photographers. This is where you will see the ancient stone lions which guard the entrance.
From an earlier trip:
Matcrazy1 took this photo when Gosia and I met Matt and his lovely wife, Urzula in Krakow one evening. It was bitter cold that night, but the square is always a wonderful place to be ... day or night. Activity. . . people walking....shopping....the teens going in and out of the Internet Cafe...restaurants, bars, clubs, coffee cafes...and outdoor art. The lions are centuries old, but there was also a modern sculpture exhibit scattered all around the square.
The Gothic City Hall Tower is the only remaining part of the 14th century town hall, which was torn down in the 19th century. The tower is topped by a Baroque cupola and leans slightly to the side. This 55cm leaning was caused by a strong gale in 1703! The tower houses part of the Historical Museum and cafe, but the cellars underneath the tower originally held a torture chamber and dungeons.
City hall tower is the only remaining part of the city hall. It was built in the 14th century and the hall was pulled down in the first half of the 19th century. The tower houses a branch of the historical museum.
Look for the clock tower at the Market Suare in Krakow which is often mistaken as a church. It is also known as the Town Hall Tower and is the only remaining part of the Town Hall which went down in 1820.
It is said that the cellar used to house a prison, but now is home to a theatre and a bar. Bars are aplenty in Krakow as the locals and tourists seem to love to party.
While I was there, I just took pictures of the Clock Tower. But apparently, you can also go up and have a panoramic view of the city. Well, maybe I’ll do that next time then…
The Town Hall was erected in the Middle Ages, between the 13th and 14th centuries. It had been neglected and ruined. Finally it was demolished in the 19th century. However, the Tower has been preserved. It houses a branch of the Historical Museum of Krakow, the venue of the Photographs of the Market Square exhibition. The Mazskaron Theater is in the vaults of the tower.
The first building we visited on Krakow’s main square was the town hall. We paid 5 zl each to climb the 100 steps of the tower which is at the south-west end of the main square. The tower was built in the 13th century and was joined to the town hall, also from the 13th century, which was pulled down in the 19th century. The tower in 70 metres high and it leans by about half a metre westwards.
I was expecting a nice viewpoint at the top but you can only look through 4 small windows on each side of the tower. On some of the floors on the way up there were nice views of the cloth hall and the main square through the windows. There was also a couple of good exhibits on the cathedral, and an interesting picture of Krakow from 2001, and photographs of city street scenes from the 1980s.