Visit to the Main Market in Krakow (Winter 2014)

Greetings! This blog is a next piece from my visit to the amazing Polish city of Krakow. When you travel to Krakow you honestly feel the history under your feet. The streets are very old and surrounding structures are sometimes even older. The city leadership invested some serious money in order to make it more beautiful – plenty of buildings had their face-lift done just recently!

Kosciol Marjacki at night
Kosciol Marjacki at night

In this short photoblog I would like to focus on the Krakow’s Main Market. That part of the city has so much stuff to see that you will need few days to enjoy it!

Kosciol Marjacki, Krakow - famous two towers
Kosciol Marjacki, Krakow – famous two towers

The main structure you will notice even before entering the Market is the Kosciol Marjacki or Saint Mary’s Basilica. I posted separate blog which is focused on this particular subject. The Basilica is well know for its two completely different towers and Hejnal Marjacki which is played from the higher tower of Basilica. It is played every hour on the hour, four times in succession in each of the four cardinal directions.

Gothic Altarpiece by Veit Stoss in the Saint Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki)
Gothic Altarpiece by Veit Stoss in the Saint Mary’s Basilica (Kościół Mariacki)

Inside the Basilica there is wonderful wooden altar made by Veit Stoss. The church is open to public and between the regular services tourist can enjoy its beauty from up close.

Nativity scene in the St. Mary's Basilica
Nativity scene in the St. Mary’s Basilica

During the Christmas time it is also good to check out the nativity scenes. All of the Polish Catholic churches try to make their creation of the scene when Jesus was born the best one – it is very much like a competition (but in the good sense). 🙂

Sukiennice, Krakow
Sukiennice, Krakow

Sukiennice is the key structure of the Main Market. In the past it was the key place for the city, where sellers and buyers meet to exchange their wares including textiles, salt and other valuables.

Sukiennice at night, Main Market
Sukiennice at night, Main Market

The night walk and exploring of the Sukiennice is truly romantic and especially has that special feeling during the Christmas time. 🙂

Souvenirs at Sukiennice
Souvenirs at Sukiennice

Today, Sukiennice offers numerous stores with local specialties and souvenirs.

Famous polish pottery
Famous Polish pottery

We visited Krakow just in time for Christmas and it was a perfect place to buy the last minute gifts such as Polish hand made and hand painted pottery. Prices were reasonable, just little bit higher than in other locations.

Rynek Underground Museum - history of Krakow
Rynek Underground Museum – history of Krakow

Under the Sukiennice there is another underworld of attractions for the tourists. The Underground Museum offers the unique view on the history of the city of Krakow and the surrounding areas. The exhibition includes excavations of old city foundations and buildings, with unique view on the way of life of our ancestors.

Under this plexiglass is the Underground Museum
Under this plexiglass is the Underground Museum

Furthermore, the museum in detail paints the picturesque history of the city of Krakow – offering you a very interesting journey back in time.

You got to love the colors - very cute cafe
You got to love the colors – very cute cafe

The Main Market is full of stores, cafes and restaurants. You can be assured – you can find something that will satisfy you appetite.

Restaurants on Main Market in Krakow
Restaurants on Main Market in Krakow

I had the opportunity to dine in two very fine Polish restaurants which pride themselves with offering the finest Polish cuisine. I would like to recommend them not only because of quality of food served but the way it was served. The restaurants decor, in both cases, was very artistic and pleasant.

Restaurant Marmolada - famous Polish food!
Restaurant Marmolada – famous Polish food!

The first restaurant, Marmolada, is located on the Main Market and offers very romantic and colorful atmosphere.

some romantic light in restourant
some romantic light in restaurant

On the menu you will find almost all Polish and European dishes and you can be assured that all the dishes are Delicious.

Famous restaurant Wesele
Famous restaurant Wesele

Second restaurant, Wesele, also specializes in traditional Polish dishes. The restaurant’s decor is done in traditional Polish way and it will make your meal a memorable one.

and we have another ride
and we have another ride

After eating and walking for long time you may get tired, and want to take a little break.

another awesome ride
another awesome ride

There is also another option, you can rent a carriage and go on the mounted trip around the city. The carriages are very classy and comfortable – they also can go where cars cannot travel.

On Sienna Street there is a store where you can buy plenty of them little bears
On Sienna Street there is a store where you can buy plenty of them little bears

Finally, do not forget to get a gift from Krakow. It can be a cute bear or traditional Dragon from Krakow!

Famous Dragons from Krakow
Famous Dragons from Krakow

Cheers!

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