No matter how many times you see them - the altarpiece, stained glass windows of the nave, and the blue, starred ceiling on St. Mary's will take your breath away. The magnificent wooden altarpiece was the principal work of 15th century German artist Veit Stoss (aka Wit Stwosz) for 12 painstaking years, and depicts the Virgin Mary’s Quietus among the apostles; note, however, that gradual conservation work on the altar is currently underway (projected to last until 2020), and not all elements may be on display during your visit. Surrounding the altar are polychrome paintings by Polish masters Matejko, Mehoffer and Wyspiański done in the late 19th century.
Visiting St. Mary's BasilicaThe church is typically available for worship without paying an entry fee via the main entrance. Tourists are asked to use a side entrance, however, not visit during services, and pay for entry; we list the tourist visiting hours below. Tickets are purchased in a separate building across from the tourist entrance (no online sales).
The church's Bugle Tower is also open seasonally to tourists (no kids under 7 though), but a separate ticket is required - 15/10zł; these tickets cannot be bought in advance and typically sell out very early in the morning, so be there when they open if you want the privelege. The Bugle Tower is open from March to December (weather dependent, ticket required) to groups of 10 people max every 30mins from Tue-Sat 10:00-17:30, Sun 13:00-17:30; Nov, Dec, March open Tue-Sat 10:00-11:30, 13:10-17:30.
Once open by appointment, the church's other tower - the Bell Tower - is no longer available to tourists.