After many fires, renovations and uncaring demolitions, the only element of the 14th century Town Hall remaining is this 70m-high tower, proudly standing next to the Cloth Hall. Known as Kraków's 'leaning tower,' the structure actually leans some 55cm, a curiosity credited to a particularly forceful wind back in 1703. As a museum, the Town Hall Tower offers little aside from some medieval costumes, black and white photos, information about the clock at its top, decent views, and lots of stairs. With the balconies off limits, you can take some so-so snaps by leaning out the open windows, but they aren't the calendar quality panoramas you might be anticipating. Overall we'd say a visit here is over-priced, underwhelming, and completely skippable. Outside the tower you will also find a metal model of the old Town Hall as it looked in the 18th century - part of a series made specially by the local authorities to allow the blind to visualise the city (or in this case, how it once looked).
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Closed until March.
Admission 9/7zł, family ticket 18zł.
Kraków’s main market square (Rynek) serves as the city’s gravitational centre, and is the natural start and finish point for any tour of the city. Originally designed in 1257 - the year Kraków was awarded its charter – the grid-like layout of the Old