Town Hall Tower

  Rynek Główny 1 ,   Old Town          (+48) 12 426 43 34     12 Apr 2024

This 70-metre tower is the only remaining element of Kraków’s Town Hall complex. Dating back to the 14th century, numerous additions, fires and renovations had the buildings looking like a bit of a hodgepodge by the early 19th century and locals were calling for their removal. In 1817 the decision was taken to tear down a granary attached to the Town Hall, but during the demolition the Town Hall proper was damaged and apparently one thing led to another. To get an idea of what it looked like when it was torn down, find the small metal model on the west side of the tower.

Today the 14th-century Town Hall Tower stands as a prime example of Polish Gothic architecture, and few realise that it actually leans some 55cm, a curiosity credited to a particularly forceful wind back in 1703. As a museum (closed from November-February), 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.

Average visiting time: 30mins.


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The museum is closed from November to February.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 18/14zł; Mon free.

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Shirley Wills
We have toured Poland and absolutely loved everything.
The view really is disappointing. If you're expecting to take some amazing photos of the market square, think again. Even hanging out the window only gives you a limited field of view.
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