One of the best ways to enjoy the new city, to feel its spirit and atmosphere is going on unhurried strolls along its charming streets.
I recommend walking along these streets not only in the morning and afternoon but also in the late evening and you will be impressed!
Here are 5 of my favorite and the prettiest streets in Kraków you shouldn’t miss.
? Floriańska Street
Beautiful Floriańska Street in Krakow is the most famous street in the city. It’s always crowded and noisy, regardless of the time of year or day. Floriańska Street leads from the Market Square directly to the historical Florian Gate and the Barbican. It is full of not only historic tenements, but also beautiful facades which have been existing here for centuries. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants where tourists can relax after an intense tour of the city.
? Kanonicza Street
One of the most picturesque streets of Krakow and of the oldest at the same time, which leads to the Wawel Royal Castle. It used to constitute the last glorious part of the Royal Road, Krakow’s ceremonial route leading from the main city gate through the central square to the Royal Castle. This is an exceptionally beautiful street, where every house holds a rich and long history, often dating back to the first half of the 14th century. Although they are medieval in their foundations, today’s tenement houses at Kanonicza Street have facades from various eras. In the sixteenth century, many earlier buildings were transformed into Renaissance palaces. Until today, you can admire arcades and loggias in the yards, and beautiful portals have been preserved as well.
? Grodzka Street
Grodzka is one of the oldest streets in Krakow and one of my favorite ones. It is a historical part of the Royal Route and links Wawel Castle with the Main Market Square. The most important and impressive monuments of Grodzka are the Romanesque Church of St Andrew, built in 13th century and Church of Saints Peter and Paul. They stand next to each other at the intersection with Poselska and Senacka Streets.
Besides numerous churches and historical buildings, Grodzka Street has also many restaurants, cafes and shops.
? Józef Street
One of the most atmospheric streets of Krakow’s Kazimierz district which is totally different from all the streets in the Old Town area. Józef street is originally famous for its artistic ambiance. There are numerous art galleries, antique & vintage shops, graffiti art walls, charming cafes and souvenir shops. Here you can also admire the High synagogue, built in the 16th century and located at 38 Józefa Street. I believe this street is the best representation of what Kazimierz is in its essence.
? Szeroka Street
Szeroka Street in Krakow’s Kazimierz is the widest street in Krakow. It has the shape of a square and is located in the very heart of Kazimierz.
Even before the city of Kazimierz was established, the village of Bawół had existed there and Szeroka Street had served as its main square. From the fifteenth century, Jews started to settle here, and it is here that most of the monuments from this culture are located. In fact, Szeroka Street is currently one of the few places in Krakow covered with pavement from Austrian times. Moreover, in the famous «Schindler’s List» by Steven Spielberg a lot of scenes were filmed in Plac Zgody as a place from the Krakow ghetto.
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