If you are into horror movies and always wanted to experience a similar spooky and eerie setting in person, Lost Souls Alley is the place for you. Influenced by escape room games, this haunted attraction has all the thrills and chills for a spooky experience. Be prepared to face thrilling, exciting and mildly scary obstacles (which makes the entire experience fun) during your time at Lost Souls Alley. You can choose the difficulty level or type of your choice and set on an enthralling journey. Off-beat and unconventionally fun, Lost Souls Alley offers a different sort of adventure.
This is probably the best way to approach Wawel Castle as Ulica Kanonicza is home to some of the most beautiful houses in Krakow, including the 600 year old house of Dlugosz which originally housed the Jagiellonian baths and was then purchased by Jan di Niedzisko, a survivor of the Grunwald campaign. One of his sons was the author of the twelve volume "History of Poland" and a later occupant of the house was the artist Stanislaw Wyspianski.
STU is short for "student." The theater was founded in 1966 by a group of progressive young actors who needed a platform to express themselves, but who were unable to do so at Krakow's more traditional establishments. Consequently the theater has produced many cult plays, some of which have been turned into films and albums. The theater has remained open to input by innovative young artists and in return it gets an enthusiastic warm response from the audience.
Kraków's medieval gem and historic nerve, the Stare Miasto or Old Town has long been celebrated as the keeper of the city's past. Its architectural heritage and historical tenor makes it one of the 14 sites in the country to be acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Life in Old Town was, and continues to be centered around one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe, the iconic Rynek Główny. Streets are spectacularly lined with a fleet of traditional Polish residences known as kamienice, and a warren of remarkable landmarks cast their imposing shadows on the plazas; from likes of myriad Gothic and Romanesque churches, to the treasured Renaissance cloth hall notably known as Sukiennice. Every hour during the day, Old Town's corners reverberate with the distinct tune of the heynal, an anthem played from the Saint Mary's Church that offers a nostalgic glimpse into Polish heritage and history. Much of Kraków's Old Town thrives today with the same zeal and vibrancy that coursed through its veins in the past, its melange of architectural marvels, shops, monuments and cultural landmarks attesting to its great and storied history.
This 13th-century gate along with the Barbakan is among the remaining remnants of the city's fortification. This Gothic, rectangular gateway with a stone eagle perched atop is an iconic landmark in the neighborhood. It was the starting point of the famous Royal Route and also when triumphant royals entered the city after a victorious battle. St. Florian's Gate is now the beginning of the Old Town and a glorious reminder of Krakow's past.
Rynek Główny, the Main Square of Krakow, is one of the largest medieval plazas in the whole of Europe. Surrounded by historic townhouses, the square centers around the 16th-century Cloth Hall, a majestic Renaissance structure topped with a traditional Polish Parapet and intriguing carved masks. The grand hall is flanked by the Town Hall Tower on one side, while the Adam Mickiewicz Monument and the 10th-century Church of St. Adalbert stand on the other. With origins that go back to the 13th Century, the Main Square of Krakow was once a bustling market. It is now the core of the city's cultural scene and the venue of choice for minor and major events. Museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues jostle for space alongside the historic square, making for a lively gathering place for locals and visitors alike.
Galeria BB runs temporary exhibitions focusing on an alternative approach to objects, we use on a daily basis. So far exhibits have included a collection of tables that would be of no use anywhere but in an art gallery, a paper iron, a wooden washing machine and other imaginative objects.
Situated between the Old Market and Kazimierz, Olympia Gallery is one of the youngest galleries in Krakow and it is still developing its image. At the moment, it exhibits the works of contemporary local artists and focuses on painting, graphic art and small sculptures. Every exhibition is accompanied by the release of a collectible postcard depicting one of the items from its collection. In the future, the gallery is planning to diversify into arts-oriented card printing irrelevant of the currently displayed works.
The Open Workshop Gallery was founded in the Kazimierz district in 1995 and is run by the Open Workshop Artistic Society. It organizes exhibitions of works by individual artists and deals with photos, paintings, graphics and objects. In addition to this, the gallery organizes meetings with artists and publishes albums.
This branch of the city's historical museum is located right behind the main train station. It features changing exhibitions on the finer points of local history - check to see what's new when you're in town. One of the the latest exhibitions was on the Bractwo Kurkowego, which acted as the city's police force, dating back to at least the early 18th century. Its symbol was a silver cockerel. Call ahead for hours.
Standing opposite the Franciscan church, the Bishop's Palace was built in the 14th century and was the baroque residence of Krakow's bishops. By far its most famous resident was John Paul II who lived here between 1964 and 1978. There is a plaque to commemorate his stay and a monument by Jole Sensi Croci stands in the inner courtyard.
The Austrian Consulate General Gallery is housed within the Austrian Cultural Institute which promotes inter-cultural relations between Poland and Austria. Often playing host to consular get-togethers, art exhibitions, parties, banquets and related activities, one is always likely to find something interesting lined up here. Call for details.