No list of Krakow’s most impressive buildings could possibly be complete without at least a mention of the colossal castle complex that dominates the whole skyline of the city. Towering atop the meanders of the Vistula River, this hilltop fortress was once the domain of the Polish kings and queens. It’s suitably grandiose, with Renaissance arcades, gold-gilded chapels, Gothic belfries and some formidable fortifications all around. It’s not to be missed!
Wawel 5, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 422 51 55
Considered by some historians to be the oldest shopping centre in the world, the Sukiennice Cloth Hall was once the place that merchants and traders from all over Europe would have met to barter their crochet, silks, spices, leather and cotton. It’s known for its elegant Renaissance style, which is beautifully preserved in the flourishing filigrees of the exterior walls. Inside is the National Museum, where Krakow’s greatest masterworks reside.
Rynek Główny 1-3, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 433 54 00