Barbakan, Krakow

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Learn the history of the city's defensive walls at Barbakan, a historical gateway leading into the Old Town. The circular fortress with an inner courtyard and seven turrets was added to the city's fortifications along the coronation route in the late 15th century. Look for a tablet on its eastern wall commemorating the feat of a local burgher who defended the city by shooting a Russian commander with a coat button. Notice forwarded balconies with floor hatches that were used to pour melted lead, boiling oil, or to throw projectiles. Now the fortification hosts medieval pageants, jousting contests, summer concerts, and theater performances. For Barbakan and beyond, use our Krakow trip itinerary builder app to get the most from your Krakow vacation.
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  • Visit simple and short, but that's what we expected. It's worth seeing and the tickets are cheap. has a mini display in the courtyard and has a beautiful view of the old town
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  • Barbakan is closed to the Florian Gate - there used to be a corridor between Barbakan and the gate. It is an important place in Kraków. Not very interesting, you can walk around on the floor, but no m...  more »
  • Before exploring the old town, you have to go into the Barbakan. The small but beautiful courtyard. The small corridors and nice little lights. If you take enough time, all sorts of small details are covered, we definitely loved it.
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  • Really interesting part of the old town and easy to get to, it forms part of the park that encircles the old town... Parky..., There's not much to see but it has been well preserved. It forms part of the old town first defence lines.
  • visited the great square , awesome place !!! especially on a Saturday night in summer energy , crowds of fabulous people . music , dance, food outside. I have travelled in many parts of the world. love this place.
  • Essential visit to know the history of Kraków. It's not that enlightened at night. It's better to see it in daylight
  • It’s essential to visit if you are in Krakow. But it doesn’t worth to go inside.
  • Nice example of medieval fortification. Not sure why there is a fee to visit it though
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