Museum of Krakow Town Hall Tower, Krakow

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Town Hall Tower in Kraków, Poland (Wieża ratuszowa w Krakowie) is one of the main focal points of the Main Market Square in the Old Town district of Kraków.The Tower is the only remaining part of the old Kraków Town Hall (Ratusz, see painting, below) demolished in 1820 as part of the city plan to open up the Main Square. Its cellars once housed a city prison with a Medieval torture chamber.HistoryBuilt of stone and brick at the end of the 13th century, the massive Gothic tower of the early Town Hall stands 70 metres tall and leans just 55 centimetres, the result of a storm in 1703. The top floor of the tower with an observation deck is open to visitors.The original Gothic helmet adorning the tower was consumed by fire caused by a lightning in 1680. The ensuing reconstruction of the tower took place between 1683 and 1686. The work was directed by the royal architect Piotr Beber, who designed the new and imposing Baroque helmet, which survived only until 1783. At that time, the helmet began to crumble, and was replaced by a smaller structure (right) sponsored by Archbishop Kajetan Sołtyk.The entrance to the tower is guarded by a pair of stone lions carved at the beginning of the 19th century. They were brought to Kraków from the Classicist palace of the Morstin family in Pławowice during the renovations of 1961–1965, during which the bay windows on the second floor of the tower were incorrectly reconstructed by a local TV personality, architect Wiktor Zin. Over the entrance is the original Gothic portal with the city coat-of-arms and the emblem of Poland. For many years the basement beneath the tower has been used as the performance space called the Stage beneath the Town Hall of the renowned Teatr Ludowy.
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  • The Museum Of Krakow Town Hall is located in the bell tower of what was once part of the medieval old Town Hall ,the views from the tower are stunning ,the tower looks amazing especially at night... 
    The Museum Of Krakow Town Hall is located in the bell tower of what was once part of the medieval old Town Hall ,the views from the tower are stunning ,the tower looks amazing especially at night...  more »
  • Be warned the steps are very steep and in places very tight. However the views at the top are great and the rooms inside are very interesting with all the information boards also in English. 
    Be warned the steps are very steep and in places very tight. However the views at the top are great and the rooms inside are very interesting with all the information boards also in English.  more »
  • Managed to get up this tower in our last day. Tickets were cheap (think it came to about £7 for 1 adult and 1 student to go up) Views were very good at the top, practically a 360 view. However sadly....  more
    Managed to get up this tower in our last day. Tickets were cheap (think it came to about £7 for 1 adult and 1 student to go up) Views were very good at the top, practically a 360 view. However sadly....  more »
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  • Interesting place to visit for only 18PLN. Prepare yourself for narrow and steep stairway, which is hard to walk by even for a healthy person. The ambient and the exposition brings you back to some other time period, while the view of Krakow is beautiful. The only downside is the staff whom seem uninterested for the visitor.
  • I don't really class this as a museum, particularly after just having come from the Rynek Underground Museum which is very good. It's as though they've tried to fill the three small floors between the ground floor and the top with some items to call it a museum. However most of the items are just copies, like the Mayor's ring or sceptre. There is some interesting information on display boards concerning Guilds in Krakow and class structure of society in the middle ages. Although the Climb to the top is only 110 steps, compared to 271 for St Mary's Basilica Tower, I found it much tougher because the step height is about twice that of the Basilica. You have a nice view at the top through glass window, you cannot get onto the balcony for safety reasons.
  • A lot of steps to the top, but totally worth it. The steps themselves might actually be the coolest part because of the history, if that makes sense.
  • It is a hard work to climb, but it pays. Nice view, but from a window up there.
  • The tower of Krakow's Town Hall situated in the square at the heart of the old town of the city.

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