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The Barbican (Barbakan), Krakow

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Learn the history of the city's defensive walls at The Barbican (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. Work out when and for how long to visit The Barbican (Barbakan) and other Krakow attractions using our handy Krakow travel itinerary planner.
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  • The Barbican is best seen as part of the free walking tour as you get context about it and the role that it played in Krakow history - however it's easy to wander over to and get a photo at any time.  more »
  • Place to take pictures ....its right in the middle to entrance of old town. Many people pass thru there everyday,,,,,,,,,,you can buy lunch and go sit in the park and see the Barbican right in front o...  more »
  • This was a defensive tower and fortification that was part of the old city walls of Krakow and dates back to around 1500. It currently serves as a tourist attraction and the home to a small historical...  more »
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  • The last remains of ancient city fortifications, now replaced by a pleasant linear park. The last bastion completely rebuilt that at times is fake. Included in the tourist card deserves to be visited if you have time and not too many expectations. @gargio76
  • Quite nice and impressive. Be aware that whole trip takes only few minutes and time for pictures
  • Very nice restored fortification of the city defences. A must see if you are a tourist visiting Krakow.
  • Wonderful fortress ahead of main gate to middle-aged city. You can imagine here how to defeat walls were placed and we're massive. Must see in Krakow
  • if you make a freetour sure that it starts here. Beautiful place in Krakow

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Where to stay in Krakow

Krakow ranks among one of Europe's increasingly popular tourist destinations, which is reflected in the rising costs of comfortable lodgings. The best hotels are concentrated in and around the historical old town, where five-star luxury comes at a very steep price. Old town hotels place you just steps from fine shops and restaurants, as well as the city's main museums and galleries. However, if your trip involves a tight budget, avoid the central district and check out mid-range hotels and economical hostels in one of the outlying neighborhoods.
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