The route

Without moving from where you are, in a relaxed  atmosphere, you will see the most important monuments of Krakow. Here we present examples of the tram routes along with the maps where the important sights are marked.

ROUTE 1 - THE OLD TOWN, KAZIMIERZ and PODGORZE quarters


Formerly, Krakow was surrounded by a system of fortifications, the remains of which are visible at the Barbican, the Florian Gate and the three towers. In place of the city walls there is now a park called Planty. The Old Town, which is the largest market square in Europe, is surrounded by Planty. Despite the passing of time, The Main Market Square is still, as it was 750 years ago,  the city center and the popular meeting place for the citizens of Krakow as well as tourists. The Cracovians often say that "all roads lead to the Main Market." The second most important place in Krakow is the Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and the Cathedral. At the foot of the Wawel Hill there is a former settlement and now a street called Stradom, that leads to Kazimierz, in the past a town on its own separated from Krakow by non-existing today branch of the Vistula River. Kazimierz once consisted of two parts - the Christian and the Jewish. Podgorze - a town located on the other side of the Vistula River - was founded in 1784 by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II as a competitive city for Krakow. During the World War II, the Germans set up Jewish ghetto in Podgorze, and its center was located on the place now called the Ghetto Heroes Square.

Along this route you will see, among others:

  • The Bonifratrzy  hospital convent
  • Plac Wolnica with its Renaissance town Hall, today the headquarters of the Etnographic Museum
  • The Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and the Cathedral - the burial place of Polish Kings
  • The late 13th century Dominican Church
  • The Wielopolski Palace - the current city hall
  • The Franciscan Church with its stained glass windows by Stanislaw Wyspianski
  • The Bishops' Palace and its famous Papal Window
  • The Krakow Philharmonic Hall
  • Collegium Novum - the main headquarters of the Jagiellonian University
  • The Norbertine Sisters' Monastery situated at the Vistula River, from where the annual traditional
     Lajkonik procession begins in June
  • The Blonia meadow - empty space in the center neighbourhood, used for everyday recreation and cultural events
  • St Florian's Gate
  • The Barbican
  • The Planty
  • The Theatre of Juliusz Slowacki, built at the end of the XIX century, the most beautiful building in town
  • Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter
  • Plac Bohaterow Getta (the Ghetto Heroes Square) - a square where unusual sculptures - empty chairs, symbolize the void left behind the Jewish residents who were deported to the concentration camps

ROUTE 2 - NOWA HUTA - TRACING the COMMUNISM


In 1949, east of Krakow, the construction of the new socialist city called Nowa Huta began. It was designed and built for the employees of a new steelwork plant. In 1951, Nowa Huta was connected to Krakow and has become the largest of its quarters. The most important place in Nowa Huta is of course the plant, in the communist era named after Vladimir Lenin, now of Tadeusz Sendzimir.

Along this route you will see, among others:

  • Strzelecki Park at the Lubicz street
  • Mogilskie Roundabout, where the ruins of the nineteenth - century fort Lubicz are exposed
  • Polish Aviators Park with a monumental statue of Polish Aviators who died on all fronts
    of  the World War II
  • The Central Square (now named after Ronald Reagan) in Nowa Huta - the center of the socialist city, where the architecture of the buildings refer to the art of Renaissance
  • Huta im. Tadeusza Sendzimira (the plant formerly named after Lenin) and its administration buildings commonly referred to as the Doge's Palace and the Vatican
  • Other interesting sights of the old as well as the modern city

The Tram route is planned individually according to your needs. The first and the last stop as well as the stops on the way depend only on you. There is also a possibility to organize excursions, where the tram will take you to your destination and then, after some time take you further on a journey along the chosen route.