The Barbican

Opening hours: 

april-october monday - sunday 10.30am-6pm second monday of the month museum is closed november-march -closed


Floriańska Street/ Basztowa Street

Bus and Tram Routes: 

Tram:2,3,4,7,8,10,14,18,19,20,24,52,62,69 BUS:124,152,424,502,601,605,608,610,618,662,664,669,902,904

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Dworzec Główny

The Barbican, built by John Albert in 1498-1499, was for the long time the strongest northern fortification in Krakow. The complex was established due to the threat of Turkish-Italian invasion. The construction is a segment of a circle with an inner diameter of 24.40 m, and the thickness of the walls exceeding over 3 m. Built in a Gothic style, comprising seven turrets, was primarily connected to the St. Florian’s Gate, in aim to defend it. It fulfilled its role brilliantly, protecting Krakow twice from severe danger.

Firstly in 1587, when the attack of Archduke Maximilian Habsburg was repulsed and the pretender to the Polish throne was expelled from the city.

Secondly, Barbican proved its role during the Swedish invasion in 1655. Today, the Barbican, is a very popular tourist attraction, one of the branches of the Historical Museum of Krakow. After visiting the Barbican  don’t miss a chance to see the Czartoryski Museum and Library where you can paintings, handicrafts and literature of famous Poles.

If you find quick tours more convinient, you should take a look at this hop of hop off tour in Krakow