Krakow, a city where history and culture intertwine, invites you to explore one of its most illustrious landmarks: the Cloth Hall, known locally as Sukiennice. This grand building stands proudly in the heart of the Main Square. Let's consider this attraction from a tourist's perspective by answering a few key questions: Why is it worth visiting the Cloth Hall? What can you see and do there? How much do entrance tickets cost?

The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) - a must-see Krakow sight

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Discover the historical significance of the Cloth Hall

Dating back to the Renaissance, Sukiennice is one of Krakow's most recognizable icons and a central feature of the Main Market Square in the historic centre of Krakow, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) app. 1869
The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) app. 1869

The Cloth Hall's origins trace back to the 14th century when it served as the centre of Krakow's bustling trade. It was destroyed by fire in the 16th century. 

Sukiennice was splendidly rebuilt in the Renaissance style, funded by the prosperous salt trade from the nearby Wieliczka mines. The Cloth Hall has seen the ebb and flow of history, surviving political shifts and wars and emerging as a symbol of Krakow's resilience.

Advise: You can learn more about the Cloth Halls' history and the Krakow main square in the small museum under the church of St. Wojciech. Krakow Main Square Map can help me to find this church.

Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Cost: Free!

Buy souvenirs in a vibrant Sukiennice marketplace

It was once a major international trade centre where European merchants barter goods like salt, spices, silk, leather, and wax. This trading heritage adds to its allure as a place where history comes alive.

Shopping arcades in the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)
Shopping arcades in the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)

The ground floor is still a centre of commerce, where you can find Polish handicrafts and souvenirs, making it a perfect spot for visitors to take a piece of Krakow's history home with them.

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 to 18:00; closed every Monday
Cost: Free!

Delve into the depths of Underground Market

Beneath the square lies the Rynek Underground (Underground Market), a modern museum that transports you back to medieval Krakow. Here, you can wander through ancient market stalls and learn about the city's past through interactive exhibits. It's a fascinating journey through time that begins just four meters below the bustling square above.

I recommend taking a guided tour of the underground museum. Understanding the significance of the museum exhibits on your own is pretty challenging.

Opening Hours: Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00, Wednesday - Thursday 10:00 to 19:00; Friday - Sunday 10:00 - 20:00, Monday10:00 - 19:00.
The second Monday of the month - closed
Cost: 36 PLN for adults, family ticket - 72 PLN (maximum 4 people, including at least 1 child up to 16 years of age).
Tuesday is the day of free admission!

Find artistic treasures above

The upper floor of the Cloth Hall houses the Sukiennice Gallery, part of the National Museum in Krakow. It holds the largest permanent exhibit of 19th-century Polish painting and sculpture, offering a rich cultural experience.

The Sukiennice Gallery on Krakow Main Market Square
The Sukiennice Gallery on Krakow Main Market Square

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 to 18:00; closed every Monday
Cost: 35 PLN for adults, family ticket - 70 PLN (maximum 4 people, including at least 1 child up to 16 years of age), ticket for youth from 7 to 26 years of age – 1 PLN.
Tuesday is the day of free admission!

More details you can find in the article The Sukiennice Gallery on Krakow Main Market Square.

Enjoy a fantastic view to remember

After immersing yourself in history and art, unwind at the Rooftop Szał Cafe. This charming spot offers stunning Main Square and St. Mary's Basilica views. Whether you're sipping a coffee or enjoying a light meal, the panorama from this vantage point is unforgettable.

Opening Hours: 10:00 to 00:00
Cost: Free for cafe clients!
To find the cafe, use The Sukiennice entrance and go up one floor.

The Cloth Hall is a proud reminder of Krakow's past. It's a place where every visitor can find something to admire, whether it's the rich history, the exquisite art, or simply the joy of watching the world go by from a rooftop cafe. Take advantage of the chance to experience this must-see Krakow sight on your visit to Poland.

The article that you can find interesting - A Brief History of Krakow: The Soul of Poland.

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