Planty Gardens – the green belt of Krakow
Planty Gardens is the name of the parklike area that runs along the edge of the Old Town. They were created after the old fortifications were laid in the early 1800s. The only parts of the ancient city walls that remain standing today are the Florian Gate and the Barbican.
Planty Gardens are approximately 4km long, and can be used as a more scenic option when navigating around the inner city. This green belt is composed of various small gardens designed in different styles, one area even including a pond and a small bridge. While enjoying the serenity of the park, it is possible to appreciate the cooling shade of the leafy trees in the warmer seasons and the beauty of the snow-covered pathways during winter.
Encircling the Old Town, the Gardens make a perfect escape from the bustle of the city, where you can take a relaxing walk to enjoy the plentiful array of statues, fountains, and well-tendered flowerbeds. Alternatively, take a break on one of the many benches and watch cyclists, roller skaters, walkers, parents with prams, and many others enjoying the wide pavements and stunning views. Planty Gardens make a great location for a bike ride and is close to the route of some of Krakow’s Segway tours.
Planty Gardens Information
Address: Surrounding the Old Town
Opening Hours: All times
Images by Stefanie Auger-Roy for Absolute Tours