Planty Gardens – The Green Belt of Krakow
Planty Gardens is the name of the park-like area that runs along the edge of the Old Town. It is one of the largest parks in the city having an area of 21,000 square meters. Krakow’s medieval city walls were largely demolished after 1807 leaving an area for public park lands. In fact the only parts of the ancient city walls that remain standing today are the Florian Gate and the Barbican.
Planty Gardens are approximately 4 km long and it’s at least a two hour walk to complete. You can use this as a more scenic option when navigating around the inner city. This green contains over 30 various small gardens designed in different styles and all forming a chain of green. One of the areas even includes a pond and a small bridge. While enjoying the serenity of the park, you can appreciate the cooling shade of the leafy trees in the warmer seasons. And, of course, the beauty of the snow-covered pathways during winter.
Encircling the Old Town or Stare Miasto, the Gardens make a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can take a relaxing walk and enjoy the plentiful array of statues, fountains, and well-tendered flowerbeds. Alternatively, why not take a break on one of the many benches and watch the cyclists, roller skaters, walkers, parents with prams, and many others enjoying the wide pavements and stunning views. Also the 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
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