Legendary Krakow

Many Polish cities have their legends (Warsaw has some interesting legends in particular), but it's only appropriate that a city as magical as Krakow would have some of the most magical and epic tales about its history. So below we've compiled the most interesting tales of some of Krakow's most interesting heroes of men (and beasts). Click on the titles to get the full story...


The Krakow Dragon

If you visit Wawel Castle you can't miss the flame-blowing dragon in front of it, or the cave it's guarding. But how did Krakow get this most magical of mascots? Click above to read the whole story of a deadly dragon and the brave young man who vanquished him.

The Trumpeter of Krakow

Stand in front of St. Mary's Cathedral on the hour and you'll hear a mysterious lone trumpeter wailing a famous tune...

Veit Stoss

...and if you step inside St. Mary's, you'll see one of the most famous (and legendary) alter pieces in all of Poland.

The Legend of Lajkonik

Every summer, Lajkonik comes galloping through the Market Square, donned in Tartar dress and creating havoc wherever he goes. If you don't want to gape at him with a confused look, read the legend of Lajkonik by clicking above!

The Legend of Krakow's Pigeons

Yes, they're annoying and everywhere around the city, and particularly the Rynek, where you'll find both tourists and children equally entertained by the winged creatures. But there's a certain magic behind Krakow's pigeons, and if you read the tale you might just gain a little reverence for the flying rats.

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Diamond from United States Reply Feb 2nd, 2015

So magical!!!

anubis from Canada Feb 15th, 2016

ya it is awesome!!!!!!:3

Marcin from Poland Reply May 5th, 2009

What about the legend of the two brothers who built the towers of the Marian Basilica? Or about Krak and Wanda? Or the Chakra stones in Wawel?

Mariam Ana from India Reply Jul 17th, 2008

hope u would add some more pixs of the draon

Lilka Olchowik from United States Reply Feb 25th, 2008

This is a great page for someone who plans to tour Poland and learn about its beautiful and mysterious legends! ;)

carmelo borg from United Kingdom Reply Oct 22nd, 2007

such a nice tail, should this beautyfull picture of this dragon, be on sale too?