Grodzka Street, one of Krakow’s most ancient thoroughfares, once served as a vital trade route connecting the south to the north. Before Krakow’s establishment, it functioned as a path from Hungary and the Czech Republic to Masovia and Greater Poland. This street is a significant segment of the Royal Route, frequently traveled by Polish monarchs en route to Wawel Castle. Records dating back to the latter half of the 13th century already bear its name.
The street initiates at a corner of the Main Square and extends to the south. About a third of the way along, you’ll encounter a square. On its eastern side, it’s referred to as Dominikański Square, adjacent to the Dominican church, while on its western side, it’s known as All Saints Square, commemorating the former All Saints Church.
Dominikańska and Franciszkańska streets diverge from these squares, respectively. Continuing on, Grodzka Street intersects with Poselska and Senacka streets. Across from the St. Saint Peter and Paul church lies St. Mary Magdalene Square. Grodzka Street culminates near Wawel, near St. Idziego Street and Father Adam Studziński Square.