The Bonerowski Palace and the Krzysztofory Palace in Krakow

The Bonerowski Palace on the left ©Arek Olek

The Bonerowski Palace on the left ©Arek Olek/Flick

The Bonerowski word actually means “secret” in Polish. But the “Secret Palace” is not a location that does not stand out as its name would suggest. The Bonerowski Palace is a carefully restored old building and now serves as the location of one of the most luxurious hotels in Poland. From the windows of the hotel you can admire the Church of Saint Mary, the Cloth Hall, the Adam Mickiewicz Monument and the Church of the Saints.

The Krzysztofory Palace is located in the heart of Kraków’s Old Town, built in the mid seventeenth century. The palace is built in Gothic style. The Krzystofory Palace currently serves as a historical museum.

The Main Square in Krakow with the Bonerowski Palace

The Main Square in Krakow with the Bonerowski Palace ©Jorge Lascar/Flick

The Bonerowski Palace

The interior of the Bonerowski Palace in Krakow combines the medieval and the modern decor in a very elegant way. You can see here unique wall frescoes, beautiful painted ceilings, Gothic columns, ancient stones, and modern forms and technologies as well that ensure the safety of visitors. Here you can admire the biggest chandelier in Europe, this measuring not less than 22 meters.

The Bonerowski Palace on the left ©Arek Olek

The Bonerowski Palace on the left ©Arek Olek/Flick

If you are lucky and you desire to be accommodated in the Bonerowski Palace, you should know that it has reasonable prices and you can catch one of the many offers that the leadership is trying to attract new customers. Proximity to important sites in Krakow makes it worth taking into account as a possibility for accommodation when you visit this city, and the splendid scenery will make a wonderful choice for a romantic vacation for couples in love.

The Krzysztofory Palace

There is a whole labyrinth of cellars and corridors in the Krzystofory Palace in Krakow where the Szczepanska Street intersects with the Main Square. Some say that they extend under the entire market, reaching just below the Church of the Holy Virgin.

The Main Square in Krakow with the Krzysztofory  Palace

The Main Square in Krakow with the Krzysztofory Palace ©Jorge Lascar/Flick

According to the legends the Twardowski sorcerer used this maze to protect and hide their gold, which is protected by a demon. The only person who really saw the demon was a chef who ventured into the cellar after the cock ran that he wanted to prepare. After a long search, the chef has found the cock in the maze but then the bird turned into a demon. Most likely, he had a knife in his hand and was promised a chalice of gold if he saves his lives. But there was one condition, that he can’t turn his head, but as human curiosity is too great, he turned his head and turned into a gold dust. Some believe that there is still so much gold in that maze, while others believe that gold is protected by a mythological monster that has the body of a rooster and the tongue of a frog.

The Krzysztofory Palace is really impressive because of its massivity and architectural style. It has exposed a Military collection, projects and all kinds of weapons. The palace is open to tourists only in summer.

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