For centuries Krakow was the capital city of Poland. It no longer plays such an important administrative role, but for many people, thanks to its rich history, Krakow represents a synthesis of old and new. The unique atmosphere of the beautiful and mysterious streets of the Old Town will allow you to escape from everyday life. Galleries full of exhibitions, 19th century Viennese style cafes, where students and professors engage in debate, stylish pubs and restaurants in Kazimierz Quarter are all part of the charm of Krakow.
Auschwitz Birkenau is the site of the gravest mass murder in the history of humanity. It remains a memorial that can serve everyone as a mirror of the human soul and a prism for looking deep within ourselves.
Wawel Castle and old city
Almost everything that you necessary should see in Krakow is in the neighborhood of Royal Trial. It leads from Barbican, trough the main square, near the St. Mary’s Church, Cloth Hall to amazing castle of Polish kings – Wawel. You can pass this way on foot, to stand for a while next to each of this monuments or can take a ride on droshky which is always charming experience. We recommend to get on foot from Barbican to main square, to see remaining of medieval fortifications, stay a while to delight with famous St. Mary’s Church with unique altar made by Wit Stwosz and take a seat in one of beautiful cafes surrounding square, to take a breath and listen to bugle-call. Then is good to catch a coach and in the rhythm of hoofs make your way to Wawel, to spend amazing few hours between the walls of giant castle of Polish monarchs.
Kazimierz – The Jewish quarter
Kazimierz, the heart of Jewish Krakow, is now a thriving district, a mixture of cultural festivals, café culture, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars, a place to watch the world go by over a coffee or to catch up with friends.With communism’s fall, Kazimierz has changed beyond all recognition. As well as the aforementioned art galleries and cafés, buildings have been renovated and museums opened. There has also been a reawakening in the importance of Jewish history and culture in Poland, for instance, the Jewish Culture Festival which takes place every year attracts thousands of visitors, both Jews and non-Jews alike.
Oscar Schindler’s Factory
The man and his story were made famous by Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List. In many ways he was a man of contradiction. At the beginning of the war Schindler seemed to be intent on making a fortune from the misery that was unfolding around him. In common with other Germans, Schindler took over companies that were previously in the hands of Jewish owners, in this case two enamel kitchenware companies.
Of course Krakow is not only medieval history and Royal Trial. Is always worth to see Nowa Huta, the district which came to being during the communistic era as a place to live for ideal socialistic workers. Thank to pope John Paul II who was the bishop of Krakow at this time, cruel plans of communistic authorities has failed. Nowadays Nowa Huta is important symbol of Polish “Solidarity”.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
The only salt mine in the world preserved in such pristine condition and placed on the original UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites ! 135 meters underground! Visited by more than 1 million tourists a year!
Ojcow National Park
The park contains numerous castles, including a ruined Gothic castle at Ojców and a better-preserved Renaissance castle at Pieskowa Skala, both of which were part of a late medieval system of defenses in southwestern Poland, known as the Trail of the Eagles’ Nests constructed by the order of King of Poland, Kazimierz the Great. There are two museums in the park, the Professor Władyslaw Szafer Museum (named for the first person to advocate the creation of a national park in the Ojców area), and a branch of the Kraków-based National Art Collection, located in the Pieskowa Skała castle.