Krakow is in southern Poland and is known for its rich history. There’s plenty to do to in this diverse city. If you’re a keen history buff and delight at the thought of delving into Poland’s rich medieval past or you’re someone who fancies a stroll along the Old Town, Krakow has something for you.
Visit the Old Town
Krakow’s Old Town used to be the heart of Poland’s political life and is one of the most famous old districts in Poland today. It stays lively throughout the year, especially in the main market square, which boasts the title of being one of the biggest market squares in Europe.
There’s plenty to do – enjoy a hot or cold drink in one of the many cafes or bars, enjoy panoramic views of Krakow from the Gothic Town Hall Tower or if you prefer sightseeing from the ground, you can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Go deep underground in the Wieliczka Salt Mine
Located in Wieliczka, the mine is now an official Polish Historic Monument. It is one of Poland’s largest tourist attractions and is one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines. The mine was used to produce table salt, from the Neolithic age all the way to 2007!
The mine’s attractions include an underground lake, four chapels, rock salt statues, sculptures and much more.
Experience delicious Polish cuisine at Chimera Restaurant
The Chimera restaurant is one not to be missed. Situated close to the Market Square, this three dining-roomed traditional restaurant is located in a fourteenth century cellar, historically used to store beer and wine. A gorgeous feature of this ‘gothic’ restaurant is the unique fireplace which is still used to roast meat in a special roasting dish made of glass.
Chimera specialises in Polish cuisine and has an extensive menu from which you can choose a variety of delicious options.
Although it may not be the most joyous of places to visit, there are many reasons for visiting
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum to further understand the sad events of the holocaust.
Auschwitz was opened in 1940 and continued to be used as a concentration camp until its closure in 1945. Polish PoWs were its first prisoners, but from 1942 onwards, Jews made up the vast majority of prisoners.
Many lives were claimed at Auschwitz and the holocaust remains one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Admission to the grounds of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial is free but there is a charge for booking a memorial guide, renting headphones and documentary watching.
There are a few rules when visiting so be sure to check them out before heading there.