|Polish Street Fair Food - Krakow, Poland|
|Florianska (Street) & St. Mary's Church|
- Krakow, Poland
|St. Mary's Church - Krakow, Poland|
|Horse Carriage in Rynek Glowny|
(Main Old Town Square) - Krakow, Poland
|Celebration of Winning Soccer Team|
in Old Town Square - Krakow, Poland
|Fire Breathing Dragon on Wawel Hill|
- Krakow, Poland
|Polish Lunch - Krakow, Poland|
Krakow can be summed up with the words “effortless beauty” and we completely enjoyed Krakow.
Krakow is filled with good restaurants and clubs, monuments, and many old churches and beautiful buildings. Pedestrian only zones run throughout the Krakow's old city making it a delight to wander and have lunch or dinner outside. The hundreds of restaurants and clubs make Krakow a lively place day and night.
Because Krakow escaped major damage during WWII, the architecture is beautifully preserved, not rebuilt like many other cities in Europe. Krakow was Poland’s historic capital and its Old City (Stare Miasto) and Wawel castle hill are listed as USESCO World Heritage sites - a well deserved honor for Krakow's Old City of about 4 miles of preserved streets and centuries-old buildings and monuments.
Krakow’s old town main square (Rynek Glowny) is the largest medieval town square in Europe. Ringed by Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings, it looks much as it did in the 13th century and there is always something going on. Here you can listen to the Trumpet Signal (Hejnal Mariacki) every hour playing the warning that is suddenly cut off in memory of a trumpeter shot and killed by a Tatar arrow in 1241.
Located in Krakow's main square is the beautiful 14th-century Gothic cathedral of St. Mary’s, the 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall where you can now purchase souvenirs, the Town Hall Tower, and scores of outdoor restaurants.
The Wawel Castle and Cathedral are a source of pride for the Polish people having 43 of their kings rule from here over a period of 500 years during Poland’s golden period until 1596.
Krakow is also the site for the setting of the Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List with Schindler’s factory walking distance from Krakow’s old town.
There was a food and wine festival going on when we visited Krakow. Polish food is hearty and we felt it in our stomachs having filled up on pierogi (dumplings filled with cheese, potato, meat, cabbage, and/or mushrooms), bigos (sauerkraut stew with a variety of meats), gotabki (stuffed cabbage), and kielbasa (Polish sausages). The Krakow Film Festival was also going on so being the movie buffs we are we took in a couple of films. The films were pretty edgy.
|Last Supper Salt Carving|
- Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
|Beautifully Preserved 13th Century krakow|
Becoming a center of science and the arts, the 16th century was Krakow's golden age. In 1569, Poland was united with Lithuania and as a result government activity started to move to Warsaw that became Poland’s capitol in 1609.
|Beautiful Krakow, Poland|
|Wawel Hill - Krakow, Poland|
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