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Sightseeing


Krakow or Cracow managed to survive the last war relatively unscathed and as a result retained much of the history. Since 1978 this quaint and friendly city is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Below are a small selection of things to see in this fantastic city which is rapidly becoming the next big place in Europe.

Dont miss....
The main market square
It is one of the largest such squares in the world and a real site to behold. Surrounded by a large selection of restaurants, bars and shops. During the summer months you can sit outside the many bars and restaurants relax and watch Krakow pass you by. Many events are held in the square throughout the year including Christmas markets which are excellent.

Wawel Hill
Royal Castle and Cathedral was established in 1000 and has witnessed almost all of the coronations and funerals. It has been the home of Polish kings from the mid 11th - 17th century. There are some permanent exhibitions in the castle with lots to see and take in. One thing the castle is famous for is its Chakra. Hindus believe the chakra is part of a powerful energy field which connects all living things. There are seven points on the earth where this chakra is more concentrated one of these is Wawel Hill.

Cloth Hall
Dating back to the 14th century it was built in the main square as a center for the cloth trade. The current structure was rebuilt between 1875-1879 and contains a trading center for crafts and souvenirs while the upstairs is a museum of the Polish art of the 19th century.

Town Hall Tower
Dating back to 1316 and having to be rebuilt several times due to fires the tower is about 70m high and in the past contained the city dungeon with a torture chamber. Today it is a museum of the city.

The Czartoryski Museum
A branch of the national museum containing Leonardo da Vincis famous painting "lady with an Ermine"

The Slowacki Theatre

Modelled after the Paris Opera and built in 1893

Jewish Quarter
Kazimierz District was established by King Casimir as a separate town in 1494. It was the centre of Jewish life in Krakow for over 500 years, before it was systematically destroyed during World War II. Rediscovered in the 1990s, thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure through the lens of Steven Spielberg, Kazimierz has since been on the rebound and is today Krakows most exciting district meaining a bustling, bohemian neighbourhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes and art galleries.

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Over 750 years old and contains some magnificent salt sculptures and over 300 km of traverses, chambers, lakes and shafts to a depth of 327 meters

Auschwitz - Berkenau Memorial Museum
The museum commemorates the Nazi death camp that was located in the town during the second world war. The first prisoners arrived at the camp in June 1940. Victims of the camp were the Poles, soviet prisoners of war, gypsies and prisoners of other nationalities. Men, women and children were murdered in the gas chambers and their bodies burnt as part of Hitlers plan of the total extermination of the european Jews. The overall number of victims over a 5 year period is estimated to be between 1,100,000 and 1,500,000 people.