“Magiczny Krakow” (Magical Krakow) is how Poles refer to their ancient capital, and the epithet fits in more ways than one. Yes, there are tales of shoe-makers slaying dragons and alchemists riding around town, but in order to experience the magic of this city you just need to use your imagination .
If you have just several hours to see the city like I had, there are several must see places that you should not miss.
- Visit The Incredible Kazimierz Neighbourhood.
Visit to Krakow would be complete without a tour of Kazimierz. Numerous cosy art cafes, galleries and antique shops, paved street and monuments of Jewish culture draws attention of anyone visit the place. Kazimierz vibrants also with cultural life. The most famous cultural event which takes place here is an internationally renowned Jewish Culture Festival − each year attracts thousands of participants from all over the world. During the festival days streets of Kazimierz are full of multilingual talks, klezmer music and concerts − people dance and sing together.
2. Oskar Schindler’s Former Factory
If you don’t already know the incredible story of Oskar Schindler and his bravery during WW2, then you need to watch Schindler’s List, the famous film by Steven Spielberg. In a nutshell, Schindler managed to save the lives of over a thousand persecuted Jews, at great risk to himself and his family, by employing them in his factory. It now hosts two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, on the former workshops, and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków
3. Visit Wawel Castle
Wawel Hill is a Jurassic limestone outcropping that formed about 150 million years ago and which, at nearly 228 meters above sea level, is a dominant feature in the Cracow landscape.Situated on the bank of the Vistula river and surrounded by its waters and marshes, the hill had provided a safe haven for people since the Paleolithic Period. From the 7th century A.D. Early medieval legends tell of a fearsome dragon that lived in a cave beneath Wawel Hill, of Prince Krak the dragon slayer, and of his daughter Wanda, who drowned herself in the Vistula rather than marry a German knight.
4. Visit Krakow’s Old Town
Krakow’s Old Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It contains the one of the largest medieval market squares in Europe, and it’s a great place to just lose yourself and people-watch the day away.
- Tamuna Bichiashvili