Top Unique Sites to Explore in Krakow, Poland

St Mary's Basilica Krakow

Krakow is a lovely city located in southern Poland and is the oldest and second biggest city in Poland. It is well known for its rich history after escaping the deadliest of World War II bombing as it was a target due to its large Jewish community and was still the former polish capital. It has retained its charm and old world ambiance and is now one of the prettiest cities in Poland.  Some of best deals to Krakow can be booked with a1travel.  Regardless, the city offers amazing restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries, museums, friendly people and also has one of the world’s oldest universities. Although the city has many amazing sites to visit, here is a list of six of the top unique sites to visit:

1. Schindler’s Factory

The Schindler’s Factory has been transformed into a modern museum dedicated to the wartime experiences in Krakow which was under the five year Nazi regime during the World War II. The museum has ingenious exhibitions which combine period photos, documents and artifacts with set-piece arrangements in an effort to try to create a full-immersion experience and indeed it has become an amazing historical museum worth visiting.

2. Wawel Cathedral

The Wawel Cathedral situated on Wawel Hill is an interesting place which has great history. The 14th-century cathedral is the burial place of almost all Polish Kings, Krakow bishops, the greatest national heroes and was also the Cathedral of John Paul II. It is also the spiritual Centre of the Poland. The Wawel Cathedral is indeed an interesting place you should not fail to visit.

3. Wawel Royal Castle

The Wawel Royal Castle was built in the 14th century and is indeed an amazing castle. It was the cultural and political heart of Poland during the 16th century. It has become a strong symbol of national identity in Poland and is now a stunning museum which you should definitely visit. It also has a unique display of the city’s most treasured painting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Lady with an Ermine’.

Wawel Royal Castle

4. St Mary’s Basilica

St Mary’s Basilica is a large Brick Gothic church built in the 14th century and is well known for its splendid wooden altarpiece. It is located adjacent to the Main market square and is 262ft tall. The stained glass windows, the blue starred ceiling and the magnificent altarpiece make the church look stunning and will definitely fascinate you. The church is an ideal site worth visiting.

5. Galicia Jewish Museum

The Galicia Jewish Museum is situated in the Jewish district of Kazimierz. The museum celebrates the Jewish culture and also commemorates the victims of the holocaust. It has a notable photographic exhibition which shows modern day remnants of the southeastern once-prosperous Jewish community of Poland. It is indeed an exciting museum with the impressive art gallery known as ‘Traces of memory’.

6. Rynek Underground 

The Rynek Underground museum is an amazing museum located underneath the market square of Krakow and was opened on 24th September 2010. It has restored archaeological sites with lasers, artifacts and smoke machines which make it have a rich history of Krakow. The museum has a kids’ room which includes a puppet show which makes it even more exciting.

The number of tourists visiting Poland has increased due to affordable and good accommodation in the country. There is improved security thus you can enjoy your holiday in Poland peacefully and without fear of theft. The people in Poland are also very friendly making it an ideal holiday destination.

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Images credit (under CCL) by order:   Nico TrinkhausTomasz#Jakubowski

Author: Jonathan Marlow

Travel Blogger and dedicated world traveler

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