Krakow in a nutshell
Krakow is quite big city so it is almost never overcrowded (excluding traffic jam). But there are many oportunities here to spend your free time (and, of course, money too...)
Now because of the low-cost airlines it is very popular, but still has a full of space and different chances. Even if you will be unlucky and can't to get somethere or got something, you will easily find another interesting place or solution. So, please, do not be afraid about tickets to the cinema, vacant seats in cafe, free taxi, working ATM or finding somebody who speak English.
Of course it is very wise to try organize before you will be here at least a basis of your visit: accomodation. But if you have time, money or not too high requirements, you will have no special problem with something on the spot. Of course, unless you won't be here in a company of 16 people in the middle of the high season...
The most of guest has a iron plan for a few days' visit:
1. Florianska Street and Main Market Square.
2. Wawel Hill with the Castle.
3. Former Jewish Quarter Kazimierz.
Then 2 out-of-city trips:
1. Auschwitz Birkenau German nazists' death camp
2. Wieliczka salt-mine.
Some people, especially young, like also very much Krakow's nightlife with many, many pubs, clubs and discos. Stag-parties, balls, drinking and dancing all the night are also exoteric. Amongst firms more and more popular are incentive trips and journeys for teams' integration.
But you can also go carting, play golf or tennis, ride a bike, shoot bow, swim (indoor or outdoor) and more...
Adam Mickiewicz Monument
The Adam Mickiewicz Monument was designed by sculptor Teodor Rygier and unvieled in 1898 at the 100th anniversary of the birth of Adam Mickiewicz, the greatest Polish Romantic poet of the 19th century.
At the base of the monument are four allegoric groups symbolising the Motherland, Science, Courage and Poetry.
In 1940 the monument was destructed by the invading German troups. In 1955 the monument was restored; some of the original figures were retrieved from a Hamburg scrap metal yard.
Every year on Christmas Eve the monument is decorated with flowers by the florists of Kraków.
If you like cheese you should take the opportunity to try this nice smoked sheeps cheese. It is an important symbol of the cultural and culinary heritage of Poland's Podhale region in the Tatra mountains
March of Remembrance
Since 90-ties every anniversary of Krakow's ghetto liquidation is celebrated during special event. The hundreds of people go in the March of Remembrance to commemorate the victims of Holokaust.
In the end of March 1943 nazis killed 1,5 thousand Jews and a few thousands of them forced to move to a slavory labor camp Plaszow.
WADOWICE - BIRTHPLACE OF JOHN PAUL II
As part of our full day tour on Saturday, we visited WADOWICE, which is a town in southern Poland, 50 km from Krakow and situated on the Skawa River, confluence of the Vistula River.
Wadowice is best known for being the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla ( 1920 - 2005 ), Pope John Paul II and because of this status, Wadowice has experienced a fast growth of tourism.
We visited the Basilica of the Virgin May, which has a wonderful sculpture of Pope John Paul II in front of the church. Beautiful flowers are laid there in memory of the much loved Polish Pope.