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Visiting Krakow during Holy Week (Friday to Sunday)

by marvelsun


My wife and I would be visiting Krakow for 3 days during the Holy Week (Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday).

On this trip, we would like to

- See some of the major tourist attractions
- Visit the Auschwitz Camp museum
- Get some shopping done (we're coming from Norway, so everything in Poland would be a bargain hard to ignore)

We're having trouble planning our days in Krakow, and would appreciate some help in this matter.

The Camp is closed on Easter Sunday and so are some of the city tourist attractions (Wavel Castle?). Some of the sightseeing attractions that are just outdoor, could be covered on Sunday when everything else is closed? Any recommendations on what's not to be missed - and which days these would be open on?

We're not sure if the shops and business establishments are open on all the days we're there (I know for sure they would be closed on Sunday).Does anyone know if the shops are open on Good Friday and Saturday?

Thanks for your time reading our post, and please do help out if you can.

Re: Visiting Krakow during Holy Week (Friday to Sunday)

by 68maciek


I can give you another (my) approach due to the season.It is probably overpacked- but you can skip even all (hahaha):

Good Friday:
The mystery of Christ’s Passion in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. I havn't taken part in it, but it is something unique, can be a bit exotic for Norwegian (but perhaps even for me), but it's extremely crowded place that day.
It can be combined with Auschwitz/Birkenau (such a symbolic day for the visit).
Shopping malls are open till 9-10 p.m that day.

Museums including Wieliczka up to your interest I like Wawel ,National M. with its departments, City Museum, Ethographical, Avation.
Check them on Krakow websites.
Shopping malls are open till 3 p.m.

Easter Sunday:

Enjoy Krakow walks including churches(in no service time, some of my choice is Mariacki, St.Anna, Dominican, Franciscan, Pijar monasteris, Wholly Cross, one at Slawkoska, St. Peter and Paul), discover courtyards in Old Town, Kazimierz (sinagogues should be open, Corpus Chrisiti and St.Katherine churches), Podgorze or Nowa Huta built by communists in 50-ties.

Optionally (depends also on weather): half day stroll to Las Wolski ( you can start from Wawel alongside Wisla walk, churches at Salwator, visit mounds, Kamedul monastery -also women are allowed on Easter Sunday), (half- full day)hiking in limestone valleys (Dolinki Podkrakowskie)- access by city public buses (not so frequent destinations) or Ojcow National Park. All of these can be made also by bike, but I doubt if rent a bike facilities are open on Easter Sunday.
Glance at Tatry- access by bus to Zakopane 2.5 hours one way.
Shopping malls are closed on Easter Sunday.

Re: Visiting Krakow during Holy Week (Friday to Sunday)

by sihi


I agree with Maciek about Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. This place is worth a visit - UNESCO heritage site!!
You can do half day trip to towns of Bochnia or Tarnow. They are nice old towns.

Travel Tips for Krakow

Poxing UHT milk!

by SooBrand

This is one of my favourite bugbears - coffee with UHT milk. There's just no excuse for it. It's so cold you don't even need a fridge to keep the milk fresh, yet still some cafes insist on using UHT milk (even in Latte and Capuccino!). Ugh.

Of course some places use fresh milk so if it really bothers you, check them out before ordering...

Beautiful Structures...

by coceng

Beautiful structures are plenty around Krakow.
These structures have survived for hundred of years...
The photo shows St. Mary's Church, which is overlooking the Market Square from the east.
St. Mary's Church is considered one of the great artistic achievements because various styles from gothic to Art Neuveau are blended together to make such a sight unlike any church that you have seen before.


by Gili_S

OK, Those who knows me know that the local beer is part of the local customs, so, dear friends, I am happy to say that I enjoyed the beers I tried in Poland and Tyskie was the first one, you can see it here at the St. Mary Square just few hours after my arrival to Krakow, and it was a great beer for a sunshine day.

They love to pose

by matcrazy1

Folklore Krakow's band we met in Krakow's Main Market Square loved to pose for a picture with us. They were sitting by northern wall of Cloth Hall and resting. When we asked whether we can take them a picture they... started to pose and... look at them and Ursula (my wife) on my picture.

Plaszow Concentration Camp

by gmg61

The Plaszow concentration camp site was completely destroyed after the war; what you can still see is the commander's house (but you have to know which one is it, since it's not marked in any way, and well it's in Heltmana Street, 22), a couple of monuments (one to all the people who died there, one for the hungarian female jews who died there, one to the Jews who died there), some religious landmarks and what was probably the guardpost of the camp; what remains today is a vast concrete covered area flanked by some buildings half destroyed and in some way still inhabited by somebody. If you go in you can still see some pieces of the Nazi time, as well as part of the original fence and lamps.

The camp was built over an area where also two jews graveyards stood. All the graves were destroyed but some burial stones were left intact and probably used for other purposes. Today, in the abandoned fields, you can still see one burial stone, almost intact, lying in a field not far from the track that leads to the big monument.

You can go there by car, driving through Podgorze and then along Limanowskiego Street, then to the right to Jerozolimska Street the goes on and is called Heltmana Street. After the house at number 3 (once inhabited by Nazi officers) we turn right along a gravel road (I think it's not allowed to drive there, only for pedestrians) and arrive to the big monuments I mentioned above. From there you can also see on your left hand side the main quarry of the camp, where the male prisoners were forced to extract stones and the female prisoners were forced to transport them.
It's also a good idea to visit the area by bike. It's a pretty good and easy track, and you can follow the gravel road until the top of the hill, where the monument stands.


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