Favorite thing: The first Jewish community in Sandomierz was established as early as in the 14th century. Before WWII about 40% of the town's population was Jewish. The synagogue that was arrected in 1768 still stands (along with the Kahal building) but now it houses the town's archives.
Favorite thing: I always like to walk in little old cobbled streets. They may not be the major tourist attraction but they add to the feel of the place. In Sandomierz you walk a lot if you want to get to the major antiquities located on hills so you're bound to see some of them. Picture yourself as if walking there a few centuries ago :-)
Sandomierz boasts its history of a royal city but it is also famous for a few prominent figures in Polish history and culture. It may be difficult to grasp for a foreigner, but for a Pole, touring Sandomierz feels like visiting a large open-air museum of Polish heritage.
Jan Dlugosz (1415-1480), the chronicler who founded the Gothic house [see my Things To Do] was not the only one for whom Sandomierz is famous. His predecessor, and also a chronicler, Blessed Windenty Kadlubek (1150-1223) lived there when he was the canon of the Cathedral. His tomb is actually in the Cathedral and he is one of the town's patrons. Sandomierz was also the birthplace of the greatest Polish composer of the Renaissance era, Mikolaj Gmolka (1535-1591). His house is in one of the corners of the market.
Favorite thing: Sandomierz used to be called "Little Rome" - not only for its remarkable history and antiquities but also for the fact that, like Rome, it is located on seven hills. The views from any of the hills or the Opatowska gate are very picturesque if you can appreciate the charm of small towns!
Delightful hillside town built aside the Wisla, aperfect town to explore as it has a castle, a cathedral, town walls, medieval gateway, cobbled alleyways and underground cellars open to the public as well as a lovely main square.
Fondest memory: The weather was perfect to simply stroll the streets, idle an hour or so away drinking coffee overlooking the rynek.