Wojewodztwo Malopolskie Things to Do

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Wojewodztwo Malopolskie Things to Do

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    A World Class Attraction: "The Salt Mine of Wieliczka" Note: Temperature in the Wieliczka Salt Mine stays uniform 15 degrees Celsius, i.e. 59 Fahrenheit, round the year. Except it's closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, November 1, December 4, Christmastide (i.e. December 24-25), and December 31. April through Octobervisitors may see the...

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  • Wawel Castle

    Krakow Things to Do

    I passed 4-5 times in front of the Smok Wawelski, down the Wavell Hill, expecting to film the Dragon's sculpture when breathing fire but each time my camera was ready "Smok" as he is called in Krakow ceased spurting fire to start again when I was out of reach ! A nasty beast not only devouring sheep but also showing sexual harassment (as it is now...

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  • Auschwitz

    Krakow Things to Do

    I much hesitated to join the VT euromeet for the visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. The reason may sound paradoxical, I feel too much concerned, impregnated by WW II and its horrors. I was a child when Belgium was invaded - again - and occupied by Germany and I'm unable to forget. I read a lot about WW II and the concentration camps, visited...

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  • Jewish Quarter - Kazimierz

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    It might sound odd but several of the most famous and beautiful churches of Krakow are located in the Kazimierz district. I started, on a sunny morning, my visit of Kazimierz by following the promenade along the river Vistule-Wisla at the foot of the Wawel hill. Two hundred meters south of the bridge called Grundwaldzki appeared a white building...

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  • Market Square - Rynek Glowny

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    On the north side of the Rynek Glowny market square, not far from the Mariacki church, you can not avoid the horse-carriages standing there and inviting couples for a romantic promenade. They are well decorated rather large carriages, often white, with two horses and two cabman or cabwoman. The horses are strong and their harness is decorated. The...

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  • St. Mary's Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    What first strikes the visitor entering the vast and magnificent chorus is the abundance of bright colors. Walls and vault are decorated with mural paintings by Jan Matejko in 1890. Superb is the high altar with the retable of Veit Stoss executed around 1480 in Nuremberg. This is one of the largest (11 x 13 m) and most famous altarpieces in...

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  • Cloth Hall - Sukiennice

    4 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    The Cloth Hall (Polish: Sukiennice) is one of symbol of city. It is a central building on main market in Old town. Besides small shops under arcade here is also and The Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art. That institution is important cultural venue. It was opened on 7th October 1879. Here you can by very interesting souvenirs also, of course.

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  • St. Florian's Gate and the Barbican

    Krakow Things to Do

    Coming from the central market Rynek Glowny by the very touristy Florianska street - with burger and kebab shops - the contrast is great with the medieval St-Florian Tower gate from 1307 and the medieval fortification walls on both sides of the tower. On the left in the Pijarska street is a small museum about the City Defensive Walls (Mury...

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  • Church of Saints Peter & Paul

    Krakow Things to Do

    This is with St. Barbara the second Jesuit church in Krakow but the first baroque church in the town. Construction started in 1597. The impressive baroque façade in stone was inspired by the Gesu church in Roma (ref. my tip). The intersection of the nave and transept was covered with a large dome. The reminder is in ordinary brick. The Church of...

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  • Town Hall - Ratusz

    Krakow Things to Do

    The old town hall was pulled down in 1820 to create the big spaces we all love at market square. Only the Gothic clocktower remained. It dates back to the 13th century but got its present appearance in the 17th century. The latest addition were two lions brought from a former country house in 1962. Inside, you will find the tourist information, a...

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  • Jagiellonian University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    Founded in 1364, the University of Krakow is amongst the oldest in the world. King Wladislaw II. Jagiello bought that former noble mansion from the Anjou family for the University in 1400 which became later known as Collegium Maius. The building includes some 19th century Neogothic elements. Today, it houses some offices of the medicine faculty as...

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  • Florianska Street

    Krakow Things to Do

    If you are looking for bar, pubs, restaurants and little shops – this is the street to go to in Kraków. Florianska Street is busy day and night and has something for everyone. The street leads from the market square to Florianska Gate, the last of the medieval city gates preserved. It was part of the Royal Route, the street through which visitors...

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  • Planty Gardens

    Krakow Things to Do

    Our plane in its approach of the Krakow-Balice airport did fly over Krakow. I could easily distinguish the Wawel hill and the green belt of the Planty gardens around the old town, something unique in the European urban scheme. The stroll along these gardens is especially agreeable as the Planty is bordered by a number of historical buildings such...

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  • Zakopane

    Krakow Things to Do

    Zakopane is in the Tatra mountains of south Poland 110km [ 68 miles] from Krakow. Can be reached by train or bus from Krakow, bus is far quicker [2hours journey]. It is a pretty place of wooden houses, it attractes hikers, artists, and in winter sports enthusiasts.

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  • Oskar Schindler's Factory

    Krakow Things to Do

    When I visited Krakow in 2006 the museum in Schindler's Emalia factory had not yet opened, although it was planned. When I visited in 2010 I missed the opening by just a few weeks. So I was very pleased indeed to be able to visit on my 2013 trip. If you are expecting a museum devoted entirely to Schindler and his work, you will be disappointed....

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  • Czartoryski Museum

    Krakow Things to Do

    Muzeum Czartoryskich: This museum was founded in 1796 by Princess Izabela Czartoryska to preserve the Polish heritage in keeping with the Princess' motto: "The Past to the Future". It is the oldest museum in Poland. The first objects in the so-called "Temple of Memory" were trophies commemorating the victory against the Turks at the siege of...

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  • Grunwald Monument

    4 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    This stunning statue commemorates the victory over the Teutonic Knights in 1410. At the top on his horse is the King of Poland Władysław Jagiełło, his sword pointing downwards in his right hand. At the front is his cousin the Lithuanian prince Vytautas (Vitold), who is flanked on either side by victorious soldiers from the joint...

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  • St. Adelbert's Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    You can't miss this little cuboid church in the SE corner of Rynek Glowny. It's one of the oldest churches in the city, dating back to the 11th century (1000s), although there was a wooden church on the site even before that. St Adalbert, a missionary priest, came from Prague and it is said that in 997 he consecrated that first wooden church. He...

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  • Slowacki Theater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Krakow Things to Do

    The bright yellow Slowacki Theatre (Teatr im. Juliusza Slowackiego) is a architectural masterpiece of Jan Zawiejski. It was finished in 1893 after some medieval buildings had to make way for it. Directions: The Slowacki Theatre is located at the northeastern edge of the Old Town; just 200 m south of the railway station. Address: Slowacki Theatre,...

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  • National Museum

    Krakow Things to Do

    In the 16th and 17th c. the Polish hussars were the leading branch of cavalry. They were equipped with a long lance as their main weapon and were wearing plate metal body armour. The hussars fought countless actions against a variety of enemies, and rarely lost a battle . Most famous in the history of Europe is the charge led by King of Poland...

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  • Corpus Christi Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    The third most important church of Krakow is the Basilica of Corpus Christi (Kosciol Bozego Ciala) located in the district of Kazimierz. It is a huge structure mainly of bricks whose construction started in the 14th c. continued in the 15th c. to be consecrated in 1500. Since 1405 the custodians of this former parish church of the town of Kazimierz...

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  • St Andrew's Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    St. Andrew's Church is old, built in 1086. It has kept much of its Romanesque exterior, however, as soon as one gets inside the experience is totally different: it's all Baroque from 17-18th centuries. A bit sad to se

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  • Kanonicza Street

    Krakow Things to Do

    Ulica Kanonicza is my favoured street in Krakow Stare Miasto. Quiet street, no souvenirs shops, no travel offices, kebab, ice-cream, or burger shops like in Florianska street.. Just dignified houses often palatial residences who belonged to canons or bishops since the 14th c. The Gothic houses where severely damaged by fire so that what we see now...

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  • Skalka Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    The nicest way to discover the Kazimierz district is by following the promenade along the Vistula so as to discover the beautiful riverside sanctuary called Skalka = small roc (photo 1) . In 1079 the Skalka Sanctuary became the place of martyrdom of the Krakow bishop Stanislaw, who was murdered by the then Polish king, Boleslaw the Bold, when he...

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  • Walking

    Krakow Things to Do

    In front of the entrance to the Wawel castle at the end of the Grodzka street stands a memorial cross erected in 1990 on the 50th anniversary of the massacre in the Katyn Forest in Russia, the Kalinin and Kharkov prisons and elsewhere of 21.768 Poles, mainly Polish officers in April 1940. This mass murder was carried out by the Soviet secret...

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  • St Francis of Assisi Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    Basilica of St Francis built in 1237 is well known for the stained glass window created by young Cracovian Stanislaw Wyspiansky's. In 1850 the church and monastery went up in flames. Several years later there was a competition to redecorate the church. Wyspianski won the competition. At the age of 28 he was an established artist and playwright when...

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  • Church of St. Bernard's

    Krakow Things to Do

    At the feet of the Wawel castle on the southern side stands St. Bernard's church. Last year I could not make a detailed visit of the splendid church interior because a mass was going on and there are many masses here every day. This time I had chosen the right time to visit the St. Bernard's church. A previous Gothic church from the 15th c. was...

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  • Franciscan Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    The Fransiscan Church was built 1237 - 1269 but has been rebuilt and refurnished many times since then. The last time, in e

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  • Podgorze

    Krakow Things to Do

    This district is a bit further than Kazimierz and was the locale of the Krakow Ghetto. Here, you can see a part of the wall built and also 2 museums, the more notable is the former Schindler's Factory. Here also is the town square. A memorial consisting of larger than life chairs was erected symbolizing the very spot where the jews sat and waited...

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  • Grodzka Street

    Krakow Things to Do

    This street goes from Town Hall to Wawel castle. It is full of nice buildings, a few churches, pubs, bars, coffess. Here you can find small and nice food shop "Kiefyrek" and milk bar "Bar mlieczny".

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  • Rynek Glowny

    Krakow Things to Do

    In this square is always something to do. There are street performers, stalls, cafes and restaurants. A very cozy square to view or without specific purpose just enjoy and relax in one of the cafe or walk around, a perfect starting point to explore Krakow

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  • St. Barbara's Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    When leaving the St. Mary's basilica I paid attention on the right side to a small church St. Barbara and a chapel on the wall behind wrought iron bars (photo 1). The chapel contains a group of stone figures representing Christ in the Garden of Olives and three sleeping apostles. The Gethsemane chapel was constructed in the late 15th c. and...

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  • Birkenau

    Krakow Things to Do

    On my two visits to Auschwitz and Birkenau I made the choice of an individual visit. For me it was essential to be alone with my thoughts during my visit because as a child I "saw" WWII with the occupation of my country. For many visitors having lost members of their family during WW II, Auschwitz-Birkenau is first of all a place of remembrance and...

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  • Ethnographical Museum

    Krakow Things to Do

    As I was a newcomer in Poland it seemed to me that a visit to the Ethnographical museum might be a useful thing to do during my visit of Kazimierz. The museum is not much visited what is regrettable because it is a good museum organized in a modern way with indications in Polish and English . On the ground floor there is a series of rooms, each one...

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  • Zoo

    Krakow Things to Do

    I have been to the Krakow Zoo which is located in the middle of the Wolski Forest twice before. The zoo first opened its doors in 1929 and now covers an area of 15 hectares. Unusually the first animals you see by the entrance are elephants. It is a pleasant small zoo and a good family day out.

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  • Kosciuszko Mound

    Krakow Things to Do

    Kopiec Kosciuszki (the Kosciuszko Mound, built by the citizens to honour him) is placed on a hill giving a great view on Krakow. The entrance fee is 2,5zl (0,5€) and the way up to the hill and from it is very picturesque.

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  • Church of St. Anne

    Krakow Things to Do

    The first Church of St. Anne was built on this site in the 14th century. The one we can see now is the third, being built 1689 - 1705. It is regarded as one of Poland's most beautiful Baroque churches. Inside there is a memorial to Nicolaus Copernicus (pic # 5) who was a stu

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  • Museum of Pharmacy

    Krakow Things to Do

    This is a really good Museum of Pharmacy with lots of old equipment and instruments used to produce pills and decocts in the past. You can also see the first kerosene lamp, invented by Ignacy Lukasiewicz. (He infact also built the first oil

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  • St. Florian's Church

    Krakow Things to Do

    St. Florian's Church was originally built in 1184 as a mausoleum for the relics of St Florian, a 3rd century Roman soldier and martyr. The present look of the church is the result of a Baroque rebuilding after the Swedish Wars. The church was the starting

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  • Galicia Jewish Museum

    Krakow Things to Do

    This small but important museum located in Kazimersz tells the story of the Jews of Galicia, a vanished region of Poland that dominated much of the south. The permanent exhibition features color photos of places, including Krakow, that were once thriving places of Jewish culture. Another part shows sites associated with the Holocaust, ghettos and...

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  • Florian Gate

    Krakow Things to Do

    The Florian is opposite to the Barbican one of the most beautiful Gothic towers in Krakow. This was built in the 14th century by Prince Leszek Czarny. The tower was part of the fortification system of the city, which already existed in 1473 from 17 towers, the gate tower is 33.5 meters, the port is the only one of the eight gates that was not...

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  • Wyspianski Museum

    Krakow Things to Do

    This monument to the great Polish playwright and artist Stanislaw Wyspianski shows him surrounded by characters from two of his plays. Apparently there was a lot of criticism of the monument when it was first unveiled. Not being familiar with any of Wyspianski's plays I don't know whether the criticism was levelled at the way the characters have...

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  • Church of the Holy Cross

    Krakow Things to Do

    The first parish Church of the Holy Cross was erected in 1200. It was probably wooden. The present-day church was constructed in the 14th century, the stone chancel being built in the early part of the century followed by the construction of the nave and the tower. Inside you wi

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  • Dominikariski Square

    Krakow Things to Do

    Running up Grodka Street where is St Andrew's church you'll arrive to this rectangular square with 2 churches in each end ..Besides there is a post office just as you are looking the pic, in the other side of the street to left hand

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  • Eagle Nest Trail

    1.Yes red mark (Polish tourist organization (PTTK) trials are marked as a pattern: two white strips and a colour strip inside)Have you seen these below?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of_the_Eagles%27_Nestshttp://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szlak_Orlich_Gniazdhttp://www.szlakiemorlichgniazd.pl/orle-gniazda.html2.The official begining of the trial is...

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