Krakow in a nutshell - what to visit in two days?
Krakow is one of the most popular cities in our country. Located in the Małopolskie Voivodeship, it is the second largest city in Poland and the number of inhabitants. Until 1795, it also served as the capital of our country. The city has an amazing charm that is appreciated by tourists from Poland and abroad. Spending a weekend there is certainly a great idea. How to get to know Krakow in a nutshell? What to see on a two-day trip?
Krakow in a nutshell
It is definitely impossible to visit all the worth-seeing places in Krakow in two days. However, there are certainly some that cannot be avoided. What does Krakow look like in a nutshell? Get to know our suggestions!
The market square in Krakow comes from the Middle Ages. It certainly deserves a mention - it was one of the first 12 sites in the world to be included in the UNESCO list. It happened in 1978.
The market, in turn, was established in 1257 at the intersection of trade routes. There is a large square with many streets off. The whole creates Krakow's Old Town. Three streets run straight from the tenement line, the exception is ul. Grodzka, which runs diagonally, because the churches of St. Mary and St. Wojciech.
The Market Square also houses the Cloth Hall, which is a place of trade. There is also a branch of the National Museum in Krakow. The Cloth Hall has not changed its destination for years.
Of course, you cannot miss the already mentioned St.Mary's Church, which is very characteristic. There is an altar by Wit Stoss in it. It is also worth seeing the smaller church of St. Wojciech. You cannot miss the town hall tower, which was demolished in the 19th century. There is also a monument to Adam Mickiewicz on the market square. It is a meeting place for residents who affectionately call it "pod Adasiem".
You can spend many hours in the Market Square, and also relax in atmospheric restaurants and cafes, which are certainly not lacking here. There are also clubs with live music in the cellars of the tenement houses. It is mainly jazz, because it cannot be concealed that Krakow is its Polish capital.
Besides, almost all the tenement houses around the Market Square are several hundred years old and are historical monuments. It is especially recommended to visit the Morsztynowska tenement house (number 16), where the Wierzynek restaurant is located, or the Pałac pod Baranami located at number 27. The famous Piwnica pod Baranami has been operating in its basement since 1956. So it may seem that Krakow in a nutshell is only the Market Square, but it is worth finding time for other places as well.
It is hard to imagine visiting Krakow without Wawel. It is up to the hill in the center, where there is a whole group of monuments. This place is unusual - it can be said without exaggeration that it is here that the history of Poland was shaped - after all, it was here that the Polish rulers had their headquarters, here are their graves. Wawel is a very important place for Poland, and the castle is certainly one of the most popular. Visiting all the places worth seeing can also take a lot of time, so we suggest what not to be overlooked.
On the third floor of the Sigismund Tower of the Wawel Cathedral, we can see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. The view is breathtaking. In addition, the tower features the famous bells - on the first floor of Urban and Półzygmunt, on the second floor - Cardinal and Stanisław, and on the third, the most famous - Zygmunt. The structure of knowledge is very interesting and it is also definitely worth paying attention to.
It is also difficult to imagine a trip to Krakow without seeing the Wawel Dragon, who for many is a symbol of this city. In addition, exactly as we imagine it, it breathes fire! It is located in front of the entrance to the Dragon's Den, on the western slope of Wawel. The bronze sculpture was created in 1972 by Bronisław Chrom.
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A visit to Krakow will also be incomplete without a visit to Krakow's Kazimierz. As the name suggests, it was created by King Casimir the Great in the 14th century. For several hundred years, it was not part of Krakow, but a separate city. Life did not always flourish there, he had worse moments, but now he is full of energy again.
Once upon a time, Kazimierz was a town on an island and was separated from Kraków by a river. Casimir the Great built a town there with towers, gates and city walls, which, unfortunately, have not survived to this day. Then Kazimierz played an extremely important role in the history of Polish Jews. They were relocated there in the 15th century, the part of Kazimierz where they lived was separated from the city by a wall. It was in this place that many outstanding people of Jewish origin were born.
In the 19th century, Kazimierz became a district of Krakow. The walls were destroyed and the Vistula separating the cities was buried. Thus, of the city's population at that time became Jews, but most of them, unfortunately, died during World War II, so it cannot be concealed that after it Kazimierz ceased to be bustling with life and fell into ruin.
Today, however, this place attracts and is again very important on the city map. Therefore, if we are visiting Krakow for the weekend, it is worth sitting in one of the restaurants in Kazimierz, walking around it and feeling the atmosphere of this extraordinary place.
It is impossible to get to know the whole city in two days, but Krakow in a nutshell is also beautiful and attractive. Staying there certainly encourages you to visit again.