One of Poland’s oldest cities, Kraków has character. It is Poland’s second largest city and served as the Polish capital from 1038 to 1539. Like most European cities, it is situated by a water source; Kraków sits by the Vistula River. Like most Polish cities, it is cheaper to order beer than water there.
Kraków has a “college town” vibe. The sidewalk performers made me realize I didn’t see many of those around Eastern European cities. The comfortable snack shops had student-friendly prices. The outdoor art was quirky. Low budget concerts were plentiful.
Schindler’s factory from the movie “Schindler’s List” is a museum in Kraków. I recall a very interesting walking tour around the WWII Jewish Ghetto too.
Recommended side trips from Kraków: (1) the Saltworks Mine/Museum in Wieliczka and (2) the Auschwitz-Birkenau historical site.
“Krakow is one of my favorite places on earth. It is a medieval city full of young people. A wonderful, striking combination.” — Jonathan Carroll
“Make Pierogi. Not war.” –unknown
“The first printed mention of bagels is to be found in the Community Regulations of Krakow, Poland, for the year 1610 which stated that bagels would be given as a gift to any woman in childbirth.”– Leo Rosten
Fun Fact: Copernicus studied in Kraków.
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