We are off next month to Krakow. OH is running the marathon there. So we arrive Thursday night and have Friday and Saturday for siteseeing, marathon on Sunday and leave lunchtime on Monday.
We are definitely going to Auschwitz, although I am not sure about it. We visited Terezin , which was harrowing. and we have visited several other places of great sorrow. I always end up a wreck. But I suppose I wouldn't be alone in that feeling. My OH said that it was sheer scale of the place which brought it home to him. I see we have the option of visiting Schindlers factory. Has anyone done this?
I dont think we can visit the salt mines as I would like a day in the city itself.
What are the must sees/dos of Krakow in your opinion?
Our hotel is the Betmanowska on the main square.Looks look but perhaps a bit noisy as they have earplugs on the bedside table!!
My husband's parents are Polish & have told us of their own experiences. To see photographs of prisoners with your family name was particularly hard. I am glad we visited though.
The food stalls in the market on the square were nice Fiona, although lots of sausage! Hubby's mam still makes Polish dishes, potatoes cakes, stuffed cabbage leaves etc.
If you can try to go in the winter as lovely atmosphere. But cold!
Thanks Glynis for the food information. If it's anything like Prague then I will be avoiding some of the specialities! I loved the taste of the dumplings but ended up leaving half the food on the plate as it was just too filling. ☺
Yes, the foods nothing special, but filling 😉
In the city itself, Wawel Castle is worth visiting as is the Jewish Quarter (we had a wonderful meal there in Ariel Restaurant, complete with Jewish musicians).
- the Old City and the biggest in Poland Main Square
Schindler's Factory- I recommend watching Schindler's List movie before. It's really interesting interactive museum with exhibits what increase audience engagement. You can feel that you enter 2 WW Krakow and you learn the history of people who escaped from hell.
Must see!- Wawel Castle and dragon - two symbols of Krakow. 10 minutes walking from city center.
- Auschwitz Concentration Camps and Wieliczka Salt Mine- two trips definitely worth taking while being in Krakow. I had only Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.
In Friday i walked around the Old City, ate there, walked along Wistula River ( passed by dragon and the castle) and had a drink in the evening. on Saturday we booked one day trip to Auschwitz and Wieliczka. It was totally worth it, we took number one transfer company http://krakowdirect.com/
and we recommend them to everyone.
And in Sunday we had a breakfast in Kazimierz district and then we entered the Schindler's Factory. It was a busy weekend but we have seen many places.
It's an old medieval city and it's one of my favorites in Europe.
We did love Schindlers Factory. We spent a long time there. Really interesting. Auschwitz- we went on a day where the rain was coming down in torrents. We were given water capes to wear and I still ended up soaked and cold. Somewhat fitting to visit it on a miserable day.
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