Poland | Krakow

Krakow is a city that is rich in culture, with medieval streets and the historic Jewish quarter contrasting with some more modern touches, it really does have a proper European vibe about it. I went in 2014 and will definitely be back soon.

Here's some stuff to do while you're there:

 

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine: Located 14km away from Krakow is the Wieliczka Salt Mine. It is a large, underground chapel made and carved by hand, from salt. You can take a tour which is what I did but you’re unlikely to see all of the 9 levels and 300km of tunnels.

  • Rynek Główny: Europe’s oldest and largest market square, featuring a market, cafe's and much more

  • Jewish Quarter: Also known as Kazimierz, The Jewish Quarter has a totally different vibe to it. Now it is a trendy sort of area with lots of vintage clothing shops and bars but it still holds a lot of history. Here, you can enter the Jewish Galicia Museum for a thought-provoking array of photography showing the lives of Polish Jews. 

  • Schindler’s Factory: Sadly, this was closed when I was there but it is an interactive museum to do with the actions of Oskar Schindler who helped save Jews in the Holocaust.

  • Wawel Castle: A hilltop castle converted into a museum with 5 sections.

© James Lilley 2018