If you are planning to spend a week in Cracow, then these architectural gems of central Europe can offer great sights that you will certainly enjoy.
After your accommodation in the hotel, stroll on the best medieval Market Square in Cracow. The square is dominated by the Sukiennice, the former Cloth Hall. During the Renaissance, Cracow was Poland’s capital and traders came from around the country to sell their wares in this stunning building. Now it’s a Mecca for tourists looking to buy affordable amber jewelry and other souvenirs.
Take a walk along the Royal Route. Royal Route leads from Barbican, trough the Main Square, to the Wawel castle. This is the most representative and popular part of the city. It shows the real atmosphere of Cracow. Every object that you will see on the way has long history and unique character.
Visit also one of the most beautiful districts of Cracow; the Kazimierz. This is the place, where two great cultures, Christian and Jewish mix each other. Rich history of this area left here many magnificent historical monuments, especially connected with religion. This is the only place in Poland, where you can see church and synagogue on the same street. It makes very interesting impression.
Also discover the legendary Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest salt mines in Europe. Along with the mine’s historical importance, its carvings of fabulous figures, monuments and altarpieces have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
If you are nature lover you should visit Cracow Botanical Garden. Unbelievable plants from all over the world will surely admire you. If you prefer to do something more relaxing you necessarily should visit Dharmata the biggest and most famous massage salon in Cracow.
To start you’re another day in Cracow visit the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. This sobering half-day trip will have a lasting impact, commemorating the lives of those who died in the extermination camps during the Holocaust of World War II.
Auschwitz-Birkenau is the best-known cemetery and place of genocide in the world. Started in 1940 as a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners, in 1942 the camp became a center for the extermination of European Jews.
Proceed to Birkenau, where the view from the watchtower above the entrance gate shows the forbidding expanse of the biggest Nazi concentration camp built during the Holocaust. A Martyrdom Museum was set up here in 1947, and in 1979 Auschwitz-Birkenau was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.