Cracow an amazing trip to the “first” capital of Poland.
Did you know that Cracow was a first capital of Poland until 1596? Yes, it was indeed but the kingSigismund III of the Swedish House of Vasa decided to change that and moved the capital of thecontemporary Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from Cracow (Kraków) to Warsaw.Cracow is the second largest and one from the oldest cities in Poland.It amazes us with the great sightseeing places, traditional polish cuisine, vibrant life and the amountof cultural events.Ok,
start talking about sightseeing, a must see places are:1.
Market Square and the historic streets surrounding market with richly decorated facades, onSt. Florian, Grodzka Bracka, Kanoniczna, and others streets.2.
The Renaissance Sukiennice
(Cloth Hall, Drapers' Hall)3.
Wawel Castle - the Royal castle.4.
The Collegium Maius
the oldest part of the oldest Polish university (Jagiellonian University)open to the public.5.
Planty - a city park which encircles the District of Stare Miasto (
), where themedieval city walls used to stand.6.
a historical district of Cracow know as a home for the Jewish people, now beingrather a Bohemian quarter.7.
Salt mine in Wieliczka near Cracow.Traditional Polish cuisine: I highly recommend check
ing out a chain of restaurants called ‘UBabcki Maliny’ my favourite is based on Szpitalna Street opposite J. Slowacki theatre.
http://www.kuchniaubabcimaliny.pl If you long for learning about Polish history you must visit Nowa Huta, one of only two Soviet'ideal cities' ever to be built. In Nowa Huta you will find out all about
the People’s Republic
whilebeing driven there in an authentic, East German Trabant. Unforgettable experience.From cultural point of view Cracow is one of the richest cities in Europe. The city has got manycultural events in its offer with 11 theatres, 30 museums and many interesting galleries.You can also get some good night out entertainment in one of many lovely clubs or pubs. Here isthe list with the majority of them: http://www.cracow-life.com/drink/pub_directory.php
Since Cracow is a student city, because of many reputable universities and places to study all
students will be easily spotted in their favourite club ‘Pod Jaszczurami’
, one of the oldest andmost famous student clubs in Cracow. The club gathers many Polish bands performing thereregularly, on the other side here are organised many important political or intellectual
discussions (in cooperation with recognisable polish magazine Polityka’). This is a friendly place
non-students are welcome, and prices are sensible too.If you wish to read more about Cracow and its attractions please refer to :