Krakow information

Krakow is the third largest city in Poland and certainly the most popular one. Krakow was largely undamaged during the war and most of the Old Town remains the same. The city has been dubbed ‘the new Prague’ and it certainly lives up to this statement. Krakow is listed by UNESCO as one of the world's twelve most significant historic sites. Wawel castle, located in the heart of the Old Town, is one of the most striking royal residences in Europe. Krakow is home to the largest medieval market square in Europe, dozens of museums and galleries, and architecture spanning the last 800 years The Old Town district of Kraków is home to around six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art. Krakow is easy to navigate by public transport; trams and buses are cheap and straightforward. Numerous tourist offices sell multi-day passes that also give free access to museums. Taxis are also cheap with an average cost of £5 – £10 per journey.

Attractions around Krakow

Salt Mine in Wieliczka

Wieliczka Salt Mine, located on the southeast outskirts of Krakow, is one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines; until its suspension in 2007 it had been in constant operation since the 13th century.The mine is one of the major tourist attraction in Poland and is visited by nearly 1.2 million people every year. The depth of the mine is 327 meters and it is over 300 km long. It features a 3.5-km tour for visitors and includes statues of historic and mythical figures made of rock salt. The amazing works in the mine have been sculpted either by miners or contemporary artists. The mine is a bigger and no doubt much more impressive Polish version of Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.

Tatra Mountains and Zakopane

Zakopane, known as ‘the winter capital of Poland’, lies in a massive valley at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. The Tatra region is widely known for its unspoiled nature and picturesque landscapes. Zakopane guarantees a perfect rest whatever time of year. Its hiking trails and ski slopes make it a tourist mecca for all seasons. Located only a 1.5 hour drive away from Krakow, it has become a popular destination for Polish and foreign tourists.

Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration camps

Auschwitz concentration camp is a terrifying reminder of the holocaust and Nazi’s brutality. Between June 1941 and January 1945 approximately one million men, women and children were murdered in three Auschwitz concentration camps – Auschwitz, Birkenau and Monowitz. At its peak the whole complex was a deadly prison to some 150,000 inmates who were either murdered outright or starved and worked to death. The site is an hour’s drive away from Krakow and is visited by over half a million visitors every year. Admission to Auschwitz is free.

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