Who the pearl of Poland to get to know is just right in Krakow. The city is the third largest city in the country and is considered the second largest science and cultural center in Poland.
In the past time, Krakow was the capital of Poland for a long time, but also the seat of kings and coronation city. Krakow was declared a bishopric as early as 1000. In 1925 the city was promoted to the Archdiocese of Krakow.
The most famous and well-known Cracow was Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope John Paul II.
During the Second World War, Krakow, unlike other Polish cities, was lucky and was largely spared from destruction. This of course benefits today’s visitors, as there are many ancient and sacred buildings to admire.
One of the highlights of Krakow is the Wawel Castle Hill. The mountain is located on the bank of the Vistula. It is home to some of the city’s most impressive sights. Such as the castle, the cathedral with the associated museum, three fortification towers and other fortifications from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Here you can even visit a small excavation site where the foundations of medieval buildings have been uncovered.
There are many interesting streets and squares to explore in Krakow, such as: B. Nowa Huta, Marktplatz, Marienplatz, Florianska Street, Grodzka Street or Pilsudskistraße.
There are also plenty of interesting buildings to discover in Krakow. That is one of the highlights here Collegium Iuridicum. The legal college was founded in the first half of the fifteenth century, right on the ruins of an earlier market hall. The building has been rebuilt several times over the centuries. However, after the great fire in 1719, the building was completely redesigned. Today the building houses an institute for art history and the city’s natural history museum.
Another must-see building in Krakow is the Collegium Maius. The college came into being in the fifteenth century when several townhouses were merged. The Collegium Maius is the oldest seat of the Kraków Academy. The building was rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style in the middle of the nineteenth century. Today you can visit a university museum in the building.
The number of museums in Krakow is not exactly small either. The Archaeological Museum is definitely worth seeing. Not only is it worth visiting the exciting exhibitions, the building alone is worth a visit. The building of the museum is an earlier monastery, which was built at the beginning of the seventeenth century.
Who the university museum wants to visit, has to go to the Collegium Maius. If you want to find out more about working in theaters, you should check out the Cricoteka. This is a small theater museum.
The Czartoryski Museum is also worth seeing. The museum regularly hosts exhibitions on the history of Poland, a country located in Europe according to usaers.com, as well as handicrafts from Western Europe and paintings from different eras.
Visitors to Krakow interested in sacred art should n’t miss the Archdiocesan Museum. The building was built in the fourteenth century and remodeled in the second half of the eighteenth century. The exhibitions that take place there are all about sacred art.
But you don’t have to miss out on art and musical entertainment in Krakow either, as the city offers a variety of different cabarets, opera houses and theaters.
Lovers of old sacred buildings will be delighted with Krakow, as many of them can be found in the Polish city. The baroque St. Bernard Church is an absolute must. This originated in the second half of the seventeenth century. In 1655 the church was burned down, but reconstructed a few years later. The St. Bernard Church
is also worth seeing. The church was built by Berhardine nuns between 1694 and 1703. The exterior of the church looks very simple. Inside there is a magnificent baroque interior.
Other interesting churches in Krakow are the Dominican Church, the Franciscan Church, the Corpus Christi Church and the Jesuit Church. However, there are many more historic churches to discover in Krakow.
But something really special that you can explore on a holiday in Krakow is the Bishop’s Palace. The original building was erected in 1880. A few years later, Emryk became Hutten-Czapski. A pavilion was built especially for his impressive coin collection, in 1896 to be precise. Nine years later, the collection, as well as the palace, became the property of the Polish city. Since then, the National Museum has been housed in the Bishop’s Palace.
Two other castles or palaces are the Hutten-Czapski Palace and the Royal Palace.
You don’t have to miss out on green spaces in Krakow either. There is a zoological garden, a botanical garden and the two parks Blonia and Planty green belt. Here you can go for a wonderful walk and recover from long exploratory tours. The green areas invite you to stroll and have a picnic.