On Krakow (Poland)

Krakow – Poland second largest city (pop. 750,000); Poland’s economic, education, arts, and culture center, Poland’s capital until 1596

Krakow – It’s Old Town contained within walls (some still exist) and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The large Main Market Square is a vibrant place!

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Krakow – Home to Krakow Castle found on Wawel Hill above the Vistula River across from Old Town. To me, not only was Wawel Cathedral the most magnificent church I saw on the trip – it was one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen.

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Krakow – A place where revered Karol Wojtyla spent much time before becoming Pope John Paul II.

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Krakow – Not bombed in WW2, but is home to Oskar Schindler’s factory and the Jewish Ghetto (in Kazimierz neighborhood). The factory is now a museum about the war in Poland while the Ghetto is in a rejuvenation period. Looking up the long stairway reminded me of the scene when a lady came to the factory for an interview, and Mr. Schindler was standing at the top of the stairs.

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Poland has a rich history, and compared to many other European countries, it was large. I didn’t know that during part of the 18th Century, Poland didn’t exist because the land was divided among Prussia, Austria, and Russia. As for Krakow, the visit here was the most surprising of the trip. To learn more about Krakow, I encourage you to watch the 3-minute video because from Rick Steves.

Next stop: Auschwitz

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42 thoughts on “On Krakow (Poland)

    • John,
      If memory serves me correctly, the museum is about 8 years ago. It’s very well done, but the museum focuses on the WW 2 in Poland – with only a room or so dedicated to the Schindler story. Nonetheless, a good place to visit.

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  1. Hi Frank – isn’t it an amazing place! You have represented Krakow beautifully with your words and pictures. I’m sorry for my absences from your last post, my house is filled with visitors at the moment and my on-line time severely curtailed 🙂

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    • Pauline,
      Glad you enjoyed my little tour of Krakow. Not sure what I expected, but it was a pleasant surprise! … Meanwhile, glad to have you back. … and of course I missed you – especially at the last act.


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