On Trip Tidbits: Krakow

Krakow, Poland deliver one of my trip’s biggest surprises. I admit not knowing what to expect, but a big thumbs up to this wonderful city. I posted about it here – but in this post, a few of the oddities I encountered.

The Hourly Trumpeter

The tower of St. Mary’s Church on Old Town Square served as a vantage point for spotting invaders. Some say the trumpet sounds for the opening and closing of the city gates at dawn and dusk. Others prefer this legend. As the invading Tatars approached the city in 1241, a trumpeter sounded the alarm to close the city gates; however, a Tatar arrow pierced the trumpeter in the throat before completing the song – therefore the abrupt ending.

Today, the trumpeter still sounds the alarm at the top of every hour, and in four different directions toward different gates. Poles love the tradition so much, Polish radio broadcasts the noon event across the country.

The Head

How about this unique statue? It also serves as a common meeting place for people. Hey – meet you at The Head at 6 pm.

Dinner Time

My wife had these wonderful perogies for dinner. However, it seems Poles call them Dumplings.


Moons Over Krakow

Back in the hotel after a full day in Krakow, I looked out our hotel room window to find this site – Two Moons Over Krakow. Wow – that could be a song title!

55 thoughts on “On Trip Tidbits: Krakow

  1. What wonderful photographs Frank. I’ve never imagined visiting Poland but it is charming. The tradition of sounding The alarm for so many years is amazing . I do wonder what the sculpture “the Head” represents. Such a lovely journey you’ve been on.

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  2. Wonderful Images Frank, and Poland one place in Europe I have not been and looks a fascinating city. Love their long held tradition of blowing the Trumpets.. And enjoyed the added video for effect.. The ‘Dumplings’ look yummy, and it looks like you have some wonderful memories from this place
    Enjoy the beginnings of your New Year Frank.
    Take care..
    Sue 🙂 ❤

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  3. That is so cool about the trumpet sounding. I imagine it stopped during WWII, and I wonder when it started again. The pierogis look delicious.
    The “Head” statue reminds me of how people used to meet at the Eagle in the old Wanamaker’s store in Philadelphia. (It’s now a Macy’s.)

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  4. Each of these unexpected surprises must surely have delighted you. I love the idea of the “warning” sound still trumpeted at the top of every hour. Imagine having that as your occupation! And the “Head” is very unique, too. Very nice photos, Frank.


    • Debra,
      Their obviously multiple trumpeters have the job. I recall reading 4 or 5. Some do it for their entire working life of over 30 years … and it has also been generations within a family involved. Simply fascinating.


  5. Frank,

    Great pics and tour as per.

    When you think about how they’ve been doing this bugle call for hundreds of years . . . on the hour?! And meanwhile, us Americans can’t keep the same Monday Night Football announcer for more than a couple years since Frank Gifford . . .

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  6. What a gorgeous blue sky!I l loved listening to the trumpeter. I wonder whether he plays the same notes every hour, day in and day out. It would be nice to ring the changes occasionally. 😆 the ‘Head’ is a bit gruesome. Reminded me of the story of John the Baptist having his head presented on a silver platter to Herodias. 😱

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  7. Two 👍👍for capturing those two moons. I was laughing 😆 at your comment – meet me at the head @6 – 😂🤣. Isn’t a bathroom on a ship called the head?
    I love the info behind the trumpet playing. This is a super post. I plan to pop by over to read more vacation info. MD today 😟
    Isadora 😎


    • Isadora,
      The two moons are quiet the odd sight … and yes, the trumpet story is a good one – and a lasting tradition. FYI: I have a dedicated (and more serious) post about Krakow. The Tidbits series are extras after I did posts about the stops.

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