Poland Krakow: a City with a Mystique Soul

The second biggest city of Poland Krakow is JP2!

 

What is JP2? Maybe the name of a Vodka? Not quite yet… He was Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of the city, who became Pope John Paul II in 1978!

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Yes, everywhere you move around in the city, you fee the presence of the first non Italian Pope in history. Karol Wojtyła left his important footprint to the city (as well as to the world, IMHO).

Krakow is a big city, although the Old Town is pretty small, definitely walkable. The Free Walking Tour can give you an idea of its best sights. You will discover all the places JP2 loved and why the recent history of the city is so much connected with the personal history of Wojtyła. Krakow’s historic centre is so rich of history and full of beautiful places that the UNESCO included it in the list of the World Heritage Sites.

Outside the historical centre of Krakow

Do not forget to explore the city outside the old town: Kazimierz (the Jewish quarter) and Podgorze (the former Jewish ghetto) are very interesting areas full of buildings and churches to visit. if you are interested in the art scene, a must visit is the MOCAK (Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow), which features both Polish and International artists.

The best view of Poland Krakow from the top? You must walk a bit out of the city center, cross the Vistula river and head to the Podgorze district. You will find a nice and quiet neighbourhood, hosting the very nice Bednarski Park:. From there it’s a nice hike up to Krak Mound. The day I visited the sky was crystal clear, as you can see in the pics. So I could enjoy a stunning view of Wawel Castle and St. Mary’s Church in the Market Square.

Poland Krakow from the top
Poland Krakow from the top

Polish food is delicious!

In this last post about Poland, I could not forget to mention Polish food: amazing! I am a real foody (how could I not be, given my very Italian soul)! I like to taste local delicacies so I am always keen to test traditional places.

If you fancy traditional inexpensive Polish food head to the Kompania Kuflowa, in the old town. My suggestion is to start with a soup (all are delicious)! My favourite soup is the Zupa grzybowa, a traditional forest mushrooms soup. As a main course you should definitely try Pierogi, dumplings similar to Italian ravioli which come with different fillings.

Cheers from Stara Zajezdnia Kakow
Cheers from Stara Zajezdnia Kakow

After dinner, you can walk down to the Jewish Quarter. Start with a nice (big) pint of beer in a very well known brewery, Stara Zajezdnia, in an old tram depot. After, you can enjoy a few gay friendly bars in the area: my favourite one was Kraina Szeptów.

If you have time, escape from the city. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a usual choice, close to the beautiful Poland Krakow! If you have more time, discover the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (concentration camps during World War 2). Never forget the history!

Date of Last Visit: July 2015

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