Krakow

“Kraków is one of my favorite places on earth.
It is a medieval city full of young people.
A wonderful, striking combination.”
(Jonathan Carroll)

What Carroll said cannot be more true. Krakow is an amazing combination of young people fitting in the old beautiful city. But not only that.

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You can distinguish Krakow by its wide streets and big green parks. You can see local people jogging or riding bikes, tourists walking and sharing experiences. Krakow is an outstanding city that deserves to be visited.

Krakow Main Square

Starting with the old part of the city, where the famous Krakow Main Square is, you can see colorful buildings, lots of pigeons and the oldest in Europe mall-like Cloth Hall. Then there are a lot of carriages with lovely horses that can show you around the city. The Saint Mary’s Basilica is incredibly beautiful and with two different towers. On every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller one. The melody has no ending- it stops in the middle of it because the legend says that the person, who used to play the signal as an alarm, had been shot before he finished it. There is a story that if you look up and wave at the trumpeter after he stops playing and he waves you back, you will have good luck or pleasant stay in Krakow.

Wawel Castle

Another thing that you should definitely see when going to Krakow is the Wawel Castle. The Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Hill constitute the most historically and culturally important site in Poland. Wawel Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located on Wawel Hill. The interesting thing to see about it is that there are some golden parts. The castle itself has lovely big gardens with many kinds of colorful flowers. You can walk there and never get bored. It has an enjoyable view to river Vistula which, if you follow, can lead you very close to the so-called Kościuszko Mound.

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Kościuszko Mound is an artificial mound made by the people of Krakow in the past. This is a must visit for me because when you climb it (it is definitely not much) in front of you it opens a gorgeous view of the whole city. And also the way to it is like a green tunnel – so lovely and peaceful.

If you are into really exploring the city, you can go to the Jewish district – Kazimierz. It is definitely different from the other part of the city but it is cool and interesting in its own way. Just take a map or GPS and run into the small narrow streets, read about history and find out how people live there.

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I can speak about how amazing Krakow is a lot but the best thing to do is just to save some money and visit it yourself! It is worth every zloty (Polish money)! Traveling around this city is an experience that you won’t forget. The whole atmosphere of it is astonishing. With all the history around you and in the museums, with all the different and colourful buildings, with all the passion and love the tour guides (there are a lot of free tours; check them around the Saint Mary’s Basilica) speak about it – there is no way you won’t fall in love with Krakow. Don’t reluct it, just let it go and feel it. Feel the hospitability of the city and then feel how with every step you will love it more and more.

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