Krakow has one of the biggest old town in Europe. Such dimension of the old and the same touristic part of the city evokes long and rich history of the former capital of Poland. The old town consists of royal part (Wawel Hill), three medieval towns (Krakow, Florence and Kazimierz) and one established in the end of 18th century (Podgórze). Besides urban part was surrounded by rich villages, also densely populated, where preserved beautiful old churches and palaces belonging to prominent people. Today, for tourists it means that to visit Krakow, one needs at least one week to touch specific atmosphere of Krakow, and another one week to see its surroundings.
In this section we present the most interesting parts of Krakow, with its monuments, people, history and traditions, we hope that soon you visit our beautiful city.
- for Poles this is the most important hill. For 600 years it was the residence of the kings. Today the hill reflects prosperity and golden epoch of Poland. It is adorned by beautiful cathedral and royal palace. This is a must-see point while visiting Krakow
→ Old Town - this is the heart of Krakow. To see this part one needs at least two days visit. Among the most precious monuments are → Our Lady Church (Mariacki), → Collegium Maius, Barbican and City Defensive Walls, → Cloth Hall, and many others.
→ Jewish Kazimierz - from XIV century Jewish became a part of Polish society. The reception took place during the reign of Casimir the Great, first they lived in Krakow until in 1497 the king John Albert send them to adjacent city of Kazimierz (today Krakow's district). During ages they created beautiful oriental town called Oppidum Judeorum.
→ Christian Kazimierz - Kazimierz, the district of contemporary Krakow, is often confused with Jewish Kazimierz. Bur Jewish Kazimierz is only a small part of the former town Kazimierz, erected by the king Casimir the Great. Among the most interested sights are the Corpus Crist church, → Skalka, Etnographic Museum, St. Katarina's church and lots of beautiful, narrow streets.
→ Podgórze and Płaszów - Podgórze is a former town created by Austrian occupant in 18th century. Until 1915 it functioned as independent town. But most visitors associate it with Jewish ghetto, concentration camp located in nearby Płaszów and Schindler's Factory that were created during II World War. At present, Podgórze is often visited by tourists interested in holocaust and history of Jews in 20th century.
→ Zwierzyniec - green part of Krakow with beautiful sights: Norbertans Convent, Kosciuszko's Mound and Austrian fortresses. Zwierzyniec is a good place to rest after sightseeing in the center of Krakow.
→ Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki - we recommend to visit this monastery for pilgrims and religious people. The monastery is related with saint Faustyna and the pope John Paul II. Lagiewniki is called sometimes as the world capital of the Divine Mercy and it's second most visited pilgrimage place in Poland.
→ Tyniec - this Benedictines Monastery is situated in beautiful area on a lime solitary rock on the Vistula River. Here, however this is a part of Krakow, one feels like in a Little Poland village.
→ Nowa Huta - Nowa Huta is commonly known as communists’ district. Indeed major part has been made in second half of 20th century in so-called soc-real style. The architects erected a new town with central square and net of streets leaving the square. The streets divide the city into quarters called ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ and several other more distanced. However, Nowa Huta has more objects worth seeing. There are gothic church from 13th century, two wooden churches and Wanda’s Mound, the oldest monument in Krakow.