Best Things To Do in Krakow
From shopping to sightseeing, Kraków has a wide range of daytime activities. However, the main draws of this European city are its historic attractions and its Old World architecture. History buffs will appreciate seeing the planes displayed at the Polish Aviation Museum and walking around World War II-affiliated locales like Oskar Schindler's Factory and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, while architecture enthusiasts will love gazing at Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica. When you're in need of a break from sightseeing, people-watch at a cafe or grab a bite to eat in the Main Market Square. Then, check out the city's pulsing nightlife in the Old Town and Kazimierz neighborhoods.
Updated January 27, 2018
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A 42-mile trip west of Kraków, the brutal, crushing concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau are located in the city of Oswiecim. More than 1.1 million people died in these camps' barracks, hospitals, gas chambers and labor fields.
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The Main Market Square (or Rynek Glówny, as it's known locally) is the world's largest medieval market square and the highlight of any trip to Kraków. It is the geographic center of the Old Town, the symbolic center of the city and, more than likely, the center of most of your
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Sitting on the eastern corner of theMain Market Square, St. Mary's Basilica is a Gothic-style church that was originally built in the 13th century. It was destroyed by the Tatars and then rebuilt in the 14th century. It features two towers that have different styles, as well as different heights.
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Wawel Cathedral – situated in the Wawel Hill neighborhood – is one of Poland's most important places of worship. For centuries, this church hosted Saint Stanislaus, who advocated for Polish independence. He is buried in the church's burial chambers alongside an array of Polish monarchs and other famous Poles. It
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If you've seen the movie "Schindler's List," then you'll recognize Oskar Schindler's Factory. This former enamel factory, which fell into the hands of former Nazi sympathizer Oskar Schindler during World War II, once employed and imprisoned approximately 1,200 Jews. As the Nazis began sending Jews to labor camps around Poland,
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The "Wieliczka" Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stopped churning out salt in 2007 after centuries of production, but it continues to be a major draw for visitors due to its collection of meticulously carved statues.
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Located less than 3 miles northeast of the city center, the Polish Aviation Museum appeals to aviation enthusiasts. Spread across the Rakowice-Czyzny airfield, one of Europe's oldest landing strips for military aircraft, the museum features airplanes, helicopters and more, including a Russian Grigorovich M-15 from World War I and the world's
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