Wawel Cathedral#4 in Best Things To Do in Krakow
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 is hardly surprising, then, that this part of the site is one of its most popular to visit.
According to past travelers, the striking Wawel Cathedral is the unmistakable highlight of Wawel Hill and one of Kraków's can't-miss attractions. Though you'll have to pay an extra 12 Polish zloty ($3) to check out the property's Sigismund Bell, Royal Tombs and museum, many said the extra sights are worth seeing. Renting an audio guide for 7 Polish zloty (less than $2) is also recommended since there's a lot of history to take in.
Wawel Cathedral is free to visit from 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and between 12:30 and 4 or 5 p.m. on Sundays. If you opt to visit the Cathedral Museum, keep in mind that it is closed on Sundays. In addition to the property's buildings, you'll have access to a garden, a cafe, restrooms and a gift shop. On-site parking is not available, so you'll need to take the No. 6, 8, 13 or 18 tram, hail a taxi or walk from central sights like the Main Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica. Additional information about Wawel Cathedral can be found on the property's website.
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#1 Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
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.
Travelers say the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is one of Europe's best preserved concentration camps. These camps, many add, are an important piece of history, although you'll feel emotional during your tour. As such, this locale is not ideal for younger children. Plan on bringing water and wearing comfortable walking shoes since you'll cover a lot of ground here. Also, reserve your timed entry passes and guided tours on the property's booking page well in advance.
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