Krakow, as one of the largest cities in Poland, has many attractions to offer for people of all ages, will satisfy the curiosity of all those interested in history, tame excess energy. It is a city where you can live and get to know it anew every day. Below are some suggestions for spending a weekend in Cracow, which take into account the most famous attractions, appreciated mainly by foreign tourists, and by us, Poles, often overlooked.
Auschwitz is perhaps the most visited museum in Poland. Tours from all over the world descend on Auschwitz, thousands of tourists pass under the “Arbeit macht frei” sign every day, among whom Poles still make up a small part. Admittedly, a visit to the museum can arouse very strong emotions, it is sometimes an unforgettable, quite traumatic experience. However, it is worth treating Auschwitz-Birkenau as a mausoleum, and the visit as a tribute to all those who lost their lives there. Getting to the museum can be arranged on your own, as can the entrance, while if you want to avoid standing in long lines, it is worth considering participating in a tour organized with a local company, such as https://cracowcitybreakers.pl/en/tours/visit-auschwitz-birkenau-museum-krakow-bus/. This way, after a three-hour tour of Auschwitz, the main camp, we will still see Birkenau, and we will spend the round trip in a comfortable car, instead of wandering around in a bus. It is certainly a place worth going to in order to appreciate the Poland we live in and learn not to duplicate the mistakes of the past.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Right next to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is another of the most visited places when visiting Krakow. It is also a museum chosen by tourists for its unusual form and interesting history. The nearly four-hour tour includes 20 chambers and chapels, including the St. Kinga Chapel with its salt-carved chandeliers. The tour also includes a salt lake, caves, narrow tunnels and salt sculptures. It is worth mentioning here that it is not possible to visit the museum individually. So if you want to go to Wieliczka, it’s worth checking the offers of local offices and buying an organized tour to the Salt Mine. In the case of a short visit to Cracow, both of the above places can be visited on a combined tour, which yes, takes a whole day, but leaves us with an unforgettable experience. I would also mention that there is a graduation tower right next to the Mine, where you can move to the sea and smell the sea breeze.
Folk Show – see Poland anew
It might seem that a folk evening combined with a traditional Polish dinner is an attraction intended mainly for tourists coming to us from abroad. Nothing could be further from the truth – if you are only interested in our country’s traditions and folklore, a dance show combined with a tasting of traditional dishes is an ideal choice. In the village with the Polish-sounding name Cholerzyn we can take part in an unusual show, and the taste of the dishes served to us will certainly please our palates. A three-course feast consisting of soup, main course and dessert complements the traditional surroundings, Skansen Smaków is an unusual place located just outside Krakow. The inn is located near a lake, and the wooded surroundings only complete the feeling of unity with this folk land. Unfortunately, getting to Cholerzyn is not possible without a transfer.
Zoo – something for big and for small
If we are tired of visiting museums and would like to commune with nature, the Cracow zoo comes to our rescue. Located in a picturesque part of Cracow – Wolski Forest, it brings us closer to the history not only of living species, but also of those that are unfortunately already extinct. Fortunately, on the visiting paths we can also find educational boards informing us about endangered species and ways to protect them. In our zoo we can meet animals from all corners of the world, including otters, elephants, giraffes, penguins and many other animals. In addition to the zoo, Wolski Forest offers us many hiking trails and educational paths.