What should be seen?

Rynek Główny

- Main Market Square – the biggest mediaeval square in Poland and in the whole world. It has many outdoor cafes and pubs, street music, and flower stands. People meet and stay in the Rynek from early morning until late night. In the middle of the Rynek is the Sukiennice – the Cloth Hall – a magnificent Renaissance building which houses numerous souvenir shops with the most beautiful things in town, and on the first floor the Gallery of Polish 19th and 20th century paintings. The most impressive building in the Square is the Mariacki (St. Mary’s) Church. Many legends are attached to this church, which has the world’s largest Gothic altar inside. Almost all of the houses surrounding Rynek have an interesting and fascinating history behind them.

Wawel

- on top of the hill bearing the same name – was the seat of Polish Royalty up to the beginning of 17th century. The Romanesque and Gothic complex was turned into a rich and magnificent Renaissance residence at the beginning of 16th century following plans by Italian masters. Zygmunt III, who moved the capital to Warsaw when inheriting the throne of the biggest country of the world, ended the Golden Age. The Wawel complex consists of the Castle, where you can see the Royal Chambers, the Royal Treasury, the Armoury, and an archaeological exhibition, as well as the Cathedral and Cathedral Museum. The masterpiece of Wawel Cathedral is Zygmunt Chapel – the pearl of the Italian Renaissance.

Royal Route

- starts at the Barbican – one of the entrance gates to the town – and finishes at Wawel Castle. It passes along Floriańska, Rynek and Grodzka Streets. One can visit the oldest Polish museum – the Czartoryski Museum with its collection of fine paintings – Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci and Landscape with Merciful Samaritan by Rembrandt, and a rich collection of old china, jewels and old weapons. In Floriańska Street, there is a shrine of Art Noveau bohemians – the Jama Michalika cafe, and in Grodzka there are two magnificent churches – the Romanesque St Andrew’s and Baroque St Peter and Paul’s.

Kazimierz

- established by the king Kazimierz the Great in 1335, for a long time it used to be a separate town; now it is right in the centre of modern Kraków. During its golden age, it was one of the most important centres of the Jewish Diaspora in Central and Eastern Europe. The annihilation of its community was brought about by the Nazis during World War II. Now one can visit the oldest synagogue in Poland – the Old Synagogue, which houses the Museum of Jewish Culture, Remu’h synagogue and a 16th–century cemetery, as well as the locations selected by Steven Spielberg when shooting Schindler’s List in Kraków. At the turn of June and July, you can take part in the Festival of Jewish Culture, the only event of its kind in Europe.
 

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