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Days 6-7
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Krakow surprises visitors who expect something dour and grey. The city is hip and full of energy from the magic in the very stones here. It escaped destruction during World War II, one of the few Polish cities to be so lucky.
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  • Walk around the Main Market Square. An equal to St. Mark's in Venice, the square is surrounded by historic buildings from the 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.
  • Krakow's Royal Castle dates to the 16th century. The Royal Chambers are decorated as they were then; you can also see a collection of arms and armor.


  • The Street Theater Festival is held in early July.
  • The Summer Organ concert series takes places in Krakow's churches throughout the summer.

Side Trips

  • The "model socialist town" of Nowa Huta is 30 minutes outside of the city by train. It was made to house steelworkers at the nearby factory.
  • The stunning Wieliczka Salt Mine, at over 700 years old, is just 7 mi/11 km southeast of the city.

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