Krakow

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  • 1. Fabrycka Emalia Oskara Schindlera

    Museum/Gallery

    This branch of the Kraków's Historical Museum houses an exhibition telling the story of the city under Nazi occupation, from 1939 to 1945. The...Read More

  • 2. Nowa Huta

    Neighborhood/Street

    Even for Kraków natives, a trip to Nowa Huta is something of an adventure. Though officially part of Kraków—and only a 20- to 30-minute tram...Read More

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  • 3. Rynek Główny

    Stare Miasto | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Europe's largest medieval marketplace is on a par in size and grandeur with St. Mark's Square in Venice. It even has the same plague of pigeons...Read More

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  • 4. Zamek Królewski na Wawelu

    Wawel | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The castle that now stands here dates from the early 16th century, when the Romanesque residence that stood on this site was destroyed by fire...Read More

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  • 5. Bagelmama

    Kazimierz | Restaurant–Sight

    Bagelmama is a cozy little bagel shop—the only one in Kraków. ...Read More

  • 6. Barbakan

    Stare Miasto | Building/Architectural Site

    Only one small section of Kraków's city wall still stands, centered on the 15th-century Barbakan, one of the largest strongholds of its kind...Read More

  • 7. Collegium Iuridicum

    Stare Miasto | Educational Institution

    This magnificent Gothic building, built in the early 15th century to house the Jagiellonian University's law students, lies on one of Kraków...Read More

  • 8. Collegium Maius

    Stare Miasto | Educational Institution

    Jagiellonian University was another innovation of Kazimierz the Great. Established in 1364, it was the first university in Poland and one of...Read More

  • 9. Cricoteka—Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor

    Museum/Gallery

    Tadeusz Kantor (1915–1990) was one the most famous Polish artists of the 20th century, and one of the most versatile. He was a painter, theatrical...Read More

  • 10. Dom Jana Matejki

    Stare Miasto | House/Mansion/Villa

    The 19th-century painter Jan Matejko was born and died in this house, which now serves as a museum for his work. Even if you don't warm to his...Read More

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  • 11. Jama Michalika

    Stare Miasto | Restaurant–Sight

    How often do you have a chance to have a cup coffee or a glass of wine among museum-quality artworks? In the Art Nouveau café Jama Michalika...Read More

  • 12. Katedra Wawelska

    Stare Miasto | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Wawel Hill, a 15-acre rocky limestone outcropping on the banks of the Vistula, dominates the old part of the city. The hill was a natural point...Read More

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  • 13. Kawiarnia Noworolski

    Stare Miasto | Restaurant–Sight

    One of the oldest cafés in town, this lovely historical spot, next to the entrance to the National Museum in the Cloth Hall, is a great place...Read More

  • 14. Kopiec Kościuszki

    Salwator | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This mound on the outskirts of Kraków was built in tribute to the memory of Tadeusz Kościuszko in 1820, three years after his death. The earth...Read More

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  • 15. Kościół Bożego Ciała

    Kazimierz | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 15th-century church was used by King Charles Gustavus of Sweden as his headquarters during the Siege of Kraków in 1655. Its austere gothic...Read More

  • 16. Kościół Franciszkanów

    Stare Miasto | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The mid-13th-century church and monastery are among the earliest brick buildings in Kraków. The Art Nouveau stained-glass windows and wall...Read More

  • 17. Kościół Mariacki

    Stare Miasto | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dominating the northeast corner of Rynek Główny is the twin-towered Church of Our Lady, which is also known as St. Mary's Church. The first...Read More

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  • 18. Kościół na Skałce

    Stare Miasto | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Standing on the Vistula embankment to the south of Wawel Hill, this church is the center of the cult of Saint Stanisław. The bishop and martyr...Read More

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  • 19. Kościół świętego Andrzeja

    Stare Miasto | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The finest surviving example of Romanesque architecture in Kraków is this 11th-century fortified church. Local residents took refuge in St....Read More

  • 20. Kościół świętego Piotra i Pawła

    Stare Miasto | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The first baroque church in Kraków was commissioned for the Jesuit order. It's one of the most faithful and successful examples of transplanting...Read More

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