Krakow: museums and sights

Krakow is an ideal city for a city trip. Especially if you are interested in the Second World War, there are many different sights you can visit in Krakow. For example, Krakow is close to the Auschwitz concentration camp and many other traces from the Second World War can be seen in the city. The city is home to the former Jewish ghetto and the famous Schindler factory. In addition to sights related to the Second World War, there are also other great activities to enjoy in Krakow.

  • Wieliczka salt mine
  • Auschwitz
  • Schindler’s factory Krakow
  • Jewish ghetto
  • Large market

 

Wieliczka salt mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a few minutes’ drive from the center of Krakow. At almost 1,000 years old, the salt mine is one of the oldest salt mines in the world. Part of this mine is still in use for mainly local production, while another part has been transformed into a tourist attraction. With a fantastic tour, tourists go more than 130 meters underground. The tour lasts about three hours as you descend deeper and deeper into the mine. The mine is open Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with regular tours departing. This is definitely recommended for anyone going to Krakow!
Address: Daniłowicza 10, 32-020 Wieliczka

Auschwitz

When one thinks of Kraukau, one thinks of Auschwitz. Many people visit Krakow especially for this place. You can drive from Krakow to Auschwitz within an hour, but it is also easily accessible by public transport. Auschwitz concentration camp consists of two parts. It is recommended to take a tour with a guide so that you can see both camps and hear the history behind them. A visit to Auschwitz is very impressive and certainly a visit that everyone will remember forever.
Address: Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, 32-620 Oswiecim

Schindler’s factory Krakow

In the center of Krakow there is a building that was Oskar Schindler’s factory during World War II. Schindler, known from the famous film Schindler’s List, was an owner of a factory used by the Germans to produce war materials. Schindler made a difference by hiring more than 1,000 Jewish workers and protecting them from the Nazis. He also sabotaged various products to spite the Germans. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM and on Monday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It is a fairly small museum, but nevertheless definitely worth a short visit.
Address: Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków

Jewish ghetto

In the south of the city of Krakow you can see the former Jewish ghetto. The apparently normal neighborhood still has several visible remains of its war past. On the ‘Bohaterow Getta Square’ there is a monument in memory of the ghetto. The Apteka Pod Orłem pharmacy is also located on this square. The Germans made an exception by leaving this pharmacy open in the ghetto, after which it became a base for various illegal activities. A small museum is now located in the former pharmacy. Furthermore, parts of the wall that hermetically sealed off the ghetto from the German neighborhoods can still be seen in the ghetto. Although this is not a very big attraction, all the small parts in this district together still make it a good destination to learn more about the life of the Jews in the ghetto during the Second World War.

Large market

There is a beautiful square in the center of Krakow. The square was used for trading activities in the past. Nowadays, activities can be enjoyed throughout the square, such as many restaurants, carriage tours and various street performances by artists. In addition, the famous Maria Church, where music is played every day, is also on the square. It is possible to enjoy yourself all evening on the main market. The prices on the square are slightly higher than in the rest of Krakow, but they are still reasonable compared to Dutch prices.

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