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Main Attractions in Krakow

An enthusiast will need more than a week to visit all the museums and galleries that Krakow has to offer! You can start your tour of Krakow by exploring Barbakan, which is an awe inspiring, 500 year old masterpiece of military defense architecture that used to surround the city. As is true of any medieval European city, Krakow too has a city centre. However, at 10 acres, Rynek Glowny is the largest of its kind in any of Europe's medieval cities.

It is dominated by the 16th century Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), around which one can find lively market stalls and pavement cafes. Notable landmarks here also include the splendid 14th-century Gothic Basilica of the Virgin Mary and the 13th-century Gothic Town Hall Tower. Completely devoid of modern buildings, the city centre, with it cobbled lanes, alleys and squares is ideal for walking. The surrounding lanes of the Old Town (Stare Miasto) are circumferenced by the Planty, a leafy park that once was a moat surrounding the town.

Krakow is one of the few cities that can boast a painting, Lady with an Ermine, by the master painter Leonardo da Vinci. Housed at The Czartoryskich Museum, art historians maintain that it's the world's first modern age painting. For an intellectual high, pay a visit to one of Polan's oldest colleges The Grand College, or Collegium Maius, which now houses University Museum and the Jagiellonian Univeristy, Poland's seat of learning.

A trip to Krakow would be incomplete without a visit to the famous and astonishing Salt Mine at Wieliczka with its galleries of salt sculpture, and the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp, which is an hour out of Krakow. Equally un-miss able is a visit to the Wawel Castle and Cathedral, where the monarchs of Poland were coroneted dwelled and buried - a proud witness to Poland's kingly past.


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