Even if I had so little time in Poland I was fortunate to be in the most important (for me) places. Taking an advantage of staying in Krakow I’ve visited many places located nearby. But first let me tell you about the city of Krakow because it’s a real quintessence of Polish culture. Being in Poland and not going for a walk by the old city is something unthinkable. So, right from the begginning of my stay there I tried to use the time as best as I could. So every day I waked up very early, ate the breakfast in charming cafees (everyday in a different one – Krakow is full of lovely places). Then, after the breakfast I started sightseeing. Most of the days spent in Krakow I was hanging out in the Old City. The Old City is indeed the oldest part of the city of Krakow and it’s surrounded by plans. Looking down at the city You can see this specific old part and this wonderful greenness around. Well, since it was my very first time visiting Krakow I needed to see all the most important spots, and though such a trip may seem to be kinda borring it wasn’t! All those old antiques and touristic places in the city are not overrated, not a bit. So, being in this „Royal City” as they say I have obviously visited St. Mary’s Basilica which is the oldest church all over the city!
Next, Cloth Halls which what impressed me the most are still very popular venue of trade! Well, in the past, hundreds years ago the cloth halls were the main market in the city but since trading has been evolving throughout the years it’s kinda incredible that Krakow Cloth Halls continues to function till today… But don’t you think it looks the same as 300 years ago. No, no… today the cloth hall in Krakow are the most expensive place in the city! And honestly I guess the place is kinda for tourists mostly because most of the stuff you can buy there are souvenirs but how valuable souvenirs! I have heard from my polish friends a lot about the city’s history so now I can tell you a lot ;). Comming back to the Cloth Halls I must admit that me too, I couldn’t resist the lure of the beautiful knick-knacks! The best is that you can buy there amazing hand made things that you won’t get anywhere else. So me too I bought a few totally awesome and let’s be honest – superexpensive souvenirs for my friends. Anyways, the Old City is not only St. may’s Basilic and the cloth halls! Krakow Old City has really much more to offer!
The next must see recommended me by my friends was the City Hall which is apparently the tallest building all over the city and what I liked the most – Wawel Hill and located there beautiful huge castle! The palace was indeed wonderful and so interesting but even more interesting was the castle’s story! In general Polish legends are toally fantastic! Princes, dragons, wild mouses and so on… The most famous dragon – Dragon of Wawel Hill is directly connected with the castles and the city of Krakow. It was really unforgetable experience to be in such city with such story! Here you can find a few pictures from my stay in Krakow.