Things Not to Miss in Krakow, Poland
Wawel Castle makes a good starting point for any visit to Krakow, as it is Poland's pride and joy. Children will enjoy the brutal medieval weaponry on show in the Crown Treasury and Armoury, while grown-ups will relish the Flemish tapestries in the State Rooms and Royal Private Apartments.
Watch the World Go By in Europe's Largest Medieval Square
Rynek Glówny is the spiritual center of Krakow, surrounded by outdoor cafes and restaurants, fashion boutiques, and landmarks like St. Mary's Church and the Kryzsztofory Palace. Tourist carriages -- the only vehicles allowed here -- clip-clop on the cobblestones.
Visit the 12 Disciples
Italian architects were brought over to build the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in the early 1600s. It's said that the Jesuits spent so much money building the front and facade that they ran out of money to finish the rest of the building.
Catch a Performance at the Slowacki Theatre
Krakow's most prestigious concert hall stages classical music, dance, and theater productions. It is named after the 19th century Polish romantic poet and dramatist, Juliusz Slowacki, who died in exile in Paris.
Light Your Way Underground with Salt-Crystal Chandeliers
Visitors to the Wieliczka Mine pass through a labyrinth of corridors, where salt was mined for centuries. Through the ages, talented miners and artisans have crafted some incredible chambers and statues from that once highly coveted white powder. Even the crystals of the chandeliers are made from salt.
Wander the Streets of Krakow's Old Town
Streets and alleys lead off Rynek Glówny square in all directions. The most important are ul. Florianska and ul. Grodzka, both part of the famed Royal Route of Polish kings. Florianska leads to the 14th-century Florianska Gate, once the main entryway to the Old Town.