The list of Cracow’s tourists attractions does not end on Wawel, the Cloth Hall or the St. Mary’s Church. Among the many mysterious corners of the city there are places that should also be put on the “to see” list. But they are not just places for sightseers, fans of long walks, good fun and learning new stuff also will find something for themselves.
The interactive center of discovering history of Poles and Poland is available since the end of September 2017, but yet thousands of tourists have managed to visit the place. And no wonder! Inside the center people find models presenting ones of the most important buildings and events in the Polish history, all of it built on a scale 1:50 with LEGO® bricks! It does great impression on both adults and younger visitors, therefore it makes a great place to visit with a child. The center is located in the old PLP main train station, on Jan Nowak-Jeziorański Square, so it’s not too far from other popular places in Cracow such as, for example, Wawel. And even then you can find the most important attractions of the City of Kings within the HistoryLand – among many models, which were built using more than a million LEGO® bricks, the creators reconstructed the St. Mary’s Church or the Cloth Hall. Going out if Cracow, the history lovers will also see battle of Grunwald, the defence of Westerplatte or naval battle of Oliwa. Techgeeks will be thrilled to use the newest interactive gadgets that allow visitors to take a birds-eye view over the Jasna Góra Monastery by using VR goggles. If you are into naval history then grab the steer, which turn the user into the captain of a battleship. There is also a trumpet that allows you to play Cracow’s Anthem. After all the attractions the little tourists can play in our highly popular playroom with lots of LEGO® bricks to use inside! More information about the HistoryLand here.
The Vistula Boulevards
Whatever you say, the bottom line is always the same – the Vistula Boulevards is the perfect place for a walk. The picturesque bridges, beautiful neighbourhood, quiet and little to none traffic makes it a great place to rest. On the left side of the river the walkers can admire grassy Rodła Boulevard. A bit further, near the river bank, there is another one worth visiting – the Czerwienski Boulevard, which used to be a district where the fishermen lived. It is also here, where the Wianki takes place each year – the celebration of the summer solstice. But nature and events isn’t the only thing worth seeing here – there are also the Cracowian legends like statue of Wawel’s Dragon or monument of heroic dog, Dżok (read as Jok). If you would take a cruise on a barge, then you would also find the Inflancki Boulevard and also the Kurlandzki one. The right side of Vistula river is also filled with boulevards – the Poleski one, the Wołyń one, the Podolski’s and Alliance Airmen Boulevard. All of them are especially worth visiting during summar, when on there is water tramway available. A short cruise can change the perspective on Cracow quite dramatically.
The Florian Gate
The Florian Gate is a medieval keep often ignored by the tourists. Such a shame – it is one of the most interesting monuments of Cracow’s Old Town and, primarily, the remains of the city walls. The history of these walls goes back to the 13th century – and not only the age is impressive. The height is also something worth admiring – the 34,5 meter – not to mention about the beautiful ornaments designed by Jan Matejko, like the eagle relief. The Florian Gate has already been few times in the situation, when a deconstruction or even demolition was considered – twice in the XIX-th century and once in XX-th century, as the plans of making a tramway traction was in motion. Luckily, the building lasts to this day. In the neighborhood there are also other attractions – the Barbican, the Museum of Pharmacy and Theatre named after Juliusz Słowacki.
Church on the Rock
Church on the Rock is a colloquial name for Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Stanislaus the Bishop and the Martyr. Ages ago the place was used a pilgrimage stop and it was visited by kings and bishops, and even John Paul II. According to the chronicles of Wincenty Kadłubek, the Church was part of one of the biggest conflicts in the historical Poland, between king Bolesław the Generous and the patron of the church, St. Stanislaus of Szczepanów, the bishop of Cracow. As Wincenty Kadłubek points out it was not until the Eucharist in the Church on the Rock, when the king murdered the saint patron. And even though the remains of the bishop lies in the Wawel’s Cathedra, it is the Church on the Rock where he’s praised the most. In the dungeons you can visit the Tomb of the Honored, where, among many others, rest such personalities like Adam Asnyk, Czesław Miłosz, Karol Szymanowski or Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. The temple is built upon a hill and offers a beautiful view on Vistula and the Old Town. There is no way to miss the place when you will be coming back from Wawel.
The Rakowicki Cemetery
The Rakowicki Cemetery was set up at the beginning of 19th century and currently is located on the area of 42 hectares! Beside the citizens of Cracow in the necropolis are buried also honored and well-known figures of Poland. When walking between the graves you can see the tombs of Kossaks, Helena Modrzejewska, Oskar Kolberg or Piotr Skrzynecki, the founder of iconic “Basement under Rams”.
The Rakowicki Cemetery is the most popular but not only necropolis in Cracow. In the old capital of Poland you can also see the Old Podgórski Cemetery, The Salwatorski Cemetery or the Batowicki Cemetery. Cracow is the kind of city, where everyone can find something for themselves, no matter the age. There is nothing left to do than to planning a visit in the capital of Little Poland Voivodship.