Krakow is one, the best tourist attractions in Europe. Most tourists enamored by magical atmosphere and the beautiful architecture of this city. In Krakow, you can see the medieval cathedral, castle Renaissance, Baroque churches, Art Nouveau theater and other monuments. Although the old city with various monuments and museums, the city of Krakow is also the city that has been in contact with the modern lifestyle. There are a variety of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants are always crowded with tourists.
Here are best tourist attractions in Krakow:
1. Krakow Old Town
Krakow is mentioned as one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe and here you can prove the charm. Krakow Old Town is the historic central district of Krakow, Poland. It is one of the most famous old districts in Poland today and was the center of Poland's political life from 1038 until King Sigismund III Vasa relocated his court to Warsaw in 1596. The entire medieval old town is among the first sites chosen for the UNESCO's original World Heritage List, inscribed as Cracow's Historic Centre.
Many things can be viewed in the Old Town. Like, Main Market Square. In the middle of the market square is the Cloth Hall or Sukiennice there are a traders market in Poland since the 14th century, often touted as the world's first shopping mall. Until now Sukiennice still have shops selling amber, wood crafts, textiles to a variety of unique souvenirs Poland. Despite being in a touristy area, the price is not too expensive anyway. Near Sukiennice, there is the church of St Mary's Basilica with a very famous Gothic architecture. On the other side of the market square there are Town Hall Tower as high as 70 meters.
2. Wawel Castle
Do not be surprised if the Wawel Castle in Krakow became the royal residence of the kings of Poland of the past. Formerly the capital of Poland is Krakow; recently at the end of the 16th century, King Zygmunt III moved the capital to Warsaw. Wawel Castle is super wide is built on Wawel hill, on the banks of the Vistula river since the 11th century. In terms of architecture, including Wawel Castle-style hodgepodge, ranging from Romanesque architecture (age 11-12), Gothic (age 13-14), Renaissance (age 116) to the Baroque (age 17-18) in the parts .
3. Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)
A former Jewish district Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter) so the atmosphere in the streets was not seelegan Kazimierz Krakow Old Town, but this is one important corner of the city of Krakow. Enjoy the different atmosphere by visiting the Old Synagogue (Stara Synagoga).
Before World War II, Poland was one country in Europe which many its Jewish population, so no wonder the Jewish history was well maintained in this country. Do not be surprised if many people also descendants of Jews from Europe or America come here for pilgrimage.
4. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
It was the largest of the German concentration camps. Auschwitz camp consists of two broad areas: Auschwitz I was once a concentration camp and is now used as a museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is an extension of and serve as forced labor camps, and extermination. About 1.5 million Jews, Poles, Gypsy, and prisoners of war murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau, made this place famous as a center of Nazi German genocide.
5. Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka salt mine, one of the UNESCO World Heritage which was really awesome. Salt mines naturally occurring 15 million years ago and to this day is still functioning. The mine consists of 9 floors located 64-237 meters underground. Visitors can only see up to the 3rd floor (approx 150 meters below ground), but even that was amazing. The statues, lamps chandeliers, carvings on the walls. all made of salt! Who made it? Well, the miners of the past who worked in these mines. The place is a combination of natural wonders and human cultural arts.