Holidays in Krakow

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If you are planning to go to some serene, yet modern destination, why not consider Krakow in Poland! Situated on a graceful curve of River Vistula, Krakow presents itself as a tranquil retreat for unwinding, resting and gaining back the energy lost in routine life. It is easy to book an accommodation in Krakow online before you go there and thus can thoroughly enjoy the splendor of the city without any worries.

The beautiful Krakow is ancient and has witnessed changes of times since the 7th century. Over so many centuries the town has grown beautifully with splendid architecture, greenery, and various commercial, academic and cultural institutions and activities.

Krakow lies in a valley of the Carpathian Mountains. Its elevation above sea level is 219 meters (719 feet). It falls exactly in middle of Jurassic Rock Upland which is to its north and Tatra Mountains which are 100 km to its south.

The tiny town of Krakow has carefully treasured a rich wildlife, geomorphological specialties and ecological features of the valley of River Vistula. Krakow also boasts of having a UNESCO World Heritage Site in form of the historic center, which contains the Kazimierz, Old Town and the Wawel Castle. Simply walking through the old streets of the mystique town is enough to take away all your strains and worries.

Some of the splendid sights in the city of Krakow are:

The Main Market Square – This is the most important part of the Old Town. It spans for about 40,000 sq. meters and is Europe’s largest medieval town square. Jaw-dropping townhouses, churches and palaces surround the square and in its center stands the elegant historic Cloth Hall or Draper’s Hall. A number of celebrations which include the annual Krakow szopka Festival keep the Square lively round the year.

 

Planty Park – This is among some of the largest parks of the city. It has been created around the medieval city walls which were demolished. It is spaciously spread on 21,000 sq. meters and has 4 km of length. Thirty smaller parks in a variety of styles are consisted in the big park and are adorned with plenty of beautiful monuments and fountains.

 

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Old Synagogue – This is the oldest synagogue in Poland and one of the most cherished landmarks of Jewish architectural style in Europe. It is located in Kazimierz district. It is a unique example of Polish fortress synagogue. Its architecture denotes military style because of attic wall having loopholes, windows high above the ground and thick stone walls all built so as to withstand a siege. It was destroyed completely by Nazi Germans and was rebuilt in 1956-59. At present it is functional as a museum, particularly focused on Jewish rituals of birth, prayer, diet, and death.

St. Florian’s Gate (Florian Gate) – This is an example of Polish Gothic tower and is a main landmark of the Old Town. It was built as a fortification of the city to fight against Turkish attacks.

 

 

 

Wawel Castle – This is a Gothic castle commissioned by Casimir III the Great and contains several structures surrounding the central courtyard.

 

 

 

And there are a number of such beautiful landmarks that adorn Krakow to make it a splendid place. If you want to experience some charming days in life filled with a quaint old-world magic, plan holidays in Krakow!

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