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Explore Old Town Square, the heart of Kraków’ Centre

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Explore Old Town Square, the heart of Kraków’ Centre

Kraków has certainly seen a resurgence in its popularity over the last few years, yet if you’re from the UK and over the age of 30, you may remember the intense ‘visit Kraków’ propaganda of over a decade ago. Eager for recognition and a healthy influx for tourism dollars, Kraków was heavily promoted as a party town, even though it has always boasted much more significant cultural, historical and architectural personas. The ensuing wave of drunken youngsters which seemed to engulf the city are now a thing of the past and Kraków has rightfully claimed a top spot among the most interesting holiday destinations in Europe, for all the right reasons.  If you love grand architecture, cultural diversity and a destination cloaked in history, then Kraków may just be the ideal holiday destination for you. Book your holiday rental apartment in Kraków’s city centre and start your exploration of the Polish gem by getting close and personal with Europe’s largest Old Town Square. History of Rynek Glowny Medieval history buffs will have already heard all about Rynek Glowny, the largest historic market square in Europe, yet no matter how much (or little) you know about the place, seeing it live for the ...

Visiting the old Warsaw Ghetto

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Visiting the old Warsaw Ghetto

Visiting the remains of the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw is an emotional experience. Truth is, there are not many physical remains of the largest ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe, but the bleak soviet-style housing, old prison, various memorials and an excellent museum are all reminders of the suffering Jews and Romani suffered at the hands of Hitler, not to mention the bravery of the Polish people during the Warsaw Uprising. After the invasion of Poland, Hitler’s armies created the Warsaw ghettoes (there were two joined by a bridge) north of today’s Al Jana Pawla II (or John Paul II) Avenue. They enclosed the area in a red brick wall (fragments can be seen in Sienna Street) and incarcerated about 100,000 people in Pawiak Prison, the Gestapo’s operational base in Warsaw. Now a museum, its grey walls and chambers are a chilling reminder of their cruelty (ul Dzielna 24, free admission). Very close to Pawiak Prison, in a charming little park, is the Ghetto Heroes Monument, a memorial to the fallen in the Warsaw Uprising of 1943. (Somewhat ironically it is made of the granite the Nazis hauled over for their own victory monument). Another memorial can be seen close by on Willy ...

Exploring Wawel Hill in Krakow

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Exploring Wawel Hill in Krakow

Until the 16th century Kraków, and not Warsaw, was the capital of Poland. Not only does this beautiful city still retain the most note-worthy of the country’s historic architecture, but also its medieval seats of power, which reign over Kraków on Wawel Hill. The best way to reach emotive Wawel Hill is to weave your way up there on foot, via a lane that leads from the Old Town. There are two major attractions at the top: the Gothic Wawel Cathedral and the imposing Castle. Opening times for both vary so it’s best to check ahead at the tourist office before you head up. The Wawel Castle is nothing less than the symbol of Polish identity. Although it was founded in the 11th century, what you see from the exterior today is Renaissance in style, though some of the original forms of some of interiors have been recuperated. The Castle has been divided into five separate sections, each containing a museum. (And yes! Each with varying hours and admission fees). The most impressive collection is located in the Royal Chambers, which is packed with breathtaking pieces of decorative art, paintings and tapestries. But perhaps the most interesting from a historical perspective are ...

Warsaw’s Old Town: the heart of the Phoenix

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Warsaw’s Old Town: the heart of the Phoenix

Warsaw is often referred to as the ‘Phoenix City’ for the way it rose out of the ashes of destruction of WW2. In response to the Polish Uprisings during the course of the War, the Nazis had destroyed over 80 percent of the city by the end of it. Communist rule in Poland may have been responsible for countless ugly, high-rise blocks throughout the city, but during the decades of post-war Russian control Warsaw’s lovely, historic Old Town was completely rebuilt. Using old photographs and other images as references, the areas was restored brick by brick to its former century glory. In 1980 it was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as ‘an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction.’ For the visitor, Warsaw’s, partially-walled Old Town is not only the city’s most evocative district, but contains most of the major sites. For a taster of the charm it has to offer, head to Old Town Square, where a medley of townhouses in varying styles, from Gothic to Renaissance, are lined up in picture-perfect rows. (Only numbers 34 and 36 were still standing after the Nazis had left). In the middle of the square is the famous statue Mermaid with numerous ...

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