I am in love with Krakow. While I was living in Poland I went there two or three times. All of them were amazing. Yes, alcohol helps, but the city itself is gorgeous. All it’s little pubs and the Jewish town… Just incredible.This time we actually went on a tour. Mind us, we were tired and I’ve never had a guide while I was there. It was one of these free walking tours where you basically tip the person.
The good thing about them is that the guides are usually young and eager to makes us be in awe. He certainly did that.
As most of polish towns, there is the market place, which is the city centre that has basically all that’s in the map ‘not to miss’. But all around there is so much more.
The tour we did was centered in the jewish part of the city. I have learnt alot! Because one thing is reading and just getting lost in the city – which I got to admit I love – but it’s always good to hear the history of it.
Did you know that there are only 200 jews currently living in the city? And that only two sinagogues are in use in all the district? I didn’t. Also, before the WWII there were more jews living in Krakow than in Jerusalem.
Anyway, if you ever go to Kazimierz – The jewish district – check the Isaaks Sinagogue, everyday at 6pm they have concerts. They aren’t usually for free, but we were lucky enough to find kind people at the door that let us in for free and it was surreal. There weren’t a lot of people, but they were clapping, the music was beautifully uplifting and it just made me smile and be happy.
Also, very close, there is this bar called Singer, which is dedicated to the factory workers and the tables have proper sewing machines in it. There is a bar basically just around the corner called Alchemia where in order for you to go from one room to another, you have to go through wardrobes, which is quite fun for people who grow up reading Narnia.
We went to the ‘Ghetto’ that before the war did not have the onotation, people would just call ghetto to places where jews would live and it used to be good, the bad conotation just appeared when the nazi party stripped them from their houses and shoved them in this quartier in inhuman conditions, which later was baptized ‘the ghetto’ hence the significance we give it today.
We have also visited Auschwitz. I’ve been there twice, but there is always this huge knot in the stomach.
I reccommend Krakow to everyone. It is beautiful, has history. You have te Vawel castle to visit. The Comunist district, the jewish district, Schindlers factory, all the main square where the town hall is and the renaissance market. There are plenty of parks around and even a iron dragon that spits fire every ten minutes or so, just by the river where you cans ee the sun sets and the lights twinkling in the river. Just… wow.