The castle animated by the legend of a fire-breathing dragon, the salt mine that contains a cathedral inside, the city? underground and Schindler's factory. Krakow? one of the medieval towns more? fascinating of Europe and? perfect for a trip as a couple or with children. You can also visit it in a single long weekend, on foot or by renting a bike, and the prices are not high.
My journey to discover Krakow? started by Rynek Glowny what? the "P? great medieval square of Europe. Here ancient palaces and imposing towers overlook, and c '? also the famous Eros sculpture by Igor Mitoraj. The outdoor areas of the crowded bars, the flower stalls and the carriages that accompany tourists make the atmosphere almost magical. Also to be admired in this square are the imposing Church of Santa Maria, beautiful both outside and inside, and the Palace of Fabrics which houses the access to underground Krakow. ? a visit that I recommend: to me? liked why? the walk among archaeological and architectural finds? yield more? interesting from the interactive installations (also in Italian) that explain in detail where you are and what was there before.
Among the things to see in Krakow, another unmissable destination? definitely the Wavel Castle. A beautiful avenue lined with restaurants and boutiques leads to the fortress, also famous for the statue of the Fire-breathing Dragon, which is located at the foot of the castle. Just wait a few minutes to see it in action.
Beyond the walls you can make two visits: one to the Cathedral where kings were once crowned and one to the royal apartments. The rooms are truly suggestive: furnished and embellished with huge and spectacular tapestries. Here I was speechless why? I saw, surprisingly, a legendary work: the Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci. Temporarily ? exposed in a room of the castle, why? the museum that hosts it? under renovation. Does the painting absolutely deserve to be seen and then abandon the elusive gaze of the lady? really hard.
On the third day I crossed the padlock bridge and went to discover the other bank of the Vistula river, where the ghetto once was. The most moment? exciting ? it was certainly that of the visit to Schindler's factory. The exhibition inside traces the history of the Nazi occupation of Poland, the Holocaust and Schindler's enterprise. The photos, objects and videos are very touching indeed.
Crossing the river again, I reached the Kazimierz district. ? very nice why? ? a young neighborhood with pubs, restaurants and art galleries. To eat the real Polish soup I stopped by Old Town, where they also have an amazing ricotta cheesecake.
In the main square of the neighborhood (plac Nowy) c '? the Alchemia, one of the most popular pubs famous of the city: a nice place to spend an evening drinking beer and listening to live music.
The last day was dedicated to visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine. ? outside Krakow, but is only about ten kilometers (fifteen minutes by train). Neither ? it was worth it, why? the tunnels of the former mine lead into wonderful rooms dug out of the salt. They are real works of art, like the splendid chapel dedicated to Saint Kinga of Poland. A church made entirely of salt, inside a mine! Fantastic!
Before leaving, I climbed the Kosciuszko Mound on the Sikornik Hill. In addition to being a symbol of Poland,? the best place to enjoy the panorama of Krakow from above.