Within these city walls lie…

Europe is full of old cities, surrounded by city walls. So what makes Krakow, Poland so special?

Is it St Mary’s Basilica in the Main Market Square?Krakow Main Market square, St Marys Basilica

Not only with its legend of two brothers competing to build the biggest and best tower, a tale filled with jealousy, a stabbing (the knife used is still found within the market place) and a suicide. Or the hourly trumpeter playing from the top of the tallest tower, who ends his song in the middle, a tradition dating back to the 13th century when the trumpeter playing was shot in the throat while sounding an alarm.

Is it Krakow Cloth Hall, standing in the center of the Main Market Square, whose halls you can walk while browsing the stalls for trinkets and souvenirs ?

Krakow Main Market square, cloth hall

Or Wawel Castle with its mishmash of architectural styles and features.

Wawel Castle

Or this fire breathing dragon that guards it?

Krakow Dragon

Maybe it’s all the history that’s contained within the walls, not just from the above monuments but from the Old Town remaining almost untouched during World War 2,

Krakow

No matter what it is that has drawn you to it initially. Krakow, Poland is a city that needs to be discovered.

11 Comment

  1. I love Krakow! Its such a cool city! I spent my New Years there and it had such a friendly good vibe there!

    1. it really is. Do you think You’d go back to visit again?

  2. danniellek says: Reply

    I never really cared about going to Poland, but I’m coming around to it after reading peoples travel stories about it. That’s the beauty of blogs!

    1. It is beautiful and there’s so much history there that’s so interesting.

  3. Great photos! 🙂 I’ve been wanting to go to Poland for a while now, and I’ve heard great things about Krakow. I think I’m most excited for the perigees though 😀

    1. Make sure you go. It is so fulled of history there

  4. Agreed – I loved Krakow and think it’s the ideal city break destination from London. Your photos are beautiful!

    1. thank you so much 🙂

  5. Kerri says: Reply

    I’m really looking forward to visiting Poland this year! Although we are planning to go to Warsaw, but I wouldn’t say no to an extended trip either!

    1. We stopped in Warsaw briefly but it’s somewhere I fell I could have spent a bit longer given the chance. The trains between the two weren’t very good when we did it tho

  6. Thanks for following me on Twitter, dear. I love finding fellow bloggers.
    I have never been to Polland, but now after you showed me Krakow in such a wonderful way, I will put it on my travel wishlist 🙂

    Do you want to support each other on Bloglovin as well? I’d love to.

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk

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