Krakow: Castles, Churches and Cellars

Outdoor cafes, the Old Town Hall Tower and Cloth Hall are hallmarks of Krakow’s historic Market Square.

 KRAKOW, Poland — Warsaw has been Poland’s capital since 1609, but Krakow to the south was the country’s previous capital for longer — more than 500 years.

As a result, Krakow is a fantastic repository of historically important churches, houses, university halls and castle buildings dating from medieval and late-medieval times. [Read more...]

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Poland: Excursions from Krakow

A salt bas-relief depicting the Last Supper, seen in St. Kinga’s Chapel inside the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

KRAKOW, Poland — During a recent visit to Krakow in the south of Poland, my press group made short trips outside the city to visit attractions of interest to tourists.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, 45 minutes from Krakow, offered something on the lighter side of the travel ledger, but the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex of German concentration camps were considerably more sobering. [Read more...]

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