World Traveller September 2019

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LONG WEEKEND

KRAKÓW ON FOOT

Choose from a wide selection of

walking tours exploring different

aspects of the city

Opposite page, from top: A

dish by Amaryllis; shoppers on

Florianska Street; Planty Park

This page from top: Tourists

on a walking tour of the city

© Urban Adventures; view of

horse-drawn carriage through a

stained-glass window of Town

Hall Tower

WIELICZKA SALT MINE TOUR Follow an experienced

guide through the tunnels and chambers of Kraków’s

most famous salt mine and see hidden chapels carved

by miners many centuries ago, underwater lakes and

other extraordinary sites hundreds of metres below

ground. kraków-tours.com

KRAKÓW BY NIGHT Meet in front of St. Mary’s

Church in Main Market Square to discover the city

after dark with Cracow Free Tours. The Secrets of

Kraków by Night tour delves into the dark corners

and turbulent tales behind some of the city’s

oldest sites, including mediaeval torture chambers.

cracowfreetours.com

CREATE YOUR OWN Urban Adventures can tailor

a tour to create a truly personalised experience

of Kraków. In the past the company has designed

behind-the-scenes tours — including organising

wheelchair access — in areas not usually open to the

public, and arranged culinary adventures with local

chefs. urbanadventures.com

Words: Olivia Cuthbert

insider tips

Agata Kulis, a guide

at ToursByLocals,

shares expert

insights into making

the most of your time

in Kraków

Kraków is definitely a

city of culture — we celebrate music, art,

literature and cuisine. As a musician, my

favourite annual event is the Film Music

Festival in May. For some of the best

views of the city, climb St. Mary’s Tower or

walk around the City Defence Walls and

peer down into the charming streets and

piazzas of Kraków’s Old Town. If you fancy

getting out of the city, drive the two hours

to the Pieniny National Park and take a dip

in the Dunajec River, then stay overnight at

the castle in Niedzica on Lake Czorsztyn

for a really special experience. Another

highlight in this city is the street food and

Kraków Grill in Kazimierz is a great place to

try it. Mrs Bozenka will serve you traditional

delicacies like kielbasa (sausages) and

Oscypek (mountain sheep cheese with

cranberry sauce) as part of a Polish meal.

ARCHITECTURAL

FEAST

As the sun sets, head

to the heart of Main

Market Square and

watch the colours

of the historic

townhouses fade as the

silhouettes of some of

Kraków’s most famous

buildings emerge, from

the gothic towers of

St. Mary’s Basilica

to the Renaissancestyle

Cloth Hall,

which features a

magnificent Polish

parapet adorned with

carved masks. Take

in the 10th-century

Church of St. Adalbert

and the elegant

Town Hall Tower

before diving deeper

into the Old Town.

The entire area is a

designated UNESCO

World Heritage site with

around 6,000 historic

sites encompassing

Renaissance, Baroque

and Gothic styles.

Highlights include the

crumbling city walls

on cobbled Florianska

Street, which is lined

with mediaeval façades.

At one end is the

imposing St. Florian’s

Gate, arguably

one of the most

impressive Middle Age

fortifications in Eastern

Europe. Take a turn

down Grodzka, one of

the city’s oldest streets,

to see the grand

façades of the old

merchant guilds that

once lined this former

trading route.

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