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Kraków: The Jewel of Central Europe

Kraków in southern Poland is simply an amazing city, with numerous churches and museums, interesting architecture, palaces, a royal castle and much more, as well as a vibrant urban life. It's full of tourists (hotels were totally booked when we were there, even in May), but I can see why it's such a tourist mecca -- the city really knows how to cater to them and ensure them a memorable stay. Kraków's Historic Centre is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and well deserving of it.
Church of St. Mary
Church of St. Mary
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall
Church of St. Mary, towers
Church of St. Mary, towers
Kraków: Church of St. Mary
:: Kraków: Church of St. Mary ::
Kraków Cathedral (1020-1766)
Kraków Cathedral (1020-1766)
Preferred mode of transportation
Preferred mode of transportation
Wailing Wall, Remu'h Cemetery
Wailing Wall, Remu'h Cemetery
Day for marches on Market Square
Day for marches on Market Square
The Barbican (1499)
The Barbican (1499)
Collegium Novum (19th century)
Collegium Novum (19th century)
Wawel Royal Castle (16th century)
Wawel Royal Castle (16th century)
Kraków szopka (Christmas crib)
Kraków szopka (Christmas crib)
Kraków Fire Department headquarters (1879)
Kraków Fire Department headquarters (1879)
Market Square, the heart of Kraków
Market Square, the heart of Kraków
Beautiful old buildings on Market Square
Beautiful old buildings on Market Square
Market Square, St. Adalbert's Church
Market Square, St. Adalbert's Church
Market Square, Town Hall Tower
Market Square, Town Hall Tower
Town Hall Tower, detail
Town Hall Tower, detail
Meeting place for Krakówians: Adam Mickiewicz statue
Meeting place for Krakówians: Adam Mickiewicz statue
Craft fair on Market Square
Craft fair on Market Square
Hard Rock Cafe on Market Square
Hard Rock Cafe on Market Square
Memorial on Market Square
Memorial on Market Square
Old water pump on Market Square
Old water pump on Market Square
Break dancing on the square
Break dancing on the square
The Cloth Hall (1585)
The Cloth Hall (1585)
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall, Polish handcrafts
The Cloth Hall, Polish handcrafts
The Cloth Hall, Polish handcrafts
The Cloth Hall, Polish handcrafts
The Cloth Hall and the challenge of Polish
The Cloth Hall and the challenge of Polish
Wawel Hill, Kraków Cathedral
Wawel Hill, Kraków Cathedral
Kraków Cathedral, Zygmunt Tower
Kraków Cathedral, Zygmunt Tower
Kraków Cathedral, Zygmunt Chapel (1519-33)
Kraków Cathedral, Zygmunt Chapel (1519-33)
Kraków Cathedral, front
Kraków Cathedral, front
Kraków Cathedral, 'royal' downspout
Kraków Cathedral, 'royal' downspout
Kraków Cathedral, downspout detail
Kraków Cathedral, downspout detail
Wawel Hill, Royal Castle
Wawel Hill, Royal Castle
Wawel Royal Castle, courtyard (16th century)
Wawel Royal Castle, courtyard (16th century)
Wawel Royal Castle, courtyard (16th century)
Wawel Royal Castle, courtyard (16th century)
Wawel Royal Castle, window of note
Wawel Royal Castle, window of note
Wawel Royal Castle, courtyard (16th century)
Wawel Royal Castle, courtyard (16th century)
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Royal Castle, tower
Wawel Royal Castle, tower
Wawel Royal Castle, tower
Wawel Royal Castle, tower
Wawel Royal Castle, gate
Wawel Royal Castle, gate
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Royal Castle
Playing for a złoty at the castle
Playing for a złoty at the castle
Dancers at the castle
Dancers at the castle
A vendor with flair
A vendor with flair
Lady with a baby carriage
Lady with a baby carriage
St. Florian's Gate (13th century)
St. Florian's Gate (13th century)
St. Florian's Gate, detail
St. Florian's Gate, detail
The Barbican
The Barbican
Tower, old walls remnant
Tower, old walls remnant
New use for old city walls
New use for old city walls
Old bridge near city walls
Old bridge near city walls
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre (1893)
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre (1893)
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre (1893)
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre (1893)
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, detail
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, detail
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, detail
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, detail
The theatre's power generating plant
The theatre's power generating plant
Power plant, marvelous detail
Power plant, marvelous detail
Jewish Quarter, Remu'h Synagogue
Jewish Quarter, Remu'h Synagogue
Remu'h Synagogue, interior
Remu'h Synagogue, interior
Remu'h Cemetery
Remu'h Cemetery
Another section of the Wailing Wall
Another section of the Wailing Wall
Jewish Quarter, fence in main square
Jewish Quarter, fence in main square
Jewish Quarter, filming on Szeroka St.
Jewish Quarter, filming on Szeroka St.
Jewish Quarter, café on the square
Jewish Quarter, café on the square
Jewish Quarter, Old Synagogue (16th century)
Jewish Quarter, Old Synagogue (16th century)
Old Synagogue, interior
Old Synagogue, interior
Old Synagogue, interior
Old Synagogue, interior
Jewish Quarter, High Synagogue (1563)
Jewish Quarter, High Synagogue (1563)
Jewish Quarter, abandoned
Jewish Quarter, abandoned
Even brides have to wait in line
Even brides have to wait in line
Looking for a tour?
Looking for a tour?
Bronze man at St. Mary's
Bronze man at St. Mary's
Playing for passers-by
Playing for passers-by
Collegium Maius (15th century), oriel window
Collegium Maius (15th century), oriel window
Collegium Maius, Gothic cloister
Collegium Maius, Gothic cloister
Collegium Maius (15th century)
Collegium Maius (15th century)
Collegium Maius, Libraria
Collegium Maius, Libraria
Collegium Maius, Libraria ceiling
Collegium Maius, Libraria ceiling
Collegium Maius, refectory
Collegium Maius, refectory
Collegium Maius, in Copernicus' room
Collegium Maius, in Copernicus' room
Collegium Maius, Great Hall
Collegium Maius, Great Hall
The Many Ornate Churches of Kraków
:: The Many Ornate Churches of Kraków ::
Sunday afternoon along the Vistula
Sunday afternoon along the Vistula
Love at first sight
Love at first sight
Flower market at the market
Flower market at the market
Lots to choose from at the covered market
Lots to choose from at the covered market
Polish State Railways HQ
Polish State Railways HQ
Nice old houses on Matejko Square
Nice old houses on Matejko Square
Whimsical building on Matejko Square
Whimsical building on Matejko Square
Globe House with bird downspouts
Globe House with bird downspouts
Pontifical Academy of Theology
Pontifical Academy of Theology
Czartoryski Museum
Czartoryski Museum
Public school (1892)
Public school (1892)
Pleasant pedestrian mall
Pleasant pedestrian mall
Grand old building
Grand old building
Quaint
Quaint
Apartment from the castle
Apartment from the castle
Lit up on Market Square
Lit up on Market Square
Margrave's House
Margrave's House
Eagle House (Dom Pod Orłem)
Eagle House (Dom Pod Orłem)
Imperial and Royal Court Inquisitor’s Office
Imperial and Royal Court Inquisitor’s Office
A 'regal' building
A 'regal' building
Decorative facade
Decorative facade
Pototcki Palace
Pototcki Palace
The modest green house
The modest green house
Boner House
Boner House
Cherubic details
Cherubic details
Madonna House (painted 1718)
Madonna House (painted 1718)
Filming in Market Square
Filming in Market Square
Evening entertainment in Market Square
Evening entertainment in Market Square
Playing at lunch
Playing at lunch
One of the best things about Kraków
One of the best things about Kraków
Farewell to Kraków (but I'll be back!)
Farewell to Kraków (but I'll be back!)
Auschwitz-Birkenau: A Brief Glimpse
:: Auschwitz-Birkenau: A Brief Glimpse ::
A Winter Revisit to Kraków
:: A Winter Revisit to Kraków ::