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Krakow Cornucopia: Further Afield.

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An April 2005 trip to Krakow by hagnel2

Tower. Jasna Gora Photo, Krakow, Poland More Photos
Quote: Visit a stunning chapel in a 13th-century salt mine, or gaze upon a 6th-century icon at Poland’s national shrine. Tread in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II in Wadowice, and, in Krakow, see Leonardo da Vinci’s "Ermine." Krakow’s attractions do extend beyond the magical city.

Krakow Cornucopia: Further Afield.

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Tower. Jasna Gora Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Magical Krakow certainly has lots to occupy the visitor, and it is also an easy jumping off spot for day trips. Czestochowa {159km from Krakow} is Poland’s national shrine dedicated to the beautiful icon of the Black Madonna. The icon is housed in a side chapel alongside the baroque basilica. The Pauline monastery, high on a hill on the west side of town, still retains its fortress façade, and the shrine’s grounds hold a maze of buildings housing a wealth of treasures that have been donated to the shrine throughout the centuries. The Royal Salt Mine {Wieliczka} is on the UNESCO’s list and is one of the greatest tourists attractions in Poland. Miners throughout the centuries...Read More

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Hotel

InterAp1-5 Photo, Krakow, Poland
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We booked this apartment in Canada through a Polish travel agent. But you can book directly with the owner. We were quite satisfied; even though it is out of the city center, it suited our needs and the price was right at $60 per night. Our friendly host, Mark, welcomed us. He had stocked the kitchen with a few staples: bread, milk, tea bags, sugar, and fruit. The apartment is located approximately 20 minutes walking time from the market square in the Podogorze district, just across the Slaskich Bridge. Trams run right past the building, and despite our room overlooking the main road, we were not disturbed by noise. Most of the time we opted to walk along the lovely Vistula and past Wawel Castle ...Read More

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InterAp1-5
Ul Kalkwaryjska 67
Krakow, Poland
656 45 05/0 602

Restauracja Piwnica

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Restaurant

Restauracja Piwnica Photo, Krakow, Poland
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This cellar restaurant is located just a few minutes from the church. {Cross the road on the left on the second corner.} It's easy to miss because the sign is on the side street. The interior is quite cozy, glowing with rich red brickwork, crisp butter-colored tablecloths, and a flickering candle. Chopin’s Mazurka’s was the background music, but it was not overwhelming. In the first dining room, a large group was already seated, so we opted for the smaller second room, which was empty. Within ten minutes of our arrival, all tables were full, mainly with local families and businessmen. We sometimes find vegetarian dining options limited, especially in small towns, but we can make a meal o...Read More

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Restauracja Piwnica
Pl Jana Pawla II nr8 34-100
Krakow, Poland
823 28 50

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Attraction | "Wielczka Salt Mine: Lot's Wife is not here."

Wieliczka Salt Mine Photo, Krakow, Poland
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This is Europe’s oldest salt mine and was placed on UNESCO's world list in 1978. Many famous tourists have visited, including Copernicus {1493}, Goethe {1790}, political leaders, scientists, and artists. The tourist route, around 20 chambers, was laid out at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, and salt has been mined here over the last 700 years. A complex of excavations leads through an eerie world of narrow tunnels, galleries, chapels, chambers, and lakes. One lake holds more than 300g salt per liter. The tour started with a walk down 378 steps to the shaft bottom {depth 64m}. A Few Sights The first chamber was the Copernicus; unsurprisingly, you will find ...Read More

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Wieliczka Salt Mine
10 Danilowicza Street
Krakow, Poland

Czartoryski Museum

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Attraction | "Czartoryski Museum. This Ermine's Not For Wearin'."

Czartoryski Museum Photo, Krakow, Poland
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This museum holds a treasure trove of antique art, sculptures and memorabilia. Most famous and the highlight of the collection is Leonardo’s "Lady With an Ermine." The collection is housed in a yellow baroque mansion close to the remains of the medieval city walls and Florian gate where on fine days students display present day artwork. The museum was founded around 1801 in Pulawy {Lublin region} by Princess Izabela Czartoryski, the Czartoryskis were avid art collectors, Prince Adam her husband is reputed to have bought the Ermine whilst on holiday in Italy. The family backed the wrong side in the Warsaw insurrection {1830} and the Tsar confiscated their estate; however, the collection had been m...Read More

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Czartoryski Museum
Ulica sw. Jana, 19
Krakow, Poland 31-017
+48 12 422 5566

Hello, Wadowice

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 Birth Home Of John Paul II Photo, Krakow, Poland
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The journey of John Paul II began in this medieval market town nestled among hills and woods along the Skawa river. Today this sleepy town is alive with tourists following the trail of the late Pope. They flock to the pale yellow baroque basilica of St Mary, where he was baptized. Outside flowers and candles are massed under a bronze bust brought from the town hall, and it is to remain until a statue of the late Pope replaces it. Today it seems as if the flower sellers have been cleaned out. We traveled by bus to Wadowice; the hour-long journey was very pleasant and gave us a chance to observe the landscape. Ten minutes after leaving the center of Krakow the road began to wind through narrow woo...Read More

Jasna Gora - Poland's National Shrine

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 Jasna Gora Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Poland’s national shrine revolves around the Byzantine icon of the " Black Madonna."The painting’s real origin is unknown, but it is said to date from the 6th to 14th century. Many legends revolve around its miraculous history, one being that around 1430, the icon was stolen by a Hussar knight after a attack on the fortified monastery. It was a stormy night, and as the lightning flashed, a shaft of light blinded the knight, his horse refused to move, and the knight threw the painting to the ground and stabbed it. Immediately a spring erupted and remains to this day. Indeed, many pilgrims take the water, as they do in Lourdes, France. The icon was restored, but the marks on the virgin’s face ...Read More