Greetings! This blog is a next piece from my visit to the amazing Polish city of Krakow. When you travel to Krakow you honestly feel the history under your feet. The streets are very old and surrounding structures are sometimes even older. The city leadership invested some serious money in order to make it more beautiful – plenty of buildings had their face-lift done just recently!
In this short photoblog I would like to focus on the Krakow’s Main Market. That part of the city has so much stuff to see that you will need few days to enjoy it!
The main structure you will notice even before entering the Market is the Kosciol Marjacki or Saint Mary’s Basilica. I posted separate blog which is focused on this particular subject. The Basilica is well know for its two completely different towers and Hejnal Marjacki which is played from the higher tower of Basilica. It is played every hour on the hour, four times in succession in each of the four cardinal directions.
Inside the Basilica there is wonderful wooden altar made by Veit Stoss. The church is open to public and between the regular services tourist can enjoy its beauty from up close.
During the Christmas time it is also good to check out the nativity scenes. All of the Polish Catholic churches try to make their creation of the scene when Jesus was born the best one – it is very much like a competition (but in the good sense). 🙂
Sukiennice is the key structure of the Main Market. In the past it was the key place for the city, where sellers and buyers meet to exchange their wares including textiles, salt and other valuables.
The night walk and exploring of the Sukiennice is truly romantic and especially has that special feeling during the Christmas time. 🙂
Today, Sukiennice offers numerous stores with local specialties and souvenirs.
We visited Krakow just in time for Christmas and it was a perfect place to buy the last minute gifts such as Polish hand made and hand painted pottery. Prices were reasonable, just little bit higher than in other locations.
Under the Sukiennice there is another underworld of attractions for the tourists. The Underground Museum offers the unique view on the history of the city of Krakow and the surrounding areas. The exhibition includes excavations of old city foundations and buildings, with unique view on the way of life of our ancestors.
Furthermore, the museum in detail paints the picturesque history of the city of Krakow – offering you a very interesting journey back in time.
The Main Market is full of stores, cafes and restaurants. You can be assured – you can find something that will satisfy you appetite.
I had the opportunity to dine in two very fine Polish restaurants which pride themselves with offering the finest Polish cuisine. I would like to recommend them not only because of quality of food served but the way it was served. The restaurants decor, in both cases, was very artistic and pleasant.
The first restaurant, Marmolada, is located on the Main Market and offers very romantic and colorful atmosphere.
On the menu you will find almost all Polish and European dishes and you can be assured that all the dishes are Delicious.
Second restaurant, Wesele, also specializes in traditional Polish dishes. The restaurant’s decor is done in traditional Polish way and it will make your meal a memorable one.
After eating and walking for long time you may get tired, and want to take a little break.
There is also another option, you can rent a carriage and go on the mounted trip around the city. The carriages are very classy and comfortable – they also can go where cars cannot travel.
Finally, do not forget to get a gift from Krakow. It can be a cute bear or traditional Dragon from Krakow!