Walk through History in Krakow, Poland

One of the most interesting places in the world, Krakow the second largest city in Poland, is where you can immerse yourself with historic sites and landmarks, some of which are grim reminders of what transpired during World War II. Although some of the places are best forgotten because of their notoriety, they are a must-see so people can understand the past and look forward to a war-free future. Aside from historic sites and landmarks, there is another side of Krakow, a side that dwells on its rich culture, amazing architecture, majestic cathedrals, numerous museums, and parks.

You would be surprised to know that Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland. It was the center of science, academics, culture and arts, before the World War II. Today, it has 24 institutions of higher education, 28 museums and public art galleries, a number of theaters, 120 hotels, and numerous attractions. In fact, the European Union named it the official European Capital of Culture in 2000, and is now fast becoming a major tourist destination in Europe.

If you are familiar with the movie “Schindlers List”, you must tour the Oskar Schindler's Factory which is filled with photographs, displays and exhibits, characterizing the struggles of the Polish people during the war, and the life of Oskar Schindler. Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial which will put you in a somber mood but will open your eyes to the horrors of war. To lighten your mood, check out the shops, restaurants and sights at the Main Market Square.

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