“Kraków is the Boston of Poland:
a captivating old-fashioned city
buzzing with history, intriguing sights,
colorful eateries, and college students.”
Krakow (Cracow) is the gem in Poland’s hard-fought crown – its cultural and intellectual jewel. Both medieval and modern, with a history of triumph and tragedy, Krakow is a bustling center of Polish life.
Heavy trams rumble along the avenues, clearing a path through dense traffic. Students and grandmothers stroll along the lush Planty – the lovely moat-turned-park that rings the Old Town. All streets seem to lead to the energetic Market Square where mimes and mascerons (grotesque faces on top of the Cloth Hall) amuse the crowds, and merchants peddle their colorful painted pisankas (Polish painted Easter eggs).
Side alleys host street fairs where folk entertainers in regional costumes chat with locals and tourists; while an amusing accordion player casts a sly wink at onlookers.
High on the hill overlooking town, Wawel Castles shines in its glory, and the Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz, continues its slow recovery and rebirth. Krakow is a fascinating city that begs to be explored.