Within these city walls lie…

Europe is full of old cities, surrounded by city walls. So what makes Krakow, Poland so special?

Is it St Mary’s Basilica in the Main Market Square?Krakow Main Market square, St Marys Basilica

Not only with its legend of two brothers competing to build the biggest and best tower, a tale filled with jealousy, a stabbing (the knife used is still found within the market place) and a suicide. Or the hourly trumpeter playing from the top of the tallest tower, who ends his song in the middle, a tradition dating back to the 13th century when the trumpeter playing was shot in the throat while sounding an alarm.

Is it Krakow Cloth Hall, standing in the center of the Main Market Square, whose halls you can walk while browsing the stalls for trinkets and souvenirs ?

Krakow Main Market square, cloth hall

Or Wawel Castle with its mishmash of architectural styles and features.

Wawel Castle

Or this fire breathing dragon that guards it?

Krakow Dragon

Maybe it’s all the history that’s contained within the walls, not just from the above monuments but from the Old Town remaining almost untouched during World War 2,


No matter what it is that has drawn you to it initially. Krakow, Poland is a city that needs to be discovered.


11 thoughts on “Within these city walls lie…

  1. Kerri says:

    I’m really looking forward to visiting Poland this year! Although we are planning to go to Warsaw, but I wouldn’t say no to an extended trip either!

    • jennafrey says:

      We stopped in Warsaw briefly but it’s somewhere I fell I could have spent a bit longer given the chance. The trains between the two weren’t very good when we did it tho

  2. danniellek says:

    I never really cared about going to Poland, but I’m coming around to it after reading peoples travel stories about it. That’s the beauty of blogs!

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