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?
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 ?
Or Wawel Castle with its mishmash of architectural styles and features.
Or this fire breathing dragon that guards it?
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,