Krakow is the capital of Polish culture and history.
There are so many places to go and see that you might not be there long enough for it all. But, aside from the well-known sights and attractions, there are a number of hidden places and things. Hidden not only to guests but also for locals, which makes it even more interesting.
One of the important spots on the Krakow map, yet not known by both locals and guests, is a big green area in Podgorze, outside the city center, but close enough for a visit. Near the ancient Mound of Krak and the Liban Quarry during WWII the Germans occupying Poland established a concentration camp, KL Plaszow. It was built upon two Jewish cemeteries, which were completely destroyed in the beginning of 1945 by the withdrawing Germans. Also, the camp was demolished and the only indication of WWII history today is a memorial, placed in commemoration of the victims of the camp.
The ones of you who like to enjoy walks and fresh air in gardens and parks will definitely enjoy a visit to the Botanic Garden of the Jagiellonian University. Located very near the city center – 15 min walk from the Main Square – it is the oldest botanic garden in Poland and, many say, the most beautiful one. It’s rather quiet, not crowded but a nice, cozy place to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the flowers and plants.
An entire hidden district on the east of Krakow – well maybe not hidden but definitely avoided by most visitors – is Nowa Huta (New Steelworks). Supposed to be a separate communist city, the idea failed and it was joined with Krakow becoming the biggest district of the city. Lots of not-yet-discovered areas await both locals and tourists, with a lot of history, interesting sights, and stories, it’s a place for an entire day’s visit. The ancient Mound of Wanda, the Ark of the Lord Church, the Steelworks and many other places combine a very interesting story to tell. There is even a tank next to the Museum of Armed Deed. This awaits you in Nowa Huta and much more!
Images by Mateusz Świercz for Absolute Tours