One of the oldest cities of Poland, Krakow was the capital of medieval Poland.
Rynek Glowny, Europe's largest market square, is a major tourist attraction with the imposing St. Mary's Basilica alongwith numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and the clubs. A harmanious mix of the old and new, tourists from all over Europe and infact from many parts of the world find themselves immersed in the Eastern Europe's laid back routine of life. It can be called a mini replica of Europe in a way.
Oscar Schindler's enamel factory, which came into prominence after the film Schindler's List is a must watch for all history enthusiasts. The factory, now converted into a museum, exhibits the life in Krakow during the Nazi occupation of Poland in WW II. Oscar Schindler, the Nazi industrialist, is said to have come to the rescue of members of his Jewish labour force during the Holocaust from 1939 to 1945 saving their fate from ending up in the Extermination Camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Auschwitz complex, established in May 1940 near the town of Osweicim in southern Poland, was the largest of the Concentration/Extermination camps established by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Established initially to house Polish political prisoners during German occupation of Poland during the WW II, it was later expanded to accommodate the Jews arriving from Germany and other places in Europe alongwith the Romas (Gypsies) and the Russian POWs. The complex served as a prison camp, slave labor camp and death camp for the inmates. It was soon followed by the establishment of another Concentration/Extermination camp at nearby Birkenau.
Around 1.1 million prisoners are estimated to have died at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps during the Holocaust.
Krakow is about 600 km south-east of Berlin and is well connected by bus/train/air services from Berlin. Auschwitz-Birkenau complex is about 70 km north-west of Krakow.
Note: Currently we have no events planned in Krakow but our Learning Modules feature a Brief Orientation on Travel Berlin and Nearby Areas. You will be provided enough of guidance to plan your own trip to Krakow.