Kazimierz is a special place on the map of Krakow. The one-of-a-kind atmosphere of the old Jewish quarter, with its many Jewish-inspired restaurants and bars, art galleries, antique and handicraft stores, makes it a magnet for all visitors to the city. “Aron Weinberg Haberdashery” or “Holcer Carpentry” – these old shop signs echo the pre-war bustling Jewish life in this part of Krakow. Don’t forget to visit the Joseph Street, the historic Jewish main street, where each year the Jewish Culture Festival is held.
If you are planning to come to Krakow at Christmas time, be sure to visit the Krakow City Historical Museum. From December to February, you will find there the famous handcrafted and beautifully-decorated Krakow nativity scenes. The lightweight constructions feature the nativity scene surrounded by miniature houses, monuments and churches of Krakow. The Krakow nativity scene (szopka) is on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Collegium Maius is the oldest building of the Jagiellonian University with historic interiors, including the Assembly Hall and the Old Library Chamber. Dating back to the 14th century and subsequently rebuilt in the late 15th century, it is a late-Gothic structure with a large inner courtyard bordered with arcades. It counts among its most famous students the Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Located on the other, right side of the Vistula River, Podgórze is a green district with lovely architecture where history meets modernity. Apart from the site of the Krakow ghetto and old cemeteries, it boasts lively restaurants, bars and cafes. In Tatrzanska Street, you will find one of the district’s new attractions – rainbow stairs with quotes from famous people, including the Nobel Prize winner and Krakow-native Wisława Szymborska.
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