Krakow is a significant location in Poland. Spielberg’s award-winning film, Schindler’s List, pays homage to the events and people affected during World War Two (WWII) in this historic city.
Today, the Oskar Schindler Factory houses a museum of the Holocaust. The museum offers video testimonies, interactive displays, and graphic images to document the Nazis’ arrival in 1939 through the liberation of Krakow in 1945.
When travelling to the city, buy a Krakow Tourist Card. A two- or three-day card gives access to public transportation and free entry into many of the city’s museums.
After visiting the Oskar Schindler Factory, consider viewing an award-winning collection of images depicting Jewish life during WWII. These images are available at the minuscule museum in Kazimierz, Alicia. This museum also features an exhibition celebrating Jewish culture in Eastern Europe. While known by the locals, this spectacular museum is often missed by tourists.
Afterwards, travel west to visit Auschwitz for a guided tour of the museum. You can catch one of the hourly trains from Krakow to Oświęcim. The journey by car takes 90 minutes, and the tour lasts at least 3 hours.
When ready to relax, visit Krakow’s ten-acre mediaeval market square at Rynek Główny (Main Market Square). This is the cities social hub and features cafes and restaurants. Plan to tip ten percent in cash after your meal.
This market is the location to find flowers, antiques, and horse drawn carriage rides. The market is alive with jugglers and other attractions, so bring your camera.
While this city will forever carry the scars of WWII, it exhibits a brilliance of life. Come experience Krakow for yourself.