Polish Treasures: 7-Day Itinerary to Krakow and Katowice
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Katowice and Krakow are two of Poland's most vibrant cities, each with its own distinct character and charm. From the bustling streets of Katowice to the medieval buildings of Krakow, there is so much to see and do in this region of Poland. Here is a seven-day itinerary to help you make the most of your visit.
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Day 1: Arrival in Katowice
Upon your arrival at the Katowice International Airport, take a short transfer to your hotel and check-in. Spend the afternoon exploring the city's modernist architecture and public spaces. Stop at the Silesian Museum, located in the post-industrial complex of the Katowice Coal Mine and learn about the rich history of the Silesian region.
Day 2: Nature and Art in Katowice
Start your day with a visit to the Nikiszowiec district, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century for coal miners and their families. It's a unique example of urban planning, with its own unique architectural style. In the afternoon, head to the Valley of Three Ponds for a walk in nature and enjoy the local artworks in the open-air gallery.
Day 3: A Day Trip to Auschwitz
Take a day trip to Auschwitz, located about an hour and a half from Katowice. This former Nazi concentration and extermination camp is a sobering reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II. A visit to this site is a must for anyone interested in history and human rights.
Day 4: Arrival in Krakow
Take a train to Krakow and check-in to your hotel in the Old Town. Spend the afternoon wandering the streets of this historic city and get a sense of its unique atmosphere. Visit the Main Market Square, the Cloth Hall and the St. Mary's Basilica.
Day 5: Exploring Krakow
Take a walking tour of the Kazimierz district, the former Jewish Quarter of Krakow, and learn about the history of the Jewish community in this city. In the afternoon, visit the Wawel Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important historical buildings in Poland.
Day 6: A Day Trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine
Take a half-day trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, located about 20 minutes from Krakow. This mine, which has been in operation for over 700 years, is now a popular tourist attraction with a unique underground landscape of salt chambers, tunnels and sculptures.
Day 7: Departure
On your final day, take some time to explore Krakow's hidden gems, such as the Planty Park or the Kościuszko Mound. Then, head to the airport for your departure flight.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Rebecca Robinson's guide, Things to Do in Krakow, Poland.
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