On a bike adventure through Europe we had the pleasure of riding into Krakow. Upon arriving we immediately fell in love with the city. After checking into our hotel we had dinner in the main square, and as the sun went down we watched bats soar out from their hiding places to feed for the night. Once the sun set, the city lit up and became incredibly lively and vibrant. Needless to say, the kids didn’t come home until the sun rose again the next morning.
If you’re visiting Krakow, there are two important sites that are not to be missed. First on our list is the Wieliczka Salt Mine. This fascinating site takes you along underground routes through saline chambers of the old salt mine. Over the years, generations of miners have sculpted magnificent statues and breathtaking caverns underground. Experiencing this unique site is definitely worth the price of admission!
The second major site on our list is Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Auschwitz, a concentration camp during WWII, became the largest site for the murder of Jews under the Nazi plan for their extermination. Over one million men, women and children lost their lives at the concentration camp. Our day at Auschwitz was very sobering as we attempted to understand the site and imagine the conditions of the camp during WWII.
Overall, our time in Krakow was quite short. However, it is a fascinating city and the time we spent there will remain with us for the rest of our days.