Arquivo da categoria: Poland
07th of January – 09th of January 2014: We went to Krakow with bus from Vienna. On the first day we arrived, we did 2 free tours. The first one was about the Old Town. We started meeting in front of the St. Mary`s Church, where you can hear on every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—being played from the top of the taller of St. Mary’s two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city.
After this, we head to the St. Florian’s Gate, one of the best-known Polish Gothic towers, and a focal point of Kraków’s Old Town. It was built about the 14th century as a rectangular Gothic tower of “wild stone”, part of the city fortifications against Turkish attack. We saw the Main Market Square, which is the principal urban space located at the center of the city. It dates back to the 13th century, and at roughly 40,000 m² (430,000 ft²) is the largest medieval town square in Europe. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) lists the square as the best public space in Europe due to its lively street life. There we could see the Adam Mickiewicz Monument, one of the best known bronze monuments in Poland, and a favourite meeting place at the Main Market Square. Our guide also told us that before the final exams to enter in a university, the students of Krakow jump around the monument to bring luck. She also did the same on her early days. In 1940 the monument was destroyed by the Nazis following German invasion of Poland. It was not to be seen in the Square until its restoration in 1955. However, most of the figures were recovered from a Hamburg scrap metal heap in 1946, which allowed the restoration of the Monument’s original appearance.
We continue our tour walking and seeing the Eros Bendato sculpture, the Jagiellonian University museum, Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Bazylika Franciszkanow (http://www.franciszkanska.pl/). On the last one, we found a Kraków szopka, or nativity scene which is a Christmas tradition originating from Kraków, Poland, and dating back to the 19th century. An unusual and characteristic feature of the szopka is the use of historical buildings of Kraków as backdrop for the Nativity of Jesus.
Later on, we arrived at the Gothic Wawel Castel (http://www.wawel.krakow.pl/pl/), which was built at the behest of Casimir III the Great, who reigned from 1333 to 1370, and consists of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard. There is a legend about the Wawel Dragon. His lair was in a cave at the foot of Wawel Hill on the bank of the Vistula River. In some stories the dragon lived before the founding of the city, when the area was inhabited by farmers. The cathedral features a statue of the Wawel dragon and a plaque commemorating his defeat by Krakus, a Polish prince who, according to the plaque, founded the city and his palace over the slain dragon’s lair. The dragon’s cave below the castle is now a popular tourist stop and you can find dragon´s souvenir around the city.
For lunch we ate Pierogi, which are dumplings of unleavened dough – first boiled, then they are baked or fried usually in butter with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. Of central and eastern European provenance, they are usually semicircular, but are rectangular or triangular in some cuisines.
Then, the second tour started at the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. There we saw some synagogues, the restaurant Ariel (http://www.ariel-krakow.pl/), jewish cemeteries, a small market where you can try zapiekanka. We also saw some locations for the movie “The Schindler list”, if you look for the pub The Stajnia you can recognise some of these locations. After crossing the bridge Father Bernatek Footbridge (Kładka Ojca Bernatka) we walked a little bit more, until we arrived in the Memorial to Jews from the Kraków Ghetto on their deportation site. Each steel chair represents 1,000 victims.
We finished the walking tour there, and we decided to see the Schindler’s Factory (http://www.krakow-info.com/schindler.htm). As a curiosity, Oskar Schindler saved 1100 Jews, but there is also a famous name: Irena Sendler. She saved 2500 jewish kids. On the following day we visited Auschwitz concentration camp (http://www.auschwitz.org.pl/). For sure it was the saddest place I have ever been to, and I just hope human beings will one day respect each other.
We also ate at a mexican restaurant (http://www.tacomexicano.pl/), at a polish restaurant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_cuisine) and at the Hard Rock Cafe Krakow (http://www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes3/cafe.aspx?LocationID=525&MIBEnumID=3).
It is also recommended going to the Salt Mine, but we had no time: http://www.wieliczka-saltmine.com/visiting/visitor-s-guide/krakow-office
>>Movies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwfIf1WMhgc Schindler’s List
*Where we stayed: http://www.letsrockhostel.com/
09th of January – 11th of January 2014: We left Krakow with train to Poznań. After we arrived we went to the city center, we saw the new station on the way and walked in the streets until we stopped to have dinner at Baraboo (http://www.baraboo.pl/). Later on we went to a pub called Ministerstwo Browaru (http://ministerstwobrowaru.pl/), where you can find diffent beers including the polish ones. The famous polish beers are Zywiec, Warka Jasne Pelne, Tatra, Wojak and from Poznań is Lech.
On the next day we went to the Malta Lake and in the Malta shopping mall. It’s better to go there during summer where you have plent of activities to do. We walked a bit in the old town and next to the Poznanian Fara. For lunch we chose Manekin (http://manekin.pl/poznan.html) with delicious pancakes. We went into the Old Brewery shopping mall and on the way we stopped to take pictures with the Stary Marych (you can find him on the corner of ul. Półwiejska and Strzelecka). In front of this statue we also bought a tipical sweet from Poland: Rogal świętomarciński. It’s also recommended trying Kremówka and Oscypek (which we found being sold on the streets).
On the last day we tried seeing the goats of Poznań in the Town Hall, but we were a bit late. So we went inside the building of economic university, because if you get the lift you can see the view of the city from above. Next we saw the Imperial Castle of Poznań, the Museum of history of Poznan (http://www.euromuse.net/en/museums/museum/view-m/muzeum-historii-miasta-poznania/) and Museum of musical instruments (http://www.mnp.art.pl/en/museum/branches/museum-of-musical-instruments/). We finished our trip at Cacao Republika (http://republikaroz.pl/cacao-republika), where you can find amazing drinks with chocolate including hot chocolate.
*Where we stayed: We stayed at a friend’s house
Warsaw is home practically in the center of Poland on the Vistula River, which separates the city into two sections. The western bank is home to many of businesses, theaters, and banks, while the eastern side of the rivers known as Praga is considered the poorer side of town, however, a few modern shopping centers dot the area along with housing and office buildings. Warsaw Poland is about the same distance from the Baltic Sea shoreline as it is from the Carpathian Mountains at around 230 miles either way.
The city torn apart during World War II had much to rebuild to become the modern and industrious city it is today with a pulsating business area, modern skyscrapers, and of course a mix of yesterday. No matter where you are in Warsaw Poland, you will be able to view the Palace of Culture and Science, which was constructed between 1952 and 1955 as a gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland. At the time of its construction, the building was called Joseph Stalin’s Palace of Culture and Science. This is one of the Warsaw attractions that catch the eye of all visitors due to its size that dominates the skyline. It is the seventh tallest building in the European Union and the world”s 187th tallest building standing at 778 feet.
Warsaw travel has visitors enjoying all kinds of unique things to do and see. Warsaw vacations offer much for the family to enjoy from historical monuments to the quiet and relaxation of the numerous urban parks.
Warsaw Poland travel offers a diverse culture and various sections of the city that offers something new to explore. The city is divided into the following sections.
Warsaw Poland travel would not be the same if you did not visit the attractions in this area. Warsaw attractions home in Old Town include:
Castle Square – When you step foot out of the modern area of Warsaw into old town your first view is that of Castle Square which is below the Royal Castle. The castle square is home to street entertainers and dancers.
Royal Castle – When it comes to Warsaw attractions, the Royal Castle is a must see. The castle is home at Plac Zamkowy at the entrance of Old Town. This was the home for many czars, German military governor during the World War I, and during World War II the home of the Polish president, Ignacy Moscicki.
Sapieha Palace is at the top of the list for Warsaw vacations and offers visitors the chance to see and visit one of the magnificent castles in Poland. The castle was built from 1731 to 1746.
St. Kazimierz Church at one time was the residence of Wyszogrod stolnik Adam Kotowski and was known as the Kotowski Palace. Queen Maria Kazimiera Sobieska purchased the castle in 1688 and transformed it into a church.
Warsaw Poland travel has to take you through the Royal Route with many spectacular sights to see including the Staszic Palace which is home to the Polish Academy of Sciences.
As you can see Warsaw vacations offers many things to see and wonderful Warsaw attractions that are unlike any others in the world. Castles with their rich history and reconstructed to hold the aura of the past is one of the many treats you will enjoy during your Warsaw vacations.
>Movies:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itR0-I9idXk The Pianist