Kraków, Poland

Our daughter and her classmates have gone on a planned weekend trip to Poland. Yesterday was spent sightseeing through Kraków, Poland. They visited the Old Town, had lunch at a local restaurant named Milkbar Tomasza, saw Wawel Castle, visited Schindler’s Factory, and wrapped up the evening admiring the various gelato options in the Main Square.

Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland as it dates back to the 7th century. It began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill and was already a busy trading center in 965. The students will visit the German extermination camps at nearby Auschwitz this weekend, so we expect this to be an emotional weekend for our daughter and her classmates. Many prayers for them during this portion of their travels.

Kraków Old Town is the historic central district of Kraków, Poland. It was the center of Poland’s political life from 1038 until 1596 when King Vasa relocated his court to Warsaw. The entire medieval old town was among one of the first sites chosen for the World Heritage List. It is also one of Poland’s official national historic monuments.

The history of Wawel Castle dates back to an early Romanesque building from the mid 11th century.

Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory is now the host of two museums, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków.

To prepare for this trip the group watched “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: and “Schindler’s List”.

Take a brief tour through the eyes of her friend Z and her photographs below.