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3 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Krakow, Poland

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Poland

One of the most famous and visited cities in Poland, Krakow is regarded as the country’s cultural capital. The city is famous not only for its beautiful castles, town squares and churches, but also because of its historical relevance, culture and bohemian atmosphere.

Here are three tourist attractions that you should not miss when visiting Krakow:

1. The heart of Krakow, the Old Town is probably the most visited tourist destination in the city that takes pride in a number of trendy shops and both traditional and modern cafes, pubs and restaurants. Of course, Old Town also boasts numerous cultural and historical sites such as the Krakow National Museum, which features one of the largest collections of modern Polish art in the country, and the famous Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, home to the Krakow Film Festival.

2.  Also located in the Old Town, the 900 year-old Gothic Wawel Cathedral features 18 chapels, a museum, a library, and national archives. Moreover, it served as a coronation site for the Polish monarchs as well as the burial place of royalty and national heroes. Another symbol of Poland is the Wawel Royal Castle, a breath-taking building which now houses the Crown Treasury. The location of the castle is also home to the Dragon’s Den, a cave associated with the Polish folklore hero Wawel Dragon.

3. One of the most dreadful places in the world, Auschwitz was the location of WW2’s largest concentration camp. More than one million people died there, 90 percent of whom were Jews. Poland founded a museum on the site of the two camps, and in 1979, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum features portraits of victims, showcases filled with thousands of gallons of hair, and luggage and suitcases. People may also visit Block 10, where the Nazis conducted the hideous medical experiments, and may even see the gas chambers where mass executions were carried out.

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