The Cultural Capital of Poland
Krakow, World Heritage Wonder - the jewel in the crown of Polish treasures – home to splendid art collections, with Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with the Ermine”, a supreme example of Renaissance genius and precious tapestries in the Wawel Castle. The city boats one of Central Europe's most beautiful architectural showpieces- Krakow’s medieval main market square, unique underground world of salt lakes, chambers and galleries in Wieliczka Salt Mine, bohemian neighborhood of Kazimierz with klezmer music and traces of Jewish history. It is also a university city bustling day and night with its lively pubs, cafes and clubs. A great variety of restaurants invite you to linger and treat yourself with a delicious culinary discoveries. Hotels in Krakow – many of them located in the historical buildings - are stylish, boutique and charming.
For many travellers what counts most, beside discovering new places is meeting interesting people who will share with you their talents and passions. While in Krakow we invite you on an unforgettable family journey with private visit to the place which combines the proximity of historic Krakow, the idyllic nature of the Wolski Forest and intriguing history of artistic family. Meet the family of artists and see the exhibition of their works, such as sculptures tiled in the style of Delft, made for the Palace on the Water in Warsaw, numerous ceramic works and paintings, as well as interesting family memorabilia. Taste the home-made rose liquor while enjoying the charming surrounding of the romantic garden.
Behind the Curtains
Enjoy a private backstage tour of one of the most magnificent opera stages, the Slowacki Theater. The theatre has been continuously staging plays since 1893. It is one of the most famous and distinguished Polish theatre scenes. The edifice, designed by Jan Zawiejski, is ranked among the most valuable monuments of theatre architecture in Europe. There is an inscription of its façade: “Kraków for the National Arts”. Interiors are decorated with frescoes by Viennese artist Anton Tuch and the famed curtain painted by Henryk Siemiradzki.
Few things are more nostalgic, enduring and sentimental to family members than a Christmas ornament, especially one that comes from such an overtly Catholic and family-oriented country as Poland. Calik' Polish Christmas Ornaments Gallery exports their signature baubles to the US, Canada, Germany and Australia and designed an entire collection for millionairess Ivana Trump. Today, in the era of computers and new techologies, it tums out that nothing can replace the man's hand that can add individual character to each separate ornament.
Visit a private factory to see the procedure of making these unique Christmas decorations. Get also creative and have fun creting personal and near-to-the-heart Christmas bauble.
Visit the famous workshop of the stained-glass where you can see a short presentation of the world famous stained-glass works and the process of creating stained glass, which has remained unchanged for centuries. See the master craftsmen at work but also make a small sample of this beautiful piece of art by yourself, before you leave for a journey to discover the secrets of Krakow’s stained-glass works, hidden in the antique apartments, presented in the museums and living in many Krakow churches.
Exclusively arranged meeting with one of the famous Jagiellonian University scholars will enrich your visit to Krakow with a fascinating discussion on today’s life in Poland, Krakow’s cultural heritage and great personalities or recent changes in Europe. Meet in the famous Krakow's café “Jama Michalika”, very well known for almost one hundred years where the bohemian and artistic met represented by frequently visitors, the artists, from the nearby Academy of Fine Arts.
Obwarzanki, one of the Krakow's culinary brands that have been part of the city's history for over 600 years! You cannot not try obwarzanek easily to be reached in many stands sheded in different parts of Krakow.
While your visit to Krakow we invite you to learn more and discover what makes them unique during obwarzanki making workshop. Each participant gets a piece of dough and leaves with their very own obwarzanek.