Kraków, Poland was the northernmost city on our trip. Like other cities we visited, it has a central old town and a fortress (just outside). Poland's capital moved to Warsaw from Kraków about 400 years ago, and Kraków has a lot of cultural and academic roots.

Wawel Hill

Wawel hill is the most visited sight in Poland. A castle in one form or another has stood here since the beginning of recorded history.

Polish Folk Museum (Muzeum Etnograficzne)

The Polish Folk Museum was a pleasant surprise, with not only the variety of items but in some cases the sheer depth of its collection. On the first floor is an exhibit of various houses and rooms.

Wieliczka Salt Mine (Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka)

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is about 10 miles outside of Kraków and is a huge tourist attraction. The mine has been in continuous operation since the Middle Ages, although salt hasn’t been mined in the past few years (the 400 or so miners now maintain the 200 miles of chambers). In the 19th century, miners started to carve figures, chandeliers, and even chapels into the salt.