22.05.2011 | Our Pretty Citty: Podgórze District

The Podgórze district is the home of mysterious prehistoric earthworks, ancient buildings and sites known from ‘Schindler’s List’ as well as beautiful landscaped parks and unique nature reserves. The area offers exceptional opportunities to explore natural surroundings in the historical settings on the south bank of the Vistula river.

Here most popular places:

Krak’s Hill:

The oldest known structure built in Podgórze. It was probably erected in the 7th century. Its original purpose is still unknown although various explanations have been put forward over the years. According to legends, it is the burial place of King Krak who established the city of Kraków.

Saint Benedict Church:

probably it was built in XI century. It is open only once a year, on first tuesday after eater. Next to the church, every year, takes place a party for families Rękawka

Old Cemetery of Podgórze:

opened in the last quarter of the 18th century. It was the burial place of the noble citizens of Podgórze, politicians, entrepreneurs and artists.

Market square of Podgórze (Rynek Podgórski)

large square with stylish houses. On the corner at number 1, is the former town hall of The Free Royal City of Podgórze built in the early 19th century. At the highest point of the square there is a large, brick, neo-gothic church of St. Josef.

Schindler’s Factory

4 Lipowa Street. This ordinary grey three-story building with lots of windows is still used as an electronics factory. During WWII enamelled pots and pans were manufactured here. Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German industrialist from Czechoslovakia, saved Jews from labour camps by employing them in this factory. His story was told in ‘Schidler’s List’. Laborooms recommends visiting Museum of Oskar Schindler – one of the greatest museum in Kraków – great prepered and very touching!

Liban Guarry:

prison labor camp (Straflager des Baudienstes im Generalgouvernement) made by Germans. From 1942 to 1944, more than 2000 prisoners from Poland and Ukraine worked there in very hard conditions. While liquidation 146 prisoners break out, other were shooted by Germans inside quarry.

Bohaterów Getta square:

One of the most beautiful and moving squares in Kraków. In the past there was a center of Jewish ghetto. Today, sculptures of chairs remind us tragic  Jews’ history. The Nazis threw out furnitures from jewish flats. The chairs are directed back to the Kazimierz, the Jewish district, from where they were displaced.

How to get there?

Podgórze is only a short walk across the Vistula river from Kazimierz

By tram 3, 8, 10 to the ‘Korona’ stop
By tram 9, 13, 24, 50 to the ‘Plac Bohaterów Getta’ or ‘Powstańców Śląskich’

Much more info at Podgórze website: http://podgorze.pl/english/


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