Krakus and Wanda Mounds
These two prehistoric man-made mounds add a bit of mystery to Krakow's skyline. Their purpose remains unknown, but both are perfectly astronomically aligned with the sunrises of important Celtic days.
Church of Peter and Paul
Established by the Jesuits in the 17th century, this church features a splendid Baroque facade (patterned closely after the mother church in Rome) and larger-than-life statues of the 12 apostles.
St. Stanislaw's Church
Also known as the Church on the Rock, this 14th-century Gothic church stands on the site where Bishop Stanislaw of Poland was beheaded and dismembered on order of the king in 1079. It is now a Paulite church and monastery.
The historic Remuh Synagogue is the only synagogue in Krakow to remain in active use. It dates from the 16th century and includes an original ark and a fine cemetery.
Dating from 1664, the Synagoga Izaaka is considered by many to be the most beautiful synagogue in Krakow. It now houses historic photographs and documentary films, including haunting newsreels taken by the Nazis.
Jasna Gora Monastery
The Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa is the third-largest Catholic shrine in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the monastery is the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.
The 14th-century Katedra Wawelska, located inside Wawel Castle, is the spiritual center of the Polish state. It is the burial place of Polish kings and national heroes and was the cathedral of Karol Wojtyla until he became Pope.
St. Mary's Church
The Kosciol Mariacki is a large 14th-century church notable for its imposing but uneven towers, vibrantly colored interior, and its magnificent wooden altarpiece depicting medieval scenes.