Poland Heritage-History Tour

As far as European history goes, Poland definitely has one of the most complicated and interesting backgrounds on the continent. The country’s real start began at the beginning of the first millennium, and has since seen a long line of royalty marching through. Much of Poland’s most important history stems from its rich Jewish background, not to mention its role in World War II. For history buffs that want to really dive in, a Poland heritage-history tour with a knowledgeable local guide is a great way to go.

In Warsaw, get out on foot to explore the Royal Route, the street of aristocracy and royalty. This street once led to Krakow, the former capital of Poland.  Highlights include the busy Castle Square, Krakowskie Przedmieście, and Aleje Ujazdowskie. Your Poland heritage-history tour guide can explain the significance of each historical landmark in a fun, enlightening manner. The Theatrical Square is also worth visiting.

If you’re most interested in Poland’s significant Jewish history, Warsaw is the place to be. Your guide will take you to Próżna Street, where you’ll see the old ghetto and its monuments that popped up after the war. It’s also home to the only prewar synagogue in Warsaw. For more, be sure to check out the legendary shopping street in the Jewish part of town.

Krakow is another exceptionally beautiful city for exploring Poland’s history. To experience the Jewish culture, you’ll want to dip into the main synagogues, cemeteries, monuments, and even the site of Oskar Schindler’s famed factory. There’s also the historic district of Kazimierz, where you’ll find an old Orthodox synagogue and one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Sample traditional food in the New Square, where you’ll even find a prewar kosher slaughterhouse.

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To explore Polish Krakow, you’ll start out in Wawel Hill and walk to the Royal Palace and Cathedral, where Polish kings were crowned for centuries. You can visit Collegium Maius, where the likes of Pope John Paul II and Nicolaus Copernicus studied. Then you’ll see Rynek Glowny, the Grand Square, considered to be the heart of Krakow. It’s a medieval square, and it’s a popular destination among locals and tourists alike. From here you’ll see the stunning St. Mary’s Basilica with its wooden alter built in the Gothic style.

Of course, no trip to Poland is complete without exploring the country’s communist history as well. In Krakow, see Lenin’s Steelworks Administrative Centre to start, and allow your local guide to introduce you to the propaganda architecture and social realist art from the 1950s and 60s in Central Square. You’ll be riveted by Poland’s past, and you’ll be grateful for the history lesson!



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