Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Krakow: Ample Walking and Biking Paths

Walking Around Wawel Castle, Krakow 2011
The beauty of Krakow may rival Prague.  This well preserved city is oozing with architecture from the14th century and beyond.

We found ready access to scenic walking and biking paths in Krakow.  Our usual route was the shaded three -mile Planty path that surrounded the old quarter.

Wawel Castle
Walking Path along Vistula River
Kay walking along Vistula River
Then we discovered an even more interesting route.  A visit to the Wawel Castle (the size of a walled-in village) presented the opportunity.  The magnificent castle sits on a hill overlooking the city and the gentle Vistula River that runs through Krakow.  From there we could see the much used river-side paths.  We joined walkers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers and took a good long brisk walk.

Bride and Groom on Pedestrian Bridge over Vistula River
How romantic!  A bride and groom posed for wedding pictures on the pedestrian bridge crossing the Vistula. We noticed them during a break at one of the many riverboat restaurants along the way.  We met a couple there who had roller-bladed from their home a couple of miles away.  They recommended going to the nearby Schindler Factory where there is a large exhibit about the Nazi occupation of Krakow during World War II.  This is our next stop.

Jake at Wawel Castle

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