There is a country… Historical walk for family
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“Once upon a time there was a king, a page and a princess,” and they lived at the castle on Wawel Hill among beautiful tapestries and Renaissance arcades. But what did the homesteads of their subjects look like and how did they change over the centuries? Let’s find out during a walk exploring dwellings of ancient Kraków and surrounds.
We start on the right bank of the Vistula, once home to a village, then the Royal Free City of Podgórze and now one of the districts of Kraków. Let’s explore the Podgórze Museum to learn about the lives of the inhabitants of the area from the prehistoric times to the present. We move on to Cricoteka at the renovated building of the former electricity plant; its now-defunct generators, battery compartment and boiler house provided power to illuminate the first electric street lights in the early 20th century. We take the Fr. Bernatek Footbridge to cross over to the left bank and head for the Ethnographic Museum. We will discover village life in the old times by exploring the differences between Cracovian and Highlander cottages, admiring folk costumes from across the region and beyond, and exploring local festivities.
We leave picturesque Kazimierz district to head to the Main Market Square where the Hipolit House presents meticulously recreated daily lives of Cracovians over the centuries. Take a peek into a study of a wealthy gentleman, a grandmother’s bedroom and a young lady’s parlour to experience the atmosphere of old Kraków. And that’s not the end of our journey through time! We visit the Stained Glass Workshop and Museum to admire glassmakers at work, reaching for craft developed over the centuries.
We wander through Błonia Meadow to the final stop on our journey: the Zwierzyniec House. The suburban house from the turn of the 20th century presents rooms with tiled stoves, cuckoo clocks and oil lamps. And if you enjoyed the trip around Kraków’s historical homesteads, don’t miss the Rydlówka cottage in Bronowice. It was home to the famous wedding described by Stanisław Wyspiański in his play, but that’s the subject for another adventure…