Travel to Krakow, Poland – Episode 185

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Krakow, Poland

The Amateur Traveler talks to Raul from Atlanta about his recent trip to Krakow Poland. Learn about this former capital of Poland which is a treasure trove of history.

Travel to Krakow, Poland – Amateur Traveler Episode 185 transcript

Raul will take us to the cloth hall in the old town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle. We will also talk about his trips to the unusual Wieliczka salt mine with its rock salt carvings.

A very poignant side trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau makes us confront the unspeakable evil done in those two places.

Raul also traveled to Wadowice, the boyhood home of the man who would later be Pope John Paul II, and Black Madonna, the home of the Black Madonna.

In between we talk about Polish food (lard for your bread sir?), museums, transportation and history.

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Show Notes

Krakow, Polland
Poland History (Poland has disappeared from the map multiple times)
Pope John Paul II – only Polish Pope
Kazimierz – jewish quarter
Krakow museums
National Museum, Krakow
Bishop’s Palace and Museum, Krakow
Czartoryski Museum
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Auschwitz concentration camp
Black Madonna of Częstochowa

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

11 Responses to “Travel to Krakow, Poland – Episode 185”



Thanks, Chris, for having me in one of your podcasts. I hope others will add from their own experience in traveling to Krakow and its vicinity!




Great interview about Krakow! On a visit to Poland several years ago, I stopped in Krakow on my way to Krynica…I didn’t stay long, but have always wanted to get back for a more extended visit. Again, great show. Chris



I love the show, greetings from Poznan, Poland!



I really enjoyed this one. Hope Raul is back with more of his travels some time, a great interview. As an Australian, I’d love to get to do a trip one day starting on ANZAC day in Turkey and travelling across Europe visiting significant war sites like Belguim and Poland. After listening to this informative and interesting podcast I’m more determined that I’ll do it one day. Thanks Raul

Andy Hayes


Thanks for all this good stuff.

Am very much looking forward to my visit to Krakow – or Poland in general, I should say. (And I’m up for the lard on bread – had it in Czech republic – not an everyday treat…)



Great interview — Loved Raul’s insights!



Glad you all have enjoyed it. Chris does have an amazing collection of places and experiences in the Amateur Traveler! Alison, I am actually headed to Australia and NZ next week for a month! Very much looking forward to it as it is my first time there.



I was in Krakow (and then Auschwitz/Birkeneu last May. Enjoyed the experience. My day in Krakow was quite memorable as the was the last day of school for the local university and everyone was in costume with entertainment in the main square.

Still not sure what to think of the watermelon slices topping that went with my ice cream sundae. I’ll never forget that.

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Such a great podcast. I was both in Krakow and Auschwitz. In fact, I was born and bred in Poland, Lodz. 🙂 And again, I loved how Raul shared his experience. 🙂



Jogoda, glad you liked it 🙂

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