We’re going on a bear hunt

From Wieliczka, we journeyed southwards towards Zakopane. Ted was very keen to try and see some of his friends in the Tatra national park (there’s around 60 bears) and we just fancied a hike in the mountains. Zakopane is Poland’s gateway to the tatras which are an all year round attraction thanks to heaps of…

The salt of the earth

One of the biggest and most famous tourist attractions in the outskirts of Krakow is Wieliczka salt mine. It was started over 700 years ago and industrial salt extraction ended 1996. Shortly after that it was converted into a museum. There are still miners working in it; mainly to keep the water out and the…

Krakow

Around 2 hours after leaving Auschwitz we arrived in Krakow. Krakow has a great reputation as a beautiful baroque city with a buzz but we were interested to see how it would compare to Wrocław. To start with its huge and has a lot more campsites. We picked one at the end of a tram…

Even darker bits of history

After our day near the mountains, we were set on getting face to face with one of the darkest time of European history and visiting the concentration camp of Auschwitz (Oświeçim in Polish). Like everybody we had heard and learned a lot about the labour, concentration and death camps of the Nazis but we could…

Light and dark of history

Our next target after leaving Wroclow was the small town of Złoty Stok and its gold mine (Złoty means gold in Polish). On the way we decided to visit Klodzko. The main attraction there is a big fortress. The center is nice but also quite small. One market square, two churches and a few nice…