St. Mary’s church anchors the Main Market Square of Krakow. The Hejnal Bugle Call draws tourists and is rooted in legend. There are two towers – the taller one is technically the city watch tower and the lower second one is the church steeple.
Krakow fared better under Austrian rule than Warsaw under Russian rule. The Austrians modernized the city by introducing running water, electricity and the first electric streetcars (1901) long before Warsaw.
Wawel Castle (pronounced “VAH-vel”) which sits atop Wawel Hill is the most visited site in Poland – at least according to Rick Steves. Much of it is restored and available to walk through. You can walk the grounds for free or choose to tour a specific section of the castle – there are eight different tours, each about 15-30 minutes long. I think of it as sort of a castle buffet.