My stay at the Wawel Hotel was very nice and not too pricey being altogether $300 for my three night stay. Due to my late afternoon almost evening arrival I took a short walk to the Wawel Cathedral, paying only $3 to enter and get a little background on Polish history of monarchs and others important figures in their history, it was quite nice and very interesting. After viewing some of the cathedral I spent the little bit left of my evening at Cafe Philo having a little dinner and just relaxing.
The next morning I had the whole day dedicated to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. I had always wanted to go and it was an experience of a lifetime. It was very sad to walk through most of it, all you want to do is respect the grounds and walking through that part of history and seeing the gore and fear left behind, it was gruesome and life changing. On Friday I visited the Rynek Glówny known as the largest medieval Market Square in Europe and the center of the Old Town. While strolling through Rynek Glówny it is a short distance to St. Mary’s Basilica, a gothic church built in the 13th century which you can enter for $2. The last location I wanted to visit was the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which actually a UNESCO world heritage site. It is an amazing temple completely carved out of salt and it really is a place I will not forget visiting. That was a great end to my trip in Poland.
Rynek Glówny (Medieval Square)
St. Mary’s Basilica
Wieliczka Salt Mine