If you’re looking for adventure on the streets of Podgorze, Fort Benedict is an enchanting and mysterious place to visit. Known for its military use in the 19th century, the brick citadel served the city’s defense against the Russians for more than three decades. It was a part of a 32 fort ring outside the historic city. The parts that the Austrians built were ruined during WWI. However, St Benedict survived the horrors of war. It now has become a tourist attraction.
One of the most striking buildings in the neighborhood of Podgorze, Cricoteka challenges the urban and cultural landscape under the avant-garde signature of Tadeusz Kantor. Opposed to the conservative historical town in terms of form and concept, Cricoteka covers a classic building with a modern industrial structure inspired by Kantor’s drawings. The building is representative of what Kantor tried to achieve during his lifetime: to expand the boundaries of thinking in terms of art, theater, poetics and design in the world’s urban stage.
Cricoteka, Nadwiślańska 2-4, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 421 69 75
Some visitors come to Krakus Mound just for the panoramic view over the entire city. Some others are interested in the mythical legend of Krakow’s founder, King Krakus. Others hope to find archaeological proof of the mystery that has surrounded the tumulus for centuries. Whatever the reason is behind the visit, the mound is worth visiting. It provides great views over Kazimierz, Płaszów or the Old Town.
An alluring place, Cafe Cinema Paradiso is a kaleidoscope for social gatherings, culinary endeavors and cinematic experiences. They host delicious food bazaars of international cuisines hosted by Erasmus students or local Latin ex-pats. Dishes such as nachos, burritos or habanero chili can be found, all are mouthwatering. Showing independent pictures, from Jim Jarmusch’s noir Vignette to Filipino nonconformist Cannes-awarded films, this cafe is a marker of Podgorze’s progressive spirit.
Cafe Cinema Paradiso, ul. Kalwaryjska 9-15 Kraków, Poland, +48 536998476
Manggha Museum is an example of artistic triumph which breathes inspiration from all its corners. The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology hosts exhibitions of Japanese graphic art. This art includes watercolors, paintings, prints and photographs. Other exhibitions show behind-the-shadow theater productions, an exquisite collection of kimonos, nō masks, costumes and other decorative pieces. All of the efforts put in to turning this former public cultural wing into this internationally acclaimed Kyoto–Kraków foundation have been a success. The efforts were led by Andrzej Wajda and Krystyna Zachwatowicz-Wajda, its founders.
Manggha Museum, ul. Konopnickiej 26, Krakow, Poland, +48 122672703