Destination Spotlight for Performance Tours: Krakow

December 5, 2013 Sabrina Nikolov

Krakow Market Square

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of discovering the wonderful city of Krakow, Poland. It exceeded my expectations in many ways and opened my eyes to the fact that it’s a fantastic city to visit as a performing ensemble.

Krakow has always been a hub for Polish academic, cultural, and artistic traditions. It was lucky enough to escape destruction during WWII; therefore the architecture all over the city is still intact and truly outstanding. The Main Market Square is the biggest pedestrian square in Europe and contains the immense structure of the Renaissance Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) in the middle of the square.

Krakow's Cloth Hall
Krakow’s Cloth Hall

Wawel Castle, built in the 14th century, sits high on a hill overlooking the city and is a must-do for any visitor to Krakow. There are several important neighborhoods within the city, one of which includes Kazimierz, the Jewish District, which is notable for its many renaissance buildings and charming streets. I also had the opportunity to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which has a “room” big enough to hold concerts inside!  Wouldn’t that be an unforgettable venue to perform in?!

Main Market Square
Main Market Square

Krakow also has a rich musical tradition which can be experienced through various outlets in the city. Opera Krakowska, the leading national opera company in Poland, stages 200 performances each year, including operettas, ballet, and musicals. The Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra performs in the beautiful hall bearing its name, which is the city’s primary concert hall. Krakow also houses the alma-mater of the contemporary Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki; the Academy of Music, founded in 1888.

And the food, oh the food! Pierogis, kielbasa, mushroom soup, zurek, cabbage rolls, borscht, cucumber soup…oh my!  You just can’t go wrong.

Krakow should be on everyone’s list as a fabulous destination for performance tours!

City streets of Krakow
Charming Streets of Krakow

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Sabrina Nikolov

Sabrina was classically trained on the piano when she started taking lessons at the age of 8. She pursued her musical talent further and performed in college. Sabrina still considers playing the piano one of her greatest passions, although she’ll admit it's more of a hobby at the moment. In addition to the piano, Sabrina started singing at a young age and she was a member of the Chorale during her university years. With her college choir, she proudly performed in Italy.

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