Greet us, grey capital of the Poles: The land of a thousand towers and a hundred kings

Poems about Krakow

Poems about Krakow

“Bardzo dobrze” All in autumn Krakow or winter Krakow, I don’t know, All the churches are crying with rain, But the rains are probably for the good. “Matka Bozka”, happiness never ends, You hear hoofbeats on the pavement, Everything will work, everything will work, If the Wawel above the river stands. In my dreams I see Krakow, the spires that peep through the blue… This Polish fairy tale appears in an old print…

“The famous Krakow, dressed in the green of its poplars, opens its arms… Greet us, grey-haired capital of the Poles, Land of a thousand towers and a hundred kings.

Glorious by day and mysterious by night, It stood before us like a knight of books. And we froze, stunned by its power, How gracefully great it is after all!

We know that Krakow has seen much in the past thousand years. And the city, sighing, smiled wearily, And a pine branch nodded back at us.

It is a silent witness To all that has happened. It remembers the cross, and Tatar robbery, and good Jadwiga’s virtue, and the terrible times of World War II.

But he triumphed, majestic and fierce. It rose like a bird out of grief and darkness. And now it stands entertaining tourists, Backpackers like us.

And people buy magnets and ribbons, To remember the place and the hour. And Krakow whispers to them gray legends. One of them he pleased us.

In the square, near the rows of “Sukennica”, Where the spire of the Marian spire looks up to the sky, Birds are circling and circling over passers-by And looking in their eyes with timid hope…

In twelfth-century Poland there was no agreement among the princes. There every land wanted better and more. And Poland fell into nine parts.

The country turned out to be plundered, dead. It was so terrible to work and live in. But Duke Henry the Fourth came to power. He wished to reconcile his people.

To make his country united again, To make Cracow invincible for ever, Heinrich, determined to enlist the saint’s support, Set out for Rome.

The horses snore and the men are ready, but the treasury is empty. And then whispered her evil word to the ruler quietly the sorceress alone.

– Hurry up and ride around the world. I’ll make you rich and you can go to Rome. And for that you’ll leave me your most faithful soldiers.

The careless king agreed, Nodding, The soldiers disappeared, Only the leader remained, A flock of pigeons flew up, And a rain of coin fell from the sky.

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In Italy, Henry had as much fun as he could, Left and right, with his money. And somewhere a scattered Cracow remained, And a flock waited for their king…

But the memory of the past can’t be discarded. And the birds are circling over the city, And they look and look passers-by in the eyes…

I dream of Krakow at dawn. No trumpet is heard yet. And Mr. Stanislav will not answer the question

I’d like to know how we poets prophesy to everyone, and predict backwards for ourselves?

But it’s unlikely Lev would have answered me, and it’s unlikely Lem would have answered me, because there are so many problems in our life story.

The peripetias are intertwined like vines, one for the first time and one for the second time… And there is no answer to the question.

The domes of the lanterns In the snakes of the streets are hidden… I know, many ways, But the routes are forgotten. I walk at random, I’m looking again for an excuse To go back to the old fairytale city…

Krakow… Krakow… The roofs of castles… Krakow… Krakow… A little call My heart is a little tortured, Because my great-grandmother lived here…

A quick ray of sunshine slid across my face… Didn’t you ask me something, my occasional fellow traveler? Don’t listen to me – Only the city knows everything… See, a drop of rain How the sun shines…

Krakow… Krakow… Those towers… Krakow… Krakow… Yesterday’s day brings back their greatness. The city knows Who came to it like an old friend

Even sun and rain Get along in summer… I’m sad about mine… What was a secret for cold hearts, I trust to the old walls… You understand at last: I just trust them…

Krakow… rakow… Those faces… Krakow… Krakow… I wish I could fall in love And tell those towers At dawn Of my thawed soul…

The rains are humming a tune I do not know… Wait a little while – The windows of this house Say something to me, Washing down the rains… I am silent, the rain is streaming between us…

Krakow… Krakow… Goodbye. Krakow… Krakow… I will say goodbye I’ll surely come back here one day…

Oh Cracow I love – for it is not the stones that hurt me – living people, but the spirit in me will not tremble, Cracowites, no one’s rancor cools my heat, the spirit is strong Faith that, with the jubilation of dawn, illuminates the thought and wakes up. A mountain of stones thrown at me lifts me up – I stand on it.

Stanislaw Wyspianski (Translation by Natalia Astafieva)

Amazing city of Krakow, True with the same trouble in Europe. You don’t eat crayfish with beer, you get chemical poisoning.

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The same is the cuisine of their Polish traditions – Cellulite in one young person. If calories are the sum of ambition, Then the Slavs are alike in some way!

There’s no hurry to go to the doctor, the service is twice as expensive. I’ll go to the dentist if I have a toothache, I’d rather not be punished.

There are too many pampered souls, Too few good people. There’s no God in dazzling temples, Tourists there take pictures of children.

What an amazingly important people! The Nazis wore sneakers, And in two “thousand” tenth year Lives “panstvo” no worse than Russia.

I won’t write about work And there’s no love, only boredom. No pity in Germany… No consolation in Poland…

Proud Krakow glistens, So does the sound of horseshoes, But no one hears enchanted poetry for a long time.

There’s no poet dear to us. His memory is eternal. But the city remains the same. Drive through it

Along ancient walls and towers, In the distance where the truth is seen… Krakow looks different From the carriage window.

Yea, ride two blocks, And then, at evening hour, All that Jan inspired, Will perhaps inspire you.

And the enchanted secrets of an enchanted soul will be revealed by chance In the soft silence of Krakow…

On a bend of the Vistula Old woman Wawel hill Rises: Prince Krak killed “the beast” – The legendary cruel dragon…

Here the Polish Milestone was founded: The glorious Mieszko and Prince Boleslaw drove the Czechs away from Wawel, Instead of Gniezna the capital was created…

The cathedral enclosed With fortifications of various roles: Became the history of Poland’s future, Enthroned kings!

The sepulchres of the Middle Ages – Here lie the ashes of monarchs; Henceforth Warsaw will share the pain, The centuries-old capital has been restored…

Below Wawel, strictly to the North, the Old Town has spread its wing: The tourist’s gaze is a little distracted, The excitement cramps the cheekbones…

Here is a great number of buildings That were built in the Middle Ages – Not enough emotion and knowledge, Remains “hovering in the clouds”…

“University” – a group of the oldest buildings, Where Copernicus studied for five years; Collegium Maius was smaller, And then sprawled without trouble…

There’s the marketplace, huge and ancient, That “clothiers” have spread their rows; There’s Mickiewicz, Polonia’s faithful, Town Hall tower, crosses above…

Church of St. Mary’s in the sky A pair of towers spread – Gothic lament; From the bell-tower – Oginsky’s is boring, But with the soul of a trumpeter plays….

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City of faith – dozens of churches, Synagogues… here God reigns: A humble feast, but altogether cheerful, In the bustle of perennial anxieties!

Remembering their horror of yesterday, In the heart of Krakow, above the sidewalk, The unequal towers look up into the sky With a legendary but ghastly fate.

There, above the towers circles a curse, Spirits roam for half a thousand years… The towers were built by blood brothers, Who once broke the covenant.

In the beginning the construction went on amicably, Together the towers grew to the heavens. But as a rule what’s alien to us Seems best to our eyes.

And so the younger brother crept In his heart with a rattlesnake. And in his rebellious soul she wriggled, Tempting him to take a fatal step.

The brother struggled with a terrible grudge, But once gave in to it all the same: Before he climbed the tower, he hid a knife in his bosom.

The older brother, unaware of his plan, was absorbed in his work, Stacking brick by brick and stone, brick by brick, in rows and rows, chanting.

He was working, distant and nimble, And suddenly the younger brother slipped in like a shadow And plunged his blade into his throat And pushed him off the stone walls…

Did the brother who kills his brother with his trembling, shaking hand, Know that he will pay for his misdeed And take away his peace forever?

And so it came to pass. The stabbed image began to appear to him night after night, Repeating in the darkness like a prayer, the question “why?”

And the criminal, hearing the sobs, could not hold back his own tears… But his tower grew higher and higher, Leaving his neighbor below.

Well, he had won, but at what cost! The brother-killer was inconsolable in the light of day and in the night…

And one day, unable to live any longer, He plunged a dagger into his heart And behind his brother in the noisy square A stone fell from a high tower…

Those brothers are no more. But, witness of their old grievances, the unfinished tower stands as an admonition to posterity to this day.

Greet us, grey capital of the Poles: The land of a thousand towers and a hundred kings

Krakow looks like a motley kaleidoscope – fabulous, magical, unique. This city is especially fascinating in winter, when the snow cover underscores its grandeur and medieval outline.

As the third largest city in Poland, Krakow is a cultural capital and a city of poets and musicians.

Where is it located?

Its favorable geographical location has contributed to Krakow’s rapid growth and development. In the year 1000 Boleslaw the Brave established a bishopric in Krakow. From that time the city began to develop as a center of spiritual and monarchal power. From 1038 to 1596 Krakow was the capital of the Polish state.

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Where is it located?


The city has a rich historical past, about which the story goes on and on. Importantly, in 1978 the historic center of Krakow was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lately cultural events of international significance have been held there on a regular basis. Winter in this ancient European city is not the most pleasant time of year, but if you dress appropriately, nothing will prevent you from enjoying the atmosphere of the city to the fullest. Monuments and attractions of this city are a reflection of the wealth and influence of Krakow in the Middle Ages and the power of the Polish monarchy.

The central historical part of Krakow is known as the Old Town (Stare Miasto). Here are the main attractions of the city, which can be viewed for quite a long time. Time flies here, so you can spend the whole day here.

Main market. The central square of the Old Town of Cracow. It is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. The shape of the square is a square, the sides of which are 200 m long. There are palaces and churches of great historical, archaeological and cultural value.

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Cloth Hall. One of the symbols of Krakow, existing since the 1200s, but rebuilt in 1555 in the Italian Renaissance style.

St. Mary’s Church or St. Mary’s Basilica. Gothic wonder of the beginning of XIV century. The facade of the building is crowned by two towers, and the castle stones are small sculptures. The main element of the interior of the church is the altar Vita Stolova, which is considered to be the largest of the medieval altars in Europe.

Wierzynek Restaurant, which has been welcoming guests since the Middle Ages.

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Wawel Hill. It is 228 m high, situated on the left bank of the Vistula River. There is a complex of architectural monuments, the most important of which are:

  • The Cathedral of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslas, which is the tomb for the heads of the Polish state;
  • The Royal Castle, the State Collection of Art is a cultural institution.

Kazimierz . Historic district of Krakow, which for 500 years was a separate city founded by the Polish King Casimir III the Great. Nowadays there is no border between Kazimierz and the Old Town. This place is notable for the fact that its streets were used to film “Schindler’s List” . Every year a festival of Jewish culture takes place in Kazimierz.

  • The Royal Road is the path taken by Polish monarchs during coronation processions.
  • The Stained Glass Museum is not only a museum, but also a studio where you can see how craftsmen create their masterpieces using centuries-old skills.
  • Underground Market is a branch of the Krakow Historical Museum. Exhibits found during archaeological excavations are demonstrated here.
  • Vistula Boulevards – the hydraulic structures along the Vistula River designed to protect the city from floods. Now it is a park area and a place of rest for citizens and guests of Krakow.
Caribbean. Shell Islands.

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  • Dragon’s Lair (Smoča jama) – the most famous karst cave at the foot of the Wawel Hill. According to legend, a dragon lived here, which caused a lot of inconvenience to the locals. Eventually, it was killed by Prince Krak, the founder of the town. In the cave there is a mysterious and dark atmosphere, and in front of the entrance you can see a sculpture of the dragon, from the mouth of which about once a minute, bursts out a pillar of fire.
  • Krakow’s New Square (Plac Novy) is the epitome of Krakow’s bohemian life. During the day the square is filled with vendors of all kinds of goods.

So how to get into this medieval fairy tale?

There are endless things to say about Krakow, but they do not convey the sensations of visiting this magical place!

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Krakow is a major transportation hub.

  • Krakow-Balice Airport named after John Paul II, 11 km from the city. To get to the city you can
  • Bus no. 292, whose stop is on the right side of the Terminal 1 exit. There is a night bus №902;
  • A little further is the railway station, where the Balice Express trains go to Kraków. Tickets are sold by the conductor.
  • The train Moscow-Warsaw, departing from the Belorusskaya station of the Russian capital, is called “Polonez”. Travel time is 19 hours. At the central station of the Polish capital you should change to a direct train to Krakow.
  • Buses go through Minsk. From Moscow the trip time is 31 hours.

A few tips for beginner travelers can make a visit to Krakow even more pleasant and comfortable.

  • Purchase of Krakow Card will greatly facilitate your trip.
  • Despite EU membership, the national currency in Poland is the zloty. You can pay by card.

To summarize, holidays in Krakow are good at any time of year, but winter is a time of festive lights, Christmas markets, folk festivals, that can create a special atmosphere of travel. Enjoy your stay!

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