Are you expecting guests from France? Wondering what they might enjoy seeing here in Krakow? We’re Krakow city guides with lots of experience and we’re happy to share our ideas and suggestions that will help you to a the perfect host!
A long history of friendship
Poland and France have long been connected in a long and rich history of cultural exchanges. While visiting Wawel Castle it’s important to remember that Poland even had a French king, Henry III, although he ran away from Poland as soon as he had a chance to become ruler of France. History went the other way too when the daughter of Polish king Stanislaw Lesczynski, Maria Leszczynska, became queen of France as the wife of Louis XV. Her grandson Louis XVI met his fate at the guillotine during the Revolution. Meanwhile, King Stanislaw Leszczynski died and was buried in Nancy after succumbing to injuries caused by burns he received after catching fire while napping next to a fireplace. A strange and unfortunate history but typical of the twists and turns in the relationship between these two countries.
From the Seine to the Vistula – How French people loved Krakow Tours!
When showing your guests around the Old Town and Kazimierz, you can go by foot, by bike or even on a cruise setting out from the foot of the castle or from Kazimierz all the way to the Benedictine Abbey at Tyniec. The views from the river are not unlike those you’ll find in Paris! If you can take your eyes away from the monumental presence of Wawel Castle on the banks of the river, you’ll see the Norbertine Convent at Zwierzeniec sitting in equally picturesque fashion just a little further upriver. Back in Kazmierz, take your guests to the Baroque church and monaster of the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, known locally as “Skalka”, to the site of the martyrdom of St. Stanislaw, the Patron Saint of Poland. The Abbey in Tyniec sits atop a limestone hill and offers impressive views and the unique atmosphere as the oldest working monastery in Poland.
The banks of the river add to the unique charm of the area. A number of docked cafes and restaurants draw crowds to enjoy a drink or a meal as the Vistula flows by.
If your French guests are here at the beginning June, don’t forget about the famous Parade of Dragons. It’s a big hit with everyone, not just kids! After all, who isn’t impressed by huge moving serpents with lighting effects sound and fireworks thrown in to complete the scene? And remember that no family visit is complete without a journey into the Dragon’s Den!
Two new attractions in Krakow Tours are also very popular with visitors from every country – the Underground Museum in the main square and the Schindler Factory. The first option is an especially good idea for families kids. It uses excellent multimedia displays to recreate everyday life in Krakow in the Middle Ages and in a way that keeps everyone interested!
Guide Krakow – Hear Krakow’s history in the language of Voltaire
If you’re looking for someone to help out with your French guests, we’re ready to help. We will show them around all the city’s most interesting and beautiful sites in their language.
Just go to Krakow Tours for more information in French about all there is to see and do in Krakow as well as how we can help make everyone’s stay more enjoyable.