Admire some of the most iconic landmarks of Krakow while peacefully sliding on the surface of Vistula – the queen of Polish rivers that governs the division of Krakow into the northern and southern halves. Board a boat moored near the Dragon's Cave, right at the foot of Wawel Hill, and relax yourself with the views of Krakow attractions stretched along the Vistulan boulevards. Take a cruise towards the pictorial St. Salvator's Church where the route changes its direction to take you to magical Kazimierz quarter. Absorb the panoramic images of the royal city of Krakow from a new perspective.
Head towards the most representative part of Cracovian boulevards where Wawel harbor is located. Take a one-hour cruise on the observation deck of a boat that may accommodate between 35 and 100 passengers to capture the views of historical buildings erected along the Vistula: Wawel Royal Castle, the Monastery of Norbertan Sisters, St. Margaret's Church and St. Salwator's Church, among others. Take a turn to see the silhouette of Kazimierz Jewish quarter and approach stunning Wawel Hill from the opposite direction.
Taking a cruise along the Vistula gives you a unique chance to realise how important the river is to the spatial arrangement of this royal city. With an hour of your spare time consumed to undertake this pleasant activity, you will board a comfortable boat harboured at prominent Czerwienski boulevard. Whatever you choose as your observation spot – the upper deck or the restaurant operating just below it – the tour will make you see the stunning panoramas of a bunch of often-missed attractions of Krakow that short-time visitors tend to overlook, as well as marvel at the well-known silhouette of Wawel Castle and its waterfront. The cruises typically start at 11:30 a.m., with the last one taken at 5:30 p.m., the whole week round. Choosing your departure time just before the sunset will add a romantic dimension to the trip that will come to you as inspiring anyway.
The cruise begins just under Wawel Castle, with the boat heading upriver, in the direction of Salwator district. After the boat passes Wawel, the river will take its first distinctive meander under Debnicki bridge and the Vistulan landscape will gradually turn into composed of limestone hills and greenery. Among the dazzling views you may expect, there will be the sight of Norbertine Abbey. Along with the Baroque churches of St. John the Baptist and St. Augustin, the structure of the convent constitutes one of the largest historical complexes of Krakow, only second to Wawel. Passing by the charming wooden chapel of St. Margaret will signalise it that you are about to approach the picturesque St. Salwator church – one of the oldest shrines of Krakow that tops a small hill just upon the Vistulan bank.
The route back will allow you for resting your eyes on mesmerising Wawel again, while just behind Bernatka Footbridge and Grunwaldzki bridge your attention will be drawn to the extensive Romanesque-Baroque complex of Pauline Fathers Monastery at limestone "Skalka" ("little rock"). Before this set of relaxation-instilling views finishes with the panoramic sight of Kazimierz Jewish quarter, you will also be let admire the newest attraction around: the Cricoteka Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, located nearby Schindler's factory. This avant-garde architectural masterpiece is something you will be likely to develop the willingness for visiting. After you set your foot on the ground under Wawel Hill, your perception of Krakow will definitely turn out as enriched of a new dimension.
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