Situated on the right bank of the Vistula River, Podgórze is an extremely interesting part of Krakow. In recent years, the district has been dynamically developing and teeming with colorful life. There are many tourist attractions, memorials, charming streets and exquisite restaurants here. The extremely modern, loft character of Zabłocie, referring to the industrial history of this part of Krakow, also deserves attention.
Like Kazimierz, Podgórze used to be a separate, prosperous city. This district became part of Krakow in 1915 and already then there were plans to build a bridge connecting it with Kazimierz. Today, its role is played by the Father Bernatek footbridge, one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The heart of Podgórze is the Podgórze Market with the magnificent building of the Church of St. Joseph. From here, it is not far to the charming Bednarski Park and one of the most beautiful viewpoints, Krakus Mound, which offers a perfect panorama of Podgórze, Kazimierz and the Wawel Hill towering over the area.
Memorial places in Podgórze
However, Podgórze is also connected with the tragic fate of the Jewish population, who lived in large numbers in Kraków before World War II. In 1941, the Nazi authorities created Krakow’s Jewish Ghetto, the so-called “Jewish residential district”, where approx. 18 thousand people were relocated. Jews from Krakow and neighboring communities. To this day, there are places that commemorate this tragic history of Podgórze – Ghetto Heroes Square with a sculptural installation in the form of a dozen iron chairs, referring to the furniture abandoned after the liquidation of the ghetto; fragment of the ghetto wall at Limanowskiego 60 street, Pharmacy “Pod Orłem” (a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow) of Tadeusz Pankiewicz – a Polish pharmacist who ran the only pharmacy in the ghetto; and Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory.
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Rynek Podgórski 1
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