Planty

Krakow, Poland

 
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Krakow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
Once the site of the city in the 13th century, defensive fortifications, the moats have been filled, the walls razed and the towers demolished, with the notable exception of the great Florianska Gate and impenetrable to the Barbican - during the Austrian occupation in the first half of the 19th century. Whereas today, it's easy to regret the short-sighted destruction of Krakow medieval city walls, we can thank the Austrians for replacing them with this beautiful strollway of greenery encircling the centre of the Old Town. Known as the "lung of the city," the Planty is one of Krakow's most unique and charming features - three kilometres of public parks and gardens filled with trees, flowers, benches and historic monuments. The walking tour would take over an hour, but is a great way to see the city. A popular place for street musicians to perform, drunks to drink (note that the consumption of alcohol in public can earn you a fine from the police) and teenage couples to make, if you haven't smooched someone on a park bench in the Planty before leaving town, you have not completed your itinerary.

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