My objective of the day was to go to Schindler's Factory which opened at 10. I was happy to have Josie, Carly, Amy and Rebecca join me. I had done a bit of research and determined that if we walked along the beautiful Vistula river we would get there by the time it opened. As we walked we came across this crazy dragon statue below Wawel Castle.
Soon we reached Oskar Schindler's Factory. The factory is now a museum open to the public to showcase how Nazi Germany and World War II affected Krakow and Poland. Most people have seen the movie Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg and the movie is based on this amazing man and how he helped as many Jews as he could.In 1939 Oskar Schindler obtained an enamelware factory in Kraków, Poland, which employed around 1,750 workers, of whom a thousand were Jews at the factory's peak in 1944. His German military intelligence connections helped Schindler protect his Jewish workers from deportation and death in the Nazi concentration camps. Initially Schindler was interested in the money-making potential of the business. Later he began shielding his workers without regard for the cost. As time went on, Schindler had to give Nazi officials ever larger bribes and gifts of luxury items obtainable only on the black market to keep his workers safe. When the war was starting to end, he was able to compile a list of 1200 Jews to move his factory and prevent them from entering concentration camps.
After we left the museum we headed back across the Vistula and walked back towards Old Town. I speed walked as I knew I had a short amount of time before I had to be back by the castle to get on the bus to go to the Salt Mine.
There was a statue of Pope John Paul II because he was born in Krakow.
Our main objective besides to check out the castle a bit closer and see the insides of its grounds was to go to the Dragon's Den. The Dragon's Den is a limestone cave in Wawel Hill. We headed down a winding staircase and entered the cave. It was pretty cool but quite dark so my photos did not turn out so well.
Now I left Josie so that I could go catch the bus to go to the salt mines. I will be doing a separate post on that.
Below is a photo I took of the entrance of the silliest mall. This mall was across the road from our hotel. There was also an Ikea but Amy and I thought we would check out the mall before dinner time. We headed across the parking lot of Ikea and approached this monstrosity of a mall only to find we were unable to get in from the backside. No way in. None. We had to walk all the way around which sure did take forever but it was quite a bit. Once inside we had a look around. I didn't buy anything except for a drink and gelato because we wanted to spend some of our polish zloty.
Stupid mall. We left and walked around the entire outside again and headed back to the hotel where we had dinner. Our next stop in our travels would be Auschwitz before ending up in Prague. I am not going to do a post on Auschwitz as I don't think I could put it into words.