Meadow in Downtown Krakow.
A vast expanse of grassland in downtown Krakow, called Blonia, is
protected by law as the national heritage. And occasional grazing
cattle are perfectly in the right here. The locals have been granted
the use of the 120-acre common for pasture since the city obtained
it from the convent of St. Norbert in 1366. Yet nowadays the huge
Krakow common serves the city dwellers mostly as a recreational
ground. And the grassland of that size proves ideal for mass
gatherings - from parades to open-air concerts to papal Masses heard
The Blonia commons border on Park Jordana, most popular of Krakow’s
public parks, and adjoin varied sports grounds, from tennis courts
to swimming pools to soccer arenas of the city’s two top football
clubs, Wisla and Cracovia, the eternal bitter rivals.
The best way to enjoy Krakow
is on foot.
Krakow and beyond.