The theme park in Zator, southern Poland, was ranked number 8, ahead of Milan Cathedral and Camp Nou football stadium in Barcelona in 9th and 10th position and just behind the Almalfi Coast in Italy on 7th.
From afar, it looks truly monumental – the kind of place in which you’d expect to find a dragon in the moat and a trapped damsel up a tower. Built using 200,000 bricks and 11,000 tons of sandstone, such was the largesse that it was only beaten for size when the Palace of Versailles was completed.
Hidden from the Swedes, looted on the orders of Empress Catherine of Russia, spirited away down the Vistula three days before the Germans entered Krakow in 1939, evacuated to Romania, then to France, Britain and finally to Canada, the tapestries are one of Poland’s most important treasures and a symbol of its tumultuous history.
Notoriously unlucky in love, TFN explores the lonely life of Anna Jagiellon, the last of the great Jagiellonian dynasty.
Following a gentle curve, and opening out at the mouth of Wawel Castle, is ul. Kanonicza 22. A guestbook exposes some of the past guests that have slept here: Jim Carrey; Depeche Mode; Hans Zimmer. Not bad company that I keep, I think to myself, as my gaze falls on a signed snap of Benedict Cumberbatch.
Footage from an endoscopic camera clearly shows the 14th-century king’s royal sceptre lying across his body and the crumbling remains of a shroud still lying across his face – but mystery still surrounds whether the king actually looks like his portrait.
The go-ahead to reopen comes 53 days after the castle closed its doors in March and is part of the second stage of what the government is calling ‘defrosting the economy’.
New museum director Andrzej Betlej said the move was designed to make the museum ‘modern’ and to make the castle “a friendly and open place for visitors, so that as many people as possible come here and feel good about it.”
Crown Prince Akishino of Japan and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko, on Saturday, the second day of their Polish trip, visited the southern city of Kraków.
The discovery has created a unique opportunity for experts to carry out archaeological and anthropological research on king Augustus II the Strong’s remains. The two other coffins belonging to Władysław IV and Queen Cecylia Renata will undergo careful restoration work.