Being that Salwator has always been Kraków’s most green, ancient and affluent district, it’s a bit of a wonder why more people don’t visit. Having done the hard but rewarding work of researching this seldom written about area, however, we’re happy to roll out the red carpet. Certainly the area’s main attraction is the stunning Kościuszko Mound and surrounding fortifications, but the scenic ascent to the mound is almost as pleasant as the earthwork itself and makes a perfect escape from the sometimes frenetic bustle of the city centre. Essentially comprising one long, virtually traffic-less, tree-lined avenue flanked by ancient churches, atmospheric cemeteries and grand villas - which begins at the city’s largest sacral complex and summits atop the city’s most magnificent overlook - Salwator should hold plenty of enchantment for visitors.
What to See
A perfect warm-weather expedition, exploring Salwator is more of a leisure activity than a sightseeing excursion, with its appeal lying in strolling shady lanes and taking in scenic views more than studying historical exhibits (though there’s the chance for that too). Picturesquely perched on the western fringe of the city-centre, well-removed from the tourist track, the small district of Salwator officially occupies St. Bronisława’s Hill in the district of Zwierzyniec, which rises above the Old Town between the Wisła River and the Rudawa – one of its tributaries. As such, a journey to Salwator starts at their confluence and the majestic Norbertine Monastery – Kraków’s largest sacral complex.