With all my excitement of reliving some of my Polish memories, I forgot to write about my actual experience at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow (Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie).
It was the second trip to the bustling student city of Krakow during my two month stay in the homelands. During my first visit, I was completely taken aback by the gorgeous town. Even in the winter and minus degree weather, this South African with Indian and Polish blood struggled, but my Polish blood definitely fought to get the upper hand over the snow! The frozen grounds and wrapped up bodies didn’t put a damper of the thrill of adventure.
Within my first visit, I had actually planned to be in Krakow, so I visited all the historical sites and well-known tourist spots. Evidently on the second unplanned trip, leaving the station, we only knew how to get to the guesthouse that made the first trip of cold nights in a lonely city absolutely amazing.
I struggle to do a lot of tourist things mostly because I don’t like large crowds and I feel that there are better ways to experience a country, however, I also really feel the need to see some of the things that people have been seeing for years, just to give my two cents on it too. On a very unexpectedly sunny day in January, I decided to look through trusty Google and see if there were any hidden gems in Krakow that people seem to always overlook. Bam! I found it, he Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow (Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie).
My favourite part was that you could escape the city to get there but still remained within Krakow. Obviously, I had the address for the place as well as directions and which transport system to use to get there, but I still managed to lose the entire museum. After a walk down a sand road and a very beautiful park – the direction was based according to an old airplane tail that was quite difficult to actual miss seeing as it went up into the sky.
The building of the museum itself is stunning. Very modern and on the outside, you kind of wonder, how are they to fit airplanes in there?
But wait, not only are there interior planes to play around on and aviation based games to unpack, there are also old planes that hang from the roof and displayed on the floor. This place is huge.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get larger, hello entire outside graveyard of aircrafts with hangers filled with more airplanes! Needless to say, I was in heaven. The reason for the massive size of the place it that it used to be an old military airfield known as the Rakowice-Czyżny airfield. The property itself has some pretty interesting history that involves many obvious wars.
I compare the outside exhibition to the elephant graveyard in Lion King but alas, is it way more awesome! There are some ridiculous amount of aircrafts that are on display ranging from propeller planes, to fighter jets and military choppers. Within the hangers (which you can enter) are bits about aircrafts that were used during some of the infamous wars.
The restoration of the aircrafts, the mad volume of display units and the impeccable way that they have been on show to the public, made this experience one for the books.
Krakow, Poland || Jan ’15