Ulica Floriańska Kraków
Ulica Floriańska in Krakow
This street was part of the Royal Road to Wawel. This is where monarchs, royal guests and diplomats entered the city and made their way to the castle. Since it was the city’s flagship, it gained a paved surface, and most of the tenement houses on both sides were made of brick already at the end of the 15th century. It is worth taking a walk down it and admiring the details that have survived, for example, from the Renaissance, a statue of the Virgin Mary on the house at number 7 or the Renaissance portals at number 27. On ul. Floriańska, both Tsar Aleksander I and the composer Franz Liszt stayed in one of the oldest hotels, “Under Rose”. At number 41, there is the house of master Jan Matejko, where he was born and died (today it is a museum dedicated to the artist). You need to reserve a bit more time for the tenement house at number 45. The famous cafe Jama Michalika (called a jama (cave) due to the lack of windows), founded by a Lviv confectioner, is the place where Young Poland was born and this spirit is still present in it today. The first literary and artistic cabaret in Poland “Zielony Balonik” (the Green Balloon), founded by Krakow artists and writers associated with the Young Poland movement (including Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński, Jan August Kisielewski and Teofil Trzciński), performed on the small stage located there. It is worth to stop at Jama for a while to soak in the atmosphere of it while eating a kremówka (cream pie) or a chocolate cake.