The Industrial Heritage Route in Krakow

Written by  //  14 March 2013  //  Krakow Tourism  //  Comments Off

This urban heritage route, the first of this kind in Poland, contains 16 the most valuable objects connected with industry. Most of them were erected in the 19th and 20th century. Some of them are still in use.
The major attraction of the route is the old horse tram depot at Sw. Wawrzynca Street housing the Museum of Municipal Engineering. Founded in 1998, it is one of the youngest museums in Krakow. Its exhibits are connected with industrial machinery and with the history of development of public transport.Visitors can admire an old tram from 19th century, a local horse wagonette as well as old buses.
The second important monument of this route is the old Krakow Gasworks. It was built in 1856 by the German Continental Gas Society from Dessau and it was illuminating the whole Krakow. Krakow became the first city in Poland to use gas lighting. The first gas street lamps were lit in 1857. It was operating until 1968. Next to the entrance into the gas plant, we can see the street supported gas lamp being lit like in the old times.
Other monuments inscribed on the Krakow industrial heritage list are: The railway station, The Gotz family brewery, The railway viaduct, The municipal theatre power station, The Zieleniewski forge,The fire watchtower, The railway flyover, The railway culvert,The Cracow power station, The bridgeheads of the Podgorski Bridge, The Pilsudski Bridge, The Vistula River embankments, The Podgorze power station
and The Schindler Factory.
Nowa Huta Steelworks is too modern to be included in this trail, although it is an important ladnmark on the industrial map of Krakow. Unfortunately it can’t be visited inside.