Architectural Changes in the Krakow City Centre during the German Occupation

2022-04-23, 11:00 a.m.
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German construction activity in Krakow consisted in adapting the city to the role of the capital of the General Government. The overriding plan of the occupant was the Germanisation of the former Polish capital city: Krakow was to be transformed into a model German city in the East.


The public space of the city centre was created with a particular emphasis on Gothic and Renaissance styles, fitting in with the propagated ideology of the alte deutsche Stadt Krakau. Particular care was given to hotels, restaurants, casinos, and various types of German houses, where newcomers from the Reich could find familiar lodging and food "as at home". Considerable investment outlays of the German authorities were associated with housing construction in the western part of the city, where, apart from numerous dispersed housing developments, one compact housing estate was erected along the Królewska Street (then Reichstrasse). During the walk we will see both large complexes (such as the housing estate along the Królewska Street) and mere stylistic interventions in the architecture of Krakow's city centre.


Guide: Dr Żanna Komar – historian of art and architecture, curator of exhibitions, author and co-author of numerous studies and research papers, such as Trzecie miasto Galicji. Stanisławów i jego architektura (The Third City of Galicia. Stanisławów and Its Architecture) or Kłopotliwe dziedzictwo? Architektura Trzeciej Rzeszy w Polsce (Troublesome Heritage? Architecture of the Third Reich in Poland). Employee of the Research Institute of European Heritage in the International Cultural Centre.
Duration: approximately 90 minutes.
Attendance free. Sign-ups apply:

Registration for the walk starting April 18.

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