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Top attraction and the premier tourist destination in
Poland, today's Krakow (dated English spelling "Cracow")
is a vibrant city of a million, proud of its long and
glorious history, rich heritage, and architectural beauties.
For many centuries the capital of the Polish kingdom,
nowadays it remains the southern Poland's metropolis and the
seat of the Malopolska provincial government. Important as a
crucial center of business, culture, and education, Krakow
is also famous for its myriad restaurants and nightspots.
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Where is the fun?
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Piece of news:
Krakow Christmas Market goes on in the central square November 24th, 2023 thru January 1st, 2024.
Krakow's festival of szopka nativity scenes takes place in the central square on December 7th, 2023 at noon.
places to visit
things to see
What to see?
Krakow’s tourist spots and historical monuments.
Wawel Royal Castle,
Krakow churches, Cloth Hall, Town Hall Tower, Basilica of the Virgin Mary's, Skalka Sanctuary, Barbican, City Walls, Collegium Maius, Planty Gardens, Tyniec Abbey, Bielany Monastery, St. Norbert's Convent, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow Mounds, Juliusz Slowacki Theater, Palace of Arts,
Wow, what a sight!
Singular masterpieces and eye-popping curiosities.
Prettiest Leonardo da
Vinci, World's greatest medieval sculpture, Window of awe, Subterranean wonder world, Renaissance pearl, Giant bell, Miraculous images, 8-foot golden crown, Signal trump, Nativity beauties, Krakow mummies, Ice-age rhino,
What makes Krakow so special?
Wawel - the Royal Castle and Cathedral, Old Town, Grand Square, Masterpiece of Leonardo da
Vinci, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Grand Altarpiece, Collegium Maius, Kanonicza Street, Kazimierz Town, Auschwitz
Why the world cares?
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Old Town, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Kalwaria Sanctuary, Auschwitz,
Where to stay in Krakow?
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Where is it?
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Who minds biz in Krakow?
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/ Tourist destinations near Krakow.
Auschwitz, Zakopane, Ojcow National Park,
parks near Krakow, Tatra Mountains, Czestochowa, Kalwaria, Wadowice, Rabka-Zdroj, Eagle-nest Castles, Warsaw
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Krakow Christmas Market
in the Rynek Glowny central square November 24th, 2023 thru January 1st, 2024
See the program of opera performances and Krakow philharmonic concerts in 2023.
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Visiting Krakow in Poland.
The city attracts a couple of million foreigners every year,
while the total number of visitors approaches ten million.
Unsurprisingly, given Krakow’s reputation as a must-see place,
tourists predominate. High season lasts from April to
mid-October with another surge of tourism around Christmas and
the New Year.
Travel to Krakow, Poland. Its central
location in Europe plus good air, train, and road connections
make journey to Krakow easy. The main
Glowny train station and MDA bus
depot sit right in the city center. The
Krakow airport is
situated ten miles from the downtown.
Accommodation. Visitors may
stay in over 120
hotels in Krakow, divided into five categories, Other
lodging options include numerous hostels, guesthouses, and
short-term rental apartments,
not to mention a couple of campsites.
There are literally thousands of
Krakow, from exclusive to inexpensive, which permits
everybody to find a suitable place to eat out and enjoy
Krakow is special.
There is no match for
in Poland and few places elsewhere may equal
it in attractiveness for a visitor. Its historical glories, numerous landmarks,
colorful festivals, and atmospheric scenery make Krakow a
premier destination in Central and Eastern Europe.
Also, the city is rich in fine restaurants, myriad clubs, and other
metropolitan joys. The place has been settled since
the Stone Age at least. In 1038 Krakow became the capital of Poland and Polish
monarchs took up their residence in its
Wawel Royal Castle.
The city’s Old Town historical district, initially a
medieval municipality set up in 1257 by Duke Boleslaw V the Chaste, features
high among the earliest entries on the UNESCO list of the world cultural
heritage. Its well preserved original grid of streets with the huge central
Rynek Glowny square, Europe’s largest in the Middle
Ages, proves the last stage in the perfection of medieval city planning. And the
intervening centuries have filled it with architectural beauties: churches,
aristocratic palaces, stately burgher houses, public buildings.
Nearby Kazimierz district, once a separate city King
Casimir III the Great founded in 1335, boasts its own set of marvels, together
with its famed former Jewish quarter. The present-day bustling metropolis of
near million sprawls around engulfing still more landmarks, from prehistoric
mounds to ancient monasteries and convents to the world-famous subterranean
realm of the Wieliczka Salt Mine - another of the UNESCO world heritage sites.
Gateway to Poland.
Krakow is the gateway to
Poland, notably the southern half of the country. Day trips from the city
include such popular destinations as Auschwitz, Warsaw, Tatry Mountains, Ojcow
National Park, and the vast Kalwaria sanctuary.
A holy city. For centuries
Krakow has been labeled as “Rome
of the North”. A well-deserved nickname, bearing in mind
Krakow’s multitude of churches, monasteries, and convents, its
famous sanctuaries attracting crowds of pilgrims, its renowned
religious festivals, and its numerous holy relics as well as
A joyful city. Krakow is
full of entertainment. Concerts take place every day, from pop
to jazz to contemporary classical music, sometimes thirty or
more one night, with star acts pretty regularly descending on
the city. The Krakow Opera Company produces a couple of operatic
performances a week as well as operetta and ballet shows. Krakow
boasts nine repertory theaters in addition to travelling
companies of players. Cabaret and stand-up comedy are fairly
popular - inaccessible, sadly, to English speakers. Yet the
city's five multiplexes as well as other cinemas screen most
recent American and British films with original soundtrack.
Krakow for Christmas.
Krakow may well aspire to the title of the world capital of
white Christmas by virtue of its climate, spectacular
architecture, and rich traditions that enliven the holiday
season. Also, Yuletide in Krakow lasts longer than elsewhere:
the festive season starts in the late November with the opening
of the Christmas market and the advent of street and shop
decorations, and next Christmas trees glitter and carols resound
till the end of January. And since Krakow is one of Europe’s top
tourist attractions anyway, visiting the city on Christmastime
comes as a double advantage.
Easter in Krakow
is also exceptional, thanks to its profound spirituality as well
as rich local traditions and time-honored fiestas of Emaus and
Rekawka, not to mention the lively Easter market in central
Krakow versus Kraków and Cracow.
The original Polish name of the city is Kraków, pronounced "Krakoof", and -
fingers crossed - maybe foreigners will also adopt it some day. For the time
being, the standard English spelling is Krakow, while Cracow is dated form
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