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Archive News Stories of 2013 from Krakow Info

Year 2013 

 

Da Vinci's Masterpiece, Lady with an Ermine, Is Back in Krakow. At last.

One of the world’s finest portraits by Leonardo da Vinci, ‘Lady with an Ermine, missing in the city for over two years, has returned last February. From May 2012 the Renaissance masterpiece has been shown at the Krakow Royal Castle on the Wawel Hill in the city center. 

Still More Tourists
In 2012 Krakow received nearly nine million visitors, of which 6.5 million arrived from other parts of Poland and the rest from abroad. It’s 340,000 more visits than in 2011. The largest contingent of foreign tourists came from the United Kingdom, namely 26 percent of the total number. Second place went to Germans who made up 13 percent of last year’s foreign travelers in Krakow, followed by Italians, Frenchmen, and Spaniards. An average visitor from abroad spent some 140 euro in Krakow. In 2012 all guests, foreign and Polish, left the total of about euro 833 million in the city, an increase of 17 percent on the previous year.

Polish National Pantheon in Krakow.

The new burial place of the greatest Poles has been opened in the crypts under Krakow’s SS Peter and Paul church at 54 Grodzka street, roughly halfway between the city’s central square and the Royal Castle. It complements two older mausoleums in Krakow, in the crypts of the Wawel Cathedral and at the Skalka sanctuary, both already filled to capacity. For now The National Pantheon consists of just three small rooms but an 800-sq-meter duplex extension is to be built beneath the churchyard. No rush, actually, as all candidates for a burial at the place take their time.

Krakow's Rynek Glowny grand square

Old Town’s Piazza Tops the List of the World’s Marvels
Krakow’s Rynek Glowny central square has been voted the most beautiful place on earth by readers of the Polish edition of the National Geographic magazine. And according to them, the world’s second most attractive site is Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow while the city’s Kazimierz town district comes fourth. The highest-ranking foreign sight is Norway’s Geiranger Fjord at the fifth place, and Peru’s Machu Picchu has been chosen our planet’s must-see wonder number seven.

8th Top City
Krakow is one of Top 10 Cities in Europe according to the American readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the US magazine. Namely, Krakow has been voted the continent’s 8th most attractive city in the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. It has been praised chiefly for its culture and sites as well as ambience. The seven higher-ranked cities are Florence, Barcelona, Rome, Vienna, Venice, and Budapest. 

It’s Official: Krakow Even Safer Now.

Krakow police chief has painted a fairly rosy picture of the public safety in the town. Speaking at a much publicized special session of the city council, superintendent Mariusz Dabek pointed to statistics which reflect a decline in the overall number of criminal offences from 52,000 in 2004 to 33,000 in 2012. There were 24 cases of homicide in 2004, nineteen in 2012, and seven in the first three quarters of 2013. The police recorded 210 assaults last year compared to 343 in 2004. At the same time car theft dropped spectacularly from 3,335 in 2002 to 364 so far this year. Chief Dabek has also revealed that the Krakow police force of about 2,000 make some 6,500 arrests a year. He maintains that an average emergency response time, elapsing between a notification and the arrival of policemen at the crime scene, has been cut from 30 minutes in 2012 to 17 minutes now, although his target is ten minutes.

Krakow Co-hosts the World Volleyball Championships
Krakow is the co-host of the world male volleyball championships in September 2014 alongside six other Polish cities, namely Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Katowice, Lodz, Sopot, and Wroclaw. Matches in Krakow take place at a brand-new Krakow Arena in Czyzyny neighborhood east of the city center starting August 31st. The 2014 World Volleyball Championship in Poland brings the top 24 national sides from around the globe. In the course of the tournament they will play 100 matches in total. The sport is very popular in Poland and Polish volleyball teams, both male and female ones, have ranked among the best for decades.

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