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Krakow

Krakow is Poland's third largest city, that said it leaves all the other Polish cities far behind when it comes to tourism. For centuries, Krakow acted as the royal capital and is therefore steeped in a wealth of Polish history.  Remarkably Krakow suffered no damage during the Second World War, resulting in the majority of its most beautiful medieval buildings and Renaissance architectural treasures remaining well preserved.

With such a wealth of historical buildings, many exceptional museums and collections of art work numbering well over two million, you will not be disappointed or bored. A good base for day trips, lots of tourists choose to explore the area directly outside of Krakow, visiting attractions such as the salt mines at both Bochnia and Wieliczka, the ruined Royal Castle at Dobczyne, and of course the Site of the notorious German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz and Birkenau.

A visit to the city should not be rushed and if you can, try to give yourself more than just a few days, there really is no other city in Poland that can offer so much. Krakow is a vibrant city, proud of its long and glorious history, rich heritage, and architectural splendour.  

Five Krakow Facts

  1. Krakow was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596
  2. Krakow was a busy trading center of Slavonic Europe as early as 965.
  3. In 1978, UNESCO placed Kraków on the list of World Heritage Sites.
  4. Also in 1978, Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first ever Slavic pope..  
  5. The Old Town district of Kraków is home to about six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art.
 

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