Krakow is the former capital of Poland, residence of Polish kings and the seat of the oldest university in Central Europe. The city was fortunately not destroyed during its volatile history and today is competing with some of the most beautiful European cities. The medieval old town, which is on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites, is the dynamic heart of Krakow, buzzing with students, residents and tourists from all over the world.
Krakow lies in the southern part of Poland on the Vistula River in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian Plateau. Approximately 300 km (190 miles) north is Warsaw, the capital of Poland and 100 km (60 miles) south are the Tatra Mountains, forming the southern border of the country.
We would like to recommend you some places to visit in Krakow
Visiting: Main Market Square, Cloth Hall, The Mariacki Church, Wawel Hill, Dragon’s Den, Barbican, Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factor. Follow the steps of Pope John Paul II who used to be the Cardinal of Krakow.
Recreation: Botanical Garden, Zoological Garden Unique green spaces – Planty, Błonia, Wolski Forest, Kościuszko Mound.
Food: Good restaurants in Krakow are concentrated in the Old Town historic center, also nearby Kazimierz district. Don’t be surprised if you find polish cuisine on the most menus. Polish people love their national dishes, and you will fall in love with them as well.
Museums: Kings Castle on Wawel Hill, Museum of Jagiellonian University, National Museum in Krakow, Historical Museum of the City of Krakow (Rynek Underground, Town Hall Tower, Celestat), Galicia Jewish Museum, Aviation Museum.
Krakow in numbers
- surface: 326.8 sq. km,
- 4 administrative units: Śródmieście, Krowodrza, Podgórze, Nowa Huta – jointly divided into 18 districts,
- highest point: Piłsudski Mound on Sowiniec – 383.6 m above sea level,
- lowest point: Potok Kościelnicki estuary – 187 m above sea level,
- Jagiellonian University is the second oldest university in this part of Europe, established: 12th May 1364,
- In 2000 Kraków was a European City of Culture,
- There are about 40 parks in Kraków including dozens and forests,
- The churches of Kraków comprise over 120 places of worship (2007) of which over 65 were built in the 20th century,
- The 24 Krakow institutions of higher education make over 200,000 students attend various programmes there, with merely 4 times more (769,000) residents of the city constituting its official population,
- The No.8 tram is generally know as „papal”. The low-floor Krakowiak that Pope Francis took during the World Youth Days in 2016 to celebrate Holy Mass on the Błonia Common. It was the first time in history that the pope used a tram as an official means of transport.