Kraków is famous for its history, world class sights, Wawel Dragon and pretzels. However, a visit to Kraków should not be limited to listening to the Trumpet Call from St. Mary’s Chrch Tower nor to climbing Wawel Hill to see the Royal Castle. Apart from historic heritage Kraków is also famous for internationally recognized festivals, innovative museums where technology corresponds to history, as well as many places connected with life of John Paul II.
In its one thousand-years-long history Kraków used to be the capital of Poland and the seat of its kings. Today it is a capital of Małopolska area and one of the biggest cities in Poland. It is the best recognized Polish city and one of the greatest tourist attractions in Europe – each year it is visited by over 8 million tourists. Everybody finds something interesting here – historians, pilgrims or art and music lovers.
It is not possible here to list all elements making Kraków a masterpiece, but undoubtedly the Old Town, full of great pieces of art is one of them. In 1978 Kraków Old Marketplace with the surrounding streets forming a characteristic chessboard pattern, have been included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. Today on the Old Marketplace and in its vicinity, there are over 400 clubs, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
In 2000 Kraków was the European Capital of Culture. There are over 100 cultural events here each year, including over 40 festivals, most of them of international character. In Kraków you will find also over 60 museums, 30 theatres, 70 galleries and numerous other cultural spots.
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