KRAKOW is the cultural capital of Poland. What makes this historic city so special?
Krakow was once Poland’s national capital, and Wawel Hill the former residence of Polish kings. The city is considered by many to remain the spiritual heart of Poland, because of its history of more than a thousand years. The Old Town has many significant monuments such as the fragment of the medieval City Walls, St. Mary’s Church, and the Cloth Hall. The variety of architecture – Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic is impressive. Krakow is also considered to be ‘a second Rome’, with numerous churches and many relics.
In the 15th century, Krakow’s Kazimierz became a homeland for Jews from throughout Europe. They build a large community with a powerful tradition. Many relicts of the Jewish Culture are still there.
Krakow is a major center of education – with five universities, nineteen colleges where the Jagiellonian University is the first Polish university and one of the oldest and most prominent in Central Europe.
Krakow has over 100 museums and art galleries. One of the best is National Museum, featuring works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt. The Rynek Underground and Schindler’s Factory museum are world class hi-tech exhibitions. The first is one of the largest underground exhibition in Europe situated five meters below the surface and presenting Krakow’s backgrounds; the second of these tells the story of Krakow Under Nazi Occupation between 1939-1945.
The city has counted among its residents two Nobel Prize winners in literature: – Wislawa Szymborska and Czeslaw Milosz.
Krakow’s clubs, pubs, cafes and restaurants are open day and night. Also, the many events taking place here create a vibrant atmosphere.
It is impossible to describe Krakow in few words. You must come here and discover for yourself this ‘magical’ city. We will do our best to make your stay a great experience.