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This historic city, with its old walls and numerous museums, used to be a royal residence and a center of civilization spreading culture all over Poland. Here you’ll find the Wawel – the seat of Polish kings and the place of their coronations; St Mary’s Church with its famous alter by Veit Stoss; the Main Market Square – the largest medieval town square in Europe; Kazimierz – a unique district of Kraków that used to be a separate Jewish town; and the Jagiellonian University – Poland’s oldest college with its famous Collegium Maius.
Kraków / © Polish Tourist OrganisationKraków - Wawel Castle and Cathedral / © A.Olej – K.Kobus │Polish Tourist OrganisationKraków / © Dariusz Zaród │Polish Tourist Organisation
St Mary´s Church in Kraków / © fotografik │Polish Tourist OrganisationKazimierz district in Kraków / © A.Olej – K.Kobus/TRAVELPHOTO │Polish Tourist OrganisationMarket square in Kraków / © Polish Tourist Organisation
Kraków / © Fotopolska │Polish Tourist OrganisationKraków / © Mariusz Woźny │Polish Tourist OrganisationKraków / © Polish Tourist Organisation
The Old Town of Kraków has preserved its medieval urban layout. It used to be surrounded by defensive walls that were later replaced by the Planty, a curiously shaped park. Of the old fortifications only a fragment - including the Florian Gate, a few towers and the Barbican - has remained. The Main Market Square, which covers 10 acres, plays a role of Kraków’s salon. It’s embellished by the Cloth Hall, St Mary’s Church, a tiny St Adalbert’s Church, the Town Hall Tower and many old houses, each with its own historical genealogy.

Almost all the sites and buildings that create the unique ambience of Kraków can be found in the streets leading out from the Market Square or located in its closest vicinity: churches, monasteries and convents, palaces, old burgher houses and university buildings. Many museums with valuable collections are also located near the Main Market Square. Thirty-six of Kraków’s museums house over two million objects d’art, which equates to a quarter of all Poland’s museum possessions.

The Wawel is a special place for Poland’s statehood – it’s always been a symbol of our country’s glorious past and of the power of the former Commonwealth. The Royal Castle is very attractive which acquired its Renaissance shape in the early 16th century. It shelters precious art collections that include 138 Renaissance tapestries manufactured by weavers of Brussels.

A few million tourists, who not only admire the city and its historical monuments, but also take part in numerous cultural events of international standing, visit Kraków every year. They also avail themselves of the services offered by the multitude of top-class hotels, stylish restaurants, cafés and pubs.


Historic Center of Kraków: Location

Poland GPS latitude/longitude: 50.06507 , 19.95529


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