Krakow

KrakowKrakow is one of the oldest and biggest cities in Poland, counting over 700,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of Lesser Poland Voivodship, and one of the cities, through which Vistula – the longest Polish river – runs. Krakow is claimed the cultural capital of Poland and is among the biggest Polish centers for science and art.

The city is proud of the biggest main market square in Europe. In the old town are many architectural masterpieces, including Baroque and Gothic buildings, but most of them are from Renaissance period. The Royal Castle and Cathedral placed on the Wawel Hill is claimed to be the place where the city was first established. There are several beautiful buildings of Jagiellonian University, which is the oldest university of Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. Next to the main square the Gothic St Mary’s Church is situated, where one can admire a marvelous altar sculpted by Wit Stwosz.

Krakow is truly a city of students. There are about 170,000 students gaining their knowledge at 18 universities and academies. Among them the Jagiellonian University is the best one in Poland, according to the Times Higher Education Supplement.

The city is a home to two Nobel Prize winner in literature: Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska. One can enjoy rich repertoires of several theaters and the concert hall as well as go to one of many movie theaters, savor delicious meals at one of dozens of excellent restaurants or relax in one of numerous pubs and discos.

For more information about Krakow, both general and tourism-related, visit http://www.krakow.pl/en/

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