About Krakow

Kraków is the capital of Malopolskie Voivodeship, large academic and cultural centre and is one of the most visited cities in Poland. There are numerous historical monuments, good hotels, restaurants and recreational opportunities. The most significant sites (and the symbols of Krakow) are: the Wawel Castle, main Market Square with Sukiennice Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica, Barbican and old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz.

Poland is a country with more than thousand years of recorded history, rich and varied, and first to free itself from communist domination in 1989, is now fully democratic and a member of the European Union. Since the fall of communism the country has undergone rapid economic and social changes and the process still continues.

Kraków, the second largest and on of the oldest cities in Poland, is located in the southern part of Poland in the Lesser Poland region. The history of the city dates back to the 7th century. Since the Middle Ages Kraków had been the capital of the Polish state until the 17th century and has kept the character of a spiritual capital till the present day. Kraków is one of the places in the world which have been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The architectural complex of the Old Town has survived all the cataclysms of the past and preserved the same, unchanged layout since the Middle Ages. The Old Town together with the Wieliczka Salt Mine have been recognized as some of the most valuable architectural treasures of the world. There are over 300 town-houses and 58 churches and palaces, all considered historical monuments just within the old center of Kraków and that is just a small part of all the monuments of this city. Come to Kraków, bring your family and enjoy your stay.

Travel

The Krakow Airport (also known as John Paul II International Airport Kraków - Balice) is the second largest airport in Poland. Many domestic and international airlines operate service to/from Krakow and provide direct connections to many Polish and European cities, including Warsaw, Gdańsk, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, London, Brussels, Liverpool, Paris, Basel, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Dublin, Edinburgh, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, : Malaga, Zurich, and Barcelona. More information about getting to Krakow can be found from this site.

Emergencies

The general emergency telephone number in Poland is 112.