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Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and the former royal capital. Located in the south of Poland near to the Czech border and sitting on the River Vistula, it has a population of 800,000. Widely considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Krakow was founded in the 7th century and has been important throughout Poland’s political, economic and social history.
Krakow is a wonderfully atmospheric city. Its historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes Wawel Royal Castle and Rynek Glówny (Main Square), the largest medieval market square in Europe. It is home to one of the world’s oldest universities (Jagiellonian University), has been a European Capital of Culture and a UNESCO City of Literature. Today’s Krakow is highly attractive to tourists with its stunning architecture, love of and displays of culture and student fuelled café and nightlife entertainments.
Krakow is also the birthplace of one of the most beloved popes of recent times and indeed, the airport is named in honour of Pope John Paul II. When you book a Krakow Airport taxi you begin a journey into a beguiling and cosmopolitan city where the intellectual meets fun, the antique rubs shoulders with the contemporary and beautiful green spaces sit among bustling streets.
The best time to visit Krakow is in late spring/early summer and late summer/early autumn. The weather is pleasant and you don’t have to deal with throngs of tourists crowding the main sights and attractions in the city centre.
What to see in Krakow
- Wawel Royal Castle: Dating from the 16th Century, the former royal residence is now a museum in five distinct sections: the State Rooms, Royal Private Apartments, Crown Treasury and Armoury, Exhibition of Oriental Art and Lost Wawel.
- Main Square: Soak up the atmosphere while you admire the 15th-century Town Hall tower, 16th-century Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Basilica, a bronze statue of Adam Mickiewicz, a 19th-century romantic poet and a huge bronze head of Eros by Igor Mitoraj .
- Schindler’s Factory: Discover the story of how one man, Oskar Schindler, saved over 1,200 Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Poland.
- Architectural Sights: Key sights of architectural and historical significance are St. Mary’s Basilica, the Barbican, St. Florian’s Gate, Kościuszko Mound, the Slowacki Chamber of the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Rakowicki Cemetery.