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Krakow Main Square


Kraków is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland and a popular tourist destination. Its historic centre was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites as the first of its kind. Situated on the Vistula river in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural and artistic life, and is one of Poland's most important economic centres. It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Kraków from 1846 to 1918, and the capital of Kraków Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1999. It is now the capital of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

  • Jewish District (Kazimierz): Sizable Jewish population of Krakow moved to this district at the end of the fifteenth century, which served as the main cultural center of the Polish Jewry for centuries. It is a great area to go out for dinner and drinks in the evening with lots of restaurants and bars.

  • Old Theater: The official name of the Old Theater in Krakow – the National Old Theatre (Narodowy Stary Teatr) – rightfully describes its place in the history and culture of Krakow and Poland. It is truly old – dating back to the 18th century – and national – not in the sense of presenting thick, banal 'ideological' plays, but striving to touch the more sensitive nerve of Polish culture and broadening its horizon. Paradoxically, the National Old Theater in Krakow is therefore perhaps more international than other Krakow theaters. A true "gem" of Krakow.

  • Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny): The Main Market Square in Kraków is the main square of the Old Town, in Kraków, Poland and a principal urban space located at the center of the city. It dates back to the 13th century and – and at roughly 40,000sq m (430,000sq ft) it is the largest medieval town square in Europe.

  • Horse and Carriage Tour of Krakow One of the best ways to see a lot of the city without moving yourself is the Horse and Carriage tours you can do. Starting at the Main Square; a 4-person Krakow Horse Cab tour cost about 30-40 euro per hour, with the shortest ones lasting for about 30 minutes. To take a ride in one of the Krakow Horse Cabs just come up to one and negotiate with the driver.

 

More about Krakows main attractions can be found here. As well as several PDF publications on Krakow here and if you really want to get the most out of your weekend in Krakow, be sure to download this publication.

To learn more about Krakow, we recommend the following web sites: Official Krakow website. For a history of Krakow, go to Wikipedia.

Finally, don't dismiss the vibrant media scene in Krakow. Click here for a quick overview of this scene by our friends at Forum4Editors.

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