Sightseeing of Krakow

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Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Central Europe. It was already known to Roman geographers in the 2nd century AD under the name “Carrodunum”. It lay on a great trade route connecting the Black Sea coast with the cities of north-western Europe. The documented history of the city began in the 10th century and has continued uninterruptedly to the present day, becoming part of the history of the Polish State. Numerous monuments, tourist attractions, cultural events and religious celebrations have made Krakow the most frequently visited city in Poland. Appreciated by UNESCO already in 1978, it was inscribed on the World Heritage List as one of the first 12 objects in the world.

Tourists are attracted not only by the magic of its monuments and the unique atmosphere of spiritual experiences, but also by its convenient location for further trips to historical, religious or memorial sites. Everyone who wants to visit Wieliczka, the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, or take a trip to the mountains in Zakopane, starts their adventure in Krakow.

The offer for tourists is very rich: over 50 museum branches, about 360 churches and sacral buildings, over 50 parks. The offer is enriched by numerous restaurants, pubs, cafes and accommodation facilities.


The Wawel Hill

The Wawel Hill is a place with over a thousand years of history.

It is said that the heart of Poland beats here. The castle – the former seat of the Polish kings and the Wawel Cathedral – the place of their coronation and resting attract millions of tourists. The Wawel Royal Castle is now a permanent exhibition of paintings, tapestries (mainly the most famous arrases of King Sigismund Augustus), treasures, militaria, archaeological relics and oriental objects. There are also interesting temporary exhibitions.

The Old Town

The Old Town and the Royal Route are the most visited routes by tourists where the whole world meets. It is here that they can admire the most beautiful monuments of Krakow – the Barbican, the Florian Gate – the medieval city fortifications preserved to this day, St. Mary’s Basilica, the Cloth Hall and teh City Hall Tower.

The University District near the Market Square reminds of the royal foundation of the oldest university in Poland – the Jagiellonian University founded by King Casimir the Great in 1364.

Stare Miasto w Krakowie
Kleparz - Plac Matejki i Pomnik Grunwaldzki w Krakowie


Kleparz – the city founded by Casimir the Great, once known as Florence, lies just a few steps from the medieval fortification walls of Krakow.

Currently, a district of the city with remarkable monuments: the 12th-century church of Saint Florian, the Academy of Fine Arts founded by the outstanding painter Jan Matejko, an extremely charming square named after him with a beautiful view of the medieval monuments of Krakow.

A beloved by Cracovians fair – Stary Kleparz offers vegetables, fruits and delicious delicatessen all year round.

Kazimierz District

Kazimierz, founded in 1335, is the beloved city of King Casimir the Great, who gave it his name and endowed it with numerous privileges and rights.

Medieval Kazimierz was an island entwined with the waters of the Vistula river. It was connected with Kraków with a bridge and the Kraków Gate. In the 15th century, the Jews from Kraków moved to Kazimierz and established a Jewish district surrounded by a wall. Its traces can be found here and even today: in synagogues, squares, houses of prayers and tenement houses. Currently, Kazimierz is a fashionable district full of life with numerous cafes and restaurants. You can still hear Klemzer’s music here. This is where the famous Jewish Culture Festival takes place.


Podgórze, once a city founded by the Austrians, now a district of Krakow lies on the right bank of the Vistula River.

Here you will find one of the oldest monuments in Krakow – Krak’s Mound or the Church of Saint Benedict. Podgórze Market Square with Saint Joseph Church is a perfect place from where you can go on Podgórze trails, including a park founded in a former quarry by Wojciech Bednarski. However, Podgórze is most of all the places associated with World War II and the Museum Remembrance Trail – the former Jewish ghetto, the Eagle Pharmacy, most frequently visited
by tourists – Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory and the former KL Plaszow concentration camp.

Nowa Huta

Nowa Huta is the youngest district of Krakow. Was established after the Second World War
as a separate city, then after a year incorporated into Krakow. It was meant to be the first socialist without God, where a socialist man was going to grow up. In the 1980’s Nowa Huta became one
of the most active and important place in the fight for a democratic state.

Today, you can see the city’s beautiful urban concept in the style of socialist realism, a beautiful church and monastery in Mogiła, and other modern churches. Here you can visit former air-raid shelters and see contemporary exhibitions presenting certain issues. Nowa Huta is a green place that allows you to breathe within parks and squares, with a recreation area – the Nowa Huta Reservoir.

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