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  • Walk up the 239 steps to the tower of St. Mary's Church

Kraków - Polish Capital of Culture

Kraków is considered the cultural capital of Poland. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is, therefore, no coincidence that over seven million tourists visit the city each year.

The Germans didn’t manage to destroy Kraków during the Second World War. Previous wars also spared the city, so you can now enjoy it in all its glory with genuine, historical buildings.

The most famous historical buildings are the Royal Castle, Wawel Cathedral, the Old Town, Kazimierz Jewish district and more than 100 churches.

The Old Town is lined with narrow, cobblestoned streets and a shaded background provided by the historical buildings. The Market Square (Rynek Główny) is a meeting place for Cracovians and tourists alike. It is an excellent place to rest your feet and enjoy a small glass of beer or a cup of coffee. The Old Town (Stare Miasto) consists of mainly Renaissance buildings.

The Royal Castle, on Wawel Hill overlooking the Vistula River, was the seat of the Polish Royal family up until the 17th century. The castle is one of Poland's finest with its unique collections from Poland's Golden Age (15th and 16th centuries).

Kraków's Jewish heritage can be found in the district of Kazimierz. Here you can find a piece of history. Although the district has changed a lot, it remains unique. The synagogues are open and you are welcome to visit them.

In recent years, many cafés and restaurants serving great food low prices have opened in the Jewish quarter. Pop into the basement pub Propaganda located at the intersection of the Podbrzezie and Miodowa Streets. Nothing has changed here since the times before the Second World War. There are bikes on the ceiling, German helmets on the walls and old radio communication equipment at the bar. A Lenin bust looks at you as you are reminded of the fall of Communism.

St. Mary's Church is one of many churches in Kraków. For 600 years, every hour, a person has come out of a window on the top of the tower, playing a horn. The church has the largest altarpiece in the world, consisting of 200 figures of saints.