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Krakow

Kraków is a city with a thousand years of tradition, and nowadays the former capital of the country and the seat of Polish kings is an important European metropolis.

Kraków's Old Town is a unique treasure of art works, historical monuments and historic buildings, representing almost all architectural styles, from the Middle Ages to the present days. The Main Market Square is the largest town square of medieval Europe, preserved in unchanged form since 1257 and was included in the first list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978. From the tower of St Mary's Basilica, the bugle call, played to the four winds for 600 years now, can be heard every hour. The Cloth Hall - the medieval market hall located in the middle of the Market Square - is one of the most recognisable Polish monuments.

Kraków also boasts the second oldest institution of higher education in Central Europe - the Jagiellonian University. The Wawel Royal Castle has been overlooking the city for centuries. Apart from the monuments of the Old Town, Kazimierz, as a space of century-long co-existence of two cultures (Christian and Jewish) continuously evokes curiosity. It is a district of antique and work of art markets, of cosy cafés, restaurants and pubs where live music can be admired.

Kraków is also a city vibrating with cultural life. In 2000 it was selected as a European Capital of Culture, in 2013 honored as a UNESCO City of Literature. Every year, nearly 100 festivals and other cultural, world-famous events take place here.

MUST SEE

• The Main Market Square - the largest medieval Town square in Europe

• The Cloth Hall (heart of the Main Square) - one of the most recognisable landmarks in Poland

• Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary's) - gothic church from XIII century

• Florian's Gate - it is a medieval gate with a tower, located in the end of Florianska street

• Wawel Royal Castle - the seat of Polish monarchs until the end of the 16th century

• Kanonicza Street - the picturesque and best-preserved street in Old Town.

More information: www.krakow.pl/en

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