Krakow is the ''cultural capital'' of Poland.
Second only to Warsaw in terms of economy and politics, Krakow has no cultural rivals within Poland. Renaissance towers, Baroque churches and tiny cobbled streets packed in the city take a back seat before the stunning beauty by Leonardo da Vinci – the painting Cecilia Gallerani - back on display in Czartoryski Museum.
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Looking around the city, you will notice it to be still firmly set in the 19th century a point that differentiates it from other European destinations. Today Krakow is UNESCO treasured for it historic significance. Attractions include;
- The Rynek Glowny, the biggest medieval square in the world at the Old City
- Wawel Castle, a former seat of the Polish kings, but now museum
- Czartoryski Museum, owner of the famous da Vinci portrait
- Gallery of 19th Century Art has the best collections of 19th century paintings in Poland
As the oldest city in Poland, Krakow attracts thousands sight-goers annually and tourism saw a heyday with accession of Poland to the European Union in 2004. It fueled tourist interest to the city where they flock looking for something truly special and Krakow is a city to find it.
This is a city with 1000–year-old history that paved a path from small village to global confidence. In 965 Krakow is mentioned in chronicles as a bustling trade center of Slavonic Europe, but Golden Age came in the 15th century when it was a real metropolis stretching from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea. Then it became Poland’s official capital till 1791, but capital credentials moved to Warsaw – today's political center of country.
Today Krakow, protected by Carpathian Mountains, is a city hard to pass by as it set right on the Vistula River that makes it important transportation hub for business. Thus its population of 754,854 people is busy with metal, machinery and textiles industries. You can find out more about this charming city on your visit there with Booked.net.