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KRAKOW FOR TOURISTS

  • The Old Town

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    • DEFENCE WALLS

      The only remaining part of medieval defence walls of Krakow includes St. Florian’s Gate, three towers and the so-called Barbican, built in the very end of 15th century as the latest improvement to the defence system of the city. Open for tourists daily from 10.30 am to 6 pm from April to October.

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    • FLORIAŃSKA STREET

      The first street of the so-called Royal Route, a route kings and important guest would take when entering the city in the past. Nowadays one of the most lively streets of the city, full of shops and restaurants.

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    • SAINT MARY‘S CHURCH

      This Gothic church built in the end of 14th century used to be the main parish of Krakow for centuries. It’s famous for a wonderful Gothic wooden altar and “hejnał”- a tune played on a trumpet from one of its towers every hour.

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    • TOWNHALL TOWER

      The only remaining part of the Gothic townhall. Nowadays inside there is a branch of the Historical Museum of Krakow and in the basement, in old prison there is a theatre. You can climb the tower daily from 10.30 am to 6 pm from April to October.

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    • THE CLOTH HALL

      The building of medieval origin for centuries has served trading purposes. The only thing that’s changed is that now the cloth has been replaced by souvenirs. Also the Cloth Hall houses two museums: the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art and Underground Rynek (Branch of Historical Museum of Krakow).

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    • FRANCISCAN‘S CHURCH

      This Gothic church is mostly known for beautiful stain glass windows designed by Stanisław Wyspiański, one of the most famous polish painters.

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    • COLLEGIUM MAIUS

      The oldest building of Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364. You can visit the gothic courtyard daily from 9 am till dusk. In the building there is also the musuem of Jagiellonian University.

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    • KANONICZA STREET

      It’s also a part of Royal Route and at the same time one of the oldest streets in Cracow. Building along the street are mostly Renaissance mansions.

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    • WAWEL CATHEDRAL

      The Cathedral due to the fact that most of Polish kings were crowned in it has a very special meaning in the history of Poland. In one of the towers there is famous Sigismundus Bell that only rings on special occasions. Admission to the Cathedral is free unless one wants to visit the Sigismundus Bell and The Royal Tombs, in which case a ticket is required. Visiting hours: daily from 9 am till 5 pm (in winter 4 pm), on Sundays from 12 o’clock.

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    • WAWEL CASTLE

      The old Royal Castle rebuilt in 16th century in Renaissance style is nowadays a complex of various exhibitions. There are Royal Apartments, Treasury and Armoury, Oriental Art, Lost Wawel. It’s also possible to visit the old defence walls of Wawel and Dragon’s Den.

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  • Kazimierz

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    • SKAŁKA CHURCH

      A church where Saint Stanislaus, a holy patron of Poland was killed in 1079. The church was rebuilt in the 18th century in baroque style. Under the church there is a crypt were most famous polish artists and scientists are buried, including the Nobel Prize winning poet, Czesław Miłosz.

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    • SZEROKA STREET

      The former center of Jewish Quarter, established in the end of the 15th century. Concerts of Jewish Culture Festival take place here every year at the turn of June and July.

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    • REMUH SYNAGOUGE

      A synagogue built to commemorate and named after Moses Iserles Remuh, a rabbi who lived in the 16th century. Next to the synagogue there is also an old Jewish cemetery that can be visited. It’s the only orthodox synagogue in Krakow that’s still being used by believers.

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    • THE OLD SYNAGOUGE

      The oldest synagogue in KraKow, originally built in renaissance style at the turn of 15th and 16th century. Nowadays in the building there is a branch of the Historical Museum of Krakow presenting the history and culture of the Jews.

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    • MUSEUM OF MUNICIPAL ENGINEERING

      It is housed in a former tram depot and displays objects illustrating the development of municipal transportation, power plant, public utilities as well the history of technology and Polish automobile industry.

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    • GALICJA JEWISH MUSEUM

      The museum housed in an old mill building focuses on documenting the Jewish history of the region and makes continuous efforts to keep the memory of victims of the Holocaust alive.

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  • Podgórze

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    • THE SQUARE OF THE HEROES OF THE GHETTO

      It used to be the central part of the Ghetto. This is where the Jews were gathered before sending them further to concentration camps. Nowadays in the square there is a monument commemorating the Jews who lived in the ghetto.

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    • PHARMACY UNDER THE EAGLE

      The pharmacy is located on the corner of the Square of the Heroes of the Ghetto. It’s owner, Tadeusz Pankiewicz, and his three employees were the only non-Jewish people who were allowed to the ghetto. That way they were able to help out Jews. Nowadays the Pharmacy is one of the branches of the Historical Museum of Krakow.

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    • SCHINDLER‘S FACTORY

      The exhibition housed in the original building of Schindler‘s Factory shows Cracow during Second World War.

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    • MOCAK

      Museum Of Contemporary Art in Kraków, located in the old buildings of Schindler’s Factory, adapted to the purposes of the museum, focuses on presenting the art of the last two decades.

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  • Nowa Huta

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    • THE CENTRAL SQUARE

      The place most commonly associated with Nowa Huta. A star shaped plaza with broad avenues departing from it into five different directions, including the Rose Avenue, the most impressive one, where the famous Lenin monument stood from 1973 to 1989.

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    • THE ARK OF THE LORD

      Nowa Huta was supposed to be “a city without God”, so it was designed without any church at all. But soon people started to fight for it and as a result of their effort, supported by the bishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyła, the Ark was built at the turn of 60's and 70's.

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    • CISTERCIANS ABBEY

      Nowa Huta was built in the area where only some small villages were located before. In one of them, called Mogiła, since 13th century there was a Cistercians Abbey. The church is an interesting fusion of Romanesque and Gothic style with baroque style façade. Inside it’s decorated with a unique renaissance polychrome.

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CULTURE IN KRAKOW

  • Classical Krakow

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  • Film Krakow

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    • CINEMA CITY

      Spatial cinemas located in shopping malls in Krakow (Kazimierz, Bonarka, Zakopianka, Plaza), you can watch the world's biggest cinema hits.

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    • KINO POD BARANAMI

      In its three theatres you can see independent films during numerous festivals organised there. Kino Pod Baranami offers parents a special screening of the latest titles where they can bring their babies and watch the film with them.

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    • KIJÓW.CENTRUM

      A cinema known not only for screening movies but also for organising concerts of young Krakow bands, photo workshops, various exhibitions, broadcasts of ballet performances from Moscow and Paris as well.

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    • CINEMA AGRAFKA

      This cinema focuses on Polish and European niche movies offering independent and ambitious productions.

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  • Festival Krakow

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    • MISTERIA PASCHALIA

      One of the most important European festivals dedicated to early music. The consequently built image, cohesive idea of presenting music connected to the Holy Week and Easter, performed by acknowledged masters and outstanding interpreters of the historical trend.

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    • FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL

      Entirely dedicated to the music created for the needs of the picture. The unique combination of the highest quality of film music interpretation performed by leading musicians and orchestras, and the highgest quality of film picture, decides on the uniqueness of the event.

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    • PHOTOMONTH

      Europe's leading festival of photography, aiming to find new definitions for photography in contemporary reality.

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    • ARTBOOM FESTIVAL

      Entirely dedicated to modern art, design and architecture. Beginning from 2009, annually in June, city public space becomes a space of great art manifestation – installations, new media, murals, painting, sculpture and others.

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    • WIANKI

      One of the largest outdoor events in Poland inspired by ancient pagan ritual of the midsummer night celebration. Contemoprarily, its formula combines the world's top stars live music performances with elements the ancient tradition.

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    • ST. JOHN‘S FAIR

      Like in the past, wandering comedians, tumblers, troubadours, loiterers, merchants and stall-keepers from distant lands come to Krakow to take part in St John’s Fair organised during Wianki. A journey to the medieval town, its customs, traditions, craft, dances and revelry await all those who come at the end of June to the Czerwieński Boulevard.

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    • POLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

      A festival which often impresses with its diversity. During the festival in  the churches of Krakow, the Philharmonic Hall and Opera House you can listen to the sounds of ancient and modern Polish music.

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    • SACRUM PROFANUM

      A festival presenting music from the XX century, which combines classical music with other trends, like jazz.

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    • UNSOUND FESTIVAL

      Unsound was organised for the first time in 2003 in Krakow, as a festival of advanced music. Starting out as an underground event, in recent years the festival has grown in size and name.

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    • CONRAD FESTIVAL

      The most important event devoted to literature. The guests will include writers from various countries who write in different languages, represent diverse cultures and world views. Literary events are accompanied by screenings of films related to the literature, exhibitions, concerts and lectures.

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    • DIVINE COMEDY

      A journey through all parts of contemporary theatre from Poland and around the world. During the festival you can see the best Polish plays of last season.

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    • OPERA RARA

      A brave project of presenting in Krakow works triumphing on stages of the most important opera theatres and festivals in Italy, France, Great Britain or Germany.

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ACTIVE LEISURE IN KRAKOW

  • Activity and nature

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    • BŁONIA COMMON GREEN

      This huge meadow is situated in the strict centre of the city. It used to be a pasture but now it serves as a popular place for the organisation of a variety of events, meetings and concerts. You can meet hundreds of strollers, cyclists and joggers every day, all along the 4-kilometre lane around the meadow.

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    • PLANTY PARK

      As a green ring surrounding the Old Town, it was created after the demolition of the medieval city walls at the beginning of the 19th century. This green area is not only good for taking a rest on the bank by the pond, but also for riding a bike or running.

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    • MOUNDS

      The origin of the oldest of the four mounds, Krakus Mound, dates back to the 7th century and is connected with Celts. The youngest of these mounds, the one dedicated to Piłsudski, was built in the first part of 20th century. From the top of each hill you can admire a panorama of the city and the most beautiful, are the views from Krakus and Kościuszko Mound. All of them are ideal places as a stroll destination.

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    • LAS WOLSKI FOREST

      Eight walking trails, one cycle path, one bridle track, and one cross-country skiing route have been waymarked within the forest. It also includes the zoological garden and Piłsudski Mound. Although it is situated at a walking distance from the Old Town, it is a habitat for several species of wild animals like roe deers, hares and foxes.

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    • TYNIEC

      One of the most beautiful cycle paths in Kraków leads to the medieval Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec along Vistula river banks. Alternatively, you can go there with the ship which starts its cruise from the river bank near Wawel castle.

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Project co-financed by the European Union as part of the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013

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