Krakow is the former capital of Poland, residence of Polish kings and the seat of the oldest university in Central Europe. The city was fortunately not destroyed during its volatile history and today is competing with some of the most beautiful European cities. The medieval old town, which is on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites, is the dynamic heart of Krakow, buzzing with students, residents and tourists from all over the world.
The key points of interest are the main Market Square – the largest medieval square in Europe, Royal Castle Wawel, Collegium Maius of Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Hall, the old Jewish district of Kazimierz and many more. Follow the steps of Pope John Paul II who used to be the Cardinal of Krakow.
Krakow is also a modern metropolis with 1 million inhabitants. It is a vibrant academic centre with more than 200,000 students studying in over 20 higher education institutions and universities, and also has a vigorous new technologies and life sciences centre. It is Poland’s second business centre after the capital Warsaw and home to many international corporations.
Krakow lies in the southern part of Poland, on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła), in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. There are plenty of popular and charming destinations lying not so far from Krakow: the picturesque Jurassic valleys, the rocky Tatra Mountains, and small towns with wonderful wooden architecture and a fabulous countryside.
More information about Krakow is available at Magiczny Krakow.
The Małopolska Region is located in the south-eastern part of Poland, at the intersection of important communication routes. Unusual landscapes, unique nature, an impressive number of monuments and a unique atmosphere - all results our Region being visited each year by several million tourists from Poland and worldwide making the Małopolska Region rank among the top regions most visited by tourists.
In the Małopolska Region, you will find dozens of attractive tourist places and beautiful trails that are well worth following, that wind through the midst of picturesque landscapes. You will find the cloud-covered peaks of the High Tatras, the white rocks of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland with ruins of castles and historic towns with charming old tenement houses and wooden churches. As far as other activities, there are spas with mineral waters, thermal baths, more than 300 ski lifts and 250 km of ski runs – all of these are just some of the attractions that await visitors to our Region.
Its capital city is Kraków, the former capital of Poland and medieval seat of kings. It is, a city of artists, students, avant-garde and innovation. In the north, the region borders with the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, in the east the Subcarpathian Voivodeship and with Silesia to the west.