KrakÃ³w (Polish pronunciation: ?krakuf About this sound listen (help?info)), also Cracow or Krakow (US English /?kr??ka?/, UK English /?kr?ka?/),23 is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: WisÅ‚a) in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century.4 KrakÃ³w has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. It was the capital of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland from 1038 to 1569; the Polish?Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569 to 1596;5 the Free City of KrakÃ³w from 1815 to 1846; the Grand Duchy of Cracow from 1846 to 1918; and KrakÃ³w Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1998. It has been the capital of Lesser Poland Voivodeship since 1999.
Cracow - cityscape
KrakÃ³w's historic centre, which includes the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle, was included as the first of its kind on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978.72 The Stare Miasto is the most prominent example of an old town in the country.73 For many centuries KrakÃ³w was the royal capital of Poland, until Sigismund III Vasa relocated the court to Warsaw in 1596. The whole district is bisected by the Royal Road, the coronation route traversed by the Kings of Poland. The Route begins at St. Florian's Church outside the northern flank of the old city-walls in the medieval suburb of Kleparz; passes the Barbican of KrakÃ³w (Barbakan) built in 1499, and enters Stare Miasto through the Florian Gate. It leads down FloriaÅ„ska Street through the Main Square, and up Grodzka to Wawel, the former seat of Polish royalty, overlooking the Vistula river. Old Town attracts visitors from all over the World. KrakÃ³w historic centre is one of the 13 places in Poland that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The architectural design of the district had survived all cataclysms of the past and retained its original form coming from the medieval times. The Old Town of KrakÃ³w is home to about six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art.74 Its rich variety of heritage architecture includes Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. KrakÃ³w's palaces, churches, theatres and mansions display great variety of color, architectural details, stained glass, paintings, sculptures, and furnishings.
Krakow as an attractive place for nature lovers
Cracow may seem very attractive place for nature lovers. In this city there are over forty parks, where you can walk and spend time in nature. One of the most interesting places of city in terms of nature are also river valleys and reservoirs located within a specific corridor of the Vistula River. In addition, in Cracow there are several nature reserves and more than two hundred natural monuments, most of which are trees. Visiting all of these sites can definitely be a highlight of a visit to Cracow. Satisfied with your stay in city may also be people who have decided to visit one of the spas. They can benefit from the healing baths and wellness treatments.