Renaissance arcades, enchanting onion domes, Baroque spires, storybook streets, and Leonardo da Vinci’s sublime painting Cecilia Gallerani—little wonder the stunning beauty of this 1,000-year-old city and its sights attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Kraków (Cracow), seat of Poland’s oldest university and the former capital of Poland, is one of the few Polish cities that escaped devastation by Hitler’s armies during World War II. UNESCO listed Kraków as a World Heritage site in 1978 for its historic buildings and sites.
- Old Town — Consists of the historic Kraków Old Town, as well as the Wawel castle hill, Nowe Miasto (“New Town”), Nowy Świat (“New World”), Kleparz. These are the most popular tourist destinations, and if your time is limited, you would be best sticking to these.
- Kazimierz – Area located really close to the Old Town, independent city in medieval times with a Christian quarter in the West and a former largely Jewish quarter in the East.
There are four definite seasons to Krakow – summer being hot and humid (around 30-35°C), winter always sees Krakow under a blanket of snow with bitingly cold days (-5u to -20 degrees C).