Krakow, situated upon the Vistula River, the second largest Polish city in terms of the number of residents (nearly 800 thousand) and area, is an exceptional place. A former Polish capital (until 1611), seat of the Kings, abounding with valuable historical sites, museums, theatres, charming joints, it forms a symbiotic relationship with its eventful past, and successfully combines over-a-millennium-long tradition and modernity. It attracts tourists with outstanding beauty, unique atmosphere, the enchantment of Krakow.
The most popular sightseeing routes:
The Royal Road: The Florian Gate – Barbican - Juliusz Słowacki Theatre – Czartoryskis’ Museum – Florian Street – Main Market Square – the Cloth Hall – St. Adalbert’s Church – St. Mary’s Church – tenement houses – Grodzka Street – St. Paul and Peter’s Church - St. Andrew’s Church
Wawel – Cathedral – Castle (Royal Chambers – royal treasury – armoury) – “The Lost Wawel” – Dragon’s Cave
Areas adjacent to the Main Market Square: Kanonicza Street – Dominican Church and Monastery – Little Market Square – St. Ann’s Church
Kazimierz District: Pauline Church on the Rock – St. Catherine’s Church – Church of Corpus Christi. Jewish historical sights: Centre of Jewish Culture – Tempel Synagogue - Isaac’s Synagogue - Szeroka Street - the Old Synagogue, currently Museum of Jewish Culture - Remuh Synagogue – historical Jewish cemetery – Plac Nowy (New Square) with ritual slaughterhouse - Singer café
University route: the Jagiellonian University (1364) – the courtyard of Collegium Maius
The Krakow Path of Saints: 19 churches hold the mortal remains of eight saints, eight blessed people, and a similar number of people who died in an odour of sanctity as the Servants of God; thousands of pilgrims are attracted to pray at the graves of St. Stanislaus, St. Hyacinth, St. Faustyna Kowalska.
Nowa Huta Route with examples of the architecture of social realism (1949-1955): Administrative Centre of Tadeusz Sendzimir Steelworks – the Northern Building – Stalowe (“Steel”) Residential District - Szkolne (“School”) Residential District – Willowe (“Villa”) Residential District – S. Żeromski Specialised Hospital – Central Square – Aleja Róż (Rose Avenue) – Świt Cinema