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Capital city of Lesser Poland is also often called a cultural capital of Poland. Not by mistake Cracow was rewarded in 2000 (as the first one, and yet only city in our country) with a title of European Culture Capital. Great historical treasures, large number of cultural facilities like museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and unusually rich offer of shows and festivals, together with unique atmosphere makes this city special. The official website of the city reflects the great potential of Cracow. Run in many different language versions www.krakow.pl website provides information about tourists attractions, but also about current cultural events. The website is equipped witch search engine and calendars that help to find interesting entertainment. Everyone will find something responding to their needs.

Other (usually available in Polish and English versions) websites with culture news:

www.krakow.travel

www.karnet.krakow.pl

www.local-life.com/krakow

www.krakow-info.com

www.amazingcracow.com

www.krakowlife.pl

www.e-krakow.com

www.krakowpost.com

Information about cultural events – public Facebook groups:

www.facebook.com/groups/koncertywkrakowie/?fref=ts

www.facebook.com/groups/191911537599560/?fref=ts

www.facebook.com/groups/bezplatne.koncerty.imprezy.krakow/?fref=ts

 

Historical sites and cultural institutions:

All historical treasures, museums, theatres, cinemas and galleries are available for foreigners. There is also a possibility of organizing guided tours in foreign languages, with personal guide or multimedia/printed ones. When going out to cinema or theatre it is worth to understand Polish a bit, as most of screenings are in this language (usually subtitles with original voices, however Polish dubbing is also common so ask or the certain movie).

Plan your trip – check some general information about the site you are planning to visit:

  • Days and open hours (some museums are closed on Mondays)
  • ticket prices – and if it is necessary to make earlier reservation
  • possibility of a guided tour
  • overall time needed for sightseeing

The 'must-see' historical sites in Cracow:

Wawel

Complex of historical buildings situated on the hill by the Vistula river, which for centuries served as the centre of monarchy and church authorities in Poland. Exceptional and significant place for Polish historical and cultural identity. It’s worth to see exhibitions on the Castle and Wawel Cathedral together with cardinal museum.

www.krakow.pl/odwiedz_krakow/1356,artykul,zamek_krolewski_na_wawelu.html

www.wawel.krakow.pl/pl

Main Square, The Old Town and Royal Road

The center of social, public and economic life of Cracow for about 750 years. The greatest square in Poland and Europe, considered the most beautiful in the world. For years the Main Square and surrounding areas witnessed many key events from the history of Poland. Cloth house (Sukiennice), St. Mary's Church (Kościól Mariacki) and remnants of fortifications together with St. Florian’s Gate and Barbican.

www.krakow.pl/instcbi/1218,inst,10961,783,instcbi.html

www.krakow.pl/odwiedz_krakow/1218,artykul,droga_krolewska.html

Kazimierz

Once a separate city, later became a district of Cracow. Today it is the most popular touristic site with many museums of Jewish culture and Synagogues.

www.krakow.pl/odwiedz_krakow/1362,artykul,zydowski_kazimierz.html

Podgórze

City established by the end of 18th century by Austrian emperor, since 1915 included in the administrative area of Cracow. The most interesting places are: The Market, Heroes of the Getto Square and Krakus Mould.

www.podgorze.pl

Nowa Huta

Part of Cracow established after World War II on the rural areas located on the north east. It was designed as an industrial centre is a great example of architecture of socialist realism.

www.nh.pl

Museums

Underground of the Main Market Square

Interactive exhibition – effect of archeological excavations under the plate of the Main Square conducted in 2005-2010. In an interesting way it describes medieval life of Cracow, emphasizing its European identity.

www.podziemiarynku.com

Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945 Exhibition at Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory

The exhibition takes us back in time to the occupied city of Cracow, with all its former dreadful atmosphere.

www.mhk.pl/oddzialy/fabryka-schindlera

Historical Museum of the City of Krakow

The oldest museum of that type in Poland with 11 branches, presenting sets of Polish collectors and native artists.

www.muzeum.krakow.pl

Near Cracow

“Wieliczka” Salt Mine

Unique on a global scale historical treasure (in 1978 it was placed on the UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites). Currently the museum offers underground tours through corridors and chambers in two options: classic Tourist Route, and Miners’ Route for people who enjoy challenges.

www.kopalnia.pl

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum

Museum founded on former Nazi concentration camps’ grounds in Oświęcim and Brzezinka.

www.auschwitz.org

Toursit Information Points

City like Cracow must have information pints where people can receive detailed information concerning city, tourists attractions and cultural events. You will find 7 such points, known as City Information Points InfoKraków. They are located in places important for tourist traffic – mainly within the city centre and the airport.

InfoKraków points provide information concerning:
- tourists attractions of Cracow and Lesser Poland (places worth seeing, how to reach tourists sites, opening hours of museums and tickets costs)
- current events in the city (concerts, festivals)
- sleeping places
- guided tours (reservation is possible)
- points also sell tickets and souvenirs

City Information Points InfoKrakow:

Centrum Obsługi Ruchu Turystycznego (Tourist Traffic Service Centre)

11 Powiśle St
31-101 Cracow
Tel.: (+48) 513-099-688
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1/3 Rynek Główny (Main Square); at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall)
31-042 Cracow
Tel.: (+48 12) 433-73-10
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2 Św. Jana St (Saint Jean)
31-018 Cracow
Tel.: (+48 12) 421-77-87
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

25 Szpitalna St
31-024 Cracow
Tel.: (+48 12) 432-01-10, (+48 12) 432-00-60
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2 Wszystkich Świętych Sq. (Pawilon Wyspiańskiego)
31-004 Cracow
Tel.: (+48 12) 616-18-86
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7 Józefa St
Tel.: (+48 12) 422-04-71
31-056 Cracow
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International Aiport Balice
Tel.: (+48 12) 285-53-41
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Detailed information on certain points at:

www.krakow.pl/nasze_miasto/1133,artykul,informacje.html
www.infokrakow.pl

Festivals:

Cracow is the city of festivals. During the season there is plenty to choose from as one event ends and the second begins immediately. Variety of themes and types is great: music, film, theatre, literature festivals and much more.

www.biurofestiwalowe.pl

www.biurofestiwalowe.pl/imprezy

www.krakow.pl/stolica_kultury/2112,artykul,krakow_to_miasto_festiwali%20.html

Top festival organized in Cracow

Spring

Misteria Paschalia
www.misteriapaschalia.com

SLOT Fest
www.slotfestkrakow.blogspot.com

Off Plus Camera
www.offpluscamera.com

Juwenalia
www.juwenalia.krakow.pl

Festiwal Miłosza
www.miloszfestival.pl

Summer

Wianki
www.wianki.krakow.pl

Grolsch Art Boom Festival
www.artboomfestival.pl

Festiwal Kultury Żydowskiej
www.jewishfestival.pl

Coke Life Music Festival
www.livefestival.pl

Muzyka w Starym Krakowie
www.mwsk.pl

Autumn

Sacrum Profanum
www.sacrumprofanum.com

Film Music Festival
www.fmf.fm

Unsound Festival
www.unsound.pl

Conrad Festival
www.conradfestival.pl

Winter

Międzynarodowy Festiwal Teatralny Boska Komedia
www.boskakomedia.pl

 

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