Krakow is one of the most important cultural cities in Central Europe. It is therefore called the "Florence of Poland", and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city was also one of the few cities in Poland to survive the Second World War unscathed.
The city center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Krakow was Cultural Capital of Europe in 2000. Krakow is a UNESCO City of Literature.
Perched on a rocky slope in the heart of Krakow, Wawel Castle was once the seat of the Polish kings.
At the time of the Polish partitions Cracow came under the hands of the Austrians. After restoring Polish independence (after WWI), Wawel Castle became the seat of the Polish presidents. Currently it is a national museum.
Stroll along the Wisla River and discover the history of Krakow (and a dragon). The story goes that the dragon was once defeated by a cobbler named Krak. The people were so grateful to him that he was crowned king and named the city after him. In the summer months you can visit the dragon's lair and see part of the extensive limestone labyrinth.