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Krakow is one of Poland’s oldest and most important and cultural cities. As well as being an important economic hub, it is a centre of scientific, cultural and artistic life. It is the second largest city in the country with 760,000 inhabitants, declared a UNESCO site in 1978 and visited by 8 million tourists every year. The best time of the year to visit the city is from the middle of April to October. During the rest of the year, temperatures reach below 0 degrees centigrade.

There are many must-see monuments throughout the city such as the Wawel Castle, which has been the residence of many monarchs and is now one of the most important art museums in the country. The Rynek Główny market square is located in the city centre surrounded by palaces, churches and impressive town houses. Other places worth visiting are Krakow Cloth Hall – the government building that reaches 70 meters in height, the St Mary’s Basilica and St Adeberto’s Church. One of the city’s most prominent neighbourhoods is the Jewish district of Kazimierz, with its respective synagogue. Another highlight is Nowa Huta that is the former communist district of the city. Schindler’s factory, the Polish Aviation Museum and other museums are other visits worth making.

Among the many highlights is the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Created in the 13th century, it is one of the oldest in the world and is still in operation today. With a depth of 317 metres and tunnels stretching to 278 kilometres, it is considered a heritage of humanity. Another place worth visiting is Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration camp of the Second World War, located in the town of Auschwitz (Oświęcim in Polish), 50km from Krakow. The camp is made up of two camps: Auschwitz and Birkenau, where you can get very close to the harsh reality of the living conditions of the inhabitants, 90% of which were Jewish. To enjoy Polish nature and landscapes, visit Zakopane, a city in the south of Poland next to the border of Slovenia, surrounded by mountains and breath-taking scenery.

Poland is a cheap country to visit, with its own local currency called the Zloty. £1 is approximately 5,59pln. Transport and food are especially economical giving the city and country worldwide appeal to tourists, especially to be able to enjoy its gastronomy.

Thursday 23 April 2015 17:03 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Categoriy: Travel News

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