Krakow Culture

This year Poland is inviting clients to “Rendezvous With Culture.” “Poland is a country of culture,” said Jake Wolosz, marketing manager in the U.S. office of the Polish National Tourist Board. Wolosz said the tourism effort focuses on Krakow, the former capital, and particularly its Old Town. The area i


This year Poland is inviting clients to “Rendezvous With Culture.” “Poland is a country of culture,” said Jake Wolosz, marketing manager in the U.S. office of the Polish National Tourist Board. Wolosz said the tourism effort focuses on Krakow, the former capital, and particularly its Old Town. The area is considered one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe and has been designated a U.N. World Heritage site. Krakow, which grew along the banks of the Vistual River, has special music, theater and dance performances planned through the year, along with exhibits and events at Wawel Royal Castle, the heart of the city. The castle was home to Poland’s monarchs from the 11th to the early 17th centuries; and holds the work of artists and craftsmen from the Middle Ages, Renais-sance and Baroque eras. The city also boasts the Main Market Square, one of the largest medieval market squares in Europe; the 16th-century Cloth Hall, a trading center still surrounded by market stalls and cafes; and the Planty Garden Ring, a linear park that follows the line of the Old Town walls. Wolosz emphasized that there are now 13,000 tourist beds and more than 50 guides in Krakow, making it easier for clients to acquaint themselves with the historic city. The towns of Wieliczka, with its Royal Salt Mine, and Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, are considered good choices for short excursions. Coach tours are available to Auschwitz, the World War II concentration camp, and its commemorative centers. Getting to Krakow is not difficult. The expanded John Paul II International Airport in Balice is a little more than 9 miles from the city center. And several passenger trains run daily between Krakow and Warsaw, a 2½-hour trip.
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