Krakow proves to be Poland's prime cultural and tourist attraction with hardly any equals in the entire Central Europe.
The Old Town district is actually a medieval city with a well preserved original grid of streets. The huge central square, Europe's largest, seems the last stage in the perfection of the art of city planning in these times.
Wawel Hill in Krakow, a must to visit for foreign tourists is a micro-cosmos of Polish history and culture. From the 11th century on Poland's monarchs took up their residence here, in the Royal Castle, and they were both crowned and buried in the Wawel Cathedral. Krakow, the proud capital of a mighty kingdom for centuries, is now a city of a truly European status.
A genuine pearl in the vicinity of Krakow is the 700-years old Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. In 1995, the Cultural Council of Ministers of the European Union passed a decision granting the title of the Capital of European Culture for the year 2000 to nine cities. Krakow was nominated as one of the first laureates, in Central Europe along with Prague.
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Krakow 2000 Culture Festival:
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