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Krakow (Kraków) is the third largest city in Poland, located some 20 km to the north-east from Skawina. The capital city Warsaw is in 330 km to the north-east. The population of Krakow is about 755,100 people (census of 2010). Krakow is a popular tourist destination thanks to its sculptures and contemporary art galleries.

Krakow is served by Balice (IATA: KRK) airport, which is 20 km away.

Must see attractions in Krakow

1. Wawel Dragon
The Wawel Dragon (Polish: Smok Wawelski), also known as the Dragon of Wawel Hill, is a famous dragon in Polish folklore. His lair was in a cave at the foot of Wawel Hill on the bank of the Vistula River. Wawel Hill is in Kraków, which was then the capital of Poland. It was defeated during the rule of Krakus, by his sons according to the earliest account; in a later work, the dragon-slaying is credited to a cobbler named Skuba.

2. Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, short MOCAK, (Polish: Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej w Krakowie), is a contemporary art gallery in Kracow, Poland. Situated in the centre of the city, the main aim of the gallery is to present and support contemporary art and artists. With exhibitions of well known polish and foreign artists, the gallery has established itself internationally. Шаблон: Citation needed MOCAK exhibitions focuses on the presentation of contemporary art with particular emphasis on…

3. Wawel Cathedral
The Wawel Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Stanisław and Vaclav, is a church located on Wawel Hill in Kraków–Poland's national sanctuary. It has a 1, 000-year history and was the traditional coronation site of Polish monarchs. It is the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Kraków. Pope John Paul II offered his first Mass as a priest in the Crypt of the Cathedral on 2 November 1946.

4. Wawel Castle
The Gothic Wawel Castle in Cracow in Poland was built at the behest of Casimir III the Great and consists of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard. In the 14th century it was rebuilt by Jogaila and Jadwiga of Poland. Their reign saw the addition of the tower called the Hen’s Foot (Kurza Stopka) and the Danish Tower. The Jadwiga and Jogaila Chamber, in which the sword Szczerbiec, was used in coronation ceremonies, is exhibited today and is another remnant of this period. Ot…

5. Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory
Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory (polski. Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera), a former metal item factory in Kraków, is now host to two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. It is situated in the district of Zablocie, in the administrative building of the former enamel factory known as Oskar Schindler's Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik (DEF). Operating here before DEF was the first Malopolska factory of enamelware and metal produc…

6. Kraków Old Town
Kraków Old Town is the historic central district of Kraków, Poland. It is one of the most famous old districts in Poland today and was the center of Poland's political life from 1038 until King Sigismund III Vasa relocated his court to Warsaw in 1596.

7. Krakus Mound
Krakus Mound (Polish: Kopiec Krakusa) is a tumulus located in the Podgórze district of Kraków, Poland; assumed to be the resting place of the legendary prince Krakus. It is located on Lasota Hill, approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) south of the city centre, at an altitude of 271 metres (889 ft), with the base diameter of 60 metres (197 ft) and the height of 16 metres (52 ft).

8. National Museum, Kraków
The National Museum in Kraków (polski. Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie), established in 1879, is the main branch of Poland's National Museum, which has several independent branches with permanent collections around the country. The Museum consists of 21 departments which are divided by art period; 11 galleries, 2 libraries, and 12 conservation workshops. It holds some 780, 000 art objects, spanning from classical archeology to modern art, with special focus on Polish painting.

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Wawel Dragon

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Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków

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Wawel Cathedral

The Wawel Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Basilica of Sts.

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Wawel Castle

The Gothic Wawel Castle in Cracow in Poland was built at the behest of

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Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory

Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory (polski. Fabryka Emalia Oskara

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Kraków Old Town

Kraków Old Town is the historic central district of Kraków, Poland. I

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Krakus Mound

Krakus Mound (Polish: Kopiec Krakusa) is a tumulus located in the

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National Museum, Kraków

The National Museum in Kraków (polski. Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie),

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Polish Aviation Museum

Polish Aviation Museum (polski. Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie)

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Kraków barbican

The Kraków barbican (Polish: barbakan krakowski) is a barbican—a fo

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Kościuszko Mound

Kościuszko Mound (Kopiec Kościuszki) in Kraków, Poland, erected by Cr

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Florian Gate

The Florian Gate (St. Florian's Gate) in Kraków, Poland (Polish:

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Sukiennice

The Renaissance Sukiennice (Cloth Hall, Drapers' Hall) in Kraków,

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Main Market Square, Kraków

The Main Market Square in Kraków (Polish: Rynek Główny w Krakowie, al

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Hotel Imperial

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Hotel Wentzl

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Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel

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Old Town Apartments

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Pergamin Apartments

starting $111

The Spiski Palace

starting $74

Flamingo Premium Hostel

starting $34

Hostel Rynek 7

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