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What to see in Krakow: the old town

Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland and a historic and visual gem. Krakow offers visitors a special atmosphere of its own and plenty of art, history and leisure activities. It’s no surprise that the city was named European Capital of Culture in 2000. One of the first must-sees when arriving in Krakow is the city’s old town.

Since 1978, Kraków old’s town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations. A great way to start exploring the old town is by following the Royal Route: the historical coronation path of the Polish kings when Kraków served as the royal capital from the 14th century to the 16th century.

The nucleus of Kraków's old town is Rynek Główny – one of the largest medieval market squares in Central Europe and the city’s gravitational centre. The square is surrounded by old brick buildings (kamienica in Polish) and palaces. To this day the market is packed with merchant stalls selling lace, woodwork and amber – all great souvenir ideas!