Krakow is the former capital of Poland, residence of Polish kings and the seat of the oldest university in Central Europe. The city was fortunately not destroyed during its volatile history and today is competing with some of the most beautiful European cities. The medieval old town, which is on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites, is the dynamic heart of Krakow, buzzing with students, residents and tourists from all over the world.

The key points of interest are the main Market Square – the largest medieval square in Europe, Royal Castle Wawel, Collegium Maius of Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Hall, the old Jewish district of Kazimierz and many more. Follow the steps of Pope John Paul II who used to be the Cardinal of Krakow.

Krakow is also a modern metropolis with 1 million inhabitants. It is a vibrant academic centre with more than 200,000 students studying in over 20 higher education institutions and universities. It is Poland’s second business centre after the capital Warsaw and home to many international corporations.

Krakow lies in the southern part of Poland, on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła), in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. There are plenty of popular and charming destinations lying not so far from Krakow: the picturesque Jurassic valleys, the rocky Tatra Mountains, and small towns with wonderful wooden architecture and a fabulous countryside.

More information about Krakow is available at Magiczny Krakow.

Thanks to its location Krakow is perfectly connected with large cities in Poland, Europe and worldwide. Direct connections are available to many European cities (Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Paris, London, Brussels, etc.) from:

  • International airport in Krakow (approximately 20 km from the city centre)
  • International airport in Katowice (approximately 100 km from Krakow)

 By plane: Krakow Airport - Balice (KRK) 

The international Kraków Airport is the
country’s second in terms of both size and number of passengers.

International Airport Kraków-Balice

ul. kpt. M. Medweckiego 1

24h airport information: tel. 12 295 58 00, 0801 055 000

By car: Many national roads and motorways intersect in Krakow, among others the A4 running directly from the German border.

By train: The city also offers convenient direct railway connections with most of the bigger towns in Poland, and Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Hamburg, Kyiv, Lviv, Prague, Vienna and Žilina.