Cracow - some facts
Kraków (Polish pronunciation: ?krakuf About this sound listen (help?info)), also Cracow or Krakow (US English /?kr??ka?/, UK English /?kr?ka?/),23 is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła) in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century.4 Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. It was the capital of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland from 1038 to 1569; the Polish?Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569 to 1596;5 the Free City of Kraków from 1815 to 1846; the Grand Duchy of Cracow from 1846 to 1918; and Kraków Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1998. It has been the capital of Lesser Poland Voivodeship since 1999.
The city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland's second most important city. It began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill and was already being reported as a busy trading centre of Slavonic Europe in 965.4 With the establishment of new universities and cultural venues at the emergence of the Second Polish Republic in 1918 and throughout the 20th century, Kraków reaffirmed its role as a major national academic and artistic centre.
Outdoor Recreation is increasingly willing chosen by Poles form of recreation, especially during the holidays or winter holidays. No wonder - in Poland, because we find many places where you can spend your time very attractive, using the occasion of the beautiful surrounding nature. In Poland, we find many mountains, with peaks offering stunning views and well-prepared trails invite only hours of hiking. And in the winter we can take advantage of the ski slopes. Rest in nature is not only the top - should you choose is also the beautiful Mazury lake or coastal area to see. Each of these places is recommendable holiday destination.
The charms of the Tatra Mountains
Departure in the Tatras is very popular with Poles pastime. Definitely worth going there with your family or friends. Holiday or vacation in this place will definitely be successful at any time of the year. In winter, we can give here madness on the slopes, while in summer tempt us in the Tatra hiking in this beautiful region. Tatra is a very attractive tourist place suitable for virtually every tourist. Will find something for themselves whether someone who prefers a more leisurely spend time and really active tourist. Notable are primarily natural conditions of the place - in the Tatra mountains we can establish a direct contact with the wonderful and unique nature, as many of the trails leads through a truly wild areas.