Welcome to Krakow

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This medieval city looks like it has fallen straight out of a fairytale book, with its bustling market square, spiralling Gothic towers, castles and legends about dragons. Explore the narrow backstreets, hidden courtyards and the network of underground cellars and tunnels. Krakow is known as the cultural capital of Poland through its love of music, poetry and theatre. After years of occupation and struggle, Krakow has emerged a proud city with a strong sense of identity, yet has still maintained its artistic and fun-loving soul.


Population 800,000 in central Krakow
1.5 million in entire metropolitan area
Currency 1 Zloty (PLN) – 100 grosz
Opening hours Generally shops are open 10.00-18.00 Monday to Friday and 10.00-13.00 on Saturdays. A number of shopping centres are open seven days a week and a few shops are open 24 hours a day.
Newspapers Rzeczpospolita
Emergency numbers Ambulance: 999
Police: 997
Fire Brigade: 998
All emergencies, phoning from a mobile telephone: 112
Tourist information Rynek Główny 1/3
(Town Hall Tower, Main Market Square)
+48 12 433 73 10