Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland, lays on the banks of the Vistula River. Walking down the the cobblestone streets leading to the Main Market Hall the history on and within the buildings is unmistakable. Hundreds of years ago it was Poland’s capital and even though it no longer is – it has remained a leader in Poland’s academic, cultural and artistic life and is currently one of the most important economic centers. The city bustles with life especially due to the many universities located in this charming city. There’s plenty to see and do here during the day and at night. The Rynek Glowny area, considered the heart of Krakow’s night life, is filled with old gothic style cellar bars, restaurants, and cafes. This city has much to offer for all ages, tastes, and styles. Take advantage of your time here to see and experience it all.Krakow, Poland’s ancient royal capital, dates back to the 7th century. Now the second largest city, it is one of the great survivors of this part of Europe.
Lying on the banks of the Vistula River and just a short drive away from the Tatra Mountains, Krakow has one of the best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, having escaped much of World War 2 damage wrought in Warsaw.
Krakow has not lost any of its old world charm. Even though it is home to 750,000 inhabitants, of whom over 100,000 are students of respected universities.
The city offers numerous sites and famous landmarks all within walking distance from one another.
There are endless historical sites to explore in this city ranging the Old Town, whose heart is the large Market Square and an UNESCO heritage site, the Kazimierz distict, which was once a cradle of Jewish culture, and the seat of the Royal Castle and the cathedral among many others.
The Rynek Glowny area, with its pavement cafes, is the heart of the city’s nightlife and a popular place to start off the evening. As the evening moves on, distinctions between cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs tend to blur as cosy cellar bars become party zones.
Poland has not had an easy past but through it all, it has successfully preserved a strong cultural identity. Kraków has, throughout the centuries, been one of the main centers of Polish academics, cultural and artistic life and is one of Poland’s most important economic centers.
Near the tower, Cloth Hall, a medieval marketplace, still bustles, its long corridor lined with booths selling crafts, jewelry, souvenirs and clothing.
Polish folk crafts, dance, and music can also be found on display at the dozens of festivals spread all throughout the year.
The unique Polish cuisine is famous for hearty dishes of meat and cream. It also boasts its very own type of dumpling called the pierogi. These tasty treats can be found around the world – wherever a city has a significant polish population.
The team of consultants here at Move One looks forward to the opportunity to introduce you to Warsaw and sharing all that this wonderful city has to offer.
A site focused on all aspects of expatriate living in the country, from restaurants to local customs.
A portal discussing all things Poland that one relocating may be interested in.
One of the best pocket guides around, Krakow in Your Pocket is a must to read before, and during your stay in this beautiful city.
Besides the wealth of information this site provides, it has a great interactive map feauture that lets you explore the downtown. For those who want to see what to expect before arrival, this feature should not be missed!
Looking for the next big event or music festival? Look no further. Karnet keeps expatriates in the know of all the local activities sure to brighten your day.
Whether it be relocations, immigration, moving or pet transportation, Move One’s InMotion blog is a savvy source of info for expats on the move.
Krakow Post is Krakow’s only English language newspaper. The paper is the most respected source of news and information for English speakers in the city, with the latest stories on politics and current affairs, business and technology, sports, culture and the arts, as well as the popular City Life supplement, with nightlife news, restaurant reviews and top events.
Unlike the Krakow Post, The News is a more international take on the news from a Polish perspective, delving into issues across the Polish countryside.
According to the Global Peace Index, Poland ranks 29th in the safest countries in the world. However, like any capitol city in the world, Krakow can experience the usual petty crime. Crimes against expatriates are not unheard of, so it is worth doubling up on common sense and paying close attention to your surroundings. For more information and advice about personal security, please check the following websites:
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Krakow has a temperate climate and all four seasons can be enjoyed. The weather during the summer is warm with occasional days of uncomfortably high temperatures. An old poem from Krakow describes the summer months as follows: June having the longest days, the hottest in July and the most beautiful in August. Autumn in Krakow brings dry, warm days. Winter can be harsh with temperatures going below 0 C or 32 F.
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