Krakow is the second largest city in Poland, and also one of the oldest with a history stretching back more than 13 centuries. Throughout all these years, Krakow has always been a centre for learning, culture and art in Poland and Eastern Europe. It had the honour of being the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596, and has been the provincial capital right up until today. There are several Universities in the city, and more than 8 million people live in the Krakow metro area. Maintaining the strong economic foundation of the city, the private sector has been booming in the city since the fall of Communism. The city is quickly establishing itself as Europe's “Silicon Valley” with the presence of mega corps like IBM, Google, and Motorola.
Krakow's historic centre where some of the hotels in Krakow are located is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Wawel Castle and Cathedral located on Wawel Hill are just two of the many reasons for this award. From your Krakow hotel you can take a complete sight-seeing tour passing Krakow's Main Market Square and following the Königsweg route which leads to several of the city's twenty-plus museums such as the National Museum, churches like the Church of St. Wojciech, and venues putting on stage one of Krakow's famous revues. The river forms an important part of the city, and what better way to enjoy the city than with a river cruise. Wake up early on Sunday and go down to Plac Nowy or Hala Targowa for the open air flea markets. You never know what treasures you may discover in the stands. The city is host to many popular festivals, including the Krakow Film Festival, the Coke Live Festival, and the Jewish Culture Festival.
The inhabitants of Krakow are renowned for their enthusiasm. Jazz Festivals such as the Pod Baranami and various galleries attract people to enjoy the city's music and arts. Many hotels in Krakow are close to these venues. About 160,000 students turn Krakow into a lively academic place. The city government focuses on locating high-tech companies around the area. Fly in to the John Paul II International Airport, the second largest airport in Poland. If flying is not your thing, you can take a train from Hamburg, Berlin, Prague or one of many other key European cities direct to Krakow. The A4 motorway runs from the German border direct into Krakow, and it is a high quality freeway that is a pleasure to drive on. In Krakow, you can walk, take a taxi, or ride on the excellent public transit system. The variety of hotels in Krakow ensures that you will find the one that is perfect for you. Check out what is available through HRS today.