Over seven million visitors show up in Krakow every year, though only a third or so stay overnight in the city.
Many arrive and/or leave by air, but most take advantage of the fact that Krakow lies at a major European road and rail junction.
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There is a lot to see in Krakow: centuries-old
impressive landmarks, lovely vistas, world-class works of art, and
Wawel Royal Castle
Home to three dynasties of Poland's monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, best period furniture and rare ancient objects.
Poland's impressive national shrine shelters plenty of superb church art. Among its 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell Zygmunt of 1520 ranks with the world's largest. Most Polish kings and their family members are buried in the cathedral, its chapels and crypts, together with the greatest national heroes, two poets, four saints and numerous bishops.
Basilica of the
The immense Gothic church, Krakow's principal temple since the 13th century, shelters the world's greatest Gothic sculpture among its many excellent works of art.
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Safety in Krakow
Poland is generally safer than most European countries, east or west. And Krakow is safer than other major cities in Poland. Unfortunately, petty crime seems pretty common. Although foreign visitors most often fall victim to pickpockets, it is the less prevalent car theft that appears the worst plague in Poland, Krakow being no exception.
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There is no subway in Krakow, nonetheless that nearly million city has a fairly dense public transport system which consists of streetcars and buses a municipal company operates and a number of private-owned minibus fleets. Taxicabs are plentiful and relatively cheap in Krakow–within the city boundaries the fare should not exceed 20 euro. And you can dial roughly fiteen different taxi telephone centers, each with its own fleet.
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The official Polish unit of currency is the zloty, the major convertible foreign currencies may be changed into Polish zlotys at banks, hotels and at private currency-exchange offices – the kantors. The major traveller’s checks can be changed and all major credit cards are accepted.
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Krakow souvenirs trade concentrates at the focal Grand Square (‘Rynek Glowny’). Traditional Krakow souvenirs have included for decades: dolls clad in the Krakow region’s characteristic folk costume, the costume itself or just its single items (e.g. heavy strings of red coral beads, male four-corner red cap with a peacock tail plume), peacock tail feathers, gingerbread hearts with multicolor icing, and miniature replicas of the famous wooden Wawel Heads.
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