Krakow is also a city vibrating with cultural life. In the year 2000 it was chosen to be the European Capital of Culture and in 2013 awarded the title of UNESCO City of Literature. Every year, more than 100 festivals and other world-famous cultural events take place here, such as the Film Music Festival, Misteria Paschalia, Opera Rara, Sacrum Profanum, Conrad Festival.
Krakow participates in many international initiatives – it is involved in the activities of the N.I.C.E. (Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe), in 2019 it was the organizer of the 15th Congress of the World Heritage Cities Organization (OWHC), and also held the title of the European Capital of Gastronomic Culture. It was also elected the host city of the 61st Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association in 2022.
It is also a city of modern museums and dynamically operating companies, investing in new technologies. A place of learning about 200,000 students, has attracted investors looking for qualified staff – many of them just in Krakow located its branches and call centers. Business meetings also promotes extensive hotel accommodation of the highest standard and trade fair and opened in 2014, the ICE Krakow Congress Center.
For sports and recreation enthusiasts, the capital of Lesser Poland offers many opportunities for active leisure – thanks to investments such as new swimming pools, sports halls, pitches or outdoor gyms. In 2014 was opened TAURON Arena Krakow, the largest in Poland and one of the most modern sports and entertainment venues in Europe, there are modern stadiums.
The city also hosts numerous sports events of national and international rank, such as the Tour de Pologne and the Cracovia Marathon, and in 2021 CEV EuroVolley Men and the European Amp Football Championship. In 2014, Krakow was chosen as the European City of Sport.
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How to get to Krakow?
From the international Kraków’s John Paul II International Airport, located approx. 11 km from the city center you can get directly by train or bus.
Buses: 208, 209, 252 and night line 902. Journey time to the center is approx. 40 minutes.
A number of national roads and highways lead to the city. All major national roads and motorways pass through Krakow, incl. 4, 7, 44, 79, 94. Notices about road obstructions are published by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, Branch in Krakow.
The city has convenient, direct rail connections with all major cities in Poland. The new Krakow underground railway station (Kraków Głowny) is a transfer junction located in the city center – connected to a parking, a bus station and a fast tram. It is also a good starting point for those wishing to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz or Zakopane.