Kraków, Poland

Wawel from Kopiec Krakusa Krakow
View of Wawel from Kopiec Krakusa. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user RaNo.

Population: 760,700 (2015 est.)

Language(s): Polish

Demonym: Cracovian

Area: 327 km2 (126 mi2)

Dialing Code: +48 (12)

Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug/Socket Types: C & E

Time Zone: Central European Time (UTC+1); Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Overview

Kraków (pronounced KRAH-koof) is the second-largest city in Poland, and it is one of the most important. It is located on the Vistula River, which it straddles like many other cities in Poland, such as Warsaw and Gdansk. Another point that it shares with other Polish cities is the way it has resiliently risen from numerous trials and hardships, though its had a rough history. The city was invaded and attacked by almost every other nation and their mothers, but a tourist will welcome the many historical marks that remain as scars throughout the city. Kraków has just over 3/4 million residents, with double that if the surrounding metro area was included. It is really the most popular travel destination in Poland, as it was the capital of the country for over half a millennium.

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