A city where time flows differently

 • elegant Renaissance residence of Polish monarchs on Wawel Hill

• splendid collections of paintings, including works by Leonardo da Vinci (the famous Lady with Ermine) and Rembrandt

• the world’s largest medieval market square, still full of life today historic city centre listed as a UNESCO world heritage site

• the altar at the Church of St Mary made by Veit Stoss

• the Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Central Europe, whose former students include Nicolaus Copernicus

• an abundance of memorabilia which illustrate the Poles’ great affection for the late pope John Paul II, the former archbishop of Cracow

• intellectual climate, which boosted the talent of the recently deceased phenomenal poet Wisława Szymborska,  another graduate of the Jagiellonian University, and winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature

• luxurious hotels, some with a tradition of several hundred years, and others which could not be more modern

• magnificent cloister complexes full of priceless treasures

• the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, the world’s oldest still-functioning industrial facility, with a breathtaking underground route for visitors

• Cracovians, the people who have been shaping the city where time flows differently for over 1,000 years

These are only a few of the significant reasons why Cracow is worth visiting. To tell the truth, it is difficult to list them all, but the greatest pleasure comes from discovering them.