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Cracow

Tuchhallen in Krakau, © Stadt Frankfurt am Main
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Partner City since 6 December 1991

Partner City since 6 December 1991

Inhabitants

approx. 750.000

Significance

Cracow proudly looks back on a thousand years of national culture and heritage. For several centuries the city was the seat of the Polish government. Wawel Castle, for centuries the home of Polish kings, remains a place of great national identity. Cracow disposes over one of Poland´s most beautiful urban areas; the city´s old town centre was named a World Heritage Site back in 1978. Our Polish partner city is today a modern centre of science and technology. A thriving heavy industries sector was established in the city district of Nova Huta after the end of the Second World War.

Kultur

Cracow is known to be Poland´s cultural centre, a standing that is underlined by the famous opera house, various theatres as well as the Cracow Philharmonic. Concerts and high-profile exhibitions provide cultural variety. Moreover, some 50,000 students make for a lively city with pulsating nightlife and youthful exuberance. Cracow´s old town centre bustles with pubs, jazz cellars and other entertainment venues, making it a place of much energy and vivacity. In the year 2000, Cracow was given the honour of being selected Europe´s cultural capital.

Sights

• Market square
• St Mary´s Church incl. Veit-Stoss altar
• Former Jewish city district of Kazimierz
• Collegium Maius
• Royal castle of Wawel
• Wawel Cathedral