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Krakow, the ancient capital of Poland, is the most important tourist destination in the country, the city is known for its beautiful old town from the spectacular architecture rich in Gothic churches and Baroque palaces.
The main attractions of the city include the Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny), which is overlooked by the Renaissance palace Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and the Basilica of Saint Mary. Other buildings of great value are the Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral (with the famous Sigismund bell) both in the Gothic style, the gate of St. Florian and the Barbican, both part of the old medieval city walls.
Very beautiful and interesting are the many museums in the city including the Czartoryski Museum, which houses the famous Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci. Karol Wojtyla was archbishop of Krakow for 15 years before he became Pope with the name John Paul II. The historic center of Krakow is one of the places declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site.
KRAKOW CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Dates of the Christmas Market:
Usually end of November – December
1) Christmas market in Krakow (Jarmark Bożonarodzeniowy Krakow – Targach Bożonarodzeniowych). Christmas market of atmosphere, unforgettable if snow is present, set in the Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny), which is located right in the center of this beautiful city. The market offers wonderful handcrafted items and jewelry in Baltic amber, Bohemian glass, wood carvings, Christmas decorations, clothes, furs, slippers, sweets, mulled wine, warm beer, traditional Polish sausages, soups and stews.
Among other events of Advent you will find a chorus of Christmas carols, folk dances and performances. Finally, to see the Poles nativity scenes (Szopki), they are miniature models of the Nativity and of the historical buildings of Krakow made of paper, wood (plywood) and colored leaves, some of them are on display at the monument of Adama Mickiewicza (commonly known as Adama) in the square where the market is held.
Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm (the food stalls are open until 10 pm).
Organization: Krakowskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wytwórczo-Usługowe “ARTIM” Sp. z o.o.
Ul. Św. Gertrudy 14 , 31-048 Kraków
tel. 12 421 67 12, 12 421 67 22, fax 12 421 86 99