Geography of Krakow
Geographic coordinates of the
city center of Krakow are
lies in Poland almost
exactly at the intersection of the 50th parallel
north latitude and the 20th meridian east
longitude. It makes the very center of
continental Europe, i.e. roughly halfway between
the westernmost Lisbon in Portugal and the
easternmost Urals, and equidistant from the
Mediterranean and the arctic Barents Sea.
is situated 800 km
(500 miles) east of German's Frankfurt, 750 km west
of Ukraine's Kiev, 950 km from Florence in Italy
and 980 km from Goteborg in Sweden.
with its 800,000-plus residents is Poland’s second largest city and
an unquestioned metropolis of the country's southern half.
The city’s area of 326.8 sq.
km (0.1% of Poland’s territory) spreads
on both banks of the Vistula (Wisla) river, about 219 meters
above the sea level on the Malopolska Uplands at the foot
of the Carpathian Mountains. Complex geological
structure of the area makes for divers landscapes within the
limits of Krakow and in its vicinity.
environs of Krakow
northwest parts of the city lies on the Krakow-Czestochowa Jura,
graced with many-shaped limestone rocks and
popular for its ‘Eagle Nests’ route linking
picturesque ruins of medieval castles. Krakow’s
eastern outskirts abut on the vast Niepolomice
Forest, while the south ones border on the scenic Beskid
Foothills. The Carpathian Mountains stretch still farther
to the south, peaking with the Tatra Mountains some hundred
kilometers (60 miles) off the city. Also
plentiful woods, lakes, and rivers attract hordes
of visitors to the Krakow region which remains
Poland’s prime tourist destination.
Poland's prime tourist attraction and a
must in Central Europe boasts numerous
world-class monuments, charming vistas,
delightful atmosphere, and the best restaurants.
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nation, geography, climate, wildlife,