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Map of the Old Town Historic District (73k)
historic area in a close-up: prime landmarks, distinct streets and squares with their names writ large.

Map of Krakow's Kazimierz historic district (176k)

City of Krakow map (165k)
Krakow districts, suburbs, city limits, arteries,
streets, parks, rivers and reservoirs.

Driving Car in Krakow (123)
Pedestrian precinct and streets off limits to
cars in downtown Krakow, parking zones and parking lots in the city center.

Map of the Main Roads in Krakow (49k)
routes to, through, and out of Krakow.

Poland Map (91k)
Poland's national borders, neighbors, main roads, cities, principal airports, mountain ranges, rivers and lakes.

Large Poland Map (190k)
Poland's national borders, neighbors, main roads, cities, principal airports, mountain ranges, rivers and lakes - but everything much larger.

Malopolska Province Map (33k)
Map of
the province (one of Poland's 16) of which Krakow is capital, with the boundaries of the counties and their chief cities. Plus the province's essential data.




Krakow: General Data: 

Geography, Weather, Local Government, Economy, History, Culture, Money, Environment, Wildlife, Malopolska Province,

number of sunny hours in Krakow by month

Weather in Krakow 

Krakow enjoys a temperate climate with features of both European marine west coast and more severe continental conditions of Eastern Europe. "Days are longest in June, hottest in July, and most beautiful in August” – an old Polish poem says. On the other hand, Krakow’s perfect springs fill the city with sweet-smelling blossoms from mid April through May. While the famed Polish “golden autumns” bring dry and warm weather amid rich colors of dying leaves from mid September to mid October or so. And Christmas in Krakow is positively white. 
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Local Government of Krakow 

Krakow is the capital of the Malopolska wojewodztwo, one of the most prominent provinces among the country’s 16. As in the case of other major Polish cities, Krakow’s local government is county and commune rolled into one municipality. The legislative City Council numbers 43 members, voted in every four years in a popular ballot by way of proportional representation. The executive powers lie with Krakow's mayor, called the president of the city (prezydent miasta), elected by the citizens for a four-year tenure. 
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Krakow's location

Krakow Geography

Krakow lies in 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. Krakow, with its 750,000 or so citizens, is Poland’s second largest city and the unquestioned metropolis of its southern half. The city’s area of 326.8 sq. kilometers (0.1 percent of Poland’s territory) spreads on both banks of the Vistula river, some 219 meters above the sea level. 
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Krakow's Economy 

The high-tech gets high profile by day in Krakow. The city boasts Poland’s first and third most-visited internet portals. It can boasts a special economic zone (Krakow Technological Park, meant for major high-tech investments) with the Motorola’s European R&D center, 4 enterprise incubators, 3 commercial-fair grounds, 7 higher economics schools. 
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Culture in Krakow

Culture has always been all-important in Krakow. 
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Money in Krakow

Poland's currency is zloty (PLN). It is divided into one hundred smaller units called grosz (abbreviation gr).

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nest with eggs, Krakow

Wildlife in Krakow 

There is a number of wildlife preserves within the city limits, established mostly for the protection of endangered flora species. The 21.5 sq. km Ojcow National Park lies just 24 km northwest of Krakow. Larger woodlands, the 27,000-acre Puszcza Niepolomicka, stretch some 25 km east from the city center. The forest bison, zubr, reintroduced to the area in 1936, roam that remnant of Poland’s primeval forests among its rich fauna. While stray deer or roe, to say nothing of fox, can be seen occasionally anywhere in Krakow’s outskirts. 
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making of the Sigismund bell in Krakow, painted by Jan Matejko

History of Krakow

In 1000 Krakow got its own bishop, and in 1038 the city became Poland’s capital. Krakow’s Golden Age came by the end of the 15th century when it was the thriving metropolis of a vast and prosperous kingdom stretching from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea. 
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Krakow's Environment 

In the past ten years every part of Krakow managed to meet the air-quality standards. For instance, fine particulate matter stayed within the range between 46 percent and 78 percent of the acceptable concentration most of the year. And the sulfur dioxide, responsible for acid rain, stayed in Krakow’s central Grand Square at half the level UNESCO allows for its World Heritage Sites
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Basic Krakow info for visitors coming to Krakow

nation, geography, climate, wildlife, visitors, currency.

Malopolska Province

Krakow's Transport
How to move about the city.

Travel to Krakow

In the proximity of Krakow
Krakow is Poland's tourist mecca, and also a gateway to many other must-see sites in the region.

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Real estate in Krakow


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