Kraków

The iGeo2014 was held in Kraków (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkrakuf]) also Cracow, or Krakow (US English /ˈkrækaʊ/, British English /ˈkrækɒv/), the former capital city of Poland (11th – 16th century). Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła), Kraków is one of the oldest cities in Poland, dating back to the 7th century.

Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland’s most important economic hubs.  Nowadays, the city is the capital of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship and the second largest city in Poland with population exceeding 750,000 inhabitants.

Due to its long and interesting history, Kraków has accumulated a quarter of Poland’s total number of museum artifacts, which makes it a place worth visiting. During the stay in Kraków, the iGeo2014 participant will have an opportunity to visit many places in the city itself and its surroundings and immerse in cultural atmosphere of old Kraków. The city was placed on the World Heritage Sites list in 1978, the same year in which the Archbishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtyła, was chosen Pope John Paul II.

Kraków, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

You are welcome to see more pictures of beautiful Kraków in the external gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/polandmfa/sets/72157622836770603/show/

Additional information on visiting Kraków and tourist attractions can be found on the official website of the City of Kraków: http://www.krakow.pl/english/visit_krakow/2601,glowna.html