Hotel Galaxy, Gęsia, Kraków, Poland
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Krakow is one of the most culturally and politically significant cities in Poland. It was the central site of the Nazi General Government during WWII, and there’s still a residual feeling of solemnity here that’s especially apparent during visits to the Plaszow Concentration Camp and the Oskar Schindler Factory. Both the Historic City Centre and the Jewish District are brimming with cafés, shops, and pubs, and the 10-acre Main Market Square is a medieval feast for the senses.
For too long Krakow has had a reputation for attracting crowds of soon-to-be-tied-down gentlemen on stag weekends. It deserves better. Poland’s second city and former capital is upstanding and architecturally fine: the showpiece Wawel Castle has undergone major restoration since the country gained independence in 1918, while Rynek Glowny, supposedly Europe’s largest medieval city square, is truly superb. During the Second World War, the Nazis decided they rather liked Krakow, so made it their home in a country whose population they wished to exterminate. While the rest of Poland was bombed, the old city was preserved. Next Tuesday, January 27, also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, about an hour from the city. It makes for an uncomfortable but worthwhile visit, for which you should put aside the best part of a day; a lasting reminder of the Nazis’ depravity, the sheer scale of their extermination programme, and the lasting impact of the genocide on Poland’s population. Fortunately, Poland today is a happier place. Go for memories, painful, yet necessary, and for the chance to wander through a city that merits a better history than it has endured.
Many first-time visitors to Kraków are surprised at how quickly they feel at home there. Those who fall in love with the city at first sight and claim it as their own are fully justified in their sentiment: since 1978 Kraków has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and as such, it "belongs to all the peoples of the world."
Kraków, once the ancient capital of Poland (before finally relinquishing the honor to Warsaw in 1609), has enchanted visitors for a thousand years. It is often called a "magical city" and even the official municipal website calls it, fondly, "Magical Kraków." Krakovian air is composed of hefty doses of oxygen, nitrogen, history, and mystery. Here each stone tells a story; and—be warned!—a song or a sonnet may be lurking round the corner.
Despite Kraków's—and the region's—turbulent past, a wealth of treasures of art and architecture remain almost intact in one of the few Polish cities that escaped devastation by Hitler's armies during World War II. Some will tell you that it is due to Kraków's chakhra, a mystic stone that radiates energy from Wawel Hill, thus protecting the city against evil.
The marvels of Kraków include the Royal Castle of Wawel, Rynek G?ówny (the largest medieval square in Europe), several ancient synagogues in the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, some 150 churches, and 2.5 million works of art, including Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait of Cecilia Gallerani as the crown jewel.
The seat of Poland's oldest university, Kraków is Poland's most important seat of higher learning, having educated Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. Today it is home to 20 universities, and some 200,000 students comprise about a fifth of the city's population, filling Kraków with their contagious energy.
Kraków has always inspired artists, including the Nobel Prize–winning poet Czes?aw Mi?osz, the playwright Tadeusz Kantor, the composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and the American film director Steven Spielberg. Arts continue to thrive in the city of countless galleries, theaters, and concert halls; the list of annual festivals and cultural events is impressive.
This lively yet unhurried city is famous for its evergreen cafés, gourmet restaurants, and hip bars. Kraków may not be the seat of government anymore, but it certainly is Poland's "time-out capital."
Located in the immediate proximity of the Old Town, the Galaxy Hotel**** is a unique place in the centre of Krakow.
It offers superior quality rooms overlooking Grzegorzki, a district steeped in history, tradition, and unmatched charm. You will have a nice place to stay the night, get ready for your presentation and/or determine your sightseeing itinerary. You will get a warm and friendly welcome, and professional and courteous service throughout your stay. We are here to help you find the best way to any place you wish to visit, call a taxi or get the tickets to the theatre.
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