Krakow is the second-largest city in Poland, and used to be the capital city. It is located along the Vistula River. As one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland, millions of tourists visit every year from all over the world. Along with many sightseeing opportunities, the entertainment industry is also very strong, with booming nightclubs and restaurants.

Krakow is known for being culturally diverse, with residents from not only Poland, but also from Germany, Russia, and many other cultural groups from Eastern Europe. You can see this diversity in Krakow’s architecture, as there are buildings in several styles such as Gothic, Baroque, Orthodox, Soviet, and Modern.

Krakow’s Old Town is full of interesting Polish and medieval history. The city and its surroundings also boast several UNESCO world heritage sites such as, the Wawel Castle, the 16th-century park at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the city’s Kazimierz district, and perhaps most famous, the Wieliczka salt mine, which has 190 miles (300km) of underground tunnels, and has been functional for the last 700 years. In addition, Krakow also has many historical churches, museums, and monuments, and opera houses for history and art lovers alike.

Students of the Erasmus programme particularly favour the city of Krakow. In addition, the universities attract young Polish students from all over the country. There are over 200,000 students in Poland attending of its 28 institutes of higher education. Since the city’s overall population is only 761,000, the high percentage of students makes the city feel very young and energetic.

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