A history lover’s guide to Krakow
Krakow from the medieval ages until today
Krakow is a city full of history. Each district, each street, and each building has a long and interesting story to tell, connected with the people who lived there and the events that took place there. With over a 1000 years of political history and once the most important
city in Poland, Krakow is visited by both Poles and foreign visitors from all over the world. For Polish kids and teenagers at school, an educational trip to Krakow is a way of learning about its history and culture. On the other hand for the guests from abroad, it is not only the history of Krakow that waits to be learnt, but also the history of Poland and the Poles. This is a task for an expert guide, who can explain everything during a small group or a private tour. There really is a lot to cover.
From the medieval ages until today Krakow has been one of the most important cities in Poland and this is the main reason there is so much history here. Two periods are the most known – the medieval ages and the 20th century. Firstly because of all the beautiful buildings you can see during all of our tours, secondly because of the tragic events that happened during WWII. No matter your age or background, you’ll find something that interests you in Krakow, so come check it out!
Nowadays Krakow is a city with a population of around 1 million people and 327 sq. km of territory. But in the past ages, the city was a lot smaller. The city today consists of 5 former separate towns: Krakow (Old Town), Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter), Podgórze (WWII ghetto), Kleparz (north from the Barbican) and Okol (between the Old Town and Wawel Royal Castle). Each of these towns has its own interesting history, sights, and buildings. Today all of them belong to Krakow and its story. If you like history and want to gain as much information as you can, be sure to tell the guide at the start of the tour! You will definitely not be disappointed.
Images by Mateusz Świercz for Absolute Tours