A History Lover’s Guide to Krakow
Krakow from the medieval ages until today
Krakow is a city full of history. Each district, street, and building has a long and interesting story to tell. And all are connected by the people who lived there and the events that took place. With over a 1000 years of political history, Krakow was once the most important city in Poland. Now both Poles and foreign visitors from all over the world come to visit. For Polish kids and teenagers, an educational trip to Krakow is a way of learning about their own history and culture. For the guests from abroad, it is not only the history of Krakow that awaits, but also the history of Poland and the Polish people. 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 middle 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 most known, the medieval ages and the 20th century. The former due to all the beautiful buildings you can see around you during our tours, and the latter because of the tragic events that happened during World War II. No matter what’s your age or background, you’ll find something that interests you in Krakow.
Nowadays Krakow is a city with a population of around 1 million people and 327 sq. km of territory. Today Krakow 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 have merged to become the city of Krakow. If you enjoy history and want to gain as much information as possible, then be sure to tell the guide at the start of the tour! You will not be disappointed.
Images by Mateusz Świercz for Absolute Tours