PUBLISHED: 22.04.2018

Open your eyes to Krakow

Krakow has been one of the most important points on the map of Poland for a long time. Every year the charm of the artistic city attracts over a dozen million tourists. The rapidly developing infrastructure and business sector as well as a rich academic offer attract both investors and talented students while an extremely rich cultural offer makes the city one of the most popular in Europe. Krakow was the most fashionable city in the world in 2007 according to the Orbitz agency, one of the 10 “Most Wonderful Cities of the World 2018″according to TripAdvisor, the European Capital of Culture and Literature and the world’s top place for locating business service centres according to the UN report of 2011.

Comfort of living at its best
The city of Krakus is considered to be an artistic and intellectual centre of Poland. A rich cultural offer and numerous investments make the city more and more attractive to study, work and live. For many years, the Krakow Municipality has consistently been adapting the public space to the needs of both residents and millions of visitors arriving at the capital of the Malopolskie Region for tourism, business and educational purposes in order to meet their various expectations. In the ranking of cities published by the “Polityka” weekly in terms of life quality, Krakow took the third place, following Sopot and Warsaw.

Close to innovation
The former capital of Poland is also a rapidly developing academic and scientific centre and a growing centre of business services. Excellent technological and infrastructural facilities and a high number of prestigious universities’ graduates make the city an ideal destination for enterprises and investors from all over the world. It is worth mentioning that the employment in the hi-tech sector in the last 10 years in Krakow has increased by as much as 66 percent. The capital of the Malopolskie Region is also one of the main start-up centres in Poland. According to a report entitled “Polish start-ups 2017” over 500 events related to start-ups and technology take place annually in Krakow while the leading Krakow companies have already attracted the total of over PLN 500 million in investments. The Municipality of Krakow itself has been involved in the activities for the benefit of Krakow start-ups – promotion, financial support and co-organisation of events.
Culture as far as the eye can see
Krakow is a special point on the artistic map of Poland. The city successfully takes advantage of the legacy of artists, including Stanislaw Wyspianski, Jan Matejko, Stanislaw Lem, Slawomir Mrozek, Wislawa Szymborska, Czeslaw Milosz and a wide range of artists associated with the cult Piwnica pod Baranami. The city focuses on cultural policy by organising and supporting numerous events and institutions. In years 2015-2018, the Municipality’s expenditures for culture increased by 45 percent. Only in 2018 the city supported as many as 62 investment projects and 52 large festivals.

Prospects for ecology
Krakow is also gradually developing activities related to ecology and environmental protection. A prestigious EKOJANOSIK 2018 award granted by the National Ecological Council was a great honour for the city. This award is granted to self-governments and enterprises working for the improvement of the natural environment in the region and increasing the ecological awareness of Poles. Furthermore, the capital of the Malopolskie Region is a leader in the purchase of ecological bus fleet – it purchases premium buses that are highly-rated by experts. In November 2018, Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Oczyszczania (MPO) in Krakow became the laureate of the “Promoter of Clean Energy” competition, presenting a project aimed at reducing air pollution from transport – all the streets and pavements in Krakow are mechanically cleaned and washed. In order to reduce the secondary emission of suspended dusts, MPO initiated cooperation with the Krakow University of Technology and the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

A glance at leisure time
Krakow is not only a perfect place to study, work, invest or live. It is also one of the most-visited cities in Poland for tourist purposes. In 2018 Krakow hosted 13.5 million visitors. At the top of the list of the most beautiful places in Poland that should be visited by tourists, prepared by the popular CNN Travel portal, the royal city was at the first place. Journalists have appreciated the rich history, architecture and excellent cuisine. Krakow has also joined the group of 10 best cities in the world in the ranking of TripAdvisor – a global tourist website. Apart from the capital of the Malopolskie Region, the list includes: Key West (USA), Reykjavik (Iceland), Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Marrakech (Morocco), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bali (Indonesia), Glasgow (United Kingdom) and New Orleans (USA).

We invite you to watch the film “Krakow Naturally Beautiful”, showing the green places of Krakow.