The cultural capital of Poland and the 2000 European Capital of Culture

Krakow is one of the most prominent European cities, a renowned tourist destination, as well as Poland’s most historic city and its cultural capital. The medieval Old Town, the Renaissance Royal Wawel Castle and the enchanting district of Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues were added to the original UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. Emphasizing its rich historical heritage and important contribution to world culture and civilisation, the European Commission honoured Krakow with the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2000.

Krakow’s central theme for the year that it held this title was Thought – Spirituality –Culture. With over 650 artistic and cultural events held, the city was thrust into the international spotlight, which resulted in new and exciting cultural politics of the city.


Pic. Grzegorz Ziemiański,