REM CRACOW 2021
Welcome to Cracow!
Are you as excited as we are about the upcoming REM?
We hope this page will provide you with all the information and help you plan your trip to Cracow!
See you soon! Do zobaczenia!
LEGENDS OF CRACOW
Did you know that Cracow is well known for its legends? It seems like the whole city has been built on them. Wanna learn more about that? Keep reading!
THE WAWEL DRAGON
In ancient times, the Wawel Dragon terrorised King Krak’s city. The beast required ransoms of cattles everyday, otherwise it would devour virgins… No knight could vanquish the monster, until a young shoemaker called Skuba outsmarted the Dragon. He stuffed a ram’s hide with sulphur and pitch, and put the doctored ram in front of the Dragon’s Den. The monster, hungry as always, caught the bait. Immediately, it felt a bad pain and burning in its stomach. To quench its thirst, the Dragon started to drink from the Vistula River. However, as water cannot extinguish burning sulphur, the gases produced by the fires inside him made the beast explode. The shoemaker was properly awarded by the king and till this day, people from Krakow use the word “Skubany” to describe someone clever and sneaky. When you visit the castle during REM Cracow 2021, don’t forget to visit the statue of the dragon at the bank of Vistula river – near its cave.
THE TRUMPETER OF ST. MARY’S
As in most European cities, the heart of Krakow is the market square, which is dominated by the towers of one of the most important churches in Poland – St. Mary’s Church. Every hour from one of the towers the trumpeter plays a melody that suddenly breaks up.
In 1241, Tatars attacked the city of Cracow. According to the legend, when the trumpeter who was guarding the city saw it, he started to play a trumpet. He managed to warn the city of the attack but a Tatar arrow pierced his throat while he was playing. That is why the melody of the so-called “hejnał” ends so unexpectedly – in the same moment where the heroic trumpeter stopped playing it.
When you come to our city you will hear this melody many times. Make sure to think about the hero of Cracow legends then!
THE CLOTH HALL (SUKIENNICE) AND A STORY OF TWO TOWERS OF ST. MARY’S CHURCH
Crakow used to be in the middle of a trade route, which was why the market had an enormous importance to the city. People had to pay for using the streets and to sell goods on the market. Krakow quickly became a wealthy city and the new capital. In the Cloth Hall you can find a knife hanging above the entrance. According to a legend, St. Mary’s Church was built by two brothers. Yet, when one of them realised that his brother’s tower is higher, he killed him with a knife, which is now hanging above the entrance to the Cloth Hall. That’s why the two towers are of different heights.
While in Cracow you may hear of, or see those strange little mountains within the city. They are called “mounds” and they are a Cracovian way of honoring people that were very important to the city. We have 4 of them, located in a different part of the city. Two of them that are oldest, are connected to the legend of the mythical king Krak and his daughter Wanda. Wanda was a princess, who didn’t want to marry a prince from a strange land because she didn’t love him, and she feared it would not be good for their small kingdom. What did she do? Wanda jumped from the castle to the Vistula river. Her body washed out in a village further down the river, and the villagers decided to honour their princess by erecting a mound over her grave. Since then, the village has been called “Mogiła” which means “Grave”. Make sure to visit at least one mound while in the city, the panorama of Cracow viewed from them is stunning.
And that’s why our REM is gonna be LEGENDARY!
Cracow as the prime tourist attraction in Poland was visited by 14 mln tourists in 2019.
Cracow is the second biggest city in Poland, with a population of about 1 mln citizens.
The Old City of Cracow and the Salt Mines in Wieliczka (next to the city) were registered in the first Unesco List.
Cracow is located in the top 10 of the “Greenest Cities in Europe” list.
The name of Kraków is traditionally derived from Krakus, the legendary founder of Kraków and a ruler of the tribe of Lechitians.
The city delights everyone with their magic, poetry, paintings and music… Opera House, Philharmony, Theaters, Jazz Clubs and as many as 35 museums invite guests every day. Interested in art? „Lady with Ermine” by Leonardo da Vinci, maybe some Rembrant, Netscher or Bouts – paintings in Czartoryski Muzeum are really worth contemplating.
The official name of the city is the Royal Capital City of Krakow.
Cracow fascinates us with the extraordinary atmosphere of its streets, squares, cafes, gardens and below all of that – cellars, in which many of the best restaurants and bars are located. Cracow offers about 200 different small and medium hotels and Over 500 restaurants are ready to serve cousines from every corner of the world (26 of them with Michelin stars).
CITY OF KINGS
Cracow is often called a city of kings as most of the Polish monarchs were crowned there.
32 kings were crowned in the Wawel Cathedral.
Jagiellonian University in Cracow is the oldest university in Poland. It was founded in 1364 making it the second oldest university in central Europe.
THE CAPITAL OF POLAND
Cracow was the official capital of Poland until the end of the 16th century.The city still holds the record for the longest time of serving as the capital city of Poland – it would perform the function 3 times in its history, loosely between 1040 and 1609.
BIGGEST MARKET SQUARE
Laid out in 1257, the Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square) is one of the largest medieval market squares in Europe – the centrepiece of a town plan which was, and remains, a remarkable piece of town planning.