Culture & education

Małopolska is the main international tourism area in Poland. Its capital city Kraków is one of the most recognised cities in Europe. Kraków is famous for its cultural heritage and unique nature on a European scale, and also for its openness to tourists.

  • 13,1 million tourists were welcomed by Małopolska in 2014, while 9.6 million tourists visited Kraków itself;
  • 880 tourist accommodation establishments in Małopolska including 420 hotels and 65,700 bed places / 569 tourist accomodation establishments in Kraków including 135 hotels and 30,800 bed places;
  • 12 sites from the Małopolska Region that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List including Cracow's Historic Centre, the historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka, former German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska andthewooden churches of southern Małopolska;
  • 25 tram routes and 156 bus routes;
  • train and bus connections to other cities in Poland and Europe operated to and from the Main Railway Station and Regional Bus Station in Kraków;
  • 1,004 cultural institutions including museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres and music facilities;
  • Kraków as the European Capital of Culture in 2000;
  • 15 festivals of international recognition such as: the Jewish Culture Festival, Misteria Paschalia, Sacrum Profanum, Off Plus Camera Festival, and the Coke Live Music Festival. The festivals attracts 500 000 participants yearly;
  • host of World Youth Day 2016;
  • over 200 000 students - 2nd largest student population in Poland;
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Source: Tourism in the Małopolska Region in 2011