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Many first-time visitors to Kraków are surprised at how quickly they feel at home there. Those who fall in love with the city at first sight and claim it as their own are fully justified in their sentiment: since 1978 Kraków has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and as such, it "belongs to all the peoples of the world."
Kraków, once the ancient capital of Poland (before
finally relinquishing the honor to Warsaw in 1609), has enchanted visitors for a thousand years. It is often called a "magical city" and even the official municipal website calls it, fondly, "Magical Kraków." Krakovian air is composed of hefty doses of oxygen, nitrogen, history, and mystery. Here each stone tells a story; and—be warned!—a song or a sonnet may be lurking round the corner.