Looking proud on the banks of the Wisła river (Vistula), the former royal city of Kraków is remarkably easy going. It is popular magnet for the creatives and tourists alike, with about about a million people calling it home if one count the about 200,000 students in that are still officially registered in the villages of their mams and dads. And the about 100,000 Ukrainians that fled the war, and of which many found a job in the buzzing city. Having students is a real long historic fact for Kraków, as the Jagiellonian University was founded here in 1364 and remains the centrepiece of the academic world today.
Unlike many Polish cities the buildings of the Old Town are authentic, and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Word has it that the Nazi-German general advancing into Kraków in 1939 liked it that much, he forbid bombing like what happened to almost all other Polish cities. Some buildings date back to the Middle Ages. The iconic Wawel Castle is from the 16th Century, and the city just grew around it.
I just recently started to process more of the photos I have been taking in Kraków, my home town, ever since my first visit as a tourist in 2017.
View at the main cathedral, the Bazylika Mariacka, on main square - seen from the rooftop terrace of the Music School.