In recent years, Krakow has become a city of ever increasing innovative and creative initiatives in various fields. Until recently, it attracted with its legend: a treasure trove of Polish heritage, European Capital of Culture, a city full of events and unique collections, a city organizing excellent festivals. These advantages were complemented with purely economic or even business arguments: Today, Krakow is a place where it is not only worth holding a business meeting or a congress, but now, according to current trends, a business meeting in Krakow is a must.
Currently, Krakow is the artistic and intellectual centre of southern Poland, and one of the most popular tourist spots in Europe. Krakow’s main Market Square – the largest mediaeval square in Europe (200x200 meters) – has always been the heart of the city, vibrant with life throughout the year. It is a favorite meeting place for Cracovians, students, tourists, and business people. The most distinctive buildings in the Rynek Główny are St. Mary’s Basilica, with its imposing Gothic altar, and Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) – the best preserved cloth market in Europe. The 47 tenement buildings surrounding the square house numerous cafés, restaurants, pubs, galleries, shops, bookstores, and museums. The passage of time is marked by the bugle call played every hour on the hour from the top of the taller tower of St. Mary’s Basilica – the only musical signal in the world sounded regularly for six centuries.