Kraków is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland, with a population of 756,336 in 2007.
It has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish scientific, cultural and artistic life. As the former national capital with a history encompassing more than a thousand years, the city remains the spiritual heart of Poland with its stunning collection of ornate churches, basilica and historic Cathedral at the great Wawel Castle. It is a major attraction for local and international tourists.