Cracow and tourism
According to statistics, in 2012 Kraków was visited by 7.3 million tourists including 2.1 million foreign travelers (over 30% of their grand total).175176 The visitors spent over 2.5 billion złoty in the city (without travel costs and pre-booked accommodations). Most foreign tourists came from Great Britain (over 25%), with German, French, Spanish, Italian and American visitors closely following. The Kraków tour-guide from the Lesser Poland Visitors Bureau indicated that not all statistics are recorded due to considerable number of those who come, staying in readily available private rooms paid by cash, especially from Eastern Europe.175
The main reasons for visiting the city are: its historical monuments, recreation as well as relatives and friends (placing third in the ranking), religion and business. There are 120 quality hotels in Kraków (usually about half full) offering 15,485 overnight accommodations.177 The average stay last for about 4 to 7 nights. The survey conducted among the travelers showed that they enjoyed the city's friendliness most, with 90% of Polish tourists and 87% foreigners stating that they would personally recommend visiting it.175 Notable points of interest outside the city include the Wieliczka salt mine, the Tatra Mountains 100 km (62 mi) to the south, the historic city of Częstochowa (north-west), the well-preserved former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, and Ojcowski National Park,178 which includes the Renaissance Castle at Pieskowa Skała.179 Kraków has been awarded a number of top international rankings such as the 1st place in the Top city-break destinations 2014 survey conducted by the British Which?.180
place for you
Poland is still quite an exotic place for the most of foreign tourists. But the changes has already started - every year to this country comes more and more people interested in this place. Why you should also visit Poland? Because it is still not too popular, you can easily avoid the crowds. Another important reason - prices are quite low. More pluses? Good rail network - it s really cheap and easy to move between locations. Last, but no least - young polish people speak English very well. Most people here are very friendly for foreign tourists, they are hospitable and helpful.
Looking for some views?
Why take a trip to the Polish mountains? Because there is a highest range of the Carpathians - Tatra Mountains. Take a trail to Valley of the Five Lakes to see truly one of the most stunning views. In these mountains lives a lot of wild animals - mountain goats, brown bears, gophers. Worth seeing Kościeliska Valley and get to know an important part of Polish folk culture - culture of highlanders. You can try the unique, highlighted the EU certificate, sheep's milk cheese called oscypek. What wait for you in the Polish mountains? Amazing views, delicious local food and Polish hospitality. Visit Poland!