2013 KRAKOW MARATHON, POLAND: 4:17:27 (2013-04-28)


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Capital: Warsaw (1.7 million)

Population: 38.5 million (Krakow 755,000)

Currency: Zloty

Famous people from Poland:

Marie Curie (physicist and chemist), Nicolaus Copernicus (astronomy), Fryderyk Chopin (composer), Pope John Paul II, Grzegorz Lato (soccer)

Fun facts about Krakow and Poland:

The city of Krakow has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. Within Krakow are about 6,000 historic sites and 2 million art works, it was one of the few cities that escaped the carnage during the wars.

In 1978, Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first ever Slavic pope.

There are about 7.3 million people that visit Krakow every year, nearly 10x the actual population. Krakow was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596.

According to legend, Krakow was founded by and named after the mythical ruler Krak, who built the town above a cave occupied by a ravenous dragon.

The famous astronomer, Nicolas Copernicus, was Polish and was the first person to theorize that the Earth was not the center of the universe.

Gdynia has been voted, on more than one occasion as the best place in Poland to live. The poll takes place each year and gives the wining city bragging rights.

Some of the first shots fired during the WWII took place in Gdansk – Westerplatte, There is a monument there in honour of the Polish solders that stood for seven days against the German’s attack.

Polish officers, either police officers or military, use a two-finger salute.

In Poland the name day is considered more important than the birthday.

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Many hostels in and around Krakow, Hostelworld has them all listed. Be also sure to take a guided tour to Auschwitz when you visit Krakow.