Contrasts are part of the fabric of Southern Poland. From the great heights of the Sudeten, Carpathian and Tatras mountain ranges to the subterranean limestone caves, and from the warm charm of the churches and abbeys to the abject tragedy of the Auschwitz concentration camp, it's a region that's hard to define.
Krakow is the country's most popular tourist destination as it offers a vibrant culture as well as many nods to the rich history of the region. The city has the largest central market area in Europe; it's a vibrant commerce district. Visitors to Krakow can also take in one of the preeminent houses of worship in Eastern Europe, St. Mary's Church, which features under its twin towers a 15th century wood-carved altar with over 200 carved and painted figures. The panels of the world-renowned altar depict medieval culture. Also distinctive of the church is the lone trumpeter's hourly call which ends on an abrupt note because, according to legend, an ancient bugler from the church was struck by an enemy arrow as he tried to warn the citizenry of marauders. Also not to be missed is the art of Cloth Hall, the tapestries of Wawel Castle, and the legacy of the nearby Gothic Cathedral, which houses the tombs of several Polish kings.
If winter sports and high-energy activities are more your preference, the Carpathian Mountains (from which sprung countless vampire stories) and the Sudeten Mountains offer skiing, hiking, rock-climbing and all manner of thrills.
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