Published on October 19th, 20126
Kraków – The Cradle of Science
The former capital and number two city of Poland is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination for social scientists as well as ordinary travelers. The picturesque southern city of Kraków is also known as the “Cradle of Science”, as it has fostered numerous famous scientists throughout history.
Nicolaus Copernicus, one of the most famous scientists of all time, hails from Kraków. Copernicus’ most famous achievement was the displace Earth as the center of the universe, and is known as the father of modern astronomy. His father was a Krakówian, and Nicolaus attended the University of Kraków (which is now known as the Jagiellonian University.
Today, the city’s university is together with the University of Warszawa, the leading Polish educational institutions. It has also fostered many well-known polish social scientists, like Pawel Wlodkowic, Stanislaw Kot, and Tadeusz Sulimirski. In addition, many American social scientists can trace their roots back to the Jewish quarters of the city, just as the famous filmmaker Roman Polanskoi.
For the visiting social scientist there are plenty things to see and do in the city. First of all, the old city is a historical monument over Kraków’s almost 1000-year of history. Fortunately, the city was never bombed during the World War, so walking in the city center is like going centuries back in time. This city is a gold mine for social scientists, especially historians and political scientists.
Kraków also has a Jewish district called the Kazimierz, which was originally a separate city but later merged with the rest of Kraków. There are still active synagogues here; however the Jewish presence is diminished following the World War persecutions as well as emigration to Israel. This district is now a popular housing area for students of the Jagiellonian.
There are many good conference locations in the city, both in the city center and connected to the university.
There are numerous dining options, so we will restrict ourselves to recommending just one of the many great places. The castle in
Przegorzały, called Schloss Wartenberg offers a fantastic view over the district to the west of the city center. When there, make sure you try the Polish specialty: buffalo vodka with a straw of grass inside the bottle, which can be served with apple juice and ice.
For the fashion conscious social scientist the Galeria Krakowska is a must see. It is situated near the rail station, and is made up of no less than 270 stores situated on three floors.