The city of Krakow is the capital city of the Malopolskie (Lesser Poland or Little Poland) province in the southern region of Poland.
Krakow is considered by many to be the cultural capital of Poland, with 28 museums and public art galleries. Among them are the main branch of Poland's National Museum and the Czartoryski Museum, the latter featuring works by Leonardo, Raphael and Rembrandt. The city also has several famous theaters.
Krakow hosts many annual and biannual artistic events, some of international significance, such as the Festival of Short Feature Films, Biennial of Graphic Arts and the Jewish Culture Festival. The city has been home to two Polish Nobel laureates in literature: Wisława Szymborska and Czesław Miłosz.
The most popular tourist destinations are Stare Miasto ("Old Town"), the castle and cathedral on Wawel Hill and Kazimierz, the old Jewish town. Points of interest outside Krakow include the Wieliczka salt mine, the Tatra Mountains (62 miles to the south), the historic city of Częstochowa, the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz and Ojcowski National Park, which includes Pieskowa Skała Castle.