The turbulent history of this place and the building itself dates back to the 14th century. It was here that Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous astronomer of the modern era lodged whenever he visited Cracow. A long list of distinguished guests followed including His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Charles Mountbatten-Windsor, Saudi Princess Reem Al-Faisal, Condoleezza Rice, the procession of Pope John Paul II and U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife.
In the hotel's interior are restored antique paintings, frescoes from the 15th century and beam ceilings, a treat for art and history lovers. The historical value of the building and preserved works of art are in the focus of the hotel's interior design concept.
With period furniture, draperies selected to harmonize with the character of the interior and the bathrooms fitted with marble and travertine, Copernicus aims at bringing to life the idea of coexistence of a listed building and a luxurious contemporary-style hotel. The establishment is fully air-conditioned, it has 29 guest rooms equipped with a safe, mini bar, satellite television, and Internet access.
The roof terrace offers a breath-taking panorama of Cracow; to the south, the Royal Wawel Castle; to the north, towers of the Romanesque Church of Saint Andrew rise up next to the baroque dome of Saint Peter & Paul's Church.
In summer the rooftop terrace turns into a dining space, in which hotel guests can try gourmet Polish cuisine. The restaurant was recommended in the Michelin Guide in 2012.
is one of landmarks of Cracow, arguably the most beautiful city of Poland, the city that has been called 'Little Vienna', 'Little Paris' or 'Florence of the North'. Though flattering, these nicknames fail to pronounce the unique charm of the former capital of Poland.
The Old Town, inscribed on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list in the 1970s, is still the city center. Cracow's Rynek is the largest medieval marketplace in Europe. It is indeed magnificent - a perfect example of a vibrant cosmopolitan space, where ingeniously designed historic architecture has preserved its functionality.
For ages an important spot on the trade routes, Cracow has been absorbing multicultural influences, while managing to preserve the distinctive character and soul. The city is traditionally called the cultural capital of Poland and lives up to its name - the center of artistic life, Cracow has always been synonymous with sophisticated entertainment.
Author: Aleksandra Szweda / pr-controlled.com ©
Photos: The Wawel Castle by Judyta Papp and Hotel Copernicus archives