Foreigners visiting Europe often overlook the Eastern countries for the Western ones. 'Travel brochures make it easy to forget that
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. Also, like modern rock stars, early music personalities disguised their backgrounds. However, travelers should consider Krakow at least for its Renaissance architecture and music traditions led by Romantic composer,
Although World War II and the Cold War were woeful periods for most of Eastern Europe, Krakow has long since reconstructed itself. It has been the capital of Poland, capital of culture, and currently is the Royal capital. Russians and many nearby countries have recognized Krakow's abundant
offerings. The city contains a variety of music, theater, museums, and art collections.
Despite this rapid development, folk traditions remain an important aspect of Polish culture in Krakow. These traditions often combine Catholicism with ancient rituals. During the wianki festival, which commemorates the summer solstice, girls place flowery herbal wreaths into the river. If a boy retrieves her wreath, they will marry. This is one of the meaningful ways that Poles connect with their pasts. Visitors have the opportunity to experience antiquity, Renaissance, and modernity all within a few days of exploration in Krakow.
Another annual event listed on the Krakow Cultural Events is the March of Dachshunds on the first Sunday of September. Thousands gather each year to participate in the parade that goes from the Valerian Gate to the Market Square. Marchers and their Dachshunds are frequently dressed alike in costumes. No cost to march, but you need a Dachshund with you. All day celebration follows in the market square.