(Polish title: Zarzadzanie przestrzenia miast historycznych jako sposob ochrony i ksztaltowania dziedzictwa kulturowego (na przykladzie Krakowa)). Management of the city's development is a complicated and multi-dimensional process. In the case of historical cities it becomes an even more complex issue, because the protection of the cultural heritage is a basic problem which local authorities have to deal with. In that context the development of a settlement entity takes on a new light, in which not only the elements inseparably connected with its proliferation (resulting from the increase of the number of inhabitants, people's economic activity, new land development - for example on the needs of the municipal infrastructure), but also the necessity of retaining a historical district's authenticity have to be considered. The point is that one should focus not only on the spatial prevention of isolated quarters, but represent a much wider approach aimed at: the prevention of the cultural landscape understood as a complex structure consisting of the anthropogenic form of the municipal substance, the green space inside the city and the organic elements of natural landscape in its outskirts. Only this point of view on space permits a rational management of it.