Krakow, Poland, Europe, Lufthansa, Travel Guide
Sort by category
  • Good to know
  • Discover
  • Enjoy
  • Offers

City map

Quick view

Krakow, Poland, Europe, Lufthansa, Travel Guide

Best price search

from
New York City - Krakow,
Round-trip flight, 7 days
from
New York City - KRK,
Round-trip flight, 7 days

Top 10 sights

Krakow, Poland, Europe, Lufthansa, Travel Guide

Poland
General Information

Polen, Lufthansa, Travel Guide

Airport Information

Flughafen, Airport, kontinental, Flotte, Lufthansa, Stadtführer

24 hours in ...
... Krakow

Krakow, Poland, Europe, Lufthansa, Travel Guide

GEO tip
Green delight

powered by
GEO TIPP
Krakau, Polen, Europa, Lufthansa, Travel Guide

Restaurants

Hotels

We recommend, you book at

Nightlife

Calendar of events

Phone calls & Internet

Shopping in Krakow

Weather & best time to visit

61°
Sunday, 15.09.2019
17:00 UTC

Visa & Immigration

Travel etiquette
How to fit in

Health

Good to know

City map Krakow

Points of interest: Your selected categories
    Show all
    Good to know

    Krakow – a brief overview

    Krakow, the charming city on the Vistula River, is home to 760,000 and Poland’s second-largest in terms of population, as well as a major center of business, science and technology. The old town abounds with Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque architecture, and that ensemble of buildings, along with Wawel Castle, forms part of the Krakow UNESCO World Heritage site. Krakow was a European Capital of Culture in 2000, which lent new momentum to the city’s renewal, its museum and art scene and also to its tourist industry. Today, the old town is almost entirely closed to motorized traffic so that visitors can stroll peacefully in a splendid setting between St. Florian’s Gate and the main market square.

    Krakow’s culture scene and nightlife have a reputation for being especially lively. The jazz and basement bars here are particularly popular, as are the trendy bars of the former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, which is now an artists’ haunt and nightlife district.

    There are also plenty of places to visit near Krakow, including the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a multistory labyrinth of underground tunnels and chambers, and Ojców National Park with its picturesque limestone formations and karst caves. The memorial site in Auschwitz (Oświęcim), some 70 kilometers west of Krakow, preserves the memory of the millions who were murdered at the labor and death camp during the Nazi occupation.

    Flight and accommodation

    Offers
    Discover

    Top 10 sights in Krakow

    ListMap
    Krakow, Poland, Europe, Lufthansa, Travel Guide
    The Renaissance-era halls are located at Rynek Główny, the central market place

    Cloth Hall

    Rynek Główny 3
    31-000 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel: +48-12/43 35 400
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1800
    Sun 1000-1600

    The Renaissance-era halls of this expansive building were once home to cloth merchants; today, the upper level is part of the Krakow National Museum. Cafés and shops can be found in the ground floor arcades. Here’s a tip: The entrance to the Rynek Underground Museum (Podziemia Rynku) is also in the Cloth Hall, which is housed in the medieval vaults beneath the market square (reservation required).

    Wawel Castle

    Wawel 5
    31-001 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel: +48-12/42 25 155
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    daily 0900-1800 (Mar, Oct)
    0900-1900 (Apr, Sep)
    0900-2000 (May, Aug)
    0900-1700 (Nov to Feb)

    Wawel is a complex of fortress buildings on the hill of the same name overlooking the Vistula River. Today, it is one of the city’s most beautiful vistas. It was once home to the Polish kings in Krakow. Among the buildings still surviving today is the Renaissance palace, which houses several museums, including the royal private apartments, the crown treasury and the armory.

    Wawel Cathedral

    Wawel 3
    31-001 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel: +48-12/42 99 516
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1600 (Nov-Mar)
    Mon-Sat 0900-1700 (Apr-Oct)

    The Royal Cathedral of St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslaus is located next to the palace on Wawel Hill. This is where the kings of Poland were crowned, and many of them are even buried here. It’s worth climbing the Sigismund Tower to see the famous, 12-metric-ton Sigismund Bell – and to take in the beautiful view.

    Galicia Jewish Museum

    Dajwór 18
    31-052 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel: +48-12/42 16 842
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900

    This museum is located in the former Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. The permanent exhibition “Traces of Memory” is divided into five sections; the photographs displayed here present the still-visible remnants of Jewish life and Jewish culture in today’s Polish Galicia. The museum includes a café and a Jewish bookstore.

    St. Mary’s Basilica

    Plac Mariacki 5
    31-042 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel: +48-12/42 20 521
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1130-1745
    Sun 1400-1745

    The main market square in the historic district is home to the stunning St. Mary’s Basilica, a Krakow landmark – its spires of different heights make it easy to spot. The church is known for the “hejnał,” a trumpet call that sounds out from the tower every hour on the hour, and for its grand and towering altar that opens every day at 11:50 a.m. – an impressive sight for visitors and worshipers alike.

    Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory

    Lipowa 4
    30-702 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel: +48-12/25 71 017
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    Mon 1000-1400 (Nov-Mar)
    Mon 900-1600 (Apr-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 900-1800 (Nov-Mar)
    Tue-Sun 900-2000 (Apr-Oct)

    Businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of thousands of people during World War II, was made famous by Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List” (1993). The enamel factory he used to operate now houses a permanent exhibit on the German occupation of Poland (1939-1945). Photos, original documents and audio recordings make life in the ghetto and in the occupied city painfully and authentically tangible for visitors to the more than 40 rooms in the exhibit. It is not advisable to visit the exhibit with children under 14.

    Pharmacy Museum

    Floriańska 25
    31-019 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel: +48-12/42 19 279
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    Tue 1200-1830
    Wed-Sun 1000-1430

    This museum on the history of medical remedies was founded in 1946. It is housed in one of the beautifully restored buildings from the 15th century. The 25 rooms of the exhibit present objects from more than four centuries of medical history, including documents, a historical laboratory and pharmacy, and a collection of herbs.

    St Florian’s Gate

    Floriańska
    31-015 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1800

    This is the last gate remaining from Krakow’s formerly massive city wall, built around 1300. The Via Regia, or royal road, once began here; the coronation and funeral processions of the monarchs would always travel this route. Today, this is where the popular Floriańska shopping promenade begins, and at the foot of the 34-meter-high gate, Krakow’s painters present a colorful selection of their works every day.

    Remuh Synagogue and Old Cemetery

    Szeroka 40
    31-053 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel: +48-12 430 5411
    Show on map

    This little synagogue in Kazimierz is the only one in Krakow that still holds regular Sabbath prayers. The 16th-century building was rebuilt and restored after it was destroyed during the period of occupation in the 1950s and 60s. The synagogue cemetery was still in use into the late 19th century; the oldest graves are more than 350 years old.

    Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

    Więźniów Oświęcimia 20
    32-603 Oświęcim
    Poland
    Tel: +48-33/84 48 099
    Show on map

    Opening times:
    daily 730 – 1500 (Jan, Nov)
    730 – 1600 Uhr (Feb)
    730 – 1700 Uhr (Mar, Oct)
    730 – 1800 Uhr (Apr, May, Sep)
    730 – 1900 Uhr (June, July, Aug)
    730 – 1400 Uhr (Dec)

    This memorial and museum is located approximately 70 kilometers west of Krakow, in the former labor and extermination camp. More than one million people were murdered here between 1940 and 1945. The tour takes visitors through the gruesome areas of the concentration camp, including the gas chambers and crematoriums. The Auschwitz II camp in Birkenau, located approximately two kilometers from the main camp, is also open to visitors.

    Flight and accommodation

    Good to know

    Country information

    Country overview

    One of Europe’s most underrated countries, Poland offers a huge amount for travellers of all stripes, from the wild scenery of its mountainous south, with its great skiing and hiking, to the stunning Old Towns of Cracow, Zamość and Gdańsk, and the wilderness of the Białowieża National Park and the Great Masurian Lakes in the country’s north. Poland’s scenic beauty is as varied as it is extraordinary.

    The Baltic coast has some excellent sandy beaches, as well as the Słowiński National Park with its ethereal forests, bogs and sand dunes. The Cracow-Wielun Upland with its limestone areas, caves and medieval castles is another highlight, while perhaps most beautiful area of all is around the Carpathian Mountains in the far south.

    Geography

    Poland shares borders to the east and northeast with Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, to the south with the Czech Republic and Slovakia and to the west with Germany. To the north lies the Baltic Sea. The Baltic coast provides almost 525km (325 miles) of sandy beaches, bays and steep cliffs; between Gdańsk, and the port city of Szczecin to the west there are many seaside towns offering unpolluted water and some fine beaches, with sunbeds and umbrellas available for hire. These sand and gravel deposits also form the shifting dunes of Słowiński National Park, the sand bars of Hel and the Vistula Lagoon.

    Northern Poland is dominated by lakes, islands and wooded hills joined by many rivers and canals. The Masurian Lake District to the northeast is a patchwork of lakes and forests with Lake Hańcza, the deepest lake in Poland, located here. The longest river, the 1,090km (675 mile) Vistula, or Wisła, rises in the Tatra mountains and empties into the Baltic, cutting a wide valley between the capital, Warsaw in the heart of the country, to Gdańsk on the coast.

    The rest of the country rises slowly to the Sudety mountains, which run along the border with the Czech Republic, and the Tatra mountains, which separate Poland from Slovakia.

    To the west, the River Oder, with Szczecin at its mouth, forms the northwest border with Germany.

    Poland counts almost two dozen national parks, covering an area of 3,200 sq km (1,235 sq miles), and including the oldest, Białowieża National Park, east of Warsaw on the border with Belarus, and one of the largest, Bieszczady National Park, part of the Carpathian mountain range. These parks are home to European bison (the largest mammal in Europe), brown bears, lynx, wolves and even some wild horses. And Białowieża contains a fragment of the forest that once covered Europe in prehistoric times, with some oaks dating back half a millennium. Polish forests are largely pine though, accounting for two-thirds of the total.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 38.42 million (2017)

    Capital: Warsaw

    Language

    Polish is the official language. There are a few small German-speaking communities primarily in the southwest. English and, increasingly less so, Russian are also spoken. French is also popular.

    Currency

    Złoty (PLN; symbol zł) = 100 groszy. Notes are in denominations of zł200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. The coins are in denominations of zł5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 groszy.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz; continental plugs with two round pins.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.

    2019

    Nowy Rok (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Święto Trzech Króli (Epiphany): 6 January 2019
    Pierwszy dzień Wielkanocy (Easter Sunday): 21 April 2019
    Drugi dzień Wielkanocy (Easter Monday): 22 April 2019
    Międzynarodowe Święto Pracy (Labour Day): 1 May 2019
    Święto Narodowe Trzeciego Maja (Republic Day): 3 May 2019
    Pierwszy dzień Zielonych Świątek (Whitsun): 9 June 2019
    Dzień Bożego Ciała (Corpus Christi): 20 June 2019
    Wniebowzięcie Najświętszej Maryi Panny (Assumption): 15 August 2019
    Wszystkich Świętych (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2019
    Narodowe Święto Niepodległości (Independence Day): 11 November 2019
    Pierwszy dzień Bożego Narodzenia (Christmas Day): 25 December 2019
    Drugi dzień Bożego Narodzenia (Second Day of Christmas): 26 December 2019

    2020

    Nowy Rok (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Święto Trzech Króli (Epiphany): 6 January 2020
    Pierwszy dzień Wielkanocy (Easter Sunday): 12 April 2020
    Drugi dzień Wielkanocy (Easter Monday): 13 April 2020
    Międzynarodowe Święto Pracy (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Święto Narodowe Trzeciego Maja (Republic Day): 3 May 2020
    Pierwszy dzień Zielonych Świątek (Whitsun): 31 May 2020
    Dzień Bożego Ciała (Corpus Christi): 11 June 2020
    Wniebowzięcie Najświętszej Maryi Panny (Assumption): 15 August 2020
    Wszystkich Świętych (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2020
    Narodowe Święto Niepodległości (Independence Day): 11 November 2020
    Pierwszy dzień Bożego Narodzenia (Christmas Day): 25 December 2020
    Drugi dzień Bożego Narodzenia (Second Day of Christmas): 26 December 2020

    All information subject to change.

    Flight and accommodation

    Discover

    24 hours in Krakow

    ListMap

    Most likely Poland’s loveliest city, Krakow has it all: a dollhouse of an old town, a castle hill complete with castle and cathedral, excellent restaurants and world-class tourist attractions nearby.

    No wonder some 13 million visitors now come here each year, mostly in the summer, and fill the quaint streets of the old town. We show you a few oases of peace and beauty off the beaten tourist path, where local Krakovians get together.

    The following tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience Krakow for yourself!

    9 a.m.: Breakfast at Hamsa

    Hamsa
    Szeroka 2/Miodowa 41
    31-053 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Their motto, “Make hummus, not war,” is something the people who run this modern Israeli restaurant in the Kazimierz district of Krakow take very seriously: Their hummus comes in range of flavors, including with dried tomatoes, cilantro and fiery harissa paste. On Saturdays and Sundays, these variations are arranged alongside bowls brimming with couscous and salads, and pans full of shakshuka and fried chicken sausages to form a breakfast buffet. All of this can be enjoyed beneath a beautiful vaulted ceiling to strains of Israeli pop music or outside at tables looking onto the cobbled street and old synagogues.

    10 a.m.: A stroll through Podgórze

    Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej w Krakowie (Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCAK)
    Lipowa 4
    30-702 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Leaving Kazimierz behind you, walk across the new Bernatek footbridge with its acrobat sculptures balanced between steel supports to Podgórze. The former ghetto had a bad reputation for a long time, but now it’s fast becoming the city’s top spot. Since the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK) – well worth a visit – opened in a section of what used to be Oskar Schindler’s enamel factory there in 2011, ambitious restaurants have followed its lead, as has the Cricoteka, a museum dedicated to the avant-garde artist Tadeusz Kantor’s life’s work. If tranquil green surroundings sounds appealing, take a stroll from the main square, Rynek Pogórski, with its pretty brick church, past grand town houses and front gardens to Lasota Hill with its tiny church and fortress – or continue on to Krakow Hill for a view across the entire city.

    1 p.m.: Lunch at the Bunkier Café

    Bunkier Café
    Szczepański 3a
    31-000 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    This open glass pavilion occupies a unique location directly on the Planty park belt that encircles the old town where the city walls once stood. Right next door, there’s the famous Bunkier Sztuki gallery of modern art. Its staff enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake here just as much as the city’s writers, professors and politicians, which is hardly surprising since it would be hard to find a pleasanter place to sit on old chairs and talk beneath a semicircular glass roof shaded by lengths of fabric. Oh yes, the salad with goat’s cheese and the Krakow bagel with grilled chicken are not bad, either. They go down very well with the unpasteurized beer that’s on tap here.

    3 p.m.: Kayaks on the Vistula

    Kolejowy Klub Wodny 1929
    Księcia Józefa 24a
    30-206 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    A good way to escape the tourist crowds in the old town is to rent a bicycle and ride along the banks of the Vistula River as far as Kolejowy Klub Wodny 1929, an old-established club that rents out single and double kayaks. From there, you can paddle under the Zwierzyniecki Bridge and on past St. Norbert’s Convent with its Romanesque church and the modern cubic houses along the bank. On the water, you will encounter pleasure boats – small wooden ones as well as full-sized river boats with a band playing on board. You can already see your destination just beyond a bend in the river, Castle Hill and Wawek Castle with its angular walls and the green copper spires of its two towers. A splendid sight.

    6 p.m.: A cool beer to start the evening at the Weźże Krafta

    Weźże Krafta
    Dolnych Młynów 10/3
    31-124 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    In the evening, young people stream out of the city’s offices and into a decommissioned cigar factory to enjoy an exceptional beer within the bare walls of its lofty production halls. Listed on the board behind the long counter, there are two dozen varieties of beer produced by small Polish breweries, spanning lager and Indian pale ale, Baltic porter and Grodziskie, a light, smoked wheat beer. The finest brew is fittingly named “Samiec Alfa,” or “alpha male” – black, 12 percent alcohol, matured in bourbon casks. The name may sound boastful, but the flavor is actually excellent.

    8 p.m.: Dinner at the Pod Nosem

    Pod Nosem
    Kanonicza 22
    31-002 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    The name of this superb restaurant translates to “under your nose” – in reference to the spot it occupies right beneath Wawel Castle. Aptly for its prime location, it has white tablecloths, wall tapestries and backrests shaped like knight’s shields. The steak tartar starter – optionally laced with a double vodka – tastes just as outstanding as the lamb and the rurki, pastry rolls filled with truffle cream. Guests with a little extra cash to spend can rent a suite over the restaurant and settle down on the roof terrace to enjoy the private pool and the excellent view of the floodlit castle.

    10 p.m.: Drinks at the Przestrzenie Forum

    Forum Przestrzenie
    Marii Konopnickiej 28
    31-000 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    The rather cheaper version of the nighttime panorama is available at Przestrzenie Forum, which is at once a bar, a restaurant and a cultural platform. The bar, tables and sofas occupy the foyer of a rather outdated, brutalist-style hotel on stilts. But it’s much nicer to sit outside in a deck chair on the banks of the Vistula and gaze across to Wawel Hill, where floodlights pick out the clear contours of castle and cathedral.

    These tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience Krakow for yourself!

    Flight and accommodation

    Discover

    A fresh experience with medieval charm

    In this 14th-century former beer cellar, guests positively revel in the surrounding greenery: Not only do the Chimera’s garden, and also the glass roof and the interior of the restaurant abound with beautiful plants, the Chimera also serves fresh culinary creations made chiefly with fruit and vegetables from the region. There’s also a lavish salad bar offering a daily selection of around 30 different ingredients for guests to mix as they please. The menu also includes a wide choice of smoothies and vegetarian dishes.

    Restaurant Chimera
    Śweti Anny 3
    31-008 Krakow
    Poland

    Flight and accommodation

    Enjoy

    Restaurants in Krakow

    ListMap

    The heart of dining culture in Krakow is Rynek Główny (the marketplace), where you will find one restaurant after another lining the main square. The side streets also offer affordable and first-rate eateries. If you’d like to enjoy a beautiful view while you dine, restaurants with summer terraces are situated on Wawel Hill, or try one of the dining boats on the banks of the Vistula River.

    Here’s a tip: If you’re looking for traditional, no-frills Polish home cooking, pay a visit to a “bar mleczny:” a milk bar. These locales offer a small daily menu of dishes such as pierogi: little dumplings with sweet or savory fillings.

    Farina

    Świętego Marka 16
    31-018 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Price: Expensive

    This elegant restaurant’s logo features flour and fish, so naturally, pasta and fish dishes are among the mainstays of the Mediterranean-inspired menu.

    Starka

    Józefa 14
    31-056 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Price: Moderate

    This relaxed but stylish bar and restaurant in Kazimierz offers a wide selection of vodkas and modern Polish cuisine. The diverse menu includes dishes such as pierogi, herring tartar, and red beet soup.

    Pod Baranem

    Świętej Gertrudy 21
    31-049 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Price: Moderate

    This charmingly decorated restaurant is just a stone’s throw from Wawel Castle and serves a menu typical of the Lesser Poland region, including herring dishes and venison. Here’s a tip: Each daily menu also includes vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

    Klimaty Poludnia

    Świętej Gertrudy 5
    31-046 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Price: Moderate

    The name of this wine restaurant means “southern climate zone” – and in fact, the covered garden overgrown with grape vines and the menu featuring French, Spanish, and Italian wines are more reminiscent of the Mediterranean than eastern Europe. The menu isn’t extensive, but it is inventive.

    Moaburger

    Mikołajska 3
    31-027 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Price: Cheap

    This modern, New Zealand-style burger restaurant is near St. Mary’s Basilica. Beef, pork, chicken, or vegetarian – all styles of patties are served on homemade rolls.

    Pod Temida

    Grodzka 43
    33-962 Krakau
    Polen
    Show on map

    Price: affordable

    This bar mleczny (milk bar) in Kraków old town is one of the best known in the country and easy to find – in fact, its blue sign with white lettering makes it hard to miss. The meals are simple and typically Polish, the decor is plain, and the diners come from all walks of life.

    Flight and accommodation

    Enjoy

    Hotels in Krakow

    ListMap

    The hotel industry in Krakow has operated at a high international standard for many years now. The array of downtown hotels ranges from good to excellent; they are located in bourgeois houses and palaces alike and are equipped with modern technology.

    Kazimierz is home to many mid-range hotels and private accommodations. Despite the abundant supply of hotel rooms, you should make sure to reserve your room well in advance if you are traveling at Easter or during the holidays at the beginning of May.

    Hotel Copernicus

    Kanonicza 16
    31-002 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Category: Expensive

    This plush hotel in a historic building is one of the city’s most beautiful. It is ideally situated, with a view of Wawel Castle, and the comfortable rooms are individually furnished. In some rooms, the medieval frescoes uncovered during renovation are now the highlight of the decor.

    Grodek

    Na Gródku 4
    31-028 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Category: Expensive

    This family-operated boutique hotel with an excellent restaurant is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the historic district. Each room is decorated in a different style, from Renaissance to Chinese. A little museum in the basement of the hotel exhibits some of the medieval artifacts discovered during renovation.

    Unicus

    Świętego Marka 20
    31-020 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Category: Moderate

    This 35-room hotel is housed in a 16th-century building near St. Florian’s Gate. The downstairs features the exposed vaults of the building, while the upper floors boast modern, comfortable guest rooms.

    Home

    Świętego Sebastiana 12
    31-049 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Category: Moderate

    This very affordable designer hotel is located just beyond the green belt surrounding the historic district. The communal areas of the hotel are dominated by red and black, while the rooms are decorated in more subtle colors.

    Abella Suites & Apartments

    Długa 48
    31-146 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    Category: Cheap

    This elegant guest house located just north of the historic district has a penchant for velvet and gold. It offers cots and other services for families.

    Flight and accommodation

    Enjoy

    Nightlife in Krakow

    ListMap

    The density of clubs and bars in Krakow is legendary – and new ones are opening up all the time. The nightlife centers are located around Rynek Główny (the main square) and Plac Nowy square in Kazimierz, which attracts a mostly young crowd.

    Krakow is famous for its jazz and basement bars. Large areas of the old town were built over medieval, in some cases multistory, vaults that are now used as clubs and concert venues. Take a walk down Floriańska or Szewska and you are sure to find one to suit you.

    Baroque

    Swiętego Jana 16
    31-013 Cracow
    Poland
    Show on map

    This club has two locations in Krakow: one at Plac Nowny in Kazimierz, and this one at the marketplace – with its plush, glittery interior, it is one of the city’s most glamorous nightclubs. It serves sophisticated cocktails and appetizers, and hosts concerts and other events.

    SomePlace Else

    Powiśle 7
    31-101 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    This sports bar in the Sheraton Hotel is decorated from floor to ceiling in American style. Top international sports events are broadcast on the big-screen TVs. If you’re more of a player than a spectator, you’ll enjoy the pool tables and dartboards.

    Le Scandale

    Plac Nowy 9
    30-149 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    One of the most elegant locales in Kazimierz. The spacious rooms and heated sunroom are the perfect spots to dine, drink, and chat.

    La Habana

    Miodowa 22
    31-052 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    It’s easy to spot this dimly lit bar in Kazimierz, even from a distance, thanks to the portrait of Che Guevara on the front of the building. It’s a hot spot for connoisseurs of Cuban music and cigars.

    Baccarat Music Club

    Stolarska 13
    31-043 Krakow
    Poland
    Show on map

    The decorators of this exclusive night club in the historic district spared no expense on leather, velvet and mood lighting. Guests can reserve VIP rooms and dance to disco and house in more than ten rooms.

    Flight and accommodation

    Discover

    Calendar of events

    Krakovia Marathon

    April 2020

    Venue: Throughout Krakow

    Every year, more than 5,000 runners participate in the Krakovia Marathon. The route begins and ends at Rynek Główny (marketplace), so runners pass by the historic district’s most beautiful sights twice.

    St. Stanislaus Procession

    May 10, 2020

    Venue: Route from Wavel Cathedral to the Skalka sanctuary

    The procession honoring St. Stanislaus has been held on the first Sunday after the 8th of May every year since 1254. The cardinals and bishops of Poland gather to accompany the procession, which carries the relics of saints and the beatified from the Archdiocese of Krakow.

    Juwenalia

    May 2020

    Venue: Throughout Krakow

    What spring break is to American students, Juwenalia is to Polish students: a bacchanalian party with music, dancing and free-flowing alcohol. If you’re squeamish, it’s best to avoid the historic district on Juwenalia day.

    Lajkonik Procession

    June 19, 2020

    Venue: From Zwierzyniec to Rynek Glowny

    The Lajkonik is a rider on a wooden horse dressed in traditional Tartar attire. He leads a parade of people through Krakow eight days after Corpus Christi every year. The procession marks the invasion of the city by the Tartars in the 13th century, which could have ended very badly for Krakow had it not been for a cunning fisherman: He subdued the leader of the Tartars, stole his uniform and led the Tartar troops right past the city.

    Wianki Festival

    June 2020

    Venue: Vistula River

    Krakow celebrates the Wianki Festival around the summer solstice; more than 50 concerts are held on multiple stages, from rock and pop to folk and traditional music. The name of the festival is rooted in a pagan ritual in which young women would float wreaths of flowers onto the Vistula River on Midsummer Night in the hope of being rewarded with a good husband.

    Jewish Culture Festival

    June – July 2020

    Venue: Various venues in Kazimierz

    At midsummer, Kazimierz becomes a global gathering place for Jewish culture. There are around 300 events (theater, exhibitions, and concerts) on the schedule. Many of the events are open air, and the streets of Kazimierz are filled with participants and visitors. Here’s a tip: During this festival, you can take tours of buildings that are closed to visitors the rest of the year (see the event website for more information).

    Krakow Christmas Festival

    December 2019

    Venue: Rynek Glowny

    A sprinkling of snow and Rynek Glowny’s Gothic architecture provide the perfect backdrop to Christmas celebrations in Krakow. A market selling anything from local crafts to mulled wine attracts thousands of visitors every year. There is also a competition to find the best nativity scenes in the city.

    New Year's Concert

    31 December 2019 –
    1 January 2020

    Venue: Rynek Glowny

    One of Europe’s largest New Year celebrations, as many as 100,000 revellers gather in Krakow’s Main Market Square on the last evening of the year. Tourists and locals brave the bitter weather for a special programme of music and firework displays.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

    Flight and accommodation

    Good to know

    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +48

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

    Flight and accommodation

    Enjoy

    Shopping in Krakow

    Key Areas

    Floriańska is one of the main shopping promenades. It is completely closed to traffic, as are large sections of the historic district such as Rynek Główny (marketplace) and the surrounding streets. Szewska and Grodzka Streets are also lined with international and Polish chains selling clothing, shoes and jewelry. A large selection of handicrafts from all regions of Poland is available from the booths on the ground floor of the Cloth Hall. You will find a fine selection of wool and leather goods from the High Tatras, as well as earthenware dishes from Kashubia.

    Markets

    A picturesque farmers’ market is held at Rynek Kleparski every day (open Mon. to Fri., 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sat. 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), offering food and other products, primarily from Lesser Poland (starykleparz.com). The farmers’ homemade specialties are particularly recommendable; try their pickled vegetables and smoked oscypek, flavorful balls of sheep’s milk cheese.

    Plac Nowy in Kazimierz hosts a flea market on Sundays; during the week, visitors can browse antiques and curiosities in the antique shops around the square. The Hala Targowa (market hall) in Kazimierz is open every day. The shops here offer antique books, furniture and wide selection of decorative items.

    Shopping centers

    Galeria Krakowska (galeriakrakowska.pl) at the main station is the city’s largest and best-known shopping center. It is home to a Carrefour supermarket, around 270 different shops, and more than 20 restaurants and cafés. The little shopping arcade Pasaż 13 (pasaz-13.pl) at Rynek Główny (marketplace) is packed with exclusive shops. Here, you’ll find concept stores, luxury fashion brands, gourmet foods and wine.

    Flight and accommodation

    Good to know

    Best time to visit

    Today: Sunday, 15.09.2019 17:00 UTC

    sunny

    temperature


    61°F

    wind direction

    southwest

    wind speed

    3.75 mph

    humidity

    75%

    7 days forecast

    Monday

    16.09.2019

    66°F / 55°F

    Tuesday

    17.09.2019

    61°F / 54°F

    Wednesday

    18.09.2019

    59°F / 48°F

    Thursday

    19.09.2019

    57°F / 46°F

    Friday

    20.09.2019

    61°F / 43°F

    Saturday

    21.09.2019

    64°F / 45°F

    Sunday

    22.09.2019

    66°F / 46°F

    Climate & best time to visit Poland

    Poland has a temperate climate, with warm summers and winters that are not extremely cold. However, rain showers occur all year round, particularly to the west of the Carpathian Mountains and in the Masurian and Pomeranian Lake Districts. The far east of Poland is the exception: The climate here is continental, with hot summers and cold, snowy winters – ideal conditions for winter sports enthusiasts!

    The best time to visit the High Tatras and Karkonosze Mountains is January and February, when the high altitudes around Zakopane and the Śnieżka peak (1,602 meters) offer excellent snow conditions.

    Outdoor sports enthusiasts enjoy the moderate temperatures in May, June, and September.

    City trips – to Gdańsk, Wrocław or Krakow, for example – are recommendable year-round. The vacation spots in the mountains and near the lakes tend to be booked up during the Polish summer holidays (from the last Friday in June until the last Friday in August), while the hotels in the cities are more affordable during this period.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    55.4 °F

    -16.6 °F

    59 °F

    -14.8 °F

    69.8 °F

    3.2 °F

    84.2 °F

    21.2 °F

    89.59999999999999 °F

    30.2 °F

    91.40000000000001 °F

    37.4 °F

    95 °F

    46.4 °F

    95 °F

    42.8 °F

    86 °F

    32 °F

    78.8 °F

    23 °F

    68 °F

    12.2 °F

    60.8 °F

    -0.4 °F

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    34 mm

    34 mm

    33 mm

    49 mm

    76 mm

    94 mm

    95 mm

    87 mm

    50 mm

    45 mm

    44 mm

    38 mm

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    1 h

    1 h

    3 h

    4 h

    6 h

    6 h

    6 h

    5 h

    5 h

    3 h

    1 h

    1 h

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    85 %

    84 %

    79 %

    74 %

    72 %

    74 %

    75 %

    76 %

    79 %

    83 %

    86 %

    87 %

    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute maxØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan55.4 °F-16.6 °F32 °F23 °F85 %34 mm81.4 h
    Feb59 °F-14.8 °F33.8 °F24.8 °F84 %34 mm71.9 h
    Mar69.8 °F3.2 °F42.8 °F32 °F79 %33 mm83.3 h
    Apr84.2 °F21.2 °F55.4 °F39.2 °F74 %49 mm84.8 h
    May89.6 °F30.2 °F66.2 °F48.2 °F72 %76 mm116.1 h
    Jun91.4 °F37.4 °F71.6 °F53.6 °F74 %94 mm126.8 h
    Jul95 °F46.4 °F75.2 °F57.2 °F75 %95 mm106.7 h
    Aug95 °F42.8 °F73.4 °F55.4 °F76 %87 mm95.9 h
    Sep86 °F32 °F66.2 °F50 °F79 %50 mm85.1 h
    Oct78.8 °F23 °F55.4 °F41 °F83 %45 mm83.4 h
    Nov68 °F12.2 °F42.8 °F33.8 °F86 %44 mm91.7 h
    Dec60.8 °F-0.4 °F35.6 °F28.4 °F87 %38 mm101.0 h
    year95 °F-16.6 °F53.6 °F39.2 °F80 %678 mm1084.0 h

    Flight and accommodation

    Good to know

    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

    IATA Travel CentreIATA Travel Centre

    Flight and accommodation

    Good to know

    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    There are major differences between city life and life in the countryside. Rural communities are often more religious (Roman Catholic), and their lifestyles are much more traditional. People greet one another with a handshake; women will often receive a kiss on the hand.

    The standard pleasantries are also expected, and hosts always appreciate a bouquet of flowers.

    Clothing should be modest, but can also be casual. More elegant clothing is expected at good restaurants or for special occasions.

    Smoking is prohibited in some public buildings, such as train stations.

    Photography

    Photography is not permitted at military facilities, industrial buildings or important junctions marked with a camera with a line through it.

    Tipping

    Tips are not included in restaurant prices; a 10-15 percent tip is customary.

    Flight and accommodation

    Good to know

    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    There is the risk of contracting Lyme disease from ticks from April to October throughout Poland, especially in grasses, shrubs and undergrowth. The risk can be minimized by wearing clothing that covers the skin and by using insect repellent.

    Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is also transmitted by ticks. The main provinces affected are Bialystok, Olsztyn, Suwalki, and Masuria, as well as the regions from Siedice to the Belarusian border, west of Krakow, and east of Poznan, Szczecin, and Gdansk. A vaccination is available for this disease.

    Cases of hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur in Poland. A vaccination to protect against hepatitis A is generally advisable. For longer visits or visits involving close contact with the local population, or with children and young people, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended.

    Whooping cough occurs in Poland.

    A combined vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) is advisable for travelers who are planning a longer visit, who have not been sufficiently vaccinated, or who did not have these illnesses as children.

    Rabies is present throughout Poland. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccinations are advised for backpackers, children, those at risk for vocational reasons, and those staying in Poland for longer periods. Victims of animal bites should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Skotnicki, Aleksander
    Sowinskiego 14/3
    31-524 Krakow
    Poland
    Tel. +48-12–24-74-26

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

    Flight and accommodation