Corpus Christi feast next week.
/2018-05-24/ All branches of the National
Museum in Krakow close for Corpus Christi feast on Thursday,
May 31st. The same Schindler's Factory and other branches of the
Krakow Historical Museum. The Wawel Castle's exhibitions will keep
Sunday opening hours. Yet expect all shops closed except convenience
stores attached to filling stations.
2018 Krakow guide
Free museum for a night.
year's Krakow Museum Night takes place on Friday,
May 18th, 2018. Most museums
in Krakow will keep very long hours, admit free
of charge after 7 pm, and often provide special
attractions. Visitors may get a free ticket or
purchase a commemorative token coin for one zloty
that will allow to access the museums.
Juwenalia student May festival.
festival of Krakow students takes place from May 14th through
Sunday, May 20th and consists largely of pop concerts. Yet it culminates,
as usual, in a wild and colorful pageant on
Friday, May 18th.
Unlike in the past the 2018 venue is Plac Szczepanski
square, one block west from Rynek Glowny central square,
Expect the parade of Krakow
students to reach the square at noon or so.
The Krakow crafts fair.
/2018-05-12/ The Crafts Fair goes on in Krakow's Rynek Glowny
central square till May 20th, 2018. Some forty stalls sell
various traditional Polish handicrafts. Several craftsmen
also show their skills live.
Mendelssohn Festival in Krakow.
/2018-05-07/ The 13th Felix
Mendelssohn Music Days take place May 11th
through May 19th, 2018. The festival consists of
eight concerts and recitals in
Centrum Kultury Zydowskiej /Jewish Culture
Center/ at 17 Meiselsa street and one organ recital
Kosciol sw. Marcina church at 58 Grodzka street
(Thursday May 17th). Tickets cost 30 zotys.
58th Krakow Film Festival.
Man versus the World is the motto of this year’s Krakow Film Festival, May
27th to June 3rd. Eighteen documentaries from
fourteen countries will compete in the main contest. Ever
since its birth in 1961 the Krakow Film
Festival has been confined to short films, i.e.
currently those lasting fifty minutes or less. The
main festival venue is the Kijow playhouse at 34
Summer opera festival in Krakow.
/2018-04-24/ This year's Krakow Opera
Summer Festival starts June 2nd to end on July
7th, 2018. Four events take place in the courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle
- namely the production of Stanislaw Moniuszko’s “The
Haunted Manor” twice, a ballet show, and a concert of
operatic arias staring soprano Aleksandra Kurzak -
while two productions of Gaetano Donizetti’s „L'elisir
d'amore” will happen in Hipodrom next to Niepolomice
Castle. Otherwise the venue is the
Opera House at Lubicz street.
Most wanted in Krakow
Krakow marathon this Sunday.
/2018-04-20/ This year Cracovia Marathon takes place on
Sunday April 22nd, 2018. Start in Krakow's Rynek Glowny central square at 9
am, the finish in the same place about 3pm. Pedestrians, cyclists,
and motorists should expect streets - and bridges - to be closed in
central Krakow, trams and buses rerouted, from Saturday morning to
Sunday afternoon, due to the marathon and other events organized in
connection with it. Notably the bulk of the central square will be
off limits for most of this Sunday.
Mayday! Long weekend coming!
/2018-04-20/ Be prepared for another of Polish long weekends, this
one particularly extended, given that both Tuesday May 1st and Thursday May 3rd,
are public holidays in Poland (and
Krakow, Poland is no
exception) so many people make it a week-long holiday by taking a
day off on Monday and on Wednesday. Expect shops and shopping centers closed
Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Ditto
banks, government and other offices, workshops, etc. Most of the
rest - including restaurants and many tourist spots and cultural
events - should be alive.
Trains to bypass the Krakow central station.
/2018-04-16/ Due to the modernization of its platforms
starting April 18th, a number of trains - including some Warsaw
expresses - are to steer clear of
Krakow Glowny central train station for months, going to the
city's more distant Krakow Plaszow station instead. Being a
passenger you'd better check in advance which Krakow station
your train is arriving at.
Classical piano music for four hands festival.
/2018-04-06/ The 2nd Duettissimo! International
Piano Duo Festival
in Krakow takes place from April 24th through
April 29th plus one concert on May 13th, 2018. Daily
concerts feature pianists playing piano duets and
other classical music for four hands. Except concert
on April 25th all events are free of charge.
Krakow Composer Festival: free modern music.
/2018-04-04/ The 30th
International Krakow Composer Festival takes place from April
14th through April 22nd, 2018. Everyday concerts feature
contemporary classical music. Free admission for all festival
Shorter shopping this Saturday.
/2018-03-29/ This Saturday, March 31rth, 2018 shops close at
2 pm or even earlier as required by the new law recently adopted in
Poland which applies to shopping on Sundays and prior to religious
festivals and public holidays.
Guide to Krakow available worldwide.
/2018-03-28/ Freshly published updated
2018 Krakow guide e-book in English, namely this
year's edition of The Best of Krakow guidebook, is
now available from Amazon.
Visit Krakow, cheapest in Europe.
/2018-03-28/ Krakow has been named the cheapest destination
for a European weekend break in the 10th annual City Costs
Barometer, published by the UK’s Post Office. The Post
Office’s team of researchers assessed 36 cities from all
parts of Europe, popular with tourists, and calculated the
cost of 12 key expenditures such as the entry to a top
museum and art gallery, a three-course evening meal and
two-nights accommodation in a three-star hotel. The the
short city break in Krakow costs
164.80 British pounds for two, not including flights.
/2018-03-20/ Museums in Krakow close for Easter Sunday, April
1st 2018. All branches of the National Museum close also for Good
Friday, March 30th while all exhibitions of the Wawel Royal Castle
stay closed on Saturday, March 31st when other museums keep shorter
hours. As regards Monday April 2nd two exhibitions at the Krakow Royal Castle
- State Rooms and The Lost Wawel - will be open from 10 am to 5 pm
(free admission, limited number of tickets) together with all
branches of the National Museum which will stay open from 10 am to 4
pm, while most branches of the Historical Museum of the City of
Schindler's Factory are to be open from 10 am to
Won't shop this Sunday.
/2018-03-09/ Shops in Krakow, and
elsewhere in Poland, will stay closed this Sunday, March 11th as
well as the next Sunday, March 18th by courtesy of the ban on Sunday
shopping being phased in this year. There are, however, exceptions.
Most notably, bakeries and pharmacies are allowed to operate as well
as any shops situated at train stations, bus stations, etc. Yet
Galeria Krakowska, Krakow's most popular shopping mall, built over
the city's central rail station, duly closes for all no-shopping
Easter market soon.
/2018-03-02/ In 2018 the
market in Krakow starts in the city's central square on Friday,
March 23rd and it'd continue through Monday, April 2nd. Expect
a wide range of traditional
Easter decorations plus varied foods and village handicrafts to be on sale.
Better air-quality data.
/2018-02-28/ Alarmist reports on air quality
happen throughout winter, notably
when foggy conditions prevail, regarding particulate
matter (PM10 & PM2.5), popularly though wrongly called "smog".
Usually, there is no real cause for concern as long as you avoid
walking thruways jammed with vehicles during peak hour
traffic. Unlike London or Paris, in
Krakow the equipment to measure levels of fine
particulate matter and other pollutants is installed
only in the most busy streets so any local published data
mostly concern car exhaust fumes not the general air
quality in the city. More reliable is The Copernicus
Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) which publishes up-to-date
information online at
www.regional.atmosphere.copernicus.eu, based on satellite data,
plus four-day forecasts - also specifically for Krakow. The Krakow
detailed reports by CAMS include PM10, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and
dioxide. Their maps cover the mentioned four pollutants
as well as PM2.5, carbon monoxide, birch pollen and
2018 Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow.
the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter
Festival moved from Krakow to Warsaw, where most of its
concerts take place. Yet some events of the festival rich
programme are organized in Krakow
and some other Polish cities.
In 2018 the Krakow part of the
Beethoven Easter Festival consists of two concerts and two
piano recitals March 12th through March 14th. Most
spectacular is the concert in
ICE Krakow Congress Center at 17 Konopnickiej street
on Monday, March 12th at 7:30 pm, starring Germany's violin
USA’s pianist Lambert Orkis and Slovakia’s bassist
Cello music for free in March.
/2018-02-23/ The Krakow festival of music for violoncello,
the 5. Krakow Cello Spring, takes
place from Tuesday, March 20th through Friday, March 23rd, 2018. The
festival consists of four concerts, one each day at 7 pm, free
admission. Venue -
Aula Florianka at
15 Sereno Fenna street.
/2018-02-16/ The Krakow festival of Bach
music, the 23rd Bach Days, consists of nine
concerts and two recitals spread over nine days from
March 10th through Sunday, March 18th with at least
one musical concert every day in Aula Florianka at
15 Sereno Fenna street. All concerts are free of
2018 Krakow Film Music Festival.
/2018-02-14/ The 11th Krakow Film
Music Festival starts on May 29th, ends June 5th, 2018.
However concerts in Krakow will take place May 30th, May
31st, June 1st, June 2nd, and lastly June 3rd at one of two
venues Tauron Arena
Krakow at 7 Lema street and
ICE Krakow Congress Center at 17 Konopnickiej street.
Also, there will be concerts in Katowice on May 29th and at
The Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in
Luslawice on June 5th.
February festival of Spanish music.
/2018-02-10/ Festival of
classical Spanish music
in Krakow starts on Sunday, February 18th to last
through Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Daily concerts take place at
the Akademia Muzyczna conservatory at 43
sw. Tomasza street and Aula Florianka concert hall
at 15 Sereno Fenna street, and they mostly feature Spain's
20th-century composers. Admission for all concerts is free of charge.
Easter music festival.
/2018-02-06/ In 2018, as in the past, the Misteria Paschalia
festival of classical music takes place in Krakow
throughout Holy Week. It starts on Monday, March 26th
and will continue through Monday, April 2nd 2018. The festival
has attracted an array of Europe's
top early music ensembles and soloists. There
are two concerts planned every day, except on Good Friday, Easter Sunday
and Easter Monday just one concert will take place each
night. The venues vary from the Old Town's historic churches
to ICE congress center to the subterranean chambers of the
Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Thursday feast, Tlusty Czwartek in Polish, Poland's traditional day of
sugary overeating, falls on February 8th this year. So next Thursday
don't forget to buy paczki, the local incarnation of
donuts, a must-eat in Krakow on that day.
It marks the start of Ostatki, i.e. the last week
of carnival in Krakow.
Elton John show in Krakow in 2019.
/2018-01-26/ The UK’s stellar pop rock act Elton John will
perform in Krakow for the last time next year. His Krakow
showing during “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour
falls on May 4th, 2019. The planned venue is Tauron Arena
Krakow at 7 Lema street..
Sunday shopping to be restricted.
/2018-01-19/ The Polish parliament has passed a bill which
phases in a ban on Sunday shopping.
In 2018 most stores in Poland will stay closed on 23 Sundays,
namely March 11th, March
18th, April 1st, April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd, May 13th,
May 20th, June 10th, June 17th, July 15th, July 22nd, August
12th, August 19th, September 9th, September 16th, September
23rd, October 14th, October 21st, November 11th, November 18th,
and December 9th. Some pharmacies and some groceries as well as
bakeries, flower shops, and all gas stations can stay open every
Epiphany January 6th, 2018.
/2018-01-04/ On Epiphany feast January 6th, 2018 shopping
malls www.krakow-info.com/shopping.htm closed, practically all shops
etc closed, most tourist sites closed, gas stations open. Public
transport adopts Sunday timetables. At the Wawel Royal Castle only
two shows open, namely State Rooms and Crown Treasury & Armoury,
from 10 am to 5 pm. All branches of the Krakow Historical Museum
stay closed, including Schindler’s Factory.
Christmas market extended thru January 7, 2018.
/2018-01-03/ This year Krakow's principal Christmas market in
Rynek Glowny central square has been extended to go on
beyond the Epiphany feast, January 6th. And so it ends on
Monday, January 8th.