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Bad air = free ride.
/2015-12-28/ Krakow city council decided that motorists,
native and foreign, as well as their passengers will be entitled to
journey free of charge on the city's public transport (i.e. local
buses and trams) when the air pollution reaches a certain level. The
municipality will be announcing days of free transport for motorists
online as well as at bus and tram stops. No tickets required, a
valid car registration document.
New Year in Krakow
on the cheap.
on Krakow's Rynek Glowny
central square is planned from 7 pm to 1 am,
December 31 (of course).
acts Agnieszka Chylinska, Patrycja Markowska, Future
Folk, Kozak System, Mrozu, Magda Steczkowska,
Natalia Kukulska, Ania Wyszkoni, Afromental, and
Maciej Malenczuk will perform among others. No
bottles and other risky objects are allowed.
Franciscan Christmas goodies.
Franciscan live Nativity scene with breathing
animals plus caroling take place in
front of St. Francis Basilica, 4 Franciszkanska street, at
10 pm on December 24th and from 2 pm to 9 pm on December
25th and December 26th. Friday and Saturday also Nativity plays.
Christmas markets in Krakow.
/2015-12-01/ The prime
Christmas market of Krakow goes
on on the Rynek Glowny central square, officially till December 27th
though actually maybe a couple of days longer. Its somewhat smaller
yet smarter rival called Advent Market
takes place on the Plac Jana Jezioranskiego-Nowaka square in
front of Galeria Krakowska shopping mall next to
Krakow Glowny central train station
till December 26th.
Good riddance tourist tax.
/2015-11-26/ The tourist tax paid on every overnight stay in
the city is to be abolished in Krakow on January 1st, 2016. Thus,
from the next year on, hotels and other accommodation providers will
no longer charge it.
Museums free of charge this one day.
/2015-11-20/ This Sunday, December 22nd is the Open Door Day
of Krakow Museums which means free entry to the city's
museums, including all branches of the National Museum, plus
varied special attractions.
Warning: atmospheric particulars.
/2015-11-04/ Unusually long period of balmy, windless weather
has caused accumulation of particulate matter over Krakow
since November 1st. Environmentalists blame coal heating and
cars. The officials have infuriated the public when they
suggested that millions of memorial candles, burned on
November 1st (All Saints Day) and November 2nd (All Souls
Day) exacerbated the problem. As a temporary measure
vehicles over 3.5 tons are banned from central Krakow and
other steps are under consideration.
/2015-11-02/ Krakow tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska won the
2015 WTA Finals and has again become the local hero.
Wawel Royal Castle for free.
/2015-10-29/ Throughout November visitors may see the
Krakow Royal Castle permanent
exhibitions free of charge. Complimentary tickets are
available at the Castle's ticket offices.
Book fair Krakow.
/2015-10-20/ Krakow Book Fair 2015 starts this Thursday,
October 22nd and ends Sunday, October 25th. Its main venue is EXPO
Krakow at 9 Galicyjska street in the Nowa
Jose Carreras vs. Glenn Miller.
/2015-10-17/ Sunday December 20th, 2015 looks like a great
day for music lovers to visit Krakow. Spain’s legendary
Carreras will sing operatic music and carols in
Tauron Arena Krakow at 7 pm (admission from 95 zlotys to 449
zlotys). Whereas the USA’s Glenn Miller Orchestra will play
swing jazz in the ICE Krakow Congress Center at 6 pm.
Handball Euro 2016 in Krakow.
/2015-10-08/ Throughout the second half of January Krakow is
to host the EURO 2016 European Handball Championship. It starts on
January 15th, 2016 with France playing Macedonia in the Krakow Arena
at 6 pm, followed Poland vs. Serbia at 8:30 pm. The final is
scheduled for January 31st in the same venue.
Fares on the train to the Krakow airport.
airport train fares.
A one-way ticket from the airport to central Krakow or
back costs 8 zlotys (PLN), 14 PLN return.
Luggage is free of charge. The fare for a dog or a bicycle
is three zlotys. Ticket machines are installed in the airport terminal, at every
station, and aboard the trains. They accept cash
as well as the most popular cards.
All Souls jazz.
/2015-09-29/ The 60th All Souls Krakow
jazz festival starts on October 29th, 2015 with the USA's
Branford Marsalis playing in Kosciol sw. Katarzyny church
at 7 Augustianska street and Skaleczna street. The festival ends on
Monday, November 9th.
New airport terminal plus train to the city center.
/2015-09-28/ The new terminal of the Krakow Airport in Balice
suburb has opened today September 28th, 2015. The
55,000-square-meter facility will eventually feature 18
gates and 46 check-in desks. A brand-new railway station is
located behind the building of the
multilevel car park with a covered footbridge connecting it
with the main terminal of the airport.
When the dogs march on.
/2015-09-09/ This year Krakow's famed parade of dachshunds
(aka “sausage dogs”) takes place on Sunday, September
13th. At noon it starts by Barbakan (a barbican) behind Brama Florianska gate
at the end of Florianska street and dogs plus their
masters will march
to Rynek Glowny central square. Yet the whole event
next to the Barbakan begins at 10 am.
New season of the Krakow Philharmonics.
Philharmonic program for the new season 2015/2016 has been
published. Sounds interesting.
Trains to the Krakow airport back soon.
/2015-08-28/ The train service to the
Krakow Airport and back is said to restart on September
15th at last. Every 30 minutes trains are to run from the
airport to the Krakow central
station and next further on to Wieliczka. And the same
the other way.
Eat the local best.
/2015-08-27/ Malopolska Taste Festival of food will take place on
Plac Wolnica square in the Kazimierz historic area this
coming weekend, August 29th and August 30th. From 10 am to 6
pm you may try foods voted the best ones of the Malopolska
province, including Krakow. Also live performances of local
Folk Art Fair this August.
/2015-08-12/ The 2015 Krakow Folk Art Fair takes place on
Rynek Glowny central square August 13th through August 31st. Stalls
sell traditional village crafts and arts – pottery, wickerwork,
embroidery, woodcarving, metalwork, etc. – mostly of Poland’s
Malopolska region surrounding Krakow. Some
craftsmen are to demonstrate their skills. Plus gigs by some 160
bands and other acts performing traditional village tunes, songs,
dances, and the like. Special events: Krakow Day August 16th,
Ukraine Day August 19th, Slovakia Day August 21st, Hungary Day
Heat hits Krakow, Poland.
/2015-08-10/ A prolonged heatwave and drought afflict Poland,
causing power cuts and water shortages. The latter doesn't
trouble Krakow, sufficiently awash with tap water, at least
for now. Yet outages affect factories and some services. For
instance some Krakow shopping malls have temporarily turned
off air-conditioning, stopped escalators, etc. A few shops
stay closed due to power limitations for businesses.
The new airport terminal arrives.
/2015-08-01/ A brand-new terminal of the
Krakow airport opens this September, with
15 departures gates initially and three more to be added later. The
arrivals hall will be equipped with four carousels, the largest of
them able to handle 1,200 pieces of luggage per hour.
Krakow football galaxy for sale.
/2015-07-28/ The current owner of the Wisla Krakow football
team is forced to sell the club before the end of 2015.
Unfortunately no viable suitor has materialized to date. Wisla has
been always one of Poland's top soccer clubs but now it's reputedly
burdened with debts.
Courtly dance festival.
Cracovia Danza court dance festival takes place July 26th to
August 2nd, 2015. The venue of the inaugural show is ICE
Krakow (congress center). Other shows and workshops are
planned at Villa Decius while two final shows will grace the
Rynek Glowny central square on August 1st and August 2nd.
Best of Krakow 2015 ebook is up for grabs now.
Best of Krakow ebook
guide, the updated edition for 2015, is available at Amazon
online store. Published as recently as July 6th, 2015.
Summer jazz festival, Krakow.
/2015-07-05/ The 20th Krakow Summer Jazz
Festival lasts through the entire July of 2005. It's
summit comes at the Krakow Jazz Night, July 18th with an
open-air concert on Maly Rynek square at 6 pm followed by
scores of concerts at 10 pm.
Tour the royal gardens.
/2015-07-02/ Krakow's Wawel Royal Castle has recreated the
Renaissance gardens of the residence of Polish monarchs. Visitors
may tour them plus Baszta Sandomierska tower at the cost of 18
zlotys (PLN). It's a guided tour lasting 1h30 or so, available in
English till the end of September, every day from 11 am to 3 pm.
Krakow festival of Polish classical music.
/2015-06-26/ Festival of Polish Music takes place in Krakow
July 8th to July 18th. Ten concerts feature esteemed soloists,
ensembles, and orchestras performing classical music by Polish
composers, from the Renaissance till contemporary.
Mid-September musical magnet.
/2015-06-20/ Sacrum Profanum Festival
2015 program is published. Every night from Sunday, September
13th through Saturday, September 19th concerts will take place at
the ICE Krakow Congress Center, 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte
Casino street, at 8 pm plus one afternoon concert on the last day at
4 pm. The lineup includes These New Puritans, stargaze, Synergy
Vocals, Bryce Dessner, yMusic, Olafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott,
Matmos, So Percussion, Johann Johannsson, ACME ensemble, Theatre of
Voices, Saskia Lankhoorn and Ashley Bathgate. The underlying idea is
to blend artsy pop and rock with modern classical music.
Midsummer weekend fair.
Medieval-themed midsummer Saint John Fair takes place
on the Wisla embankment next to the Wawel Royal Castle on
Friday, June 19th from 1 pm till sunset and on Saturday,
June 20th and Sunday, June 21st from 10 am..
The August Music in Old Cracow.
Festival Music in Old Cracow
starts on Saturday, August 15th 2015 to last throughout the
second half of the month and it'll end on Monday, August
31st. It's the 40th edition of the festival. Concerts of
classical music, scheduled every night and sometimes two per
day, take place in historic buildings of Krakow such as churches, monasteries,
and synagogues. The
festival features European ensembles and soloists of international
renown as well as young musicians.
Theater Night in Krakow.
/2015-06-01/ Theater Night in Krakow takes place on Saturday,
June 13th. Krakow thespian companies invite to their playhouses for
late shows and other events. Special theatrical attractions also on
the Blonia common, Rynek Glowny central square, and at culture
Polish president from Krakow.
/2015-05-25/ Native of Krakow, 43-year-old Andrzej Duda, has
been elected the President of Poland in popular vote May 24th, 2015.
The right-wing candidate of PiS party has unexpectedly defeated the
incumbent president Bronislaw Komorowski supported by the governing
lawyer by education,
Mr. Duda was a faculty member of the
University before joining politics in 2006.
Crafts to buy and look at.
/2015-05-15/ The arts and crafts fair takes place on the
central square through Sunday, May 24th. Fifty stalls sell mainly
handicrafts and products of the artisans of the Krakow region. Also
some foodstuffs available, including Hungarian sausages and cheeses.
Amateur bands perform village tunes from time to time.
/2015-05-09/ The Museum Night takes place this Friday, May
15th. Krakow museums will keep long
hours, admit free of charge, and offer special attractions. This
year's theme is "The Night of Light". Visitors may purchase a token
for one zloty that will allow to travel on the municipal public
transport for free.
Off film festival.
/2015-05-04/ This year's PKO Off Camera Festival, once Off
Camera International Independent Cinema Festival of indie films
takes place in Krakow May 1st to last through Sunday, May 10th.
There are two parallel competitions: the first or second movie of
directors from over the world and the Polish feature film. They are
accompanied by varied themed screenings. This year’s best known
guest of honor is Claudia Cardinale, the famous Italian sex bomb
star of the 1960s.
2015 summer opera festival in Krakow.
/2015-04-27/ The 19th edition of the
Krakow Opera Summer Festival starts on June 14th and its last
event is planned for Sunday, July 5th. Productions of the
Krakow Opera Company fill the festival
program except on Sunday, June 28th Poland's tenor of international
renown, Piotr Beczala, will sing opera arias at the concert on the
courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle.
2015 Krakow e-guidebook.
Marvels of Krakow 2015
guidebook ebook in English is available now on all Amazon Kindle
stores. Up to date, expanded, and competitively priced.
St. Mary tower reopening.
/2015-04-07/ The taller tower of St. Mary's church at the Old
Town's central square, the one with a golden crown on its roof
and a trumpeter playing from the windows of the highest floor, reopens after
renovation on April 9th. Visitors will have to climb up 271 steps -
and afterwards return the same way - to reach the trumpeter’s room
54 meters over the Rynek Glowny central square. Accessible on
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays except winter, from 9 am to 6 pm.
It's free on the
first day but later the regular ticket will cost 15 zlotys.
Tourist sites this Easter.
/2015-04-02/ Except churches the rest of
attractions stay closed on Easter Sunday, April 5th. Next day, on
Easter Monday, April 6th the Wawel Hill looks like the best
destination apart from the Emaus traditional market (on Kosciuszki
street, next to the St. Norbert convent). At Wawel you may visit the
Krakow Cathedral as well as two exhibitions of the
namely The Crown Treasury and Armory and The Lost Wawel, both
accessible 10 am to 5 pm and it’s free of charge. Also all branches
of the Krakow National Museum are open on Monday, from 10 am to 1
pm. As regards the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, some of
its branches will open, notably Schindler’s Factory 10 am to 2 pm, Rynek Underground 10 am to 6 pm, and The Old Synagogue 10 am to 2
pm. Both the Archeology Museum and the Aviation Museum they closed
throughout this Easter.
2015 Easter market goes on.
/2015-03-30/ Krakow Easter market is open on the Rynek Glowny
central square through Saturday, April 4. Visitors may buy Easter
decorations, food, and handicrafts. Also performances of village
Delayed still more.
/2015-03-16/ The Czartoryski Museum will stay closed this
year. The reopening is now planned for an unspecified date in 2016.
That is, fingers crossed. The museum's masterpiece "Lady with
by Leonardo da Vinci
most probably will remain on show at the Wawel Royal
Cinematic music late in May.
/2015-03-03/ 2015 Film Music Festival in Krakow is scheduled
for May 27th to May 31st. One concert each night - melodies of
computer games in Kijow playhouse, Polish scores in ICE
Krakow Congress Center,
Shakespeare cinematic music for a symphonic orchestra and a choir in
the same venue, TV serial themes in the Tauron Arena Krakow, and
Star Trek (2009) in the Krakow arena again. Tickets cost from 30
zlotys to 120 zlotys.
/2015-02-23/ In 2015 the Krakow
Lajkonik parade, the city's hallmark pageant, takes place on
Thursday, June 11th.
Pope Francis to say Mass in Wieliczka.
/2015-02-14/ Most probably the key event of the 2016
World Youth Day in Krakow, an open-air
Holy Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis, will take place in
nearby Wieliczka on Sunday, July 31st, 2016. The vast Brzegi wetland
can easily accommodate five million people shoulder to shoulder.
Easter heavenly music.
/2015-02-02/ Misteria Paschalia 2015, yearly
Easter festival of music in Krakow, takes
place over the Holy Week, from Monday March 30th through Easter
Sunday April 5th. Concerts of Baroque music are planned for every
night featuring accomplished European ensembles and singers.
Krakow Arena goes Tauron.
/2015-01-30/ The Krakow Arena has been rechristened due to a
sponsorship deal recently executed with TAURON Polska Energia, an
electricity distribution company. Now please call it
Tauron Arena Krakow, effective from
February 1st, 2015. It is to stay so named at least till February
Fed Cup tie Poland vs. Russia, soon in Krakow.
/2015-01-27/ Lineups of Fed Cup first round tie of women tennis teams
Poland vs. Russia
in the Krakow Arena on February 7th and February 8th, 2015
are as follows. Sisters Agnieszka Radwanska and
Urszula Radwanska will play singles for Poland against Russia's
Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Doubles,
respectively, Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska vs. Svetlana
Kuznetsova/Vitalia Diatchenko. Tickets still available but expect to
be sold out pretty soon.
Krakow guy wins
2015 Dakar Rally.
/2015-01-17/ Quad bike driver Rafal Sonik, a native of
Krakow, has won this year's Dakar Rally in his category, Poland's
Downloadable goodies for free.
/2015-01-15/ Need a free printable
Krakow maps for your personal use? Krakow Info service has
started to provide them.
The Auschwitz summit.
/2015-01-12/ Europe's kings, presidents and political leaders
plan to arrive to Oswiecim near Krakow on January 27th, 2015 to
commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the
Auschwitz death camp. At the same time
Russia's president Vladimir Putin has tellingly declined the
Krakow's player beats US tennis superstar.
/2015-01-10/ The icon of tennis in
Krakow, Agnieszka Radwanska, has won the 2015 Hopman Cup, often
dubbed "the unofficial world championship of tennis mixed doubles".
In the final match the Polish team of Aga Radwanska and Jerzy
Janowicz defeated Americans Serena Williams and John Isner 2-1, with Radwanska prevailing over WTA no. 1 and Radwanska/Janowicz crushing
Williams/Isner in the decisive doubles confrontation in Australia's
/2015-01-03/ Krakow Arena has
been turned into a huge indoor ice rink till January 25th, open 10
am to 8:30 pm. Tickets cost ten zlotys (PLN) regular and five zlotys
reduced for kids, parking is free. Entrance is at Dabska street i.e.
on the south side.
This Tuesday is holiday too.
/2015-01-02/ Christian feast day of Epiphany, January 6th, is
a public holiday in Poland. Expect all shops closed as well as
museums and tourist attractions except churches.