The historic capital of Poland is one of the most visited places in Europe. Every year, several million tourists choose this destination. For example, last year the number was over 13.5 million.
The vast majority come to Krakow in summer. Predictably, the most frequented and attractive places are very crowded in this period. Encountering the most important monuments of Polish history and culture while being surrounded by a massive crowd does not give a chance to learn much about our national tradition, and it’s not very enjoyable. Hotels and restaurants are overcrowded and their prices are pushed up to the limit.
Calmer and Cheaper in Winter
Isn’t it better then to go to Kraków in winter? There are many reasons to consider this solution. Especially for people who resent crowds. Can you imagine a romantic evening walk along the streets of the Old Town or the Planty Park? In summer, it is practically impossible. By contrast, it’s totally doable in winter. When admired in peace, monuments not only seem more dignified, but also evoke reflection – absolutely impossible during the summer race with other tourists. In addition, in the winter season, maybe apart from the Christmas time, costs are much lower. Prices of services fall by up to 30 percent.
Nativity Scenes, Midnight Masses, New Year’s Eve
The atmosphere that prevails during Christmas in Kraków is something that no other city in Poland can recreate. It’s real magic, which includes, among others, a festival of handmade Nativity scenes. It’s also Bethlehem Nativity scenes, very originally and ingeniously made and displayed in local churches. It’s Midnight Masses combined with carol singing. Finally, it’s an unequalled New Year’s Eve celebration in the Kraków Market Square.
Option: Sightseeing Plus Skiing
Kraków is also a winter offer for enthusiasts of winter sports. The skiing season is coming. If you are planning a longer winter holiday that combines visiting interesting landmarks and monuments with sports, there is no better place for it in Poland than Kraków. For example, it is worth booking accommodation in the city for two separate periods. You can then enjoy the city for a few days, see the monuments, and then go skiing in the Tatras for a week. Afterwards, you can return to Kraków to relax after those winter sports in local restaurants, cafes and pubs, many of them historic. And most importantly – you can take advantage of the rich cultural offer of the city, which is more ambitious than the summer offer focused on mass tourists.