Krakow is a year-round city. Everything is open, but not crowded, so it is worth taking advantage of the time when there are fewer tourists to discover the charm of a more intimate Krakow and feel its unique atmosphere walking along the empty streets of the old city.
Christmas, Christmas and after Christmas… For most people, the pre-Christmas period is associated with the Cracovian Christmas crib competition, whose tradition dates back to the inter-war period. The live nativity scene, an attraction of the downtown Franciscan monastery, deserves special attention. Especially for the younger tourists, it has its own special charm!
Unfortunately, in February, you will no longer find the Christmas market in all its glory, but the colorful lights and grilled delicacies are still available for all the hungry.
After the Christmas diet, without dieting, it is worth spending more time on physical activity. The best place to do this is the largest meadow in the heart of the city, Błonia. This time, however, we won’t be running, riding or cycling, although for the stubborn ones, this can be done as well. However, skating is a much more enjoyable activity in winter. Burn calories by skating! And not just anywhere, because the outdoor ice rink at Błonia is considered the largest of its kind in Poland. It’s a great idea to have fun with friends.
Krakow is famous for its museums, with a capital M. The city is full of artists and art galleries. The most interesting include:
Krakow is beautiful any time of the year, but an evening stroll around Planty Park, in the aura of colorful lights, with mulled wine in your hands, will make you feel like in Paris or Milan. Your stroll will turn into an almost fairy-tale journey to the land of love, when your other half will be walking nearby. It’s also worth stopping by the nearby cafes and bakeries, which will treat you to their specialties.
The capital of Malopolska, although distant from Zakopane by about 100 kilometers, is a perfect base for those who prefer active rest in the bosom of nature to visiting ancient monuments.
But before we move on to the mountains, let’s have a look at the Krakow Valley, or the famous golf resort in Paczótłowice near Krakow. In winter it tempts a lot of attractions, among which we can mention a ski slope with three ski lifts, cross-country skiing trails, sleigh rides or dog sled rides.