Travelling to Krakow –tips and tricks
Planning a trip to Krakow? We have prepared a few tips and tricks you may find useful when travelling to the capital of Lesser Poland? What are the ruling habits or traditions here? What is the cost of various articles? What kind of weather can you expect? The answers to these (and many more) questions are gathered below!
How to get around the city?
Before passing on to “what to do in Krakow”, it’s good to know how to move around the city. The most common choice is the public transport, which functions in Krakow really well. You can plan your trips precisely, taking into account many factors, using the Jakdojade app. You can buy the tickets on board the trams or buses, as almost every vehicle has a ticket machine. The other option is do it at the vending machines, located at every bus or tram stop. Of course you can also use Taxis, Uber (a cheaper alternative) or car-sharing service (Traficar or Panek). A good way to explore is the city is to rent a city bike. There are a few bike rental companies, including Lucky bike, Two wheels, KRK Bike Rental, Cruising Krakow, etc. You can rent the bicycle per hour or per day.
What to do in Krakow?
There are so many publications about the must-sees in Krakow that you probably already came across Wawel, Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), Main Market Square or Planty Garden. Here, you can find some less obvious attractions in Krakow, yet definitely worth visiting as well.
1) Explore Podgórze or Nowa Huta districts
2) Climb one of the mounds and enjoy a great panorama of the city
3) Play around in Mirror Maze Labirynth
4) Pop in for a cup of coffee in Cat Café
5) Chill out in the water park
6) Try axe throwing in Bad Axe club
7) Enjoy board games and video games in one of gaming pubs
Bars and restaurants
Krakow can be really proud of its cuisine. Offering a mix of the most popular Polish dishes with a characteristic highlander influence, it enchants tourists with pierogi, bigos, żurek, as well as many snacks, like: obwarzanki, zapiekanki and oscypki. You can count on a large selection of delicious Polish beers as well.
Tipping in Poland is not a common practice. However, you are always welcome to give a tip, especially if you feel satisfied with the quality of service. Usually, the tip equals at least 10% of the bill.
The weather in Krakow doesn’t differ from the rest of Poland. You can expect warm and sunny summer, with temperatures around 30-35 Celsius degrees and gentle winters, where it is usually around zero or slightly below it. Of course, you may encountere - 20°C as well, but these are some single days, that happen once or twice per year. Springs and falls may be very inviting as well, as the temperatures are around 15-20°C, and the landscape plays with thousands of colors, embellishing your time in Krakow.
The best time to visit Krakow?
Actually, every time can be good to visit Krakow! The weather is mild and favorable for sightseeing, regardless of the season. During the summer, you may spend more time sunbathing at Vistula boulveards. The winter encourages to visit beautiful Polish mountains with its winter capital – Zakopane. Besides, whatever the weather, Krakow offers plenty of attractions, both outdoor and indoor ones, that will satisfy the needs of even most picky tourists.