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Cracovia Marathon

One of Poland’s favourite running events, the Cracovia Marathon has become increasingly popular with international participants in recent years.

Date: 24 April 2019 - 24 April 2019
Venue: Throughout Cracow.
Website: http://www.pzucracoviamaraton.pl
Cost:

Free to watch.


St Stanislaw Procession

Always taking place on the first Sunday after 8 May, the St Stanislaus Procession is a gathering of Poland's cardinals and bishops who follow the relics of the country's patron saints from the Wawel Cathedral to the Skałka sanctuary. This is a big religious festival in this predominantly Christian country, and thousands of devotees join the procession every year.

Date: 12 May 2019 - 12 May 2019
Venue: Route from Wavel Cathedral to the Skalka sanctuary.
Cost:

Free.


Juwenalia

Juwenalia is a go-for-broke carnival in Cracow when students take over the city for four days and three nights, with street dancing, fancy-dress parades, masquerades and lots of carousing. The fun starts when the mayor hands over the keys to the city in the main market square on Friday.

Date: 21 May 2019 - 26 May 2019
Venue: Throughout Cracow.
Website: http://juwenalia.krakow.pl
Cost:

Free.


Wianki

An ancient festival that dates back to Pagan times, Wianki literally means 'wreaths' and it is a traditional midsummer celebration that remembers St John. Polish girls wear wreaths of flowers with a lighted candle in the centre and then throw them into the Visitula River. According to folklore, if the wreath comes back to shore, the girl will never marry, if it sinks, she will die young and if it flows down the river, she will be married and be happy. Thankfully, it is a fast flowing river and most girls go away happy. There is also live music and a fireworks display.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Vistula River.
Website: http://www.wianki.eu

Summer Jazz Festival

Cracow’s love affair with jazz is perhaps best defined by the annual Summer Jazz Festival. It takes place at Piwnica Pod Baranami (meaning the ‘cellar under the rams’), which is attributed as being the birthplace of Polish jazz.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 31 August 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Piwnica Pod Baranami.
Website: http://www.cracjazz.com
Cost:

Free.


Jewish Culture Festival

Dubbed ‘Jewish Woodstock’, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow in late June and early July is the largest festival in Europe, with theatre, film, music and art exhibitions. The cobbled streets throng with revellers, who dance the night and day away to a mix of traditional and modern music. Anyone can get involved in the festival, which also celebrates Jewish film, food and art and ends with a klezmer (a performance of traditional eastern European Jewish music).

Date: 21 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
Venue: Various venues in Cracow.
Website: http://www.jewishfestival.pl
Cost:

Free.


Lajkonik Pageant

A celebration of Cracow’s resistance to the Tatars in 1287, this colourful pageant is headed by Lajkonik, a comical figure disguised as a bearded Tatar riding a wooden horse. The parade starts at a church in Zwierzyniec and is accompanied to the Main Market Square by loud music and dancing.

Date: 27 June 2019 - 27 June 2019
Venue: From Zwierzyniec to Rynek Glowny.
Cost:

Free.


Music in Old Cracow Festival

This two-week music festival is one of the oldest events in Cracow’s cultural calendar. Staged every August, it’s hosted in a plethora of venues across the city and takes revellers on a romp through five centuries of musical history.

Date: 01 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues in Cracow.
Website: http://www.mwsk.pl
Cost:

Various.


Pierogi Festival

A celebration of Poland’s national dish, this fête honours the humble Polish dumpling and stages a cooking competition in which restaurants compete for the bragging rights of ‘best pierogi in Cracow’. The perfect introduction to Polish cuisine.

Date: 11 August 2019 - 17 August 2019
Venue: Maly Rynek.
Website: http://www.biurofestiwalowe.pl

Cracow Christmas Festival

A sprinkling of snow and Rynek Glowny’s Gothic architecture provide the perfect backdrop to Christmas celebrations in Cracow. A market selling anything from local crafts to mulled wine attracts thousands of visitors every year. There is also a competition to find the best nativity scenes in the city.

Date: 29 November 2019 - 07 January 2020
Venue: Rynek Glowny.
Cost:

Free.


New Year's Concert

One of Europe’s largest New Year celebrations, hundreds of thousands revellers gather in Cracow’s Main Market Square on the last evening of the year. Tourists and locals brave the bitter weather for a special programme of music and firework displays.

Date: 31 December 2019 - 01 January 2020
Venue: Rynek Glowny.
Cost:

Free.


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Palac Bonerowski

In the 16th century, Palac Bonerowski was the opulent abode of a wealthy, aristocratic family called the Boners (no chuckling at the back). Today the former royal residence is one of the finest, most lovingly restored hotels in Cracow. Located directly opposite the Main Market Square, Palac Bonerowski sits within a UNESCO World Heritage site and has some of the best views in town. Inside, the elegant rooms are still fit for royalty, and there are period features aplenty.

Hotel Polski

This slice of local history has been operating as an inn since 1815, making it one of the oldest hotels in Cracow. Modern amenities aside, guests could be forgiven for thinking they've stepped back in time; the hotel retains its decadent, 19th-century charm with beautiful antique furniture and period features. Add to that the stunning, Old Town location and exemplary service and you have to surmise this hotel will be good for another 200 years.

The Secret Garden Hostel

The Secret Garden Hostel covers all bases, offering guests a choice of dorm rooms, luxury doubles and apartments within staggering distance of the lively Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. Private rooms are simple and contemporary with wrought-iron furnishings, colourful walls and vibrant bed spreads making for a clean and comfortable stay. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and, although the buffet breakfast is a fairly basic, DIY affair, you really can't grumble for the price.

Hotel Amadeus

Located within the labyrinth of Santa Cruz, Hotel Amadeus is set in a classically-furnished, 18th-century manor house and has music as a theme. Several instruments, including a grand piano, are available for use by guests. Rooms are small but attractively furnished, with antique furniture and original patterned tile flooring. The hotel's rooftop terrace opens up to a panorama of Seville’s historic centre and is an excellent spot to enjoy breakfast.

Hotel Copernicus

Situated on the oldest and most picturesque street in Cracow, Hotel Copernicus is arguably the finest address in town. Stepping into the beautiful atrium courtyard, it is obvious that nothing has been left to chance here, and the staff are particularly attentive to detail. The hotel successfully blends period features with modern comfort, and the 29 rooms and suites are gorgeous, with elegant dark furniture, wooden floors, reproductions of period frescos on the walls, clever lighting and delicate fabrics throughout. The rooftop terrace, which boasts spectacular views of Wawel, and the swimming pool, which is accommodated in a medieval vaulted brick cellar, add to the allure.

Hotel Pugetow

Part of the boutique Donimirski hotel chain, Hotel Pugetow stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a 19th-century, neo-Renaissance palace of the same name. The rooms and suites have individual names (Joseph Conrad, Bonaparte, etc) and identities. Extras include embroidered bathrobes, black-marble baths and a fabulous, silver-service cellar restaurant. If you can afford it, try the Kwiatkowski, an apartment featuring oil paintings, bone china and soft, cream fabrics.