Gothic churches cloaked in snow, Baroque palaces sparkling in the glimmering glow of festive lights, outdoor markets brimming with delightful gift ideas and the stirring sound of carols in the air… welcome to Krakow at Christmas time, where that old Yuletide magic is still very much alive!
Regarded as the cultural capital of Poland and recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site, Krakow boasts one of Europe’s most impressive Christmas Markets, ideally located on Rynek Glowny - one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. Designed in 1257, the market stretches over 200m2, with an array of colourful stalls selling food and hot wine, traditional decorations and exquisite hand-made arts and crafts.
As well as the Christmas Market, Krakow’s Rynek Glowny is dominated by the Cloth Hall, a good place to find all manner of souvenirs and Polish handicrafts such as carved wooden boxes, lace, handmade sweaters, leather goods, glassware, wall hangings and high-quality amber jewellery. There are also a number of bustling cafés, restaurants and wine cellars dotted around the square, as well as dozens of colourful nativity scenes and cribs made by local artists and amateurs for the annual crib exhibition.
There really is plenty for you to admire in this gem of a city including an array of Gothic churches, baroque palaces and beautiful tenement houses. The Town Hall houses a well preserved medieval torture hall, a theatre and a café, whilst the Royal Castle has been the seat of Poland's kings from the 11th to the early 17th Century and features 16th Century Flemish tapestries, paintings and period furniture. Wawel Cathedral is the coronation site and burial place of almost all of Poland’s monarchs, housing the relics of St Stanislaw, the patron saint of Krakow and Poland. Climb the tower to see the 11-tonne Zygmunt Bell and enjoy fantastic views over this stunning city.
Direct flights to Krakow
Three nights at the 3* PTTK Wyspianski Hotel in Krakow
Breakfast at the hotel
Time at leisure for shopping at Krakow’s Christmas Markets
Return airport transfers
Services of a Tour Manager in Poland