Cracow Christmas Market

December in Poland

places to visit in Poland in December

Places to visit in Poland

Go south to Zakopane for Goralskie culture and mountain scenery.

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Skiing and snow

Sleigh rides complete with jingle bells are still a reality in Poland in the winter. Fur coats and rugs are sold in the shops and markets.

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Travel Guide

The various ways of getting to Cracow and around Cracow.

Old Square Cracow

Cracow Main Square

The main square in Cracow Old Town is shown on the left.

Some people say that this is the largest square in Europe after St. Mark's in Venice, other's claim it is the largest.

In reality, the main square or Rynek is impressively enormous. At its centre is the medieval cloth hall building which houses an indoor market inside and shops and restaurants on the outside. Lining the square are very smart former merchant's town houses that are painted in pastel shades. In these are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. During the summer pavement cafes spill out into the square and are an excellent place to people watch.

Cloth Hall in the main square Cracow

The imposing basilica of St Mary stands over the square and a bugler plays music to Cracow residents on the hour, every hour, to commemorate a historical attack on Cracow when the bugler was struck dead by an arrow. The music stops abruptly as it did then.

A new underground interactive attraction in the main square takes visitors through the history of Cracow and its European identity.

There is always something happening in the main square, it is a focal point for tourists and Cracovians alike. The New Year's Eve pop concert is held here, various exhibitions and festivals, street performers entertain the crowds, there are pigeons, a regular flower market and an annual Christmas Market. A statue of Adam Mickiewicz, one of Poland's famous writers, stands in the square. It's base is usually covered by young people and tourists in much the same way as Eros in London's Piccadilly.

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Grand horse drawn carriages offer an elegant tour of the Old Town. A number of electric land trains has sprung up competing for tourists and offering tours of the Jewish District, the Royal Tour and Schindler's Factory.

It pays to appreciate that everywhere that is in the Old Town and even the Jewish sector of Kazimierz is within walking distance. the various tour operators are useful for anyone with walking difficulties or very tired tourists who prefer an organised tour.