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Krakow marathon this Sunday.
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2018-04-20/ This year Cracovia Marathon takes place on Sunday April 22nd, 2018. Start in Krakow's Rynek Glowny central square at 9 am, the finish in the same place about 3pm. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists should expect streets - and bridges - to be closed in central Krakow, trams and buses rerouted, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, due to the marathon and other events organized in connection with it. Notably the bulk of the central square will be off limits for most of this Sunday.

Thoma


Mayday! Long weekend coming!
/2018-04-20/ Be prepared for another of Polish long weekends, this one particularly extended, given that both Tuesday May 1st and Thursday May 3rd, 2018 are public holidays in Poland (and Krakow, Poland is no exception) so many people make it a week-long holiday by taking a day off on Monday and on Wednesday. Expect shops and shopping centers closed Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Ditto banks, government and other offices, workshops, etc. Most of the rest - including restaurants and many tourist spots and cultural events - should be alive.

Mark

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Trains to bypass the Krakow central station.  
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2018-04-16/ Due to the modernization of its platforms starting April 18th, a number of trains - including some Warsaw expresses - are to steer clear of Krakow Glowny central train station for months, going to the city's more distant Krakow Plaszow station instead. Being a passenger you'd better check in advance which Krakow station your train is arriving at. 

Mark


Classical piano music for four hands festival. 
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2018-04-06/ The 2nd Duettissimo! International Piano Duo Festival in Krakow takes place from April 24th through April 29th plus one concert on May 13th, 2018. Daily concerts feature pianists playing piano duets and other classical music for four hands. Except concert on April 25th all events are free of charge.

Barbara


 

Krakow Composer Festival: free modern music.

/2018-04-04/ The 30th International Krakow Composer Festival takes place from April 14th through April 22nd, 2018. Everyday concerts feature contemporary classical music. Free admission for all festival events.

Muse

 


Shorter shopping this Saturday.  
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2018-03-29/ This Saturday, March 31rth, 2018 shops close at 2 pm or even earlier as required by the new law recently adopted in Poland which applies to shopping on Sundays and prior to religious festivals and public holidays. 

Mark


Guide to Krakow available worldwide.
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2018-03-28/ Freshly published updated 2018 Krakow guide e-book in English, namely this year's edition of The Best of Krakow guidebook, is now available from Amazon.

Barbara


Visit Krakow, cheapest in Europe.
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2018-03-28/ Krakow has been named the cheapest destination for a European weekend break in the 10th annual City Costs Barometer, published by the UK’s Post Office. The Post Office’s team of researchers assessed 36 cities from all parts of Europe, popular with tourists, and calculated the cost of 12 key expenditures such as the entry to a top museum and art gallery, a three-course evening meal and two-nights accommodation in a three-star hotel. The the short city break in Krakow costs 164.80 British pounds for two, not including flights.    

Kasia


Krakow museums over Easter.

/2018-03-20/ Museums in Krakow close for Easter Sunday, April 1st 2018. All branches of the National Museum close also for Good Friday, March 30th while all exhibitions of the Wawel Royal Castle stay closed on Saturday, March 31st when other museums keep shorter hours. As regards Monday April 2nd two exhibitions at the Krakow Royal Castle - State Rooms and The Lost Wawel - will be open from 10 am to 5 pm (free admission, limited number of tickets) together with all branches of the National Museum which will stay open from 10 am to 4 pm, while most branches of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, including Schindler's Factory are to be open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Muse


Won't shop this Sunday.  
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2018-03-09/ Shops in Krakow, and elsewhere in Poland, will stay closed this Sunday, March 11th as well as the next Sunday, March 18th by courtesy of the ban on Sunday shopping being phased in this year. There are, however, exceptions. Most notably, bakeries and pharmacies are allowed to operate as well as any shops situated at train stations, bus stations, etc. Yet Galeria Krakowska, Krakow's most popular shopping mall, built over the city's central rail station, duly closes for all no-shopping Sundays. 

Mark 


Easter market soon.
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2018-03-02/ In 2018 the Easter market in Krakow starts in the city's central square on Friday, March 23rd and it'd continue through Monday, April 2nd. Expect a wide range of traditional Easter decorations plus varied foods and village handicrafts to be on sale.    

Kasia


Better air-quality data.  
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2018-02-28/ Alarmist reports on air quality in Krakow happen throughout winter, notably when foggy conditions prevail, regarding particulate matter (PM10 & PM2.5), popularly though wrongly called "smog". Usually, there is no real cause for concern as long as you avoid walking thruways jammed with vehicles during peak hour traffic. Unlike London or Paris, in Krakow the equipment to measure levels of fine particulate matter and other pollutants is installed only in the most busy streets so any local published data mostly concern car exhaust fumes not the general air quality in the city. More reliable is The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) which publishes up-to-date information online at www.regional.atmosphere.copernicus.eu, based on satellite data, plus four-day forecasts - also specifically for Krakow. The Krakow detailed reports by CAMS include PM10, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide. Their maps cover the mentioned four pollutants as well as PM2.5, carbon monoxide, birch pollen and grass pollen. 

Mark


2018 Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow.
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2018-02-24/ In 2004 the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival moved from Krakow to Warsaw, where most of its concerts take place. Yet some events of the festival rich programme are organized in Krakow and some other Polish cities. In 2018 the Krakow part of the Beethoven Easter Festival consists of two concerts and two piano recitals March 12th through March 14th. Most spectacular is the concert in ICE Krakow Congress Center at 17 Konopnickiej street on Monday, March 12th at 7:30 pm, starring Germany's violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter accompanied by USA’s pianist Lambert Orkis and Slovakia’s bassist Roman Patkolo.    

Kasia


Cello music for free in March.
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2018-02-23/ The Krakow festival of music for violoncello, the 5. Krakow Cello Spring, takes place from Tuesday, March 20th through Friday, March 23rd, 2018. The festival consists of four concerts, one each day at 7 pm, free admission. Venue - Aula Florianka at 15 Sereno Fenna street.

Muse


Free Baroque music.
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2018-02-16/ The Krakow festival of Bach music, the 23rd Bach Days, consists of nine concerts and two recitals spread over nine days from Saturday, March 10th through Sunday, March 18th with at least one musical concert every day in Aula Florianka at 15 Sereno Fenna street. All concerts are free of charge.

Barbara


2018 Krakow Film Music Festival.
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2018-02-14/ The 11th Krakow Film Music Festival starts on May 29th, ends June 5th, 2018. However concerts in Krakow will take place May 30th, May 31st, June 1st, June 2nd, and lastly June 3rd at one of two venues Tauron Arena Krakow at 7 Lema street and ICE Krakow Congress Center at 17 Konopnickiej street. Also, there will be concerts in Katowice on May 29th and at The Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Luslawice on June 5th.    

Kasia


February festival of Spanish music.
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2018-02-10/ Festival of classical Spanish music in Krakow starts on Sunday, February 18th to last through Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Daily concerts take place at two venues, the Akademia Muzyczna conservatory at 43 sw. Tomasza street and Aula Florianka concert hall at 15 Sereno Fenna street, and they mostly feature Spain's 20th-century composers. Admission for all concerts is free of charge.

Muse


Easter music festival.
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2018-02-06/ In 2018, as in the past, the Misteria Paschalia Krakow Easter festival of classical music takes place in Krakow throughout Holy Week. It starts on Monday, March 26th and will continue through Monday, April 2nd 2018. The festival has attracted an array of Europe's top early music ensembles and soloists. There are two concerts planned every day, except on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday just one concert will take place each night. The venues vary from the Old Town's historic churches to ICE congress center to the subterranean chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Thoma 

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Sweet Thursday.
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2018-02-02/ Fat Thursday feast, Tlusty Czwartek in Polish, Poland's traditional day of sugary overeating, falls on February 8th this year. So next Thursday don't forget to buy paczki, the local incarnation of donuts, a must-eat in Krakow on that day. It marks the start of Ostatki, i.e. the last week of carnival in Krakow.

Barbara


 

Elton John show in Krakow in 2019.
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2018-01-26/ The UK’s stellar pop rock act Elton John will perform in Krakow for the last time next year. His Krakow showing during “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour falls on May 4th, 2019. The planned venue is Tauron Arena Krakow at 7 Lema street..  

Kasia


Sunday shopping to be restricted.  
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2018-01-19/ The Polish parliament has passed a bill which phases in a ban on Sunday shopping. In 2018 most stores in Poland will stay closed on 23 Sundays, namely March 11th, March 18th, April 1st, April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd, May 13th, May 20th, June 10th, June 17th, July 15th, July 22nd, August 12th, August 19th, September 9th, September 16th, September 23rd, October 14th, October 21st, November 11th, November 18th, and December 9th. Some pharmacies and some groceries as well as bakeries, flower shops, and all gas stations can stay open every Sunday. 

Mark


Epiphany January 6th, 2018.
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2018-01-04/ On Epiphany feast January 6th, 2018 shopping malls www.krakow-info.com/shopping.htm closed, practically all shops etc closed, most tourist sites closed, gas stations open. Public transport adopts Sunday timetables. At the Wawel Royal Castle only two shows open, namely State Rooms and Crown Treasury & Armoury, from 10 am to 5 pm. All branches of the Krakow Historical Museum stay closed, including Schindler’s Factory.

Muse


Christmas market extended thru January 7, 2018.
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2018-01-03/ This year Krakow's principal Christmas market in Rynek Glowny central square has been extended to go on beyond the Epiphany feast, January 6th. And so it ends on Monday, January 8th.  

Kasia



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