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Leonardo's Lady in new place.
2017-05-18/ Leonardo da Vinci's Krakow masterpiece, Lady with an Ermine, has been moved from the Wawel Royal Castle to the National Museum in Krakow. The picture is placed in an upstairs room of the museum's main hall (Gmach Glowny) at 1, 3 Maja street. Initially free of charge, from June 23rd, 2017 the regular ticket is to cost 10 zloty (PLN). Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.


Lady with an Ermine in Krakow's Czartoryskich museum

Museum Night.
2017-05-06/ In 2017 the Museum Night takes place in Krakow on Friday, May 19th. Krakow museums will keep long hours, admit free of charge, and offer special attractions. Visitors need to purchase a token for one zloty that will allow to access the museums and travel for free on trams and city buses from 5 pm to 2 am..


Best of Krakow 2017 guide is available as an ebook.
2017-05-02/ The Best of Krakow guide, the updated edition for 2017, is available a Kindle ebook at Amazon online store. Published as recently as April 19th, 2017.


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Leonardo's at the Royal Castle somewhat longer.

/2017-04-28/ The exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine in the Wawel Royal Castle has been extended for a week. It closes permanently on May 7th, 2017 rather than April 30th as originally planned.


Euro 2017 U21 Championship in Krakow.

/2017-04-26/ Five matches of Euro 2017 U-21 are scheduled to take place in Krakow in the second half of June. It co-hosts the European football youth championship together with five other Polish cities. Apart from Poland eleven national teams qualified, all players aged 21 years or younger. Krakow's Stadion Cracovia stadium, situated just a ten minutes’ walk from the central square, is the venue for the final on June 30th, 2017 as well as one of semifinals on June 27th. Earlier – on June 18th, June 21st, and June 24th – it is to host matches of Group C consisting of Germany, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Italy.



2017 Folk Art Fair.
2017-04-24/ The 41st Cepelia Folk Art Fair in Krakow takes place this summer in Rynek Glowny central square from August 10th through August 27th, 2017. As usual, visitors may expect rows of stalls selling assorted traditional village crafts and arts, that is embroidery, pottery, woodcarving, painting, iron, metalwork, etc. There are also varied special attractions and entertainments such as gigs by acts performing traditional village tunes and songs..


Student revelries peak in May.
2017-04-20/ This year Krakow's Juwenalia traditional student festival takes place from May 9th throuigh May 14th. It culminates in a wild and colorful pageant in Rynek Glowny central square, scheduled for Friday, May 12th. Expect the parade of Krakow students to reach the square at noon or so.  


Juwenalia student festival in Krakow, Poland

Summer opera festival in Krakow.
2017-04-18/ The 2017 Krakow Opera Summer Festival starts June 9th and ends July 2nd. Three events take place in the courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle but otherwise the venue is the Opera House at Lubicz street.


The Czartoryski Museum in brief.

/2017-04-07/ An exhibition called “Most Valuable. The Princes Czartoryski Collection.” has opened today in Arsenal building at 8 Pijarska street to go on till April 8th, 2018. It displays roughly 350 exhibits, including some of the most valuable items of Krakow’s famed Czartoryski Museum, such gems among them as Rembrandt’s ‘Landscape with the Good Samaritan’ and Lucas Cranach’s portraits of Polish royalty. At the same time the museum’s crown jewel, namely Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine’, is to be exhibited separately in the main hall of the Krakow National Museum at 3 Maja street from May 19th, 2017. Meant as a cross-section of the Czartoryski collections, the Arsenal show contains not only works of art but also antiquities, memorabilia connected with great men and Polish history, documents, and ancient functional art.


Cracovia, Poland's hockey champ

/2017-04-03/ The ComArch Cracovia aka Cracovia Krakow, the city’s ice hockey team, has won Poland’s championship for season 2016/2017. It is the second time in row. Thus the club has held twelve titles since 1937 when it prevailed for the first time.


Krakow, a budget break.
2017-03-25/ A budget city break in Krakow costs 160.55 British pounds in 2017 according to the annual Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer. It’s 21.50 pounds less than a cheap break in Prague. The report states that Krakow is the 6th least expensive among popular city break destinations in Europe. The cheapest comes Paphos in Cyprus with costs amounting to 138.40 pounds. Stockholm in Sweden and Reykjavik in Iceland remain the most expensive places for frugal tourists..


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Metallica to perform in Krakow in April 2018.
2017-03-16/ Next year Metallica, the USA's famed rock band, will give a concert in Krakow. The gig, part of the WorldWired Tour, is planned for Saturday, April 28th, 2018. Venue Tauron Arena Krakow at 7 Lema street. Tickets on sale from March 21st, 2017.


2017 Easter market in Krakow.
2017-03-10/ This year Easter market in Krakow starts in the city's central square on Friday, April 7th to last through Monday, April 17th. Expect traditional Easter decorations, foods, and village handicrafts will be on sale.


Pisanki decorations at Easter Market

Baroque music for free.
2017-03-02/ Krakow festival of Bach music, 22nd Bach Days, take place from Monday, March 13th through Sunday, March 19th with at least one concert every day in Aula Florianka at 8 Basztowa street. All concerts are free.


Leonardo's masterpiece to leave Royal Castle.

/2017-02-17/ It's all clear now. Leonardo's famous picture Lady with an Ermine is to stay on show in the Wawel Royal Castle to the end of April. From May 19th, 2017 the marvelous portrait of Cecilia Gallerani will be displayed in the main building of the National Museum in Krakow at 1. 3 Maja street.


Shanties festival in Krakow.
2017-02-01/ This year's edition of Shanties Krakow festival of sailor songs takes place from Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th. The main festival venues are Zaczek club at 5, 3 Maja street and Kijow.Centrum playhouse at 34 Slowackiego avenue.


Commemorating victims of KL Plaszow.
2017-01-25/ Municipality of Krakow, the Jewish Religious Community of Krakow, and the City of Krakow Historical Museum have signed an agreement that paves the way for the creation of the Museum Memorial Site commemorating victims of KL Plaszow, the Nazi concentration camp situated in Krakow during World War II. The new museum is to open before 2021 if everything goes well.


Government has got the Lady.
2017-01-02/ On December 29th the Polish government has bought Leonardo da Vinci's 'Lady with an Ermine' as well as the rest of The Princes Czartoryski Museum and The Czartoryski Library for euro 100,000,000. The museum, however, will not reopen before 2019 anyway, probably. Nevertheless, Leonardo's famous painting is to be transferred from the Wawel Royal Castle, where it's exhibited now, probably to the Krakow National Museum's branch at the Cloth Hall in the Rynek Glowny square.


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