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Practically all COVID restrictions are scrapped in Poland from March 28th, 2022.
2022 Summer Opera Festival in Krakow.
/2022-04-02/ This year the 24th edition of the Krakow Opera
Summer Festival starts June 3rd to end July 16th.
Four events take place in the Botanical Garden at 27 Kopernika street, namely the staging of Johann Strauss’s “The
Gypsy Baron” operetta on the first Saturday and Sunday of July and the production of Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' on July 8th and July 9th. Otherwise the venue is the
Opera House at Lubicz street and the program includes
Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro", Bernstein's 'Candide', Bizet's 'Carmen', Puccini's 'Tosca', Moniuszko’s 'The Haunted Manor' , Verdi’s 'Il trovatore', Strauss’s 'The Gypsy Baron', Mozart's 'The Impresario'.
Easter market starts in Krakow on April 7th, 2022.
/2022-04-01/ This year the
market in Krakow starts in the Rynek Glowny central square on
April 7th and it'll continue through Monday, April 18th. Visitors will enjoy
a wide range of the Polish traditional
Easter decorations. Also, varied foods and village handicrafts will be on sale. Stalls open at 10 am and close at 9 pm. A festival of
the Polish Easter traditions and
a parade are planned for Sunday, April 10th. And there will be the Emaus tree contest on Monday, April 18th.
COVID restrictions are gone in Poland.
/2022-03-28/ The authorities have decided to scrap almost all COVID restrictions in Krakow and the entire Poland from March 28th, 2022. Practically the only precautions still in place apply to medical services, namely
and distancing are still mandatory at hospitals, health clinics, etc. The normalization has resulted from the falling numbers of new cases rather than the change of attitude towards the pandemic.
Easter music festival this year.
/2022-03-16/ This year, as in the past, the Misteria Paschalia
festival of classical music takes place in Krakow
throughout Holy Week. It starts on Tuesday, April 12th
and will continue through Monday, April 18th 2022. The festival
has attracted an array of Europe's
top early music ensembles and soloists. There is one concerts planned for every day, including Good Friday, Easter Sunday
and Easter Monday. The main festival venue is the ICE congress center yet the first concert will take place in the Wawel Cathedral and the subterranean Chapel of Saint Kinga in the
Wieliczka Salt Mine will host a concert on Saturday, April 16th.
Ukrainian refugees come to Krakow.
/2022-03-09/ Krakow needs to cope with a massive influx of the Ukrainian refugees in the wake of the Russian invasion. Frantic efforts of the Polish authorities as well as NGO's and thousands of families and individuals have made it possible to provide the exiles with shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and education for children. The Ukrainian refugees have been also granted several special privileges, such as free public transport and free car parking
in the streets, if they apply for them provided they arrived to Poland after February 24th, 2022.
Opera Rara 2022 festival this February.
/2022-02-11/ The year 2022 edition of the Krakow festival Opera Rara
starts on February 12th to end on February 28th. Its program consists of 14 opera shows as well and concerts and vocal recitals. The organizers have managed to line
a number of top European soloists and ensembles.
Nativity scenes until late February.
/2022-01-03/ Newly built Krakow szopka
nativity scenes are exhibited in the Museum of Krakow, 35 Rynek Glowny central square, till Sunday February 27th, 2022. The show is open from 9 am to 6 pm every day except Mondays.
Admission fee is ten zloty.
Christmas market goes on in the Krakow central square.
/2021-12-01/ This year the
Christmas market in Krakow
has opened in the Rynek Glowny square on Friday, November 26th and is scheduled to continue through Sunday,
January 2nd 2022. Stalls sell Christmas decorations, sweets and other foods, handicrafts, gifts, etc. There are also live gigs. Admission is free.
The 2021 Festival of the Krakow szopka Nativity scenes.
/2021-11-15/ This year's 79th festival of the
Krakow Szopka nativity scenes takes place in the Rynek Glowny central
square on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021. The event starts at noon. UNESCO has inscribed the tradition of building the Krakow szopka on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
No huge New Year concert in 2021.
/2021-11-04/ New Year's open-air concert in the Krakow vast central square has been cancelled in 2021 to avoid the spreading of COVID-19. The free concert used to attract up to 100,000 revelers in the past.
Christmas market as usual in 2021, fingers crossed.
/2021-10-16/ As planned now, the
Christmas market in
the central square of Krakow
is due to open on Friday, November 26th to last through December 26th, 2021 and next continue as the New Year market till
January 2nd, 2022. Yet, since the COVID-19 pandemic isn't yet over, plans may change according to the situation.
Free concerts of organ music every day.
/2021-10-08/ The 18th edition of the
Organ All Souls International
Festival starts in Krakow on Saturday, October 30th to continue November 2nd, All Souls Day, through
November 9th, 2021. Each of the nine recitals and concerts of organ
music takes place in one of the historic churches of
the Krakow. Free admission to all events.
Krakow All Souls Jazz
Festival this year.
The 66th All Souls Krakow
jazz festival (Krakowskie Zaduszki Jazzowe) starts on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021. This
Europe's oldest jazz festival ends on Saturday October 30th so -
unlike its earlier editions
- it is not to include the All Souls Day. The festival program consists of one concert plus one jazz jam session.
2021 Krakow Book Fair.
/2021-09-07/ The 24th Krakow Book Fair starts Thursday,
October 14th to end on Sunday, October 17th, 2021. Its main venue is EXPO
Krakow at 9 Galicyjska street in the Nowa
Huta district. This year an online access will complement the physical participation.
The Christian pilgrim's guide
Folk Art Fair in the central square of Krakow, August 14 - 29.
/2021-08-12/ The 45th Cepelia Folk Art Fair in
Krakow opens in Rynek Glowny central square
on Saturday, August 14th to last through
Sunday August 29th, 2021. Visitors are invited to
stroll along rows
of stalls selling
assorted traditional village crafts and arts such as embroidery,
pottery, woodcarving, paintings, iron items etc. Plus some special
attractions and entertainments
are planned, notably gigs by
acts performing traditional village dances and songs.
A dumplings festival.
The Pierogi food festival goes on in Krakow in the Maly Rynek square,
one block east from the Old Town's central square till Sunday, August 15th, 2021. Visitors may devour
the delicious Polish stuffed dumplings every day from 10 am to midnight and enjoy live
gigs from time to time.
Modern classical music festival in the end of September, beginning of October.
/2021-08-02/ The 19th Sacrum
Profanum festival of contemporary classical music starts in Krakow
on Wednesday, September 29th and will last through Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. It's
program consist of seven concerts and one performance blending music and theater.
Classical music this
/2021-07-28/ In 2021 the 46th Music
in Old Cracow Festival
consists of 17 live concerts, one per day, as usual from August 15th through August 31st. The historic churches of Krakow and the city's other architectural monuments serve as the venues for most of the concerts.
Street theatre festival: July 9-11 & September 4/5, 2021.
/2021-07-07/ The first leg of the
International Street Theatre Festival
takes place July 9th through July 11th, 2021 with simultaneous
alfresco performances in the Rynek Glowny central
square as well as
other public spaces but always free of charge. The festival's second leg is planned for September 4th and September 5th. This
year's edition of the festival has the phrase
"Strange events. A reactivation"
Krakow festival of the Polish Classical Music in July 2021.
/2021-07-05/ This year the program of the
Festival of Polish Music in Krakow consists of seven classical music concerts, one per day, namely Thursday July 8th, Friday July 9th, Saturday July 10th, Sunday July 11th, Friday July 16th, Saturday July 17th, and Sunday July 18th. Tickets cost 50 PLN.
2021 Summer Jazz Festival Krakow
goes on live.
The 26th Summer
Festival in Krakow boasts numerous live concerts taking place from July 4th through August 1st, 2021. The principal venue is Piwnica Pod
Baranami cellar club at 27 Rynek Glowny (Grand Square) where
jazz concerts are scheduled every night at 9 pm from
July 4th through July 30th. The New Orleans Sunday falls this year on July 4th with Krakow's jazzmen playing traditional jazz at pavement cafes of the Rynek Glowny central square from noon to 4 pm, followed by a New Orleans Parade and an open-air concert in the Plac Szczepanski square one block west from Krakow's central square.
Sinfonietta festival goes on.
/2021-06-30/ This year's Sinfonietta Festival of classic music
takes place in
on July 1st, July 3rd, and July 4th, 2021. The program for Saturday, July 3rd
looks hectic indeed, with sixteen free concerts at six venues,fifteen of them
each lasting for about 45 minutes,
starting at 4:30 pm, 5:45 pm, 7 pm, and 8:30 pm.
The Auschwitz sites open to visitors every day.
/2021-06-18/ The Auschwitz memorial museum commemorating victims of the Nazi death camp in the city of Oswiecim, situated 70 kilometers west of Krakow, is accessible now every day of the week as before the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic. Visitors need to keep to a mandatory route which minimizes contacts between them.
Few pandemic precautions still in place.
/2021-06-01/ As new confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reduced to hundreds throughout Poland, practically all places have reopened, although most of them function with some restrictions such as capacities halved, mandatory distances and face masks, etc. Outdoor facial masking is no longer required as long as you are able to keep the social distance of 1.5 metres.
Crafts fair in Krakow central squares.
/2021-05-11/ The Crafts Fair starts in the Old Town's
central square on May 14th and will last to May 23rd. Some forty stalls are to sell
various traditional Polish handicrafts.
Step by step back to almost normal.
/2021-05-01/ With significantly fewer new cases of COVID-19
in Poland and progress in vaccination, the Polish government has announced its plans as regards easing the restrictions and precautions against the pandemic. On May 4th, 2021 shopping malls and museums may reopen. Hotels will be able to accommodate tourists from May 8th. From May 15th face-covering won't be mandatory in the open air and alfresco eateries will be allowed to reopen, ditto open-air cinemas and theaters. Indoor eating out as well as roofed
cinemas, theaters, concert venues, etc. will return on May 29th. Also sports facilities are to be made available in stages over May.
Easing not before April 18th.
/2021-04-07/ Polish authorities have decided that anti-COVID restrictions introduced on March 20th are to stay in place till April 16th, possibly longer.
All-sweeping precautions against COVID-19 are back.
/2021-03-20/ A return to near normality has proved short-lived.
In a bid to stem the new rise of of COVID-19 cases, Poland government has
ordered a temporary closure of cultural venues and institutions, museums, restaurants, cinemas, coffee shops, pubs, clubs, schools, universities, shopping centers, sport and fitness facilities etc. It has also banned all events and other gatherings. The restrictions are to stay in place to April 9th, 2021, if not longer.
Back to almost normal.
/2021-02-12/ Since new COVID-19 cases have plateaued at relatively low daily numbers in Poland, the government eased again many of everyday restrictions. And thus, from February 12th, 2021 hotels and other lodgings in Krakow may accommodate guests. Theaters, cinemas, and operas as well as tourists attractions reopened though with limits for visitors per floor area and facial masking, social distance mandatory. Also live concerts are back and people may
enjoy sports facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and ski slopes. To disappointment of many restaurants, coffee shops, etc. still can't cater for customers on the premises, being restricted to serving solely takeaways, while pubs and bars as well as nightclubs stay closed.
Stoss’ masterpiece shines like new after renovation.
Veit Stoss’ grand altarpiece in Krakow's St. Mary
church, the world’s best medieval sculpture has undergone a thorough conservation. The 42-foot-high and 36-foot-wide structure, which consists of 200 marvelous limewood sculptures, was dismantled, its parts transferred to the restoration workshop, cleaned, examined, documented, restored to the original state, conserved, and reassembled, The renovation works took five years and cost an equivalent of over four million euro.
Buses, trams more expensive now.
/2021-02-03/ Rise, rise! From February 1st, 2021
bus and tram tickets cost more across
Krakow public transport. A one-way ticket for a municipal bus or a streetcar is
6 zloty instead of 4.6 PLN. A 20-minutes ticket, which
allows for changing lines, costs 4 zloty (PLN) and its
60-minutes equivalent is 6 zlotys, while a 90-minute ticket has been priced at 8 zlotys.
The price of unlimited-travel passes for all municipal buses
and streetcars have been set at 22 zloty for a 24-hour
ticket. The 48-hour passes and the 72-hour passes cost 35
PLN and 50 PLN respectively. A seven-day unlimited-travel
ticket costs 68 zlotys.
Museums reopen and big shopping is back again.
/2021-02-01/ As the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been falling throughout Poland for weeks, the government has allowed museums and shopping malls to reopen on February 1st, 2020, with limits for visitors per floor area and facial masking, social distance mandatory.
Rapid COVID tests at the Krakow Airport.
/2021-01-27/ Rapid COVID-19 tests for viral antigens are available at the Krakow Airport of Balice. The test costs 200 PLN, an equivalent of roughly 44 euro, and one needs to wait about twenty minutes for the result. At present the Dutch government requires such tests for passengers flying to The Netherlands but some other countries may follow suit soon.
Tour de Pologne race in Krakow in mid August 2021.
/2021-01-25/ This year's Tour de Pologne multi-stage bicycle race is scheduled to end in Krakow
on August 15th, 2021. The 78th edition of Poland's equivalent of Tour de France, Italy's Giro d'Italia and Spain's Vuelta a Espana will start on August 9th with its route meandering through the southern Poland.
Less restrictions not before the end of January.
/2021-01-15/ As the numbers of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 are significantly down throughout Poland and particularly in the Krakow region, a loosening of the more restrictive precautions against the spreading of the virus are expected in early February. For the time being, not only all live events and other gatherings are banned but also most stores at shopping centers stay closed while eateries are allowed to serve only takeaways.
See entries to the Krakow blog of 2020