Every summer heatwaves hit Krakow time and again so
take care to take the usual precautions. At the same
time don't drink water from pumps in the central
square as tourist often do: it's fresh and cold but
it's unfit for drinking and can make you sick.
Whereas the Krakow tap water is drinkable, the pumps
draw untreated water from wells beneath the square
which may be easily
Cold weather in Krakow brings about the raised level
of fine particulate matter in the air. Nowadays
Krakow, as practically all European cities, is a
battlefield in the global anti-coal campaign so
alarmist reports happen throughout winter notably
when foggy conditions prevail. Actually, there is no
real cause for concern as long as you avoid walking
busy arteries jammed with vehicles during peak hour
traffic in the morning and between 3 pm and 7 pm.
Please remember that, 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 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
www.regional.atmosphere.copernicus.eu, based on
satellite data, plus four-day forecasts - also
specifically for Krakow.
Road works still paralyze central Krakow
play havoc with public transport in the city even if
the situation is now somewhat better than previously.
Lady with an Ermine moved to the National Museum.
From May 19th, 2017 until the reopening of the Czartoryski Museum
Lady with an Ermine, Leonardo's
marvelous portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, is to be displayed in the main building of the
Museum in Krakow at 1, 3 Maja street
Saint Mary's altar incomplete.
Veit Stoss’s altarpiece
of the high altar in the Basilica of Saint Mary (Bazylika
Mariacka), one of the world’s best Gothic masterpieces,
is undergoing an extensive conservation, which requires the
temporary removal of its segments. Elements transferred to
the restoration workshop are replaced with life-size photos
showing the missing parts. The renovation is to last till
2020 or longer.
The Czartoryski Museum closed.
Czartoryski Museum in Krakow will stay
closed for renovation and modernization through 2019.