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Best Times to Visit Krakow

The best times to visit Kraków are fall and spring. The weather is pleasant and the summer's throngs of tourists are nowhere to be found. July and August's weather can reach around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low in January is in the high teens. However, there really is no bad time to visit Kraków. The summer features some of its most lively festivals. And while the winters can get quite cold, the city compensates with its surprising beauty.

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March-April

Krakow has yet to break out of its winter coma, so don't expect the most energetic metropolis. But temperatures have risen to reasonable daytime highs in the high 40s, 50s, and even the occasional 60s, making walking much more comfortable.

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May-August

This is the peak tourist season and it's easy to see why. Brilliant temperatures will let you hang out in the main square, Rynek Glówny, late into the night, plus this season sees some of the city's best festivals. The natural tradeoffs are more expensive hotel rooms and larger crowds at the top attractions, but both are not the extremes that other European cities see.

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September-November

Fall is a great time to visit. The temperatures are still comfortable, though a sweater or a coat is necessary as it can still be a little chilly (especially in the evenings). You should also be able to score a great room rate.

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December-February

Frigid temperatures are a bummer, but the cheap rooms could make it worth the sacrifice. Additionally, the sight of a snow-covered Rynek Glówny during Christmas time is something to behold.

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