Krakow Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Krakow

The best times to visit Kraków are from March to May and between September and November. The weather is pleasant and the summer's throngs of tourists are nowhere to be found. July and August's weather often climbs into the mid-70s, while the average low in January is in the low 20s. 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 and affordable rates.

Weather in Krakow

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Average Temperature (°F)
34.2
22.5
37.4
24.4
46
30.4
57.9
38.1
67.6
47.3
72.1
52.7
76.3
56.1
75.4
55
66
48.2
57
40.1
44.4
32
35.8
25.2
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Average Precipitation (in)
1.48
1.17
1.58
1.83
3.2
3.4
3.46
2.98
2.46
1.7
1.66
1.53
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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March-May

Kraków has yet to break out of its winter coma, so don't expect the most energetic metropolis. But temperatures have risen to reasonable daytime averages in the mid-40s to high 60s, making walking much more comfortable. Rain showers become more prevalent by the end of spring, though, so be sure to pack an umbrella.

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June-August

This is the peak tourist season and it's easy to see why. Warm temperatures in the low 50s to mid-70s will let you hang out in the Main Market Square late into the night, plus this season sees some of the city's best festivals. The natural tradeoffs are higher prices for hotel rooms, more rainstorms and larger crowds at the top attractions. But peak season conditions are relatively mild compared to other European cities like Paris and Rome.

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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). The likelihood of rain will decrease as well, and you should be able to score a lower room rate as the season progresses.

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December-February

Average temperatures are in the low 20s to mid-40s, but the cheap rooms could make the chilly temps worth the sacrifice. Additionally, the sight of a snow-covered Main Market Square during Christmas time is something to behold.

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Popular Times to Visit Krakow

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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