Innumerable visitors come to snow-wrapped Krakow to experience the unmistakeable Christmassy atmosphere oozing from the array of stalls located in front of the Renaissance Cloth Hall. With the assistance of a local guide, you will take a fascinating two-hour tour to a fairy-tale world of beautifully decorated bubbles, Christmas candies, wooden toys, hand-made winter clothing and world-famous Polish pottery.
Just as winter begins, Krakow
repels the attack of early twilights, heavy snowfalls and low temperatures with a set of mood-bettering measures implemented around the whole city. This is when beautiful Christmas lights and adornments
appear on its lanterns, trees and facades – particularly in the heart of the UNESCO-inscribed Old Town of Krakow
. The last week of November is also when the Christmas Market
is laid out at the largest square of medieval Europe
to gladden the crowds of visitors with its one-of-its-kind assortment until the Epiphany (January 6). To fully experience what this magical place provides and learn a thing or two on the rich Polish Christmas customs
(like sharing the Christmas wafer
you will also do), your Krakow-native guide
will show you around the maze of stalls throughout a two-hour tour filled with instructive commentary, legends and anecdotes. You will taste the blood-warming mulled wine
, sample such local delicacies as oscypek smoked cheese
, pierogi (Polish dumplings)
, red Christmas soup
while surrounded by the eye-catching wonders of design offered by carefully-selected stallholders of this unusual event.
Aside from the fact that Krakow Christmas Market is exceptionally famous for the Christmas-food related offer
, particularly with regard to Polish cuisine
, there are always some excellent specialty-providers from Hungary, Austria, Ukraine or Germany
invited to participate. This is why, despite its strong local character, you will realise that Krakow markets have also been where the international exchange of goods took place since early Middle Ages. Nevertheless, Krakow Christmas Market is still predominantly about the Polish approach to the season's tradition
in terms of design. After your guide explains the background of motifs applied on the pottery, clothing or Christmas decorations offered in the Krakow market, after you are introduced to the origin of characters carved in wood or forming pieces of jewellery sold there, it will become clear to you that the spirit of Polish tradition successfully co-exists with the internationally recognised symbols like Santa Claus appearing in the Christmas ads of Coke.
A visit to the Christmas Market of Krakow is not only about enriching your knowledge of Christmas in Poland
or tasting some of its best delicacies
, of course. The more material side of this event lets you return home with some truly unique gifts
you may choose from among the rich assortment offered there. There will be warm clothing of sheep's wool
and slippers of leather, with the motifs of Zakopane
applied on, so essential to survive harsh Polish winters. There will be famous pottery of Boleslawiec
for you to admire, countless rustic items of everyday use
traditionally made of clay, glass and wood. Handcrafted jewellery
, ginger-spiced cookies, accessories with the mesmerising patterns
elaborated in the region of Lesser Poland, wind chimes, soulful wooden figurines
, artefacts bearing the iconic symbols of Krakow
and colourful models of Krakow Christmas Cribs
– it will all be there for you to rest your eyes upon. With the pleasant smell of ginger, cinnamon and vanilla accompanying your walk around the Christmas Market of Krakow – undoubtedly the best one in Poland
– you will take delight in the variety of visual sensations you meet there. And we are sure you will love it.
Ready to discover the magic of Polish Christmas at the biggest Christmas Market of Poland? Contact us to have a walking tour around the best winter attraction of Krakow arranged for you!