Experience the spirit of genuine Polish Christmas tradition at the fabulous Christmas Market of Krakow! With its fame considerably defined through the presence incredibly delicious Polish cuisine there, it will expose you to a wide range of dishes that Poles prepare for their Christmas Eve dinners. During your tour along the trail of Polish Christmas customs, your private local guide will let you sample such dainties as oscypek, pierogi, traditional borsch or genuine gingerbread. Being introduced to such wonderful customs as sharing the Christmas wafer or building a Nativity Crib is something to make you embrace the unforgettable atmosphere of Christmas time in Poland.
Between the last week of November and January 6
of the following year, the visitors to Krakow
can enjoy the magical atmosphere provided by its extensive and beautifully decorated Christmas Market
. This annual event has been placed on a par with other famous European markets, while the fact that it represents the Polish and Catholic Christmas traditions
rather than the Protestant ones makes it endowed with its own distinct character. During your 2-hour guided tour to the wonderful world enclosed within cosy wooden stalls laid out in the epicentre of Krakow (the largest market square of Europe
), you will be shown around the essential elements of Polish Christian tradition. Your expert assistant
will introduce you to the taste of such regional delicacies
(smoked cheese), aromatic pierogi
with a variety of stuffings (stuffed dumplings), spicy and sour borsch
(Polish Christmas soup) or gingerbread
, prepared according to an old recipe and making an exporting hit of Poland
since the Middle Ages. With a cup of mulled wine
(famous "Grzaniec Galicyjski
", served straight from a huge barrel placed in the middle of the Main Market Square), you will feel warmed-up enough to discover the rest of miscellany offered at the Christmas Market. There will be local meats, sweets, marinated specialties, hot dishes
" hunter's stew or fried "kielbasa
" – famous Polish sausage), bottled meads
and rare brands of alcohol
available for collecting – something a real gourmet will never hesitate to sample! With some spare time given to you to pick the handcrafted souvenirs of your preference
to take home, your walking tour will also include some of the most important sites the Polish Christian tradition is composed of. You may be sure to meet beautiful Nativity scenes
with your own eyes, represented by breathtakingly beautiful cribs made by the local artists of Krakow
, coming across a number of skilled Christmas carol performers on your way there.
This wonderful Christmas adventure in snowy Krakow is something you will find hard to forget, especially as at the end of it you will take part in yet another heart-melting Polish Christmas custom
. You will share the Christmas wafer
with your guide and be wished Merry Christmas, as millions of Poles do in their homes every Christmas Eve. Apparently, they also leave one empty seat at their Christmas tables
, waiting for strangers in need to knock at their door and be let spending this special night with others.
Ready to surrender yourself to the marvellous atmosphere of Krakow Christmas Market? Contact us to taste genuine Polish tradition this winter with an experienced local guide right by your side!