Visiting Krakow in June
With the arrival of June, Krakow really comes into life, as the students disembark from their classrooms and flowers burst into bloom. The city transforms into a haven of cultural festivities, pleasant weather, and a fantastic choice of outdoor activities. From strolling through historic streets to attending lively festivals, Krakow in June pis an unforgettable experience. Here's everything you need to know about visiting this captivating Polish city during the summer.
Is June a Good Time to Visit?
June is undoubtedly a fantastic time to visit Krakow. The city experiences perfect European continental weather, with temperatures ranging between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius during the day, making it ideal for exploring the city's attractions on foot. Additionally, the summer months in Krakow attract fewer crowds compared to the peak tourist season, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the city's wonders with relative ease. June in Krakow strikes the right balance between enjoyable weather and a more relaxed atmosphere, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture and truly experience the essence of the city. Cafes and bars have their tables spread out onto the streets, and the beer garden umbrellas are up!
Weather in June
June brings almost ideal weather to Krakow, with longer days and plenty of sunshine. The average temperature during the day ranges from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, providing a comfortable climate for outdoor activities and sightseeing. It is a good idea to dress in light and breathable clothing, and of course don't forget to carry sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun's rays. Although rain is less frequent in June compared to other months, it is not a bad idea to have a compact umbrella or a light rain jacket on hand, just in case. That said, if it does rain, it generally does so in the late afternoon or evening, and is normally a short shower.
Things to Do
1) Explore Wawel Castle and Gardens
A good place to kick off your Krakow adventure is by visiting the iconic Wawel Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the historical chambers, admire the stunning architecture, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the castle's ramparts. Take a leisurely stroll through the enchanting Wawel Gardens, adorned with vibrant flowers and lush greenery, providing a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. The castle is an easy walk from the Main Market Square in the Old Town, and gives you a good overview of the city before exploring further.
3) Experience the Main Market Square
The Main Market Square, or Rynek Główny, is the beating heart of Krakow, and the largest medieval square in Europe (yes, bigger than St Mark’s in Venice). Lose yourself in the bustling atmosphere as you wander through the vibrant square, surrounded by magnificent medieval buildings. Marvel at the grandeur of St. Mary's Basilica and climb the tower for a panoramic view of the city. You can also tuck into some Polish cuisine at one of the many outdoor cafes, or simply sit back and soak up the lively ambiance. Just off the main square things are a bit quieter, and you can find some cool bars, pubs and cafes with less tourists and more locals.
3) The Krakow Film Festival
Film enthusiasts should not miss the renowned Krakow Film Festival, one of Europe's oldest and most prestigious film events. Held annually in June, this festival showcases a wide range of documentary, short, and animated films from around the world. Immerse yourself in the world of cinema and engage with filmmakers, industry professionals, and fellow film lovers during this captivating event. eld in many of the city’s cinemas, following the festival will also get you travelling around the city and discovering new things along the way.
4) Enjoy a Boat Ride on the Vistula River
Why not take a relaxing boat ride on the Vistula River? With the sunny weather now upon us, you can escape the bustle of the city and enjoy picturesque views of Krakow's skyline as you glide along the gentle currents. Many boat tours are available, offering various durations and routes to suit your preferences. Whether you opt for a short scenic cruise or a longer adventure, this experience provides a unique perspective of Krakow. A good idea is to go all the way to Tyniec, a Benedictine monastery outside Krakow, which will give you an indication of the slower pace of life outside the city, and a glimpse of the Polish countryside.
5) Discover the Kazimierz District
Not to be missed, take a moment to immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant ambiance of the Kazimierz district. This former Jewish quarter is now a thriving hub of hipsters, known for its bohemian atmosphere, trendy bars, and charming streets. Explore the centuries-old synagogues, visit the Galicia Jewish Museum to learn about Jewish heritage, and indulge in the eclectic culinary scene that ranges from traditional Jewish cuisine to modern fusion dishes. With arguably the best bars in the city, it is likely your ‘cultural walk’ will end up with shots of vodka into the early hours. One special favourite drinking hole worth mentioning - Propaganda. And check out the 5 best basrs in Kazimierz here!
6) Experience the Midsummer Night Bonfires
June in Poland marks the celebration of Midsummer Night, also known as "Noc Kupały" or "Noc Świętojańska." This ancient pagan festival is celebrated with bonfires, folk music, and traditional rituals. Experience the enchantment of this event by joining the locals at bonfire gatherings in parks or by the riverside. Witness the captivating fire rituals and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, complete with traditional dances and singing.
7) Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK)
Modern art enthusiasts should make a point of visiting MOCAK. Located in the revitalized district of Zabłocie, this modern museum showcases a diverse collection of contemporary art from Poland and around the world. The building itself is a work of art in its own right, and houses a fantastic collection of some of Poland’s most important artists. Explore thought-provoking exhibitions and engage with the dynamic artistic expressions that reflect the social, cultural, and political landscapes of our time. Right next door you will find the Oskar Schindler Museum, also highly recommended.
8) Learn how to make Polish pierogi
If you’ve sampled pierogi during your trip, and want to learn how they are made, you can join Marta at her home in Krakow to learn the secrets of these delicious dumplings. Marta hosts pierogi cooking classes 3 or 4 days of the week during the summer, and the lessons last about 3 hours. This is a great chance also to see a local apartment, and learn a bit more about Polish culture in a relaxed setting. Booking at Pierogi Power.
Krakow in June offers a great blend of cultural experiences, delightful weather, and a relaxed atmosphere. From exploring historical landmarks to attending lively festivals and enjoying the city's outdoor charm, Krakow provides an unforgettable summer getaway. Embrace the vibrant energy of this enchanting Polish city and create lasting memories during your visit in June.