140 Things to do in Krakow Poland

140 Things to do in Krakow Krakow, or as the British like to call it Cracow,  is an amazing city, and there is so much to do here. I’ve taken a lot of time to compile a list of almost everything you can do! Coming soon is a printable checklist for your next trip. But for now,…

12 Things to Put on Your Krakow Christmas Market List this Year

The Christmas market in the Rynek Główny  is set up for the whole of the Christmas season in Krakow and it’s a wonderful place to pick up Christmas gifts, souvenirs and to try some amazing Polish food and drinks! The video above shows you a selection of things to be had at the annual holiday market! Open…

Krakow at Christmas: 73rd Annual Szopki Competition

Every year on the first Thursday of December, the Historical Museum of Krakow holds the annual Szopka Competition! This year was its 73rd year. Children, adults, everyone brings their handcrafted szopka to the statue at the heart of the Main Square. Krakowians and visitors gather together, starting around 9am, to watch the szopki be brought in….

Polish Traditions: Christmas Time

If you will be in Krakow during or around Christmas time you are in for a real treat.  Not only will the Main Market Square be filled with a bustling Christmas Market, complete with Polish Market Food, homemade goodies, and crafts, but the city will also have events for you to enjoy as well! See…

13 Interesting Facts About Easter and Springtime in Krakow, Poland!

Easter is the most important holiday on the Polish calendar, comparable only to Wigilia; usually taking the cake as the most prepped for, and celebrated time. Not only is the day important, but the build up to the Easter Feast is filled with events and activities for months; as well as, the days after. Springtime…

Herring Night

Carnaval in Poland (the time just before Lent) is filled with many strange traditions. We already showed you Paczki Day, but now, as lent approaches, it’s time for herring. Herring Night, or Śledzik in Polish, is the last day before Lent begins and Poles fast for 40 days from indulgent things such as alcohol, sweets, or…

Eat a Meal in a Local’s Home

My biggest fear when I travel is that I am going to end up at a restaurant where a local person would never go. I always search before a trip to find a place that is recommended by a local blogger or talk to my friends that may have spent some time actually living in…

Fat Thursday (Tlusty Czwartek): 3 Things You Have to Eat

In Poland, instead of celebrating Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras like everyone else in the world, they celebrate Fat Thursday. The holiday is aptly named, as just about everything you are supposed to eat on that day is deep fried, sugary, and delicious! Here are some of our favorite foods to have on Fat Thursday….

Day Trippin: Top 10 Things to do in Zakopane, Poland

We have so many posts about Zakopane right now, we’re thinking about starting an Emily’s Guide dedicated just to the mountain town. But for now we bring you our list of the best things to do in Zakopane. Use this list to build the perfect itinerary. If you’re doing a one-day trip from Krakow you…

Zakopane: Ski Jumping and World’s Largest Ice Maze

Update for the 2017 season in Zakopane: Looks like the ice maze in Zakopane and castle have both been re-built for this year as well! Check out the labyrinth’s Facebook Page for more information on this year’s festivities! Today we headed out to the mountains for the annual Ski Jumping World Cup in Zakopane. Not…

ChanuKrakow: Celebrating Hanukkah at the JCC Krakow

Christmas Markets aren’t the only thing happening in Krakow this time of year- just a short look at part of the ChanuKrAkow celebrations at the Jewish Community Center in Krakow this year! We were lucky enough to be able to attend just part of the ChanuKrakow celebrations this year in the Kazimierz District. Hundreds gathered…

Festivals, Traditions, and Holidays

The best way to find out what is going on in Krakow during your stay is to check in with the Krakow Festival Bureau or grab a copy of the Karnet magazine.  (For those of you with an Instagram or Facebook, I suggest following the accounts for both those offices, among others, to get a feel…

Polish Traditions: The Legend of the Lajkonik

You can see the Lajkonik all over the city, it is on the fabric used to cover some bus and tram seats, its on many brochures, used in logos, it is a true symbol of Krakow.  The Lajkonik is a man on a hobby-horse, dressed in fanciful clothing, that is said to bring good luck,…

Polish Traditions: Easter Basket and Eggs

If you’re lucky enough to be in Poland for Easter, we suggest joining in some of the traditions, whether you are Catholic or not.  Two very unique traditions are the dying of Easter eggs and the blessing of Easter baskets. Go to a local farmer’s market to find all the supplies you will need to put…