Krakow Weather January Averages, Poland
What's The Weather Like In Krakow In January
Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland, dating back to the seventh century, and is the second largest city in the country. It has long been a leading center of academic, cultural and artistic life in Poland and is an important economic hub. The city has a climate similar to that of the UKold in winter and mild in summer.
January is a cold month with a very chilly average temperature of -3°C (about 28°F), dropping from the average temperature of -1°C in December. The average high reaches just to freezing, at about 0°C (around 32°F). The lows drop to a bone-chilling -5°C (about 23°F). When visiting during this month, you'll want to be sure to bring a heavy coat or parka, gloves, hat and scarves to keep your exposed skin protected from the low temperatures.
This month sees around 24 mm of rainfall that falls over 13 days, making this month one of the driest the area sees. The chance of rain or snow on any given day is 50 percent, so you'll want to have an umbrella handy. With the low temperatures though, more than likely any precipitation that falls comes in the form of snow. The chance of a cloudy day is 33 percent and the chance of a having a windy day is also 33 percent.
It's fairly foggy this time of year, with a 50 percent chance of a having fog during your stay. You won't have much time to explore the area in the daylight, with an average of 1.3 hours of sunshine each day during the month. Fortunately, many of the city's best sites and attractions are indoors so you don't need daylight to enjoy them. If you plan your day accordingly, you can see the outdoor sights during the few daylight minutes and save indoor activities for the rest of the time.
Krakow Hotels In January
Crystal Suites hotel offers an affordable, comfortable place to stay while visiting Krakow in January, with suites and apartments perfect for spreading out and having additional space. The apartments range in cost and luxury, but include superior double rooms with a balcony and even a two-level apartment that can accommodate six adults. In the morning, enjoy a simple breakfast of a muffin or cupcake and coffee or tea from the Cupcake Corner.
One of the top-rated hotels in Krakow, the Topolowa Residence offers high-end accommodations with amazing amenities. All of the rooms are suites or apartments with plenty of space, modern décor and chic finishes. Some of the rooms have separate kitchenettes and the family suites have a full kitchen so that you can cook some of your meals in the hotel and save some money on your dining budget.
Metropolitan Boutique Hotel
With a convenient location between the Old Town of Krakow and the newer, trendy Kazimierz neighborhood, the Metropolitan Boutique Hotel is a great choice for travelers wanting easy access to the best of the city. The accommodations include 51 standard rooms and eight suites with plush and comfortable décor. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant with summer garden and lobby bar; fully-equipped gym; and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire hotel.
Bars And Restaurants
With a fresh menu that changes with the seasons, Bistro 11 welcomes diners to enjoy lunch, dinner and weekend breakfast. The cozy interior is the perfect place to warm up and relax with a full meal, quick snack or just sip on your favorite wine or beer. If you need to catch up on the outside world, the bistro also has free Wi-Fi. You can also take your food to go and eat in the comfort of your hotel.
Bon Appetit Restaurant
As the name suggests, the Bon Appetit Restaurant in Krakow is one of the best places to enjoy a nice meal in the city. The restaurant's menu includes French cuisine, but the chefs have taken the classics and simplified them to appeal to more people. You can dine here for breakfast, lunch and dinner and if you have trouble deciding what to eat from the menu, take advantage of the daily fixed three-course menu.
Old Town Restaurant Wine and Bar
The Old Town Restaurant Wine and Bar is open for dinner and late night and is located in the heart of Krakow. It's a great place for families with its extensive kids' menu and deal where kids eat free with every adult main course. Other specials include Happy Hour drink deals and fixed menus with wine pairings. The knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect glass of vino to complement whatever you order.
Things to Do In Krakow In January
World Cup Ski Jumping
The weather may not be typical holiday weather but the Polish know how to make the most of it, hosting a portion of the World Cup Ski Jumping championships in January and again in March. The acclaimed ski-jumping tournament takes place in Zakopane, which is located near Krakow, in late January. In March, the tourney comes back to Poland, but this time to the town of Wisla.
Juliusz Slowacki Theatre
When the weather is too frightful, head indoors to the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, which is the biggest theatre in the city of Krakow. It dates back to 1893 and its palatial appearance was inspired by some of Europe's best opera houses and theatres. The theater hosts performances on two different stages all year round. Performances include musicals, dramas, operas and symphonies.
Church of the Virgin Mary
You'll also want to see one of Poland's most famous churches, the Church of the Virgin Mary, also called Kosciol Mariacki. The Gothic architecture and the church's two towers, one with a gold-plated crown, are must-sees for anyone who appreciates history and art. Inside, you'll find one of the most elaborate altars in all of Europe and every hour a trumpet plays the traditional tune of war. There is a small admission fee to get into the church and also to take photos.