March Weather Averages for Krakow

Weather Lowdown

As Krakow heads into the spring months, the temperatures slowly start to rise in March, though even with the rise in temperatures, it will still feel pretty chilly and like a typical European winter. The weather is similar to the nearby Polish city of Katowice, still cold with low rain and snow amounts.

This month, the temperatures remain cold, averaging 4°C (about 38°F), so you'll definitely want to bundle up if you'll be spending any time ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 4°C 38°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 7°C 45°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 0°C 32°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 4 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 41 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 15 days

Weather Lowdown

As Krakow heads into the spring months, the temperatures slowly start to rise in March, though even with the rise in temperatures, it will still feel pretty chilly and like a typical European winter. The weather is similar to the nearby Polish city of Katowice, still cold with low rain and snow amounts.

This month, the temperatures remain cold, averaging 4°C (about 38°F), so you'll definitely want to bundle up if you'll be spending any time outdoors during your visit. The lows still get down to freezing, averaging 0°C (around 32°F) and the highs peak at around 7°C (about 45°F), getting warmer but still pretty chilly. With the still-cold temperatures, March is a good time to enjoy some of the indoor attractions that make the city great like museums and churches.

It's still a good idea to pack your winter coat or parka and have the proper outerwear like gloves, scarf, hat or earmuffs. The winter winds are still blowing and can cause frostbite if you're not properly protected. The chance of a windy day is 33 percent and the chance of a cloudy day during your stay is 33 percent. The number of hours of sunshine increase from February, with an average of 3 hours during the month. The sunlight hours generally fall towards the middle of the day, so plan your activities accordingly to take advantage of any daylight while you can.

The rainfall amounts also increase from previous months, up to 41 mm falling across the month over an average of 15 days. With the warming temperatures, the snow starts turning into more rain, with a 50 percent chance of rain or snow on any given day. There's still a 50 percent of a foggy day and the lack of abundant sunlight means the fog sticks around longer.

Where to Stay

Hotel Wentzl was nominated for a World Travel Award as one of Poland's leading hotels. It offers 18 period-furnished apartments with either one or two beds, en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, television, telephone and free Internet. The concierge is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers help finding great restaurants, securing attraction tickets and deciding what sights to see.

The 10 apartments that make up Zamkowa 15 provide travelers with extra room and space to spread out. The apartments include one and two-story rooms with studio, one and two-bedroom configurations. All of the apartments have bathrooms and a fully-equipped kitchen complete with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, and all cookware and tableware. All guests can also utilize the shared washers and dryers and television room with billiards table to spend time indoors during the dark March days.

Hotel Wawel is housed in a building that is a registered historic monument and provides modern accommodations for your stay in Krakow. You can choose from the single room, double room or apartment with extra space and separate sitting and sleeping areas. All of the rooms have a refrigerator, telephone, internet, LCD television with satellite, safe, air conditioning, separate bathroom with shower, and free mineral water.

Eating and Drinking Out

CORSE serves up a mix of Mediterranean, French and seafood dishes. It sits on a quiet street near Old Town Krakow and provides an intimate atmosphere to enjoy a quality meal. Choose your favorite drink from the full bar to go along with your meal. Favorite main dishes include Napoleon beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin stuffed with feta cheese, veal, sea bass, tuna steak and roasted leg of lamb.

The Pesto Ristorante is a great choice to get your fill of classic Italian dishes. Along with timeless pasta dishes like spaghetti and lasagna, the menu also has seafood, meat entrees, soups, salads and desserts. You can also choose from an extensive collection of wine, including red, white, rose, dessert and sparkling varieties. Monday through Friday, get a 20 percent discount on your lunch meal.

With a laid-back atmosphere, the Zazie Bistro is a popular place with the locals and so if you want a table, you might want to make reservations. The menu includes starters like cheese soufflé, French potatoes gratin, baguettes, quiche and amazing pastries and desserts. The drink menu includes wine, beer and specially-flavored lemonades. On Monday through Friday for lunch, you can get a three-course meal for a discounted price. 

Things to Do

During the cold March weather, tourists also enjoy the Wawel Royal Castle. It was the political center of Poland until the 17th century, and today visitors can see the Senators' Hall, Throne Hall, crown treasures, armory and royal private apartments. It also functions as an art museum, keeping and preserving paintings, prints, tapestries, sculptures and textiles that are important to Polish history and the Polish people.

Another good indoor activity is visiting the Museum Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art, a branch of the national museum tucked away just off Market Square. It's open every day but Monday and on Sundays, admission is free. Though small, the museum houses artwork from artists like Matejko and Chełmoński, all while providing a history lesson on the city of Krakow through video and interactive exhibits.

The Rynek Underground museum is another excellent way to learn about the storied history of Krakow and Poland. Tuesdays offer free admission and it's recommended that you book time slots and tickets online before visiting. During your visit, you'll literally go underground beneath the site of the Main Market Square and view coins, decorations and pottery found during the excavation of the area.

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