Krakow in April: Six Unforgettable Activities As You Visit Krakow in April.

Welcome to Krakow, where history, culture, and vodka flow like the Vistula River! If you’re planning your first trip to this charming Polish city in April, get ready for an adventure packed with sights, flavors, and experiences that will leave you spellbound. From medieval marvels to painful reminders of the past, Krakow has something for everyone. So, grab your sense of humor and your spirit of adventure, because here are six must-do activities for your unforgettable April escapade in Krakow.

Six fantastic programs in and around Krakow in April.

1. Step Back in Time with a Guided Tour of Old Town

Kick off your Krakow adventure by delving into the city’s rich history with a guided tour of the Old Town. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with colorful buildings, and marvel at architectural gems like the magnificent St. Mary’s Basilica and the imposing Sukiennice. Listen and learn as your guide tells you stories of kings, knights, and dragons (okay, maybe not dragons), and enjoy the timeless beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

2. Visit Schindler’s Factory: A Journey Through History

Next stop: Schindler’s Factory, a reminder of Krakow’s tumultuous past during World War II. Visit this museum that is housed in the actual factory owned by Oskar Schindler, and embark on a journey through the darkest chapter of human history. Through interactive exhibits, personal testimonies, and archival footage, gain insight into Krakow’s Jewish community and the heroic efforts of those who risked everything to save lives. It’s an experience that will stay with you long after you’ve left the museum walls.

3. Even if we hate what happened there, everyone should visit Auschwitz-Birkenau at least once!

No visit to Krakow is complete without a pilgrimage to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, a haunting symbol of the atrocities of the Holocaust. Join a guided tour to explore the preserved barracks, chilling gas chambers, and poignant memorials that serve as a stark reminder of the horrors inflicted upon millions of innocent lives. It’s a sobering yet essential experience that honors the memory of those who perished and reaffirms the importance of never forgetting.

Auschwitz in April
Image by Peter Tóth from Pixabay

4. Go underground as you visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines

Journey beneath the surface of the Earth to discover the subterranean wonders of the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Descend deep into the labyrinth of tunnels and chambers carved entirely from salt, and look at the underground chapels decorated with all sorts of salt sculptures. Learn about the mining techniques of the workers in the caves, and marvel at the beauty of this UNESCO-listed site, all while breathing in the therapeutic air believed to have health benefits. Just don’t lick the walls!

5. Raise a Glass with a Vodka Tasting

When in Poland, do as the Poles do: drink vodka! Embark on a tasting journey through Krakow’s vibrant nightlife scene and sample an array of traditional Polish vodkas, from smooth and subtle to fiery and bold. Learn about the country’s vodka traditions, toast to new friendships, and savor the distinctive flavors of this beloved drink. Na zdrowie!

drinking vodka in Krakow

6. Register for the Krakow Marathon (if it’s on!)

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous (or masochistic), why not join thousands of runners partaking in the annual Krakow Marathon? Lace up your sneakers, channel your inner athlete, and race through the city streets alongside thousands of fellow participants. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-time runner, the exhilaration of crossing the finish line is an experience you’ll never forget. Just be sure to stretch those legs before and after!

April Weather in Krakow: Springtime Splendor

As you embark on your Krakow escapade in April, you can expect a delightful mix of springtime sunshine and occasional rainshowers. With average temperatures ranging from 3°C to 14°C (37°F to 57°F), it’s wise to pack clothes for all sorts of temperatures and weathertypes. But don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits—after all, Krakow is just as enchanting under cloudy skies as it is when the sun is shining.

Bonus Tip: Easter Markets at the Old Town Square

If your visit coincides with Easter, you should definitely visit the charming Easter markets that spring up in Krakow’s Old Town Square. Look at a wide selection of hand-painted eggs, browse stalls brimming with traditional crafts and local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as locals and visitors alike celebrate this joyous holiday. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience Krakow’s cultural heritage in full bloom!

So there you have it, six sensational activities to make your first visit to Krakow in April an unforgettable experience. From history to culture, vodka to marathons, this vibrant city has something for every traveler. So, pack your bags, polish your vodka glasses, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Krakow!

If you want to learn more about ongoing and upcoming temporary programs in Krakow such as concerts, festivals, events, and exhibitions, visit our Krakow calendar.

Activities for families with kids in Krakow

Krakow is an amazing city, but if you want to discover the city with kids, you need to be willing to make some compromises to make the kids enjoy the city as well. So, what should you do with kids in Krakow?

A lot will depend on the age of your kids as you look for family-friendly programs in Krakow. But, there are some activities that for sure will give the kids some energy and joy, and here we will share some suggestions with you. One nice thing about Krakow is that the main market square is very nice and big. Here the kids can run around quite freely, and the only thing they need to worry about is the horse carriages coming all the time. But, that is, in fact, a nice thing to remember, because enjoying a ride with one of those horse carriages is one of the most family-friendly activities of all in Krakow.

With Kids in Krakow

Discover Krakow in a horse carriage

If you want to discover Krakow from a horse carriage, all you need to do is to pay a visit to the main market square. There you will see the horse carriages lined up, and you can go to any of them to enjoy a ride. The carriages have space for 6-8 people, meaning that you can take the entire family for a ride. There are different routes you can choose from, and the prices normally vary between 200-500 PLN for a ride. The length of the rides varies from 20 minutes to around 1 hour. The prices might be higher as they are shown to you on the official price list, but mostly you can do some bargaining on the price and get it a bit cheaper.

Krakow with kids

Visit the Salt Mines in Wieliczka

This program is not suitable for the youngest children who have no clue what is going on around them, but if you have kids aged 7 or older, this is a program that might be of interest to them. It is very nice to walk around inside the Salt Mines, and the simple experience of walking inside the Salt Mines, quite far beneath the entrance level is a treat for kids. The fact that they also can learn about the origin of the Salt Mines comes as a great bonus. The best way to get to the Salt Mines is by joining a group tour. But, it is important that you should join a tour in which the guide will speak a language that your kids understand. If they do not understand anything, they will not be able to pay attention, and it will just turn into a frustrating program instead.

Salt Mines Wieliczka with kids

Find a playground or maybe visit the aqua-park?

Krakow doesn’t have a lot of playgrounds in the old town area, but a quite nice one, suitable for kids aged between 2-8 years can be found as you walk along the old town walls from the Barbican in the direction of the Wawel district. You can read more about this stroll here. If you come with older kids the playground might be boring and they will quickly complain. If that is so, then you should consider taking them to the aqua-park instead. In the aqua-park, you will be able to enjoy lots of slides, jacuzzis, and other cool stuff. You can get to the water park using bus number 125, 129, 132, 138, 139, 142, 152, 182, 429, 439 or 482.

Krakow Water Park
If you want to visit the website of the aqua-park, click here.

Enjoy the fresh air and watch the animals in the Zoo

Krakow has a wonderful Zoo located approximately 15 minutes outside the city center with the bus. The easiest way to get to the Zoo is by traveling by bus 134 from the Cracovia Stadion and all the way to the end station which is named Zoo. You can buy tickets for the bus using the ticket machine inside the bus. Do not forget to validate your ticket after purchasing!

The Zoo is located in a peaceful area in the forests of Krakow. Here you can see giraffes, elephants, lions, wolves, tigers, panthers, peacocks and lots of other animals. It is a real treat, and not only will the kids enjoy it, parents will have a wonderful time as well. If you plan on visiting the zoo, you will probably need a few hours to see everything inside. But, you can easily spend even more time on the inside if you let your kids play on the playground inside the zoo area, if you grab something to eat, and so on!

zoo krakow

Kid friendly places to eat

We all need to eat, and if you look for a kid-friendly place to eat, then the easiest place is, of course, McDonald’s. The kids love it as they get a toy, you love it because you do not have to wait for hours for the food to arrive. We might not be happy about the quality, but if you come with kids then that is a compromise you will often take, just to get the food quickly and to make sure the kids stay happy. There are quite a lot of McDonald’s restaurants in Krakow so you should have no trouble finding one (if you want to find one).

If you want to eat somewhere else then you could visit Galeria Krakowska, the biggest shopping mall in town. It is located only a few hundred meters from the Barbican. There you will find a Pizza Hut restaurant, and you can also buy whatever you want from the fast food stores inside the mall.

Get quickly to your hotel

If you want to please your kids, then it can be very convenient to have a driver waiting for you at the airport. You will then get quickly to your hotel, you will not have to mess around with kids and luggage looking for the right bus, buying the right tickets, and thus, make sure that all your valuables are with you as you arrive in your hotel room (and not left in a bus somewhere or at the airport). You can read more about private airport transfers right here.

Some kids do like using public transportation, so you might consider doing this the opposite way. But, getting quickly to your hotel might, in the end, be something you do, simply because it will ease your job as a parent (or a grandparent).

Enjoy your stay with kids in Krakow!

We hope this list will help you out planning your stay in Krakow. If you have further questions or comments related to visiting Krakow with kids, use the comment field beneath.

Private tours in Krakow

Finally we are able to arrange private guided tours in Krakow and private tours to the Saltmines in Wieliczka and to Auschwitz.

To you as one of our visitors that means that you do not have to sit on a crowded bus or be disturbed by the questions from tons of other people, but in quietness and peace enjoy the beauties of Krakow with your own private guide.

If you decide to go to Auschwitz or to Wieliczka you will be able to enjoy your own private guide, who is there to fully take care of you and your group. Because of this there is a driver in the car/bus in addition to the guide, making sure that you have the full attention of the guide coming with you!

Want to know more? Read about the different programs and tours in our Krakow Guide and come join us on one of these exciting tours today!