Summer in Krakow

If you’re fortunate enough to visit Krakow during the summer months, there’s a variety of outdoor options to spend your days and evenings.

Locals tend to populate the banks of the Wisla river during the hot summer days, sun bathing, walking, riding or rollerblading – it’s a pleasant way to spend a few hours, just be aware there’s strictly no consumption of alcohol on the river banks.

As you walk along the river you’ll notice the fixed barges housing bars and restaurants which are a great option for a refreshment or bite to eat. Not too far from Wawel Castle and close to the Grunwaldzki bridge is Krakow’s latest summer  hot spot – Plaża – a manmade beach, restaurant, bar and swimming pool on the banks of the river. You can easily spend a few hours here sipping cocktails, sunbathing, eating and watching the young hip locals enjoy themselves.

If you’re interested in a journey to the outskirts of town, then get a taxi to Kryspinow – here is another manmade lake which attracts crowds of young people during the hot summer days. You can grab some beers, sausages and have a BBQ or go for a dip in the somewhat clean water. The Lake now also has a wakeboarding club so you can try your hand at this extreme sport if you dare!

Once the sun starts to fade and you’re back in town, then there is no better place for a drink or meal than sitting on the Rynek at one of the numerous bars or restaurants. If you can, try to get a seat at the edge so you can watch the passersby and be entertained by the street vendors. During the hotter months of the year, the temperature stays mild until well until the evening and most restaurants will be open until midnight so relax and enjoy watching the world go by.