February in Krakow: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Winter in Krakow
Pawel Litwinski

The mythical Krakow is a major draw for any visit to Poland—but visiting in February is not for the faint of heart.

The city's Wawel Castle is a major attraction for most visitors and Krakow's Old Town is home to impressive churches, plenty of museums, and Rynek Główny, the largest market square in Europe. Visiting in February means gloomy temperatures and gray days, but fortunately, the city is home to numerous indoor attractions so visitors can still enjoy the Polish culture while staying warm inside.

The cold weather is also a good excuse to try out a new café and warm up with a coffee or tea. 

Read on for more information about visiting Krakow in February, including the weather, what to pack, and other top tips. 

Krakow Weather in February

Krakow is extremely cold in February, albeit slightly warmer than January. The average temperature barely rises above freezing during this frigid and gloomy month. Temperatures at night usually drop to as low as 23 F (-5 C). February is typically a dry month, with the city receiving just under 1 in. of rain throughout the month and a similar amount of snow. Despite that, skies are mostly gray and high winds are common, adding to the extreme chilliness felt throughout.

Average Temperatures in February

  • Average Temperature: 28 F (-2 C)
  • Average High Temperature: 34 C (1 C)
  • Average Low Temperature: 23 F (-5 C)

What to Pack

With an average high temperature just above freezing, a heavy winter coat is an absolute must in Krakow if you'll be spending any time outdoors.

You'll also want to have a hat, gloves, scarf, and other accessories in your suitcase—all can be critical for protecting your skin from frostbite!

Temperatures can rise slightly in Krakow during February, but you'll still want to follow tips for winter dress to protect yourself from cold temperatures that can be felt especially keenly at night and on cloudy days.

Consider packing the following items:

  • Well-insulated coat
  • Sweaters and cold-weather accessories
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty boots
  • Thick, wool socks
  • Lightweight layers such as long-sleeve T-shirts and sweaters
  • A heavy scarf, hat, and warm gloves
     

February Events in Krakow

Krakow isn't as bustling during February as it is at other times of year, but the city still does host a few interesting events and holidays despite the freezing temperatures. 

  • February 14: Krakow is a romantic setting in which to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one. Take a carriage ride, share a dessert in one of the historic restaurants on the main square, or shop for gifts for your sweetheart in the Cloth Hall.
  • Each February, the Sea Shanties Festival (also called the International Sailing Songs Festival) comes to Krakow to celebrate the tradition of sailor songs in Poland and elsewhere.
  • Look out for Fat Thursday during this month; this is a day dedicated to eating sweets, especially pączki, traditional donuts filled with rose marmalade. You might also want to try faworki, a crisp pastry finger sprinkled with powdered sugar.

February Travel Tips

  • Need a quick way to warm up if the air gets too cold? Ask for Polish honey vodka at any restaurant or bar. This slightly sweet alcoholic beverage goes down easy and is a Polish favorite.
  • Krakow is just as safe as any other large European city. Use common sense, such as not carrying large amounts of money or showing off flashy jewelry and other valuables, and watch out for pick-pocketers in the city's more crowded and touristic areas.
  • Poland's currency is the Polish zloty. Euros and U.S. dollars are not widely accepted, so be prepared.
  • If you're looking for souvenirs to take home, look for traditional Polish goods, like amber jewelry (made of amber from the Baltic Sea), folk art such as needlework or Boleslawiec pottery, Wedel-brand chocolate, or Zubrowka, bison-grass vodka. Mead, the aforementioned Polish honey vodka, is popular as well.
  • Some public toilets in Poland are marked differently than most visitors might be used to. While many have switched over to the commonly-used symbols, in some restrooms, the women's bathrooms are labeled with a circle and the men's with a triangle. Public toilets sometimes charge a small fee, typically around 50 cents USD.