July in Kraków: Weather, What to Pack and What to See

ancient architecture in Krakow
 Taylor McIntyre

Summer is peak tourist season in Kraków, and July is the busiest month. Locals and tourists alike come out to enjoy the warm weather, and you'll see many people eating al fresco in Main Market Square by day and night. Music festivals fill the air with opera, jazz, and innovative modern tunes and the open-air markets are bustling. 

When planning a trip to this Polish city, book flights and hotel rooms well in advance as prices are higher the closer it gets to July. Allow for extra time to get to important sites as they tend to be crowded.

Kraków Weather in July

July can be hot in Kraków, but usually, the weather is quite comfortable, with average temperatures hitting a mild mid-70s Fahrenheit. On warmer days, the temperature can reach 81 F (27 C), and on cold days, it can drop to 55 F (13 C). July is also the wettest month of the year, drawing an average of 3.5 inches of rain.

Foggy days are also quite common which will give you slightly less sunshine than in other European cities in summer.

What to Pack

Even if you prefer sandals for summertime weather, it's best to bring a reliable pair of walking shoes if you plan to explore the city on foot. Sandals or flip-flops can get caught on cobblestones and don't provide the cushion or support you'll want for a full day of sightseeing.

Cotton and linen clothing is good for the sunny days, and more formal summertime wear—slacks for men and airy dresses for women—will let you blend right in with the locals for nights out on the town. In the evening, you may also want a light sweater or jacket to keep you warm.

As July is the rainiest month of the year in Kraków, pack a light waterproof windbreaker or umbrella.

July Events and Things to Do in Kraków

Kraków really comes to life in July thanks to its many ​summer festivals and events. Outdoors is the place to be during the warmest month of the year.

  • EtnoKraków Festival: One of the biggest celebrations, this week-long event that combines two music festivals: Euroradio Folk Festival and the Crossroads Festival. More than 200 performers—including orchestras, folk bands, and rising artists—from all over the world come to Kraków for the festival.
  • The Summer Jazz Festival: Polish and international jazz musicians play free outdoor concerts across the city, is another draw for music lovers.
  • For small arts and culture events, check out the International Street Theater Festival. Pop-up performances take over the historic city and center around Rynek Glowny, the medieval main square in Old Town Kraków that dates back to the thirteenth century. Here, you can catch dancing, circus stunts, puppet shows, and plays.
  • The Festival of Polish MusicWorks by Polish composers from the Middle Ages to the present day are performed at venues throughout Kraków. The festival also commissions and premieres new works.
  • Shopping: Shop the open-air markets of Kraków and find fresh, local produce, meats and cheeses, old communist memorabilia, household goods, vintage clothing, and interesting antiques. 
  • Cruise the Vistula: July is an ideal time to take a sightseeing boat cruise on the Vistula River. Aboard the "Sobieski," Piotrus Pana "or luxury, George" you drift along and see the buildings and monuments of Kraków from a unique perspective. 
  • Take a Walk: Stroll streets with amazing street art like along Józefa Street or Plac Bawół. There are walking tours, maps, and even a free app to lead you to and help you appreciate the art.
  • Cool off at Park Wadny: At this indoor water park, you can swim, slide, play, snack at the cafe, and relax in the hot tubs paying by the hour.
  • Relax in the Square: Hang out in historic Market Square in the heart of Krakow's Old Town. This is a place to relax, have a cocktail or coffee and people watch. This famous square, with beautiful architecture, has been a center of activity since the Middle Ages.
  • Catch the view from Wawel CastleThis important place where Polish kings were crowned, married, and buried is ideal to visit in warm weather. The grounds of Wawel Castle, which you can explore for free, contain a cathedral, palaces, and a viewpoint over the city and Vistula River. 

July Travel Tips

July is high season in Poland. Planning ahead is essential if you want to avoid high prices for last-minute reservations, however, you'll find that food and drink there are comparatively inexpensive. There are free walking tours that meet each morning at St. Mary’s church for an Old Town tour and in the afternoon for a Jewish Quarter walk.