Autumn is a lovely time of year to visit Krakow—the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland—with plenty of festivals, events, and activities to entertain tourists and residents alike, and October is a great month to take in museums and enjoy relaxing meals in Krakow's many restaurants.
Visitors should keep in mind that most of Poland, especially Krakow, exists within a temperate climate, and as a result, the fall season can get down to temperatures of 8 degrees Celcius and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, so when packing for your trip make sure to bring clothing that can be layered.
If you're planning your trip to this popular European city in the month of October, be sure to read on so you're prepared for your journey and can schedule your way around the activities that just can't be missed.
October Weather and Clothing
The beginning of fall in Krakow is one of the nicest times of year to visit this Polish city, but you should keep in mind that temperatures fluctuate between mildly cool to nearly freezing with temperatures dropping over the month. As a result, you should remember to pack clothing that can be layered to adjust to the changing weather.
Versatile jackets and coats are essential items on every trip to Poland in October, and you might additionally want to bring an extra sweater just for those particularly cold days (and even colder nights). Since luggage space is typically an issue with international travel, you'll want to select items that can be mixed and matched for both style and comfort against the crisp coolness of fall.
The average temperature for Krakow during the month of October is 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celcius) while the average high is 61 (16 Celcius) and the average low is 46 (8 Celcius).
October Special Events
Whether you're a fan of literature or theatre, antiques or collectibles, history or art, there's plenty of special events that you shouldn't miss when you're visiting the city of Krakow.
If you're a fan of the theatre, there's no better place to see all the best avant-garde theatres and theatrical troops in Poland than the Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences at the Rotunda Cultural Centre. This festival has been showcasing the best in Polish theatre every year since 1975 and happens throughout the month of October.
If you're more a fan of history and culture of Poland, the best place to be on a Sunday in October is the legendary Sunday outdoor flea market Plac Targowy (Market Square) Unitarg at the local Hala Targowa (Market Hall). This sprawling open-air marketplace features some of the best antiques from the Old World along with everything from vinyl records and VHS cassettes to war memorabilia and village detritus.
For music lovers, there's the 12th annual 7XGospel festival, a celebration of Polish African-American inspired religious performances, which takes place from the 12th to the 22nd of October. Or you could attend Unsound Krakow, founded in 2003, which showcases music from and around Poland and features talks, workshops, installation, film screenings, and a closing party.