Flights to Krakow & Gdansk for Valentine’s Day

Why not whisk your loved one off to Krakow or Gdansk for a romantic Valentine’s Day break?

Krakow Sukiennice at night-time
Krakow Sukiennice at night-time

Krakow

Easyjet flights from Luton to Krakow are £172 return leaving on Monday 13th until Wednesday 15th. Ryanair flights on Saturday 11th til Wednesday 15th are £155.

While in Krakow, why not romance your loved one by walking around the historic Wawel  castle, and don’t forget to make a wish on the Sigmuntus bell at the top of the Wawel Cathedral. You could also pop up to Zakopane in the mountains for a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride through the snowy valleys, paradise (you could always stay a night there too!)!

Gdansk

If you prefer more of a sea scenery for the your Valentine’s Day, why not try Gdansk on the Baltic coast. Fly there on Saturday 11th until Wednesday 15th for £150 return.

You can take in the beautiful old town of Gdansk, go for a dinner and drink on the boat on the Motlawa, take in the panorama from the Town Hall or take a local train to Sopot for a romantic dinner in the Spa town. You could also visit the museum of Amber to get some inspiration for a beautiful piece of jewellery that you’re likely to wanna buy as a souvenir of your stay in Gdansk 🙂

For hotels, have a look at the Laterooms selection of Krakow hotels and Gdansk hotels for Valentine’s Day. We really enjoyed our stay at the new Hilton hotel in Gdansk, especially the views from the rooftop terrace and the rooftop indoor pool (might not be a bad place to pop that all important question ;)). The other beautiful hotel to stay in is the Sopot Grand hotel on the sandy beach, even more stunning in the snow!

Read about the top 10 things to do in Krakow and top 10 things to do in Gdansk.

Make sure you wrap up warm too with the -10 degrees in the daytime at the moment in Krakow and Gdansk. See all 5 day weather forecasts here.

Here’s some romantic photos of Krakow and Gdansk to get your romantic juices flowing 🙂

Read more about Poland and Polish cities on inlovewithpoland.com.

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Visit Christmas Markets in Poland …. and cheap December flights!

Planning your Christmas markets getaway for December?

Well Poland is definitely the cheaper alternative for your traditional Christmas shopping – remember the 5:1 exchange rate…. and the £1 beer (which will be warmed up and have lovely spices in this time of the year…. yum!).

For the flights, Wizzair (hungarian airline out of Luton) are doing fab deals at the moment:

  • return flights for £65 to Warsaw over weekends (try 9th – 12th Dec) and
  • return flights for £65 to Gdansk over weekends (try 2nd – 4th Dec).

These drop to under £50 return if you go out on Thursday night and come back on Monday morning, bargain!!

All the key cities in Poland have something Christmassy going on so you can jet over in 2hrs15mins (apart from Wizzair you can also try BA, bmi and LOT) and be in one of the beautiful old towns like Krakow, Warsaw or Gdansk enjoying a warm mulled wine or beer, some traditional hot food (polish sausages….. black pudding…. dumplings!), possibly a lot of poppyseed cake (we love it! and it brings good luck for New Year!) and a spot of very affordable Christmas gift shopping (remember to haggle if you pick up more than one thing, they’ll normally let you off a few zlotys).

Traditional Stalls, Sukiennice, Krakow
Traditional Stalls, Sukiennice, Krakow

What’s more Poland has the added magical beauty of snowy winter wonderland so if you’re really lucky you might be able to combine it with making a snowman or two :). Check out the current weather – December to February is usually snow paradise 🙂 – we recommend it (just make sure you wrap up warm!).

Find out more about the Christmas Markets in each city below & read more about Polish cities on our city breaks page.

Krakow – daily from 1st to 26 December, you’ll find the Krakow Christmas Market  in the magnificent medieval Market Square in the Krakow Old Town.  In colourful stalls and historic Cloth Hall you can buy traditional Christmas decorations, hand-made arts and crafts, amber and silver jewellery, bohemian glassware, furry slippers, leather goods and plenty of other gifts. There will of course be lots of stalls with delicious hot food & drink – traditional polish sausages, mulled wine and traditional highlanders cheese – “oscypek”. Get in the Christmas spirit straight away from the 1st December, when in the morning, the annual Krakow Nativity Scenes (Szopki Krakowskie) competition is taking place by the Mickewicz monument on the Old Town Square.

Snowy Krakow at Christmas
Snowy Krakow at Christmas – Wawel Cathedral

Warsaw – starting on 26th November and running daily between 12 and 8pm until 8th January (so you can catch it before Christmas or for a New Year’s Eve weekend :)), the Warsaw Christmas Market is in the Old Town’s main square. This year in addition to polish regional Christmas products, clothing, toys and traditional gifts & crafts (phew, yep, lots going on), there will stands from Lithuania, Slovakia, Austria & Croatia with their regional foods, arts and crafts. Live music, Christmas carols and folk bands add to the festive atmosphere.

Snowy Warsaw at Christmas
Snowy Warsaw at Christmas – Royal Castle Square

Gdansk – taking place from 5th until 23rd December, the Gdansk Christmas Market will be on the Dlugi Targ street, the main street in Gdansk Old Town. In the wooden chalets stalls, modeled on Gdansk merchant townhouses, you can buy a wide range of gifts from traditional Christmas decorations, toys, regional arts and crafts to leather goods, clothing and ceramics. And naturally a lot of original Baltic amber and silver jewellery (you might not wanna leave those stalls for a good while). You can expect many stalls full of traditional polish Christmas cakes and sweets. Santa’s grotto and a reindeer driven sledge will add to festive attractions, especially for the little ones.

Amber Jewellery, Gdansk
Amber Jewellery, Gdansk

Read more about Poland and Christmas traditions (yep, we’ll have a post on those coming up soon, too much food to mention! 🙂 ) on inlovewithpoland.com.