Literary walks back in Krakow

For the fifth time, Krakow streets will host literary walks – an event of undying popularity among Cracovians and readers across the globe! Both the programme’s timeframe (March–November) and agenda will be expanded. The new programme will combine its cultural staples with new figures and locations. Literary walks will traditionally be held on the last Saturday of each month.

The 5th literary walk season will get a head start this year: the first walk will pass through the new Halina Poświatowska Route on 21 March. World Poetry Day celebrations will take us to places where the poet lived, acquired education, wrote poems, had love affairs and lived life to the fullest, often at the expense of her health.

The 2018 literary walk programme falls on the Zbigniew Herbert Year and Dorota Terakowska’s 80th birth anniversary, that’s why walks along the Zbigniew Herbert Route (June) and the Dorota Terakowska Route (April) are an absolute must. As Krakow was the hub of Young Poland’s literary and artistic life, the walk route map will be updated to include places related to Young Poland (July) and Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński (August). In an attempt to recreate that period’s atmosphere, the walk will end in Jama Michalika with an absinthe toast to: Eviva l’arte!

The Literature for Children Festival (November) will see the introduction of the new Legends for Children Route, while the World Book and Copyright Day will initiate the Book in Krakow Route. Top literary walks will stay on the agenda: the Stanisław Wyspiański Route (May), the Children’s Literature Route (June, to celebrate Children’s Day), the Wisława Szymborska Route (September) and the Stanisław Lem Route (to celebrate Lem’s Birthday). To uphold tradition, the Miłosz and Conrad Festivals will include walks along the Czesław Miłosz (June) and Joseph Conrad (October) Routes.


Agnieszka Pudełko, Anna Hojwa, Łucja Malec-Kornajew and Grzegorz Jankowicz are just some of our outstanding guides.

All walks are free, but require prior registration due to limited availability and high interest. Please register via e-mail at: spacery@miastoliteratury.pl. The number of participants is limited, so be quick!


  • 21 March – Halina Poświatowska (World Poetry Day)
  • 23 April – Book in Cracow (World Book and Copyright Day)
  • 28 April – Dorota Terakowska
  • 26 May – Stanisław Wyspiański
  • 02 June – Children’s Literature (Children’s Day)
  • 09 June – Czesław Miłosz (Miłosz Festival)
  • 30 June – Zbigniew Herbert
  • 28 July – Young Poland
  • 25 August – Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński
  • 08 September – Stanisław Lem (Lem’s Birthday)
  • 29 September – Wisława Szymborska
  • 27 October – Joseph Conrad (Conrad Festival)
  • 24 November – Legends for Children (Literature for Children Festival)

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