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Welcome to Krakow, where the streets overflow with vodka and the party rages inside crumbling buildings - perfect for those who like their stags with some edge.
Krakow in a Nutshell
- Some of the cheapest booze in Europe.
- Hearty food like pierogies to line your stomach.
- Vodka bars, beer cellars and underground nightclubs that rock until dawn.
Best Of Krakow
All good Krakow stags head forMarket Square:a thriving collective of market stalls and pubs, where you can sip beer surrounded by landmarks likeCloth HallandSt. Mary’s Basilica. Beneath your feet are the vampires ofRynek Underground, while to the south gorgeousWawel Castleoffers unparalleled views from its hilltop. But it’s not all fairy stories here:Auschwitzis a must-visit, serving as a harrowing reminder of Poland’s past under Nazi occupation. Despite its scars, Krakow is making up for lost time with a wave of trendy bars, raucous nightlife and independent businesses, meaning you’ll find no better place (or people) to let the good times roll.
There’s no better hangover cure than hearty Polish food, made to fuel locals for biting winters. Fill up onpierogiesin Krakow’s Old Town: iconic little dumplings stuffed with potato and cheese (impossible not to stuff into your mouth by the fistful). Walk through trendyKazimierzfor sizzlingkielbasa sausages, or theJewish Quarterforpotato pancakes(lightly fried and served with sour cream).
For something unique, Polish milk bars provide a taste of the nation’s communist past: serving state-subsidised omelettes andbigos(cabbage stew) for peanuts. More contemporary Polish food can be found in Krakow’s‘Zakaski Prekaski’(all-night snacks and shots bars), putting a modern twist on Soviet food like vodka and pickled herring.
You can’t beat a night out in Krakow’sOld Town, where the city’s best bars and clubs are all conveniently within staggering distance. To get down with the cool kids, wander down the gridlines ofNowa Huta:a former communist district with secret speakeasies now built into its housing blocks.
As far as boozing goes in Poland,vodkais the order of the day. The good stuff is drunk straight (and never followed up with beer or wine) and, as far as locals will tell you, it doesn’t give you a hangover - which should be enough to tell you that Poles could quite literally drink you under the table. When in a vodka bar, you’ll usually find glasses are accompanied by plates of meat (think blood sausage and smoked ham) or pickles. Don’t forget to drink to health - na zdrowie!
Krakow Local Costs
£1 = 5 zloty(estimate)
Flights: £100+in high season (May to August), under £50 in low season.
Airport taxi from centre: From 85 to 100 zloty. Thetrain to Krakow Glownyis cheaper and faster, at only9 zloty.
Local meal: 17 to 50 zloty. It’s all about big portions and small prices.
Pint: 7 zloty. Na Zdrowie! (Nas-drov-ya - Cheers!).
Vodka shot: 5 zloty. In some bars, vodka is cheaper than water.
Strip clubs are perfectly legal in Krakow, but they come with a notorious reputation. If you go it’s advisable to pay with cash, as card transactions are often skimmed and significantly overcharged and often amounting to tens of thousands of pounds,.
Smoking indoors and at bus and tram stops, crossing the road outside of designated pedestrian crossings, drinking outdoors in public (100 zloty fine), being drunk and disorderly outdoors (can land you a night in a cell), possession of drugs (up to three years in prison). Worth noting that brothels and "pimping" are also illegal so if you are tempted to enter such an establishment be aware that you are stepping into a criminal world.
Krakow Neighbourhood Guide
From dreamy medieval spires to crumbling shadows of the Soviet era, Krakow’s neighbourhoods are full of unique charms.
In the heart of Krakow, the winding streets of the Stare Miastro (Old Town) are packed with traditional Polish restaurants, antique shops and bars in all shapes and sizes. Market Square is a hive of activity with seasonal open-air markets and towering church spires attracting the crowds. Wawel Castle is perched on a hill just outside the city walls and is filled with stories of kings and conquests from the Middle Ages. Live out your own medieval fantasies at one of the extreme axe-throwing clubs in the Old Town.
Krakow’s old Jewish Quarter still feels like a secret. Time-worn merchant buildings tell tales of past struggles, now home to independent cafes, restaurants and shops. Boho vibes ooze from hip businesses set up within crumbling Renaissance architecture, including the clubs and bars that make up Krakow’s late-late party hotspot. Edgy drinking holes stay open until the small hours, with greasy take-aways and street food up for grabs as you stumble home.
Across the Vistula River, Podgorze has come a long way since the Nazis invaded and used it as a Jewish ghetto. Eerie memories of WWII still haunt the streets, the most famous being Schindler’s Factory. Now the Brutalist buildings have been repurposed as art spaces, start-ups and trendy coffee bars. There’s a buzz about the nightlife here, with new clubs and bars popping up all the time. While Kazimierz is known as Krakow’s nexus of nightlife, Podgorze is hot on its heels and is one of the best places to mingle with locals.
Nowa Huta is cool now, and isn’t shy about showing it off. Originally designed in the 1920s as a self-contained Communist town for steel workers, it’s all Soviet-style concrete blocks and grey open space: a world away from fairytale Krakow in the centre. Today Nowa Huta has rebranded itself as ‘NH’, and the Soviet depots are home to microbreweries and underground bars. There’s still a chance to experience Poland’s Socialist heyday on a Communism tour in a vintage Trabant or at a Soviet-themed restaurant.
The Best Time to Visit Krakow
What are the best months for a stag weekend to Krakow?
The best months to visit Krakow are fromJunetoAugust, when the weather heats up to 19C and people spill out of vodka bars and onto the streets. Make a mental note to book in advance, as flight prices can rise to over £150 for a return flight if you leave it too late.
Spring and autumn still offer pleasant temperatures around 10C, making for a more affordable (if nippy) stag do. It's inadvisable to book forJanuary, with the thermometer dropping to a freezing -19C.
Getting to Krakow
Flying to Krakow’sJohn Paul II International Airportis an easy2 hours 30 minutes from London, starting from an eye-catching£18 one-way in the low season. Even in the summer prices will rarely creep above£150 for a return flight, making it a fantastic option for stags on a budget.
Once you’ve landed in Krakow it’s a30-minute drive to the city centre. We recommend you take anairport transfer with guide.
When to Visit Krakow
Spring:Still considered low season, spring (March to May) is the time to bag a bargain on hotels and flights to Krakow. When the sun shines, the temperature can creep up to 18 degrees: perfect weather to sip beer at the Easter Market in Market Square, or join the May madness of Juwenalia: a week of bonkers parties across the city dedicated to university students (most are open to outsiders, so get involved!).
Summer:Krakow enjoys hot summers (June to August) with plenty of sunshine, broken up by the odd thunder storm. This is when the streets of the Old Town and Kazimierz are at their liveliest and outdoor stages across the city host a variety of live shows and music, all for free. The biggest street party is Wianki, where locals don flower wreaths and hop around tons of club nights. Beer gardens are the place to be, best enjoyed during the fried and steamed delights of the Pierogi Festival.
Autumn (September to November):Sees a significant drop in temperature, so be prepared to bundle up. This is the best time to appreciate Krakow’s hearty, traditional food and drink in toasty warm taverns. If you’re in the market for a bit of a rave, the electronic Unsound Festival brings wild parties and superstar DJs.
Winter:The dark nights of winter (December to February) are made a little brighter in Krakow as the Christmas Market gets into full swing. Beers and bratwurst, gluhwein and grilled meat keep bellies full and spirits high. As the thermometer drops below freezing, there’s a chance of catching Krakow in a postcard-perfect dusting of snow.
Unique Stag Ideas in Krakow
Here are our most popular and unique stag activities in Krackow
- Get acquainted with the tastes of Poland
Savour the flavours of five classic Polish vodkas on ourTasting Tour, where an expert bartender will give you the lowdown on the nation’s favourite spirit. If your liver can handle it, theWine Tastingsession is a delicious way to start the night, followed by beer-marinated roast pork, bread and pickles at our belt-bustingPolish Brewery Dinner.
- Bare it all
All aboard theParty Bus, where a professional stripper will strut her stuff to an epic sound system as you cruise around Krakow's finest bars. If you prefer a meal with your show, theStrip Dinner) excels in saucy private entertainment. To go truly wild, theOil Showsees two beautiful performers lather themselves up and wrestle for your viewing pleasure - stag participation is mandatory!
- Splash out on water-based fun
Grab life by the oars on ourWhite Water Rafting experience, giving you an hour to fly through the rapids on a man-made Olympic course. If you prefer your water less furious, theVistula River Cruiseis a chilled way to soak up Krakow’s riverfront sights with a drink (or more) in hand. For something even more relaxed, ourSpa Daywill melt away any knots as you slip inside the sauna and jacuzzi.
- Pay your respects in Auschwitz
The unforgettableAuschwitz Touris one of our most popular options in a Krakow stag itinerary, providing a sobering look at the horrors of WWII. Spend three hours exploring the site, with an expert guide to explain how 4 million people lost their lives here under brutal Nazi rule.
- Shoot to thrill
Thrill seekers should definitely opt for ourPistol & Shotgun Shooting experience, where you’ll blast holes through targets (and keep the bullet-ridden remnants as evidence of your marksmanship). Go full commando on thePaintball experience, painstakingly designed after a Polish military simulation, or take the wheel of a4x4and burn some rubber.