Guide To Krakow - Things To Do & See On Your Hen/Stag Weekend!
INTRODUCTION TO KRAKOW
As probably the most beautifully preserved cities in Poland, it comes as no surprise that Kraków is the biggest tourist magnet. Kraków's market square, students and high concentration of trendy clubs and bars makes this historical and culturally rich city hard to beat as a top hen/stag weekend break location. As one of the oldest cities in Poland, here is where you’ll find the stunning Wawel Castle and Tatra Mountains.
KRAKOW BY DAY
UNEARTH AWESOME ATTRACTIONS
This iconic building in Krakow has been witness to many coronations, funerals and burials on some of Poland’s monarchs and strongmen over many hundreds of centuries. Wawel Cathedral is a beautiful Gothic structure, with a number of newer chapels that were built in different styles after some time. Just before you enter this magnificent building, be sure to take note of the hanging chain to the left and the huge prehistoric animal bones, both with supposedly hold magical powers. Once inside, you’ll get lost in a maze of sarcophagi, tombstones and altarpieces scattered throughout the nave, chancel and ambulatory.
St. Mary’s Basilica
Also known simply as St. Mary’s, this striking brick church is famous for its two towers of different heights. Following the destruction of the first initial church during the Tatar raid, the basilica began to be constructed. As you enter the building, wander around, tour and take in the exquisite interior, with its remarkable carved wooden altarpiece. The main church entrance is still used by worshippers today, so be sure to enter through the side door to the south east if you fancy exploring this amazing church.
Wawel Royal Castl
As both the political and cultural heart of Poland throughout the 16th century, Wawel Castle is an important symbol of national identity. Now a museum, the castle has five different sections including Crown Treasury & Armoury, State Rooms, Royal Private Apartments, Lost Wawel, and the Exhibition of Oriental Art. This is the perfect place to visit for all those royalists and history buffs on a trip to Krakow.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka in Krakow is famously known for its deep salt mine. An eerie world of pits and chambers, the salt mine and everything within its depths have been hand carved from salt blocks. A tour of the salt mine itself is the perfect day out for those who are looking to experience something unusual, yet rewarding. The salt mine is also known for its preservation, as well as for its health-giving properties.
EAT 'TIL YOUR HEARTS CONTENT
Starka is the perfect restaurant for those interested in experiencing high class Polish cuisine. Located just a short walk from the majestic gothic Corpus Christi Basilica, visitors can indulge in the restaurant’s famous homemade flavoured vodkas and treats. The menu offers staples of Polish cuisine: sour rye soup, Starka salad, pork sirloin, delicious desserts and an assortment of flavoured vodkas.
Stylowa is one of the most authentic restaurants in Krakow’s Old Town. With traditional Polish dishes such as veal escallops in a mushroom sauce with buckwheat served on the menu, the restaurant prides itself on its long and winding history, dating back to the 1950s. Throughout the years, the restaurant has been a witness to and has survived the shifts of liberalisation and constraint brought by the Polish communist regime. Stylowa is a must-visit spot for those particularly interested in Poland’s political and culinary history.
There are very few places in Krakow that offer such a panoramic view of the city’s landmarks, the Old Town, the River Vistula and the Wawel Castle, as this trendy rooftop restaurant. Located on the top floor of Hotel Kossak, Café Oranzeria features a large terrace that is perfect for in the warmer months. Here customers can enjoy delicious dishes, including vegetarian and gluten-free specials, regardless of the time of year.
Pod Aniolami is a hidden gem on Krakow’s culinary scene. Situated in the gothic cellars of a 13th-century building that once served as a goldsmiths’ workshop, the restaurant displays fantastic medieval interiors that teleport guests to another era. The menu offers mouth-watering delicacies of Polish cuisine such as homemade lard, Polish and Russian dumplings, succulent wild boar steaks and grilled duck fillets.
Address: Grodzka 35, 30-001 Kraków, Poland
Contact: +48 124 302 113
Opening times: Mon-Sun (1pm-12am)
SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP
Galeria Krakowska Shopping Mall
Recently incorporated into the new train station in Krakow, Galeria Krakowska is one of the most centrally located shopping malls in all of Europe. As a more modern shopping mall, the centre has three floors fill of retail and shopping temptation. Here you can find world-famous stores such as H&M, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Rolex, Saturn and Carrefour supermarket. With a huge food court onsite, you can indulge in a quick pit stop on your shopping trip around Galeria Krakowska.
Bonarka City Centre
The Bonarka City Center is one of the biggest and best retail and shopping malls in Krakow, with over 190 shops, 20 restaurants and cafes, and the largest cinema complex in the city. Here you can purchase anything from clothing and accessories, to food and books. Stores at the Bonarka City Center include the likes of Auchan, Leroy Merlin, Media Expert, and Smyk Megastore.
For those looking for something unique to take back home from their trip to Krakow, it is recommended that you take a wander through the Jewish Quarter and pop to Record Dillaz. Perfect for all music lovers, here you’ll find a wide selection of vinyls, CDs, DVDs and band merchandise. With new, second hand and collectables available at fantastic prices, you’d won’t leave the store disappointed.
Address: Joselewicza 11, 31-051 Kraków, Poland
Contact: +48 784 584 235
Opening times: Mon-Fri (11.30am-7pm), Sat (11.30am-3.30pm)
Fancy a unique shopping experience in Krakow? Why not take a trip to Szambelan and sample some of their traditional homemade liquors. This quaint little store in the Old Town provides an experience like never before, where you can buy different types of wine, moonshine, vinegar, in addition to beautiful handmade glasses. Regardless of your budget, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
Address: Bracka 9, 31-005 Kraków, Poland
Contact: +48 126 287 093
Opening times: Mon-Thu (11am-8pm), Fri-Sat (11am-9pm), Sun (12pm-6pm)
KRAKOW BY NIGHT
SAMPLE THE LOCAL WATERING HOLES
Attached to Kraków's best contemporary art gallery, this enclosed terrace bar/cafe resembles a spacious greenhouse wherein the plants have been replaced with couples, happy hour colleagues and groups of visitors looking for a place to stop for a short while. A year-round pleasure (thanks to plenty of heaters), the space is judiciously divided between smoking and non, and they now offer a full menu of delicious food that's served late.
Hard Rock Cafe
Sit back enjoying your cocktail or beer overlooking the market square from the Hard Rock Café’s modern split-level bar. The guys here know how to make the best drinks and the smiling faces can sometimes be all you need after a long day facing stern museum curators. This is also one of the only places in town that has a 'happy hour'! Although it isn’t the cheapest place in town, it's one of comfort for many travelling from around the world.
Address: Plac Mariacki 9, 31-042 Kraków, Poland
Contact: +48 124 291 155
Opening times: Mon-Sun (10am-12am)
As you walk into this busy pub, you’ll discover it has more to offer than you can see at first glance. On weekends be sure to wander into the cellar for a concert of one of the local bands or an up and coming band from abroad. Candle lit with alchemist tools on the walls and ceilings, Alchemia is one of the oldest functioning bars in the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz and even though it’s highly popular with tourists, it still attracts locals as well.
Address: Estery 5, 31-056 Kraków, Poland
Contact: +48 124 212 200 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening times: Mon (10am-2am), Tue-Wed (9am-2am), Thu (9am-3am), Fri-Sat (9am-4am)
Bania Luka is one of the most popular bars to have opened recently in Krakow. Vodka shots and beers are only 1 euro here and you can try a variety of Polish drinking food like pickles, beef tartar, or lard on bread. As a popular water hole for both locals and foreigners, you will always find a crowd here in the evenings. A lot of expats and foreign exchange students frequent this drinking hole and for good reason - it’s cheap and where there's vodka there's a party.
Address: plac Szczepański 6, 31-011 Kraków, Poland
Contact: +48 790 770 648
Opening times: Open 24 Hours
DANCE UNTIL DAWN
Taawa Music Club
Located in Krakow’s bohemian Kazimierz district, you can guarantee that you’ll get to listen to more at the Taawa Music Club than just what you’d hear on the radio. A fully equipped stage is used regularly by live musicians and dancers, with guitars, drums, and saxophones displacing the usual DJ decks. Armchairs, sofas, bar stools, and an air-conditioned smoking room are provided for when you’ve out-danced yourselves, while a VIP area with a dedicated sound system caters to the more discerning and private guests…
Baccarat Music Club
Baccarat Music Club is perhaps one the most extravagant nightclub in Krakow, with up to 10 rooms spread across its vast premises. No expense has been spared in outfitting the club with designer furniture, chandeliers, disco balls, and several bars. Such luxury attracts a slightly older, more sophisticated clientele than that found in other Krakow clubs, but don’t let that deter you from experiencing a more relaxed night out with friends. The guest DJs, musicians, and vocalists play from a selection of different genres, from Latino rhythms and disco to house and dance.
Holding up to 500 people each night, Frantic Club is one of the more modern clubs in Krakow. The club is often filled to the brim with people from all over Krakow, including tourists and locals alike. Across its four bars and two dance floors, clubbers gather to dance to a mix of pop, house, R&B, EDM, and hip-hop spun by both Polish and international DJs. Guests in the past have included producer and former member of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello, and British house duo ThirdParty.
RIN Music Club
RIN Music Club has all the embellishments of a typical cellar club: stone walls, sticky tile floors, vinyl seating, sponsorship merchandise and some of the cheapest beer going. With no intimidating bouncers hounding you at the door, it's an inviting dive full of international students lured in by the promise of drink promotions and a 'Come as You Are' atmosphere. With two narrow 'chillout' rooms between the bar and small dance/DJ area, it's fairly intimate compared to other clubs in Krakow.
Address: Szewska 14, 30-962 Kraków, Poland
Contact: +48 608 399 538
Opening times: Mon-Sun (6pm-4am)
LAST NIGHT OF FREEDOM
KRAKOW HEN & STAG WEEKENDS
Krakow is party central and is perfect for those seeking a hardcore hen or stag weekend. With more bars, pubs and clubs per square metre than any other place in the world, this polish city sure knows how to party. Krakow is one of the best cities in Poland for an epic night out. Both night time activities and daytime activities are on point here. Krakow really welcomes both tourists and weekend revellers with open arms, as the nightlife thrives with budding young party people, the nights here are thriving well on into the early hours of the morning.
Krakow enjoys a temperate climate with features of both European marine west coast and more severe continental conditions of Eastern Europe. Although its local economy being fuelled mostly by expanding service sector, the diverse industry and production still provide a fairly significant portion of jobs and wealth. The city remains the culture capital of Poland and its seven universities and nearly twenty other institutions of higher learning make Krakow the country’s principal center of science and education.
ACTIVITIES & WHAT TO DO
The historical city of Krakow features some amazing landmarks, alongside a high concentration of trendy pubs, clubs and bars. So whether you are a history buff or even if you just want a boozy weekend to end all weekends, this beautiful Polish city is certain to impress. A hen party/stag do in Krakow is nothing like you've ever seen before, down to the variety of incredible hen and stag activities, to the people you'll meet night after night. Interested in seeing what wonders Krakow has to offer? Have a look at some of our Krakow hen/stag do packages.
Krakow is one of the most visited cities in the world for stag weekends, all thanks to its cheap alcohol (you can get a pint for less than 2 Euros!) and incredible collection of restaurants, bars and things to do. Whilst in Poland there are so many different activities, so you can be sure to make the most of your final days of freedom!
You can’t have a hen do in the summer without diving into some water action; it’s probably the most logical thing to do in the scorching sun. Although it isn’t Benidorm or any other hot Spanish city, Krakow is home to one of the best aqua parks in Poland. What better way to kick the weekend off than with private transport to an awesome water park? You’ll be given all access tickets so you can turn up as early (or as late) as you wish. Not to mention you’ll get to spend at least 5 hours diving in and out of the many pools, as well as slipping down it’s maze of slides. Oh, there’s a couple of jacuzzis dotted around too!
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During your hen weekend in Krakow you want to do something different, right? How about kick-starting your weekend with an alcohol-soaked night out on the town, tasting the local spirits? Experience the attraction of this latest trend in spirit tasting and sample different flavours. Sound tempting? Sure it does! Why not come and see what all the fuss is about, even if it’s just to spend a few hours drinking Vodka!
When the boys have a reunion, football ought to be involved. When travelling all the way to Krakow for your stag weekend, why not have fun at a football reunion by taking on our 5-a-side football games? The game is set in a specialized ground with specialized equipment for a 5-a-side game. We will provide everything you need for the game. You don’t need to worry about officiating, we will have a qualified referee to see that you don’t break each other legs or score with your hands. There's an option to play against each other or play against another group of lads or locals.
Perhaps the highlight of all stag weekends in Krakow are the dinner and strip shows. Unlike any other meal, your treats for afterwards are probably the best you will have ever experienced. To begin the evening, you and the lads can satisfy your needs with a sumptuous dinner, and plenty of beer to wash it down with. As the drinks flow in, dinner will be followed by some of the hottest women in Poland, ready for you to feast your eyes upon as they dance and strip just for you.
When you travel all that way to Krakow for your stag weekend, you will want to carry with you your gun shooting skills. Forget about COD or any other electronic shooting game you play. Here you’ll be doing the real thing. With real guns. And not just any old gun. We are talking about military grade assault weapons! Guns that will make you think that you are in a war zone in Iraq or Afghanistan. In this package you will get to shoot from 4 different guns, and bring out your inner soldier.
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