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Spend New Year’s Eve in Krakow in 2023 | Happy Sylwester!

In Poland, New Year’s Eve is known as Sylwester, and it’s a party event not to be missed. Krakow is famous across Europe for being one of the best places to welcome the new year. With epic music and singing performances in the main square, firework displays along the river, and lots of free-flowing beer, it’s a huge celebration you won’t forget.  Main Market Square – the life of the party Central Square, or Rynek Glowny is right in the middle of the city’s Old Town. Every year, it’s decorated extravagantly with sparkling lights throughout the festive season. On New Year’s Eve, a stunning free music show is put on by Polish and international musicians for the general public. From 8pm until after midnight, a huge party kicks off, with lights, lasers, and plenty of booze. After the show finishes, head to any of the city’s bars or clubs and continue the party until the early hours. Christmas Markets – handmade crafts and street food In recent years, Krakow’s famous Christmas markets have been extended into the first week of January. So, if you’re visiting to celebrate the new year, you’ll still get to enjoy them. In the central Market Square, around 80 wooden huts are set up, displaying an endless variety of handcrafted items, souvenirs, décor, and traditional Polish street food. Before the party kicks off, dinner at the Christmas market will start off the evening on the right food. Firework Displays – see it wherever you are  Wherever you are in Krakow, you’re guaranteed to see the iconic firework display that takes over the city when the clock strikes midnight. To get the best view, we recommend grabbing a spot near the river, or on the market square. Krakow’s firework displays are unforgettable, filling the sky with all sorts of cool shapes and colour combinations. Polish Food – the ultimate hangover cure The day after your epic Sylwester or New Year’s Eve party in Krakow, you’ll want to get your hands on some Polish food – it’s known as the perfect hangover cure! Krakow is full of traditional Polish restaurants and cafes with friendly service, and homecooked comfort food. A steaming bowl of Borscht or potato pancakes is the ideal way to celebrate New Year’s Day, recover from the night before, and warm up on a cold day. Join the New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl Are you ready to plan the New Year’s Eve party of a lifetime? Our super-popular New Year’s Eve bar crawl will give you the ultimate VIP experience at all the best pubs, clubs, and bars in Krakow. In 2 hours, you can get unlimited beer, vodka, gin, shots and more. Our local guides will get everyone involved with drinking game madness. Plus, we’ve hired a talented magician, to wow you with some unbelievable party tricks. To secure your spot on our legendary bar crawl, head over to our booking page here. Places get booked up fast, so don’t delay!

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Historic Pubs in Krakow

Explore some of the most historic pubs in Krakow, no two pubs or clubs in this city are the same.  Historic Pubs in Krakow Krakow’s pubs and bars are an important part of the city’s history. No two pubs or bars in this city are the same – Dimly lit cellars, old brick walls and authentic beers and spirits make them a great place to stop in during bar crawls, private parties, and when exploring the city’s historic quarters. Some of the bars we talk about below are hundreds of years old, and still going strong. Join us as we explore the rich history of Krakow in five of its most popular bars. Pub Enigma In the old town, you’ll find Pub Enigma hidden in a 16th century basement. Head downstairs and discover a lively and welcoming bar that serves authentic local beers, cocktails and spirits. With exposed brick and tastefully dim lighting, it’s perfect for those who want to dance the night away or find a cosy corner to soak up the vibes. For those looking for something to munch, Enigma serves a delicious range of pizzas. Dobry Kumpel Pub With a warm and chilled out atmosphere, Dobry Kumpel is another one of Krakow’s ancient cellar bars. Located in the old Jewish Quarter, it’s tucked away in a 650-year-old wine cellar. With its old brick and evocative lighting, it serves some of the best beers and vodkas the city has to offer. With lively, toe-tapping music playing late into the night, it’s a great place to let your hair down. The staff are super trendy, and love to make everyone feel welcome. Alchemia With different rooms, each with its own unique style, this is one of the oldest bars in Krakow. With a sparkling lineup of live jazz artists, Alchemia is a great stop for bar crawls, or somewhere to hide away with a friend. The bar is candle lit and has old alchemist tools hung on the walls and ceilings. It has a designated indoor smoking area, and a hearty pub grub menu.  Singer Bar One of the first bars in Kazimierz, Singer is named after the sewing machine brand. It has a quirky and ancient style, full of cracked mirrors, old dusky paintings, antique ornaments, and loads of candlelight. It has a solid reputation among locals and tourists alike. Late at night, pub goers start to dance to music in a range of styles, from Balkan to Swing.  These are just a few of the quirky and fun pubs in Krakow our famous bar crawls include. To book your place, click here to book. 

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Plan a Budget Friendly Visit to Krakow

On your trip to Krakow, you can experience all the culture, history and night life it has to offer in a way that doesn’t break the bank. The city is full of places to explore, delicious food, and plenty of bars and clubs. Choosing when you go can make a huge difference. Avoiding peak times and travelling from March to May and September to October, you can enjoy lower priced accommodation, and shorter queues.  In this blog, we’ve got loads of ways you can live life to the full in Krakow and not blow your budget… Where To Stay Ideally located close to all the fun places, our favourite party hostels are right in the middle of the Old Town. While dorms only is the most common, you can find single and double rooms if you need your own space. Hostels normally have well equipped cooking facilities, and most of them serve up a cracking breakfast – or hangover cure.  Lets Rock Party Hostel and Greg & Tom’s are our favourite award-winning party hostels. You’re sure to make friends there, and enjoy the best service, including free internet, and the friendliest staff.  If hotels are more your thing, Krakow has plenty of budget friendly options. Hotel Jan is a great example, costing around £50 per night. It’s right in the middle of the old town and is close to all the best party and culture spots.  Meals Out  When it comes to Polish hospitality, there are endless options in Krakow. We’ve got some favourite places that we come back to again and again and have included them here.  Street food – Krakow’s Street food scene will not disappoint. With street markets and food stands dotted around the city, you’ll get to sample some of Poland’s favourite food. Zapiekanka is like pizza with a Polish twist. It’s half a baguette loaded with cheese, and your choice of delicious toppings.  Pretzels, Obwarsanek bagels, and Kielbasa hot dogs are beyond tasty! For such low prices, portions are super generous.  Milk bars are small eateries that serve hearty meals at prices anyone can stomach. They serve traditional Polish cuisine and are the perfect place to stop for dinner after a long day of sight seeing.  Bakeries - Don’t leave Krakow without sampling a treat from one of its many traditional bakeries. They serve warm bread made on the same day, plus the iconic chimney cake and every pastry you can think of.  Night Life  Join us on one of our legendary bar crawls and experience Krakow night life at its finest. Krakow’s dive bars tend to be hidden in basements and below street level. They’re packed with character, and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home.  Bars such as Pijalnia Wódki i Piwa serve endless beers and vodka shots, priced between 7 and 10 zl.  If you’re a sports fan, Bania Luka serves your favourite beers and vodka, which you can enjoy while watching the latest match. If you join us on our bar crawl, you can be sure of a free welcome shot at each location, and all the booze you can handle.  Things To Do  Do you love a bit of culture? If so, you’ll be glad to know that Krakow’s museums offer free entry on specific days of the week. Join one of many free walking tours that take place throughout the day, and join other travellers to explore Krakow.  Enjoy a wander around the famous Old Town, which is packed with historical landmarks, cute boutique shops, and magnificent old churches.  Get inspired by  Krakow’s galleries, museums and landmarks. We’ve listed some below that offer free entry every Tuesday!  Rynek Underground museum – right in the center of the old town, Rynek is an interactive museum that lets you experience the medieval history of Krakow.  Wawel Royal Castle – Housed in a magnificent centuries-old building, there are permanent exhibitions displaying collections of paintings, pottery, and other fascinating artifacts from history.  National Museum – This museum is bursting with inspiration, art and history, with permanent exhibitions, and new displays that are open to the public.  Sukiennice Gallery – Enter the cloth hall and discover magnificent Polish artwork and paintings from the 19th century.  Whatever you want from your holiday in Krakow, we’re sure you’ll find it. If you’re interested in joining the Krakow Animal Crawl, hit us up with any questions here.     

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Where to Stay in Krakow, Poland | Krakow Animals Crawl

Krakow has it all – culture, history, art, fine dining and a thriving party scene. With tons of food markets and microbreweries as well as trendy bars and clubs open till 5am, there’s a reason for everyone to visit Poland’s second biggest city. If you’re coming for the sightseeing or the good times, we’re sure you’ll have the time of your life while visiting Krakow.  With plenty to choose from, the accommodation ranges from 5-star hotels to guesthouses, hostels, and Airbnbs. Keep reading to find out the very best places to stay during your visit to Krakow – as well as a surefire way to find the best party in town!    Stare Miasto – Old Town Old Town is where it all happens. Staying in Stare Miasto – or the Old City of Krakow – puts you within walking distance of tons of restaurants, bars, shops, entertainment and some of Krakow’s top attractions.  You’ll also find plenty of hotels and hostels in Old Town and it’s a great place to head for if it’s your first time visiting Krakow. With lots of Krakow’s hostels located in Stare Miasto, it’s a great place to stay if you want to experience the epicentre of Krakow’s party scene.   Kazimierz For some of the best nightlife in the city, you can’t beat Kazimierz – the city’s former Jewish quarter. With a vibrant mix of culture and bohemian charm, there are plenty of gems to discover when it comes to the Kazimierz cafes and basement bars.  With some of the best atmosphere and nightlife in the city, you’re sure to have a good time staying a night or two in Kazimierz.     Grzegórzki  Located just off Planty Park, Grzegórzki offers a great central location without breaking the bank. With a flea market, 18th-century botanical gardens, and plenty of bars and restaurants, there’s lots to do in the daytime before heading into Old Town for a proper night out. While it’s a little sleepier and not quite as central, Grzegórzki is perfect for staying in Krakow if you’re on a budget.    Ludwinow Ludwinow is another great location if you don’t want to fork out too much on your accommodation as it has plenty of options at cheaper rates than more central locations. Located across the river from Kazimierz, it takes a bit of travelling to get into Old Town, but Ludwinow has its own fair share of indie bars, live music venues, and cultural activities.    Hostels in Krakow Krakow’s hostels are great places for meeting likeminded people looking to have fun on their visit to the city. If you’re in search of a good time, lots of socialising, and experiencing the best nightlife Krakow has to offer, then staying at one of the city’s hostels isn’t a bad place to start.  With plenty to choose from when it comes to hostels in Krakow, these are some of our favourites. The Greg & Tom Party Hostel is located in the centre of Krakow, only a couple of minutes from Planty Park and the Old Town Square, while The Little Havana Party Hostel has a cool Caribbean vibe where you can chill between parties and sightseeing in Old Town. Let’s Rock Party Hostel is located in the heart of Krakow’s nightlife and hosts pub crawls every night of the week.  When you visit Krakow, why not guarantee a good time by staying at one of the awesome party hostels? Whatever your reason for visiting Krakow, we’re sure you’ll love your time in the city. With something for everyone and a truly 24/7 heartbeat, your stay in Krakow will surely be one to remember.

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Discovering the best food and drinks in Krakow

A deep dive into the city’s best nightlife tours and pub crawl experiences As one of the most exciting European destinations, Krakow is a fantastic hub for people who love to enjoy the finer things in life, including food, drinks, and an amazing selection of nightlife activities and events! The colorful Polish city is home to an incredible pub scene, some even decades or hundreds of years old!  If you are a beer purveyor, Krakow is the place to be! Poland’s beer-making traditions are legendary, as the country is undoubtedly home to some of the finest breweries on planet Earth. Krakow is the place where you can sample quality beers from most of them in some incredibly pleasant settings as well. In addition, the city offers a broad selection of amazing restaurants and eateries. Even street food culture is alive and well in the city and is one of its “greatest culinary hits'' among visitors. Nothing beats a polish sausage or a selection of cured meats. In addition, many amazing restaurants serve typical dishes such as stews and soups. Polish baked goods are famously amazing, and Krakow’s many bakeries will treat you to specialties such as pierogies and Obwarzanki (often described as a unique take on a bagel). Once you’re satiated and feel ready to go out on the town, it’s time to wash down your meal with some quality beers or spirits! As mentioned earlier, beers in the city are amazing, but Krakow is also well-known for its Vodka drinking culture. Local pubs and bars offer some of the best spirits out there, and it is worth considering some bar-hopping because each place is utterly unique. With a nightlife tour experience, you will get the amazing opportunity to experience not only one but multiple establishments and all the amazing things they offer. In addition, you are also going to be able to enjoy some great times with like-minded people, and share the experience with many new friends and people looking for an immersive and fun experience of Krakow’s legendary nightlife. If you want your trip to truly transform into an amazing party, don’t sleep on this incredible opportunity, which many consider a once-in-a-lifetime treat. With more than 200.000 students (including international visitors), this is a youthful city, and it shows in its nightlife culture! Speaking of tours and crawls - If you are visiting Krakow for a few days only, it can be an amazing idea to book a nightlife tour. This can be a great opportunity to “get more bang for your buck,” as they say, meaning that you would be able to experience so many of the city’s best pubs, bars, and nightclubs, with the expert guidance of tour operators who know the city’s nightlife inside and out. Krakow Animal Crawl is one of the best crawls in the city. Visitors and locals consider it an amazing opportunity to unlock the city’s buzzing nightlife and make the most out of the Krakow experience.

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Christmas in Krakow 2023 | Christmas Markets, Sightseeing and Parties

December 2022 - Krakow, Poland, is quickly becoming one of Europe's most sought-after tourist destinations. Especially during winter, the city attracts many visitors seeking to experience some magical holiday vibes. After all, Christmas time in Krakow is the stuff of legends. Local Christmas markets are colorful, bright, and warm; some have been around for decades, if not a century! The vendors, street food, pub culture, and holiday cheer in the air are undeniable.   The Krakow Christmas Markets   The Krakow Christmas Markets usually begin during the last week of November and take place up until the 26th of December. However, some markets stay open until about the week after New Year's Eve or even later. There are many small neighborhood markets throughout the city. Some are well-known, while others are a little more niche-based, catering to locals with fewer offerings. Having said that, the most notable Christmas markets in Krakow are the ones on the city’s Main Market Square. This is definitely a market setting that you don’t want to miss out on, especially during the holidays, when the place truly becomes alive. The markets sell a plethora of seasonal items and cool gifts, as well as a variety of souvenirs. More importantly, they are home to many amazing street food vendors who offer a broad selection of local specialties. From traditional classics like pierogis down to earthy hot soups, roasted chestnuts, and cured meats, anything goes.   Christmas sightseeing.   Another reason to visit Krakow during the winter holidays is the beautiful Christmas sightseeing. Don’t get us wrong: Krakow is pretty and charming throughout the year. However, there is something truly magical about the Christmas decor and the magical aura they bring to the city. The streets and buildings light up beautifully. Some of the city’s major monuments and landmarks also enjoy some beautiful decorations. These include Kraków Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica.   Christmas Parties and Nightlife.   Christmas markets are charming and fun. Still, some people might have a different idea of spending their vacations. If you are a party person, Krakow is the place to be. Don’t forget that this is a well-known university town, which is an incredibly youthful city with an international vibe. Many of the students, especially those who come from other areas of the country or from other nations, tend to stay in the city throughout the holidays. This means that the nightlife is at its peak, especially during Christmas time! Krakow is an amazing place where to enjoy a relaxed, carefree party-based Christmas holiday. You can hit one of the many nightclubs in the city or enjoy a pub crawl with some amazing like-minded groups of people.   In conclusion, these are only some of the many amazing perks you can enjoy if you spend your Christmas holidays in Krakow, one of Poland’s most beautiful destinations.

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