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Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and a magnet for tourists and travelers. The city is made up of 18 districts, with “District I Stare Miasto“ (including the Old Town) in the very center. Central Krakow is extremely tourism focused, with little else going on. If you want a taste of the rest of life in urban Poland, head out of the center and visit areas around the city as its neighborhoods are diverse. To see the work of communist designers visit Nowa Huta for a large scale planned neighborhood. For greenery visit Zwierzyniec, on the west side, and stroll through the lush forest and hills.
Most Krakow hostels are located in the Old-Town, many near the Main Market Square. This area is great for seeing the central tourist attractions and just a short walk from the main train station (Krakow PKP - the bus station is right behind it as well). It's also easy to get here from the airport via local train. Be careful if taking up anyone offering hostel beds at the station, as always with strangers you run the risk of getting ripped off, or they may try and convince you that your hostel is now closed (which we assure you, it most likely isn't). There are also hostels in Krakow outside of the center, for instance in Podgórze, the area of the World War II Jewish ghetto. These tend to be more low key, though it's best to check reviews and choose a place according to your party spirit or desire to sleep.
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"We spend a week and we will be back! - We have been in Krakow for one week and we have stayed at Free Hostel. Good place, very good. Perfectly based, not very far from main square. Nice rooms and very nice helpful stuff. I recommend this place for You." … "… Thanks to them you will feel welcome, you will feel our home-like atmosphere, you will feel free! Our recently renovated, spacious and cosy rooms guarantee you...
Nathan's Villa Hostel Krakow
Near Wawel Castle
"Nathan's Villa Hostel Krakow has a great location that is close to the castle and within walking distance to the Jewish Quarters and the Old Town. The Location It has some great restaurants in the surrounding area for cheap if you are looking for a traditional Polish feast and some twenty-four-hour convenience stores for anything that you might need during your stay here. It is also close to the tram lines and public transport for...
Dizzy Daisy Downtown Hostel - Kraków
"The Dizzy Daisy Hostel Pedzichow is the ideal place if you are looking for a base for partying all night in the nearby, awesome Krakow clubs and then chilling out and watching one of the many movie channels all day. It's a big hostel, spread across different buildings but with a central communal quad, which would be great in summer but only used by the smokers in winter. Hopefully they'll eventually ban smoking inside for the comfort of...
Bling Bling Hostel
"A long time ago, Bling Bling was the pioneer backpacker hostel in Krakow. It was a breath of fresh air from the horrid accommodations and screaming groups of schoolchildren you would encounter in the YHA hostels there. However, the American founding fathers of Bling Bling have gone, leaving it under new management and what made Bling Bling unique went with them. In any other city, this hostel would be all right, perhaps even fine, but in...
"Deco Hostel is a recently remodeled multi-floor hostel that is part of a larger residential building. The facilities are impeccably clean and quiet. The layout is somewhat unique in that on each floor there is an entry into a common area with lockers and coat racks and separate rooms come off of the separate common areas. There are single toilet rooms separate from the wash rooms (they seemed few next to the number of guests they...
Old Town Hostel
"Cozy little hostel, central location although a bit old inside - This hostel is right on a nice square in the heart of town a few minutes walk from the central square. Can be a bit difficult to find as the sign outside is currently (Oct'11) missing. Inside it's like a cozy apartment; decent free breakfast, lots of free (green) tea as well -- although kitchen hadn't been cleaned even though I checked in late (8pm) & the hostel was near empty....
"The best part of Atlantis Hostel is probably the staff; everyone is extremely helpful and friendly. The atmosphere is really laid back and comfortable. The Location This hostel is pretty easy to get to by bus, and the locals are friendly enough that you can easily ask for directions. It's close to a few main squares and a grocery store, which is very helpful. However, it is located in a somewhat sketchy area. There are homeless people...
"Situated about a five minute walk from the main square in Krakow, Kadetus Hostel is a small hostel that seems to attract a quieter crowd. The hostel is on the first floor of an apartment building with a twenty-four-hour reception. They offer bike hire and links to tours of Auschwitz and the Salt Mine. There is free internet use (one computer) and laundry for 5zl a load. Small lockers for valuable items are located outside dorms and keys given...
"… life too), where to eat (we are big eaters and we know where they serve really good food), where to go sighteeing (there is a lot to see in the surroundings of Cracow! We have seen it all), where to do cheap shopping - and where to lose a fortune. If we don't know something (nobody's perfect), we know where to ask. We have some friends here...Few calls to make and we will...
"Dead centre of Cracow -- practically on the Market Square. you couldn't possibly find a better place! A great advantage is that the hostel lies in a courtyard and you don't hear the noise from the street. Been there just one week after the opening and been the first ones staying in the room -- rather small but very clean and so was the bathroom. The staff is very friendly, the courtyard/living room is a lovely place to unwind after a day,...
Orange Hostel Krakow
"Orange Hostel Krakow is a fun place to stay, whether it be for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. The Location The hostel is located about twenty minutes from the train/bus station and about five minutes from the Jewish District, three minutes' walk from the castle, and about five minutes from the Main Square. It is located on a fairly busy street, so it is easy to locate, but the street can be a bit noisy at night sometime. Also,...
Dizzy Daisy Cadillac Hostel Krolewska
"The Cadillac Hostel Krolewska enjoys a location very close to the Old Town. You can reach the Main Square by 15 minutes walking or 3 minutes by tram.The courtyard gives you the possibility to sit and relax away from the traffic and crowded atmosphere of the city centre.The hostel itself is located in an old but renovated building. Youve got access to the TV room, Internet and Guest Kitchen.We are looking forward to your visit!" …...
The Main Market Square
"Cracow Hostel is one of three hostels that are on the main market square, but the only one that has a window opening out onto the square. You have to walk through a cafe to get to hostel and through a metal gate. The Location The hostel is located on the market square -- you can’t get closer to the sights. With so many things to see in Krakow, being so close saves you time getting back from exploring the city and going out. The metal...
"… from Wawel Hill - by foot 15 min. from the Main Market Square - by foot. Low prices and chance of negotiation; groups over 5 person longer stay than one week GENERAL INFORMATION: the check-in time is 12:a.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. (possible extension of half day) in price bedding and towels rooms maximum for 6 persons only single beds in every room food & drink to welcome in longer stay clearing and...
"Momotown is well located in the Kazimierz district of Krakow, close to bakeries, bars, restaurants, and the Wawel Castle. It is about fifteen minutes' walk to the town square and about twenty minutes' walk from the main train and bus stations from where you can take tram Number 13 most of the way there. The entrance is just off the street front through a courtyard/driveway but the logo is painted on the wall outside and if you look up there...
City Hostel Krakow
"… the corridors - max. 1 per 2 rooms. We offer FREE breakfast (very tasty swedish buffet), FREE set of linen, FREE lockers for your belongings, FREE city map with essential information and FREE internet access. In private rooms FREE small towels. Any wishes? The hostel is equipped with warm and soft drink machines. There is no age limit, no curfew, no lockouts. We offer 24 hours reception service with well-informed and friendly...
"The staff at Oasis speak minimal English, so you are sure to have a genuine Polish experience. The kitchen is a tiny corridor that seems adequate for the number of guests there in December, but it could become quite crowded in the high season. The dorm rooms are plain but comfortable. The beds and pillows are comfy, and clean linens are included. There are convenient shelves over some of the beds, but no storage lockers of any kind --...
Flamingo Hostel Krakow
"Modern facility, great location - everything was good." … "Average hostel, awesome location - Nice hostel in perfect location just 50 meters from the main square. I spent three nights in a 6-bed-dorm there in the middle of summer. There is not much to no ventilation whatsoever in the rooms -- the dorm rooms have a table fan running 24/7 which helped somewhat, but the common rooms and especially the bathrooms were damp like crazy....
"Centrum Hostel is located a few blocks from Krakow's old town -- another outstanding Krakow attraction, the Wawel Castle, and the Vistula River, are also a few blocks away. The estate is located on one of the main streets of town -- it is a big old refurbished building without an elevator. The Location Getting to the hostel is not difficult. It is located in one of Krakow's main streets, at a walking distance from the train station. As...
"Amazing for its price! - Good location, great price, the common room has everything you need, free breakfast, free internet, lift. Cosy private en-suite rooms! Staff of Premium Hostel is brilliant and absolutely great! I definitely recommend it! Would stay here again for sure." … "Clean, though nonsmokers will be exposed to cigarette fumes - We chose this room after comparing the prices all around. The price was reasonable though...
Good Bye Lenin Hostel Kazimierz
"Goodbye Lenin Hostel has a interesting feel to it. They have taken Lenin and put his quotes all over the hostel. The style is very socialist in colour and feel, and they've got a few old-style objects from the period to play with. The Lenin head is a great way to greet you to the hostel, and the staff is very friend and smiley (a bit too smiley -- what are they hiding, we wonder?). The Location This hostel is about twenty-minute walk...
"I absolutely loved this hostel! The staff mended our jackets, introduced us to the best Polish vodka, took us on a tour of the local clubs, and went out of their way to make our stay perfect in every possible way. Everyone working at Ars hostel is incredibly kind and a ton of fun to be with." … "… something special: the Tatra Mountains, grilled sausages (prepared over the real fire) - in summer and snow - in winter. Are those...
"This hostel was exactly what it said it was. It's very clean, has great facilities (including free breakfast, internet and movies), and the staff were very helpful. It is quite small and feels almost like staying at your friends' house. The only thing I would say is that it is a little further than ten minutes from the train station (especially with full packs, its probably fifteen to twenty). Having said that I totally recommend it as an...
Hostel Rynek 7
"Got charged twice. - Stayed here, was fine until got double charged on credit card one month later. Beware." … "Excellent - I was there few weeks ago, we got great view on main square and sukienice. at fridays night there was party in the hostel with beautiful ladies and lot of alcohol. i stayed whole weekend and it was super. When i'll be next time in krakow i'll go again." … "If you want a party in your bedroom stay here -...
"Hostel Giraffe is a new hostel -- it opened at the beginning of summer 2006. Consistently ranked in the top hostels of Krakow, it surely lives up to its hype. Owned by two couples, it is a warm and inviting hostel that we highly recommend. Each guest has her own locker, free laundry, several computers with free Internet, wireless Internet, a full-service bar, many many boardgames, a wide selection of movies on the big screen, decent (if...
"The Joker Hostel is the upstairs, downmarket sister hostel of the Kadetus Hostel which is on the floor below. Be aware that there is no signage for the Joker Hostel. You must look for the Kadetus Hostel sign. The hostel is about five minutes from the main square but on the other side of the square from the train and bus stations. The hostel is on the second floor of an apartment building with a twenty-four-hour reception in the hostel on...
Hostel on the Rocks
"… limo and an English breakfast, linen and towels and all our other services. For just € 16 per day... Don't misss it..!! Pricelist: For € 10 per day, you can have a bed in our hostel. We'll provide you with all your basic needs. You're as welcome as every other guest. Maybe you have a girlfriend who doesn't want to see you in a Limo, maybe she thinks an English breakfast doesn't fit in your diet....
Good Bye Lenin Hostel - Revolution!
"Very good! - Oh we did enjoy double room -- clean, spacious with some nice furniture and a comfy bed! Staff were great and very helpful, breakfast included; all in all, if you visit Cracow, go for it." … "… policy: 72h advance notice Payment upon arrival by credit cards, debit cards, paypal Check in after 14.00 Check out before 11.00 Breakfast included Taxes included As a courtesy to our guests, we provide airport pick-up...
Tutti Frutti Hostel
"… day Friday: Polish meal for You Saturday: Apple pie day Sunday: Fruits day If you haven't been to Krakow before, let us introduce you to Europe's latest hot spot. Krakow has over 400 bars and clubs and at Tutti Frutti, you are right in the core of it all! Our staff have the best knowledge of the city and will tell you the freshest places that are not yet in the guide books. Krakow has a history that stretches back for centuries so...
"Welcome to Hostel Nazar ! Hostel Nazar is located at the city center of Krakow with excellent location, far just 5 minutes from old town and 3 minutes from main bus and train station. We offer nice rooms in a friendly environment. General Information hostel is available a whole year round 24h reception maximum number of beds: 50 bedrooms: singles, twins, triples, 4-per., 5-per., 6-per. free transport from the main...
"Such a wonderful lovely hostel - I checked in early and they accepted me and offered me breakfast as well! That is how welcoming these people are, they had also helped with other services that I needed. So very friendly and warm staff. The location is great as well; you are only few minutes walk from the main Square and about 15 mins to the train station. Clean and quiet area of Krakow, you will get good sleep. Little bigger pillow would be...
The Secret Garden Hostel
"Fantastic; cheap, private rooms - We stayed in a private room at this hostel (the Vanilla Sky room). It was fantastic -- very helpful, friendly staff; whole hostel was fantastically clean; lovely showers; nice breakfast included in the price; and free internet access. Don't know about the atmosphere if you're looking to meet people while traveling but as a low-cost option for a private room, it was perfect." … "… that after...
"You'll find Hostel Yellow at the corner of Marsz. J. Pilsudskiego and Al. Z. Krasingskiego, which is located outside the old city walls, to the West. The hostel is located across the street from a movie theatre. To enter, ring the buzzer for #3, and head upstairs to the first floor. You'll find reception on the left, and a common room with free internet towards the right. Wireless is also free in the hostel. Yellow has several dorm-style...
Old Walls Hostel
"… calm and privacy we offer double room with bathroom and kitchen in separate part of build. Not big capacity of Old Walls, big living space, quiet street and view on the tops of trees make our Hostel great place to take a rest after big trip or all night party :-) To make your stay in magic city Krakow easier and unforgettable we offer (everything included in price): • comfortable beds, towels, always fresh sheets • new clean...
Krakow INN Hostel
"… walk off the train and You can take off your backpack, have a refreshment in very nice, clean and comfortable rooms and start visiting our beautiful city. Only 500 meters walk from the hostel You will see Old City with their monuments, pubs and restaurants.For night our hostel utiful city. offers same fun and colorful and soft beds, and for breakfast delicious traditional polish bread with home made cottage cheese or malt lard...
Hocus Pocus Hostel Krakow
"… />And, when you come back, chill out in our common room, find something on TV, watch a movie on DVD or take a book from our hostel's library. You can also use our free Internet access. Just relax, because as many people say about Krakow, ... „it's a waste of time sleeping here". Take a step outside the hostel and you will immediately feel a special atmosphere of this city. There is a number of nice pubs, bars and...
"… * hair dryer * towels * ironing board * free document printing * kitchenette * iron * frige * microwave * washing machine * digital TV * table football When running a Hostel in Cracow it is not only business skill or creativity that counts, but the will to create a cosy, unforgettable place for people in which they will spend a few days of their lives. We know what is important for the person looking for...
Hostel 70's & Queen Apartments
"… deutsch or italian - you can choose whatever you want). The reception is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We have also fully equipped kitchen available for our guest. Our hostel is open all year round, it is located in Kazimierz district. We are 10 minutes walk from the Wawel Castle, 14 minutes to the Main Square and just 2 minutes to Plac Nowy where you can enjoy the best of nightlife in Krakow We are considered as the newest...
Greg & Tom Party Hostel
"Clean and cozy - This is one of the cleanest hostels I have stayed at. And despite being a party hostel it was pretty mellow on the Sunday night I stayed. Good solid bunks, decent location. Breakfast was a little weird -- Besides the cornflakes they had a platter of grilled cheese sandwiches and a bowl of bean salad!? Fruit salad might be more popular. Free dinner too -- can't complain about that." … "… and looking just for a...
"AAE Mosquito Hostel in Krakow is an excellent, very well run hostel. The staff are extremely helpful and approachable. They all speak excellent English and can advice you on tours of the city as well as Auschwitz and the caves. With comfortable beds and with something new and exciting offered every night of the week, it definitely stands out as one of the best hostels we have stayed in. The hostel has a complimentary breakfast included in the...
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Kraków Travel Tips & Suggestions
It's a lovely city to walk around. Take comfortable flat shoes because most of the old town streets are cobbles.
This is a beautiful, small, and easy city -- the best one in Poland! You can easily discover the whole city by walk just in one day. Its cobbled narrow streets are full of life; you can find shops, fast food restaurants, hostels, bars, and clubs every other minute, but in spite of this Krakow hasn't lost its essence nor its charm. You can't miss a visit to Kazmierz, the old Jewish district -- it's a must!
Krakow is one of the best cities in the world to party in and see. It has lots to see, lots to do, and lots of nice places to drink and party. Every day of the weekend you can go out and people will be out someplace, you just need to know where to find it. The people are helpful and friendly and I always want to come back.
Krakow itself deserves almost two full days to be enjoyed at its best. The main market square is wonderful, especially magic in the evening. During the day, there's a great market where you can find local cheap handicrafts. In the centre of the square there is also a covered gallery with a large choice of amber jewelry. You should use Krakow as a base to visit Oswiecim (Auschwitz) in one hour and a half of train journey -- one of the top spots of our European trip.
— Davide & Michela, Chiavari (GE), Italy
It's a great place -- very picturesque, good opportunities for day trips to other nearby places and cheap restaurants, accommodation, bars and clubs. Get the Krakow "in your pocket" guide (available at Empik department store on main square). It's updated every two months and is crammed with details on the best bars, clubs, restaurants, day trips, and sightseeing with detailed maps.
The food was good and cheap and I found the locals in the small pubs very friendly.
— kevin dundee
Great place, atmosphere like no other! The market square (Rynek) is wonderful in summer evenings. Definitely go there! Lots of clubs and fun.
I did visit Krakow in December and I was freezing. However, even so it was a very nice experience. Covered by snow, Krakow looks very beautiful and classy. Wawel Castle was free when I visited there (maybe because it was near Christmas?). The best experience in December is the Christmas Market at Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square). The stands (that are in the shape of wine barrels) sell quite nice mulled wine.
If you visit Krakow for the first time you will certainly want to return. The people are among the friendliest anywhere in the world and in winter, when it snows, it's like being in a fairytale.
Visit Krakow in December and you will miss the tourists and get to see the real city. It is beautiful, most days were clear, and you can walk or take the tram everywhere if you are close to Rynek Glowny. Go see the Zoo (outside of town), hike -- there are maps of hiking trails available at any tourist center, go to Wawel Castle and the Krakow National Museum (they have a Rembrandt and a da Vinci as well as tons of other amazing art), and get to know the tiny little shops. If you try to learn any Polish at all -- prosze, dzienkuje, dobranoc, etc. -- people will help you and won't treat you any differently than the locals (for the most part =) ). I cannot recommend Krakow and Poland itself more highly.
You cannot miss going to Krakow. Really amazing city, many things to see and visit. I loved just wandering along the streets. Although if you go in December you may get frozen (believe me). Nightlife is good yeah, but don't go to the typicsl clubs foreigners go, you'd miss the best... Let local people recommend you where to go. Oh, a funny thing, pubs are always hidden at the end of corridors and things like that... pretty curious. Krakow it's defintely worth a visit!
— C.E., Barcelona
Krakow is a wonderful and magical city, especially at night in the summer. Food is cheap, fresh, and good quality, and people are friendly (except for bank staff). For a solid evening meal, check out Me Kong restaurant just off the north side of the main square.
Krakow is pleasant and I found the people to be friendly. The market square (Rynek) and the Castle (Wawel) are beautiful places to see. There is an English pub called The John Bull near the Rynek and many other places for travellers, but check the clientele before you commit to buying a drink or staying, some places are where locals go to enjoy themselves and you may get a frosty reception.
Krakow is nice but far too touristy, ignore the hoards of tourists and head for Warsaw.
Krakow is incredible. The nightlife is magnificent, the people are really nice, and incredibly remains relatively cheap.
Krakow was not the best place we visited on our three-week trip. We found the people unfriendly for the most part, and only found one nice looking area of the city.
Don't go in summer, it's full of dumb tourists. Go in spring or autumn instead.
Krakow is my favourite place to go in the summer! If you have never been to Krakow in the summer you should go this year! The atmosphere is great in the main square in the evenings and the clubs are the best!!
The parties and clubs in Krakow are great. The city has a great atmosphere and very friendly people.
Don't miss the Saturday night parties in the center of Krakow!
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