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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." … "… free! Our recently renovated, spacious and cosy rooms guarantee you comfortable accommodation during your stay in Krakow. You can choose from our 4, 6, 8 or 10 person...
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...
Greg & Tom Hostel the First
"Greg-Tom Hostel the 1st is every traveler's dream come true -- twenty-four-hour reception; free computers; all-you-can-eat free breakfast and dinner; multilingual, super-helpful receptionists; neat and clean bathrooms and kitchen; and bright and cheerful atmosphere. Location Conveniently located five minutes from the Krakow Glowny train station and bus terminal, it is also within walking distance from the old town. There is a huge...
"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
"Old Town Hostel is 2 minutes from Rynek Glowny (the central square of Krakow) and 10 minutes from the main train station. From the train station travel south on Pawia, cross the street using the underground passageway and follow the signs to Basztowa. Turn left on Szpitalna, then turn right on sw. Tomasza. Follow sw. Tomasza until a square parking lot opens up on your left and Old Town Hostel will be 20m ahead on your right. Old Town...
"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...
"… /> Do you feel like going to see a new play in one of the theatres in Cracow? Maybe opera? Here you are! We will prepare everything you need - ticket reservation, table in a restaurant and a nice, not expensive room in our Hostel. You can spend long weeks here and you will never be bored. This is Cracow that allures you so much and this is our Hostel - low prices and...
"… in the rooms! FREE transport from airport Balice, Train and bus station! FREE INTERNET access - computers in the lobby and WI-FI in the entire building! FREE map of the city and tourist information! FREE linen and towels! FREE coffee and tea all long day! We can help you arrange tours to Auschwitz and to Wieliczka - Salt Mines. If you want - ask the receptionist. Our friendly and dedicated staff is on hand to answer your...
"Beautiful, just renovated, in the center, great staff, sitting room, kitchen and washer/dryer. If only all hostels could be this way. Highly recommended. We got a room for two people, not a bad price." … "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...
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. You've got access to the TV room, Internet and Guest Kitchen." … "… to sit and relax away from...
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...
"… for our spacious rooms. Any time of the day or night you can get food & drinks, coffee, tea and juice. Rooms are equipped with an electric kettle and cups. The common room combines with the kitchen, and there you can find a refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave and cable TV. This is an attractive offer for everybody who prefers a homelike and warm atmosphere. We have tasteful furniture and nice staff is at your disposal 24 hours....
"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
"… (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 staff ready to help you planning your city tours. Since we run...
"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 --...
Blue Hostel Krakow
"We are in the city centre of the old capital of Poland and a beautiful historical city of Krakow. Just 4 minute walk from the Main Market Square and 6 minute walk from the railway station." … "… is not lacking in handy perks. First up location is good. A leisurely walk will have you on the Main Market Square in just a few minutes. Head in the opposite direction and you're right on the doorstep of Wielopole's clutch of clubs....
Flamingo Hostel Krakow
"im writing this on the flamingos free internet right now. the place is really new and the bathroom is the best ive seen in a hostel ever, the whole place is so relaxed and like one big group of mates and every night the staff get the night started in the common room before going to town. The location could not be better, about twenty meters from the main square and above a cafe and mcdonalds with bars across the street. the rooms back onto a...
"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...
"We arrived in Krakow expecting to stay at the Atlantis Hostel, but upon arrival were informed that due to renovations running past their deadlines, we would be staying at the Premium Hostel instead -- and what a fantastic experience that turned out to be. The Premium Hostel is really new and clean, and the rooms -- all with private ensuite -- were clean, spacious, and comfortable. The staff were really helpful and it is in a great location....
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...
Elephant on the Moon Eco Hostel
"Better than almost any I have visited! - What can I say? I loved this hostel and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. They were like a surrogate family for all of us there and provided a wonderful, huge breakfast. The place was also very, very clean and I stayed in a single room for only $37 a night. The accolades could go on forever!" … "Excellent! - Great hostel, I felt like in my own home. Huge breakfast, and helpful...
"Nice, friendly, clean. - Zodiakus is well located near the station. Friendly staff, clean and with a nice atmosphere. The kitchen is a good place for meeting, coffee and tea for free. Rooms at streetside are somewhat noisy." … "… like you- world, travel facinated. Each weekend we are organising an additional atraction ;) Hostel its your first step to unforgotable exeprience, so come to our world, feel the atmosphere, feel...
"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." … "… the real fire) - in summer and snow - in winter. Are those who had already been our guests happy? Check it for yourself! Read what...
"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
"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 - This is a beautiful, clean, perfectly located hostel. The problem is that the hostel policy is that quiet hours are from...
"I have been there in January with my friend and must say that place is very nice. Very nice rooms, there's lot of space inside the building. There is a restaurant just across the street with cheap and tasty food. Aqq is a great place to stay! I've enjoyed the time in cracow and Aqq hostel!" … "… desk - the staff would love to arrange it for you. The AQQ Hostel is recommended by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine (#1...
"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
"… 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. It's up to you. * For ? 5 per day, we can bring you...
Good Bye Lenin Hostel - Revolution!
"… obvious info now: Free breakfast Free WiFi Free linen, blankets and pillows Free towels (on request) Free huge lockers Free coffee and tea any time Free Krakow around the corner! Please note: Cancellation 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...
"Excellent - Stayed here in April 08, really friendly small hostel, very clean. Make sure you try the restaurant downstairs which is excellent." … "… in Restaurant Pod Baranem which is located in the same building. But instead of writing about ourselves - why don't you come over and see for yourself who we are and what we do? Additional information: - Products to prepare Breakfast included - Linen and towels Included - Free...
Tutti Frutti Hostel
"… 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 no matter what your interests, we will be able to tell you where...
"… offers the lowest prices in Krakow. New hostel in the best localisation. You are looking for a cheap and nice place to stay? Welcome! It's only a 5 minutes by walk to the Main Square. Double, triple and a common room are waiting for you. FREE: - internet - coffe and tea - TV SAT - luggage store - transport from the train station to our hostel - kitchen facilities - linen - tourist information - 24h reception Our young and...
"… where you can breath fresh Krakow air and drink coffee or tea, free of charge for the whole day - Bar with beer - Fully-equipped self-catering kitchen - And in the morning we will welcome you with a big smile and tasty breakfast. If you are lucky , you can meet at the breakfast table some more or less famous music bands (not only from Poland) playing concerts in Krakow, cause we are cooperate with a big Krakow music clubs and take a...
Travellers Inn Hostel
"… drink and smoke. We provide linens and breakfast, the latter is pretty much unlimited in time and amount. We do not lock our food out, so you are welcome to have it any time. The menu changes seasonally it includes: various cheese, eggs, veges, chocolate, jams, often honey, cornflakes, milk, butter, bread, coffee & tea Finally, what you might find useful, we keep up-to-date information about events in the city such us concerts,...
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." … "… you have...
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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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