If your Hen Party is looking for history, art, an old-world atmosphere all its own, entertainment and leisure in the form of clubs, cabarets, cafes, stylish bars, wine cellars, and some of the best restaurants in Eastern Europe, you simply cannot go wrong with Krakow.
Currency: Polish Złoty
Official Language: Polish
Dialling Code: +48
Emergency Number: 112
Located in southern Poland, near the borders of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Krakow has earned itself two fairly solid and well-deserved reputations. First off, as the oldest city in Poland that remained relatively in-tact following the world wars, Krakow’s stunning old medieval buildings, castles, museums, galleries and boutiques, have helped to give the city a name for itself as the creative, artistic and cultural hub of the country. Secondly – with the most bars per capita of any other city in the world – yes you heard us right, the WORLD – Krakow has long established itself on the vibrant international nightlife scene. So there you have it. As a hen do destination, Krakow can guarantee culture, fun, entertainment and an endless choice of world class bars and pubs. And with a wealth of affordable accommodation Krakow is a great option for a cheap and extremely cheerful hen do abroad!
Top Things to Do
- Wawel Castle: Fancy feeling like a princess on your hen do? Visit the former Royal stronghold of Wawel Castle and learn about the city through the ages at the castle museum.
- Shopping in the Main Market Square: One of Europe’s largest market squares located in the medieval centre of Krakow, this is a perfect place for a hen group to shop for authentic handmade goodies.
- Day trip to Wieliczka salt mine: a great idea for a hen activity that involves culture, history, adventure and mystique is a trip to see the eerie chambers of the 700 year old salt mines.
- Visit Auschwitz concentration camp: To get a better understanding of the history of Krakow take your hens for a visit to one of the most notorious Nazi death camps in Europe.
- Explore the bars of Kazimierz: The very best place to get fully immersed in Krakow’s fabulous nightlife, the Jewish Quarter is a Hen do paradise of quirky little bars, pubs and nightclubs.
- Vodka Tasting: After all vodka is the national drink of Poland, so for a unique and authentically Polish hen idea, why not get your taste buds locally acquainted and go for a private tasting!
- Taste the Polish Cuisine: Poland is famous for its delicious hearty stews, smoked cheeses and rustic soups. Indulge in a celebratory Hen dinner out to taste some of the regional delicacies.
- Sunset at the Forum Hotel: Forum Hotel is an abandoned hotel transformed into an alternative counter-culture bar on the banks of the river. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a bottle of bubbly and watch the sunset with your favourite hen girls.
Top Hen Activities in Krakow
Boat Cruise: A great alternative way of touring Krakow’s sights is by boat. Luxuriate along the river while soaking in the destination from your own private Hen boat cruise.
Water Rafting: It may not be the first activity you think of indulging in on your hen holiday in Krakow, however water rafting is a fun, unique and exciting alternative to boozing and watching strippers (link).
Cooking Class: It may not compare to France or Italy, but Poland’s cuisine is rich, hearty and comforting. Learning how to make some of the national delicacies yourself is an excellent idea for a fun educational hen activity.
What to Eat
Pierogi Ruskie, Placki Ziemniaczane, Kotlet Schabowy, Gołąbki, Bigos
DINE OUT @ Chata Restauracja on Krowoderska Street for home cooked Polish specialities in a cosy atmosphere
What to Drink
Local beers: Żywe, Lwy, Kozlak and Amber Classic
Local Vodka: Wiśniówka, Żołądkowa Gorzka, Krupnik, Żubrówka, Goldwasser
DRINK OUT @ Alchemia in Kazimierz, frequented by the hippest local urbanites
Exclusive Destination Events
International Sailing Songs Festival: February
International Soup Festival: May
Krakow Film Festival: May-June
Summer Jazz Festival: July-August
Pierogi (Dumplings) Festival: August
Festival of Polish Music: November
Krakow is easily reached by train from most other major cities in Poland. Once inside the city, all areas are served by an efficient and convenient system of street trams and buses.
Blessed with an extremely manageable size of some 327km², Krakow is also easily covered on foot or get a taste for the city from the back of a bicycle which can be rented from a number of outlets around the Old Town or Kazimierz.
Alternatively, hire a private Hummer or Limo for your own luxury transport around Krakow.
With such a wide variety of diverse activities and unique ideas for fun hen do’s, Poland is a great destination to visit any time of year. From wild water rafting in the summer to cosy indoor cocktail making in the colder winter months, Krakow is open all four seasons for hens looking for an active fun filled trip. The weather is warmer from May to October with the peak tourist season occurring in July and August. From November to April, the weather is colder and darker which can limit some outdoor activities, however this is a great time to visit the cities tourist sites whether on a city tour or a party bus, and enjoy the local culture.
Cost of a good meal in a restaurant: 30-40 Zloty
Cost of a plate of Pierogi: 15 Zloty
Cost of a pint of beer: 7-8 Zloty
Cost of a cocktail in a club: 15 Zloty
Cost of a bottle of water: 2-3 Zloty
Cost of a Cappuccino: 7 Zloty
Cost of a one way ticket on the bus: 3.80 Zloty
Cost of Taxi (min): 8 Zloty
Tip from a Local
“Visit a Milkbar – these were little places which serve traditional food at great budget prices. They became popular in the communist era and the tradition has been carried on by students and locals who want some authentic tasty home cooked Polish food for very little money! Visiting a milk bar is to experience the real atmosphere of Poland today and get a taste of its history. These places are usually very local so get some help with the menu and make sure you drink Kampot!” – Natalia, Krakow.
Did You Know?
- Once the capital city of Poland, Krakow is one of the country’s oldest cities dating back to the 7th century.
- The historical city centre of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site.
- According to old traditional Polish legend, Krakow is protected by a dragon after the city was built under the beast’s cave.
- Krakow has one of the highest concentrations of bars and pubs per square kilometre in the world.
- These numerous drinking establishments usually only close when the last drinker leaves – try and tick off as many as possible on a personal Hen bar crawl!