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POLAND TRAVEL INFORMATION
Poland Travel Guide:
Krakow Nightlife
Ten Things You Should Not Miss While In Poland
There's Always Something For Everyone In Krakow
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Krakow Nightlife   by Paul Scottyn

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The 'new Prague' of Eastern Europe, the cobbled streets of Krakow house more than the nostalgic cultural throng of local history and contemporary cafés. For Poland's capital and latest tourist sensation also boasts a mean nightlife that's up there with Europe's best.
 
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Cheap entertainment
In excess of 100,000 students have made Krakow their term time home, which ensures that there are a wide variety of reasonably priced clubs, bars and pubs to make travelers of any persuasion feel at home. Travelers nursing their hangovers in youth hostels in krakow are never far away from their next nightspot, and there are plenty of ancient goodies to keep them entertained throughout the day, especially in the resplendent enclaves of the Old Town.

For all tastes
To get the evening going with a couple of drinks, the Old Town specializes in atmospheric bars known as 'piwnice' (atmospheric cellar bars). These are a great place - generally stumbled upon, rarely found - to have a few excellent local 'piwos' (beers).


As the night lengthens, Krakow really comes into its own for the variety and quality of its clubs. Whether rock, jazz or drum and bass, Krakow rarely disappoints: Club Fusion on ul. Florianska is a firm favorite with the international crowd, offering live music and DJ sets spanning, hip-hop, R&B and reggae. On ul. Bracka, meanwhile, Rdza attracts only the cream of the drum and bass crowd. For more mainstream dance and techno, backpackers are well advised to hop out of their Krakow hostels and take themselves to the popular yet swanky Club Prozak on pl. Dominikanski.

For a more relaxing blend of cool music and laidback vibes, travelers are advised to head over to the Art Club Bledne Kolo on ul. Bracka which switches between chill out house and reggae dub nights that will set them up for a long night's (or rather morning's) sleep.

The historic district of Old Town finds its nightlife equal in the Kazimierz district down to the southeast of the city. Here travelers have a wide selection of places to explore for a night of revelry, many of which are in interesting, quirky or just downright attractive settings.

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About the Author: Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers. Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Poland, he checked out a variety of the country's budget accommodation, including a number of most Krakow hostels .

Warsaw   by Paul Scottyn


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Dating back to the 9th century the Polish Capital has had a long, eventful and, at times, tragic history. Many who have not visited the city will associate it with dour communist regimes but since the Victory of Solidarity in 1989 the city has transformed itself in to one of the most vibrant and colorful capitals in Europe.
 
Due to the booming economy of the city it's not as cheap as it once was for western backpackers but there are still plenty of bargains to be found and it is definitely a cheaper option than French, German or Spanish cities.

And one of the things that keeps prices low is the variety of excellent youth hostels in Warsaw on offer. Hostel Helvetia, Nathan's Villa Hostel and Hostel Orange all more than match the requirements of the backpacker in the city.

And in addition to the range of fantastic hostels in Warsaw , the city also has a couple of good value hotels and guesthouses like the Hotel Dom Literatury and Boutique Bed and Breakfast.

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The Old Town

One key area travelers will probably want to see is the 'Old Town'. This term of a bit of a misnomer as much was destroyed and the buildings on show today have been lovingly restored to their former glory by the people of Poland.

In fact it was a job so well completed that the area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, despite most of the construction being no more than 30 years old.

Those planning on staying in this area might want to take a look at the Old Town Apartments - your own apartment with kitchen, bathroom and fantastic location for a price of a hostel.

Beyond the old town quarter lies the Royal Castle, King Sigismund's Column, Market Square, and the Barbican. Further south is the Warsaw University campus, which is a good place to seek out some of the more idiosyncratic bars and clubs in the city.
 
Street Performers, Cafes and Stalls at Dusk, Old Town Square (Rynek Stare Miasto), Warsaw, Poland
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Nightlife and Events

Being a young city, Warsaw has a night spot to suit every taste. Bars range from atmospheric and dingy drinking dens, right through to ultra hip lounge-style bars. Foksal 19 split over two floors is popular with the late-20 and 30-something crowd while 20 @Pole Mokotowskie features an outdoor grill and live music.

Clubs are also plentiful with Club 70 living up to its name and offering disco classics, while Ground Zero offers a more modern take and for the completely outlandish check out Le Madame.

Befitting any capital city Warsaw has its fair share of festivals and events, both international and local. Notable ones are the international Film Festival in October and the carnival in March.


Another unique event is Noc Swietojanska (Midsummer's Eve). For this pagan fertility festival, buxom Polish maidens throw wreaths into the Vistula River before fireworks, music and local food help you party into the night. Hostel Orange on Poznanska near the train station offers those travelling to Warsaw for a night out a good base.

Food

Food is something the Poles rightly take pride in and almost every dish is nothing if not good value. Local specialties range from the famous beetroot soup, 'borscht', stuffed dumplings ('perogi') and all manner of pork dishes. However, if you fancy something more international there are plenty of foreign eateries from Chinese to Indian and Moroccan to Italian.

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About the Author: Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers. Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Poland , he checked out a variety of the country's budget accommodation, including a number of most youth hostels in Warsaw.

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Contemporary Self-Catered Apartment , Krakow | Property ref: 23477
Brand new 3 bedroom apartment located in old but groovy Kazimierz with all amenities.  While a secure undergound parking facility is available upon renting the apartment, a car is not really essential as most attractions are within easy walking distance. Further, taxis are cheap, reliable and plentiful especially with a 24h rank in the nearby pl. Wolnica (200m away), by the Kazimierz Town Hall. They can also be ordered via local phones with English-speaking operators (eg, 9191). The local tramline and bus stops are 50m from the apartment for those wishing to vary their commuting experiences.  Sleeps 5.
Cracowstay Luxury Apartment, Krakow City Centre Property ref: 15323
Our Krakow apartment is located in one of the most charming parts of Krakow, 5 mins away from the main tourist attractions in historic center of Krakow. It has all it takes to enjoy your holiday. Whether traveling on business or escaping for a weekend, we welcome you with this luxury appointed apartment. This apartment features impeccable standards of housekeeping, first-run movies, telephones, high-speed internet access and Continental Breakfast if required. Accommodation is suited for tourists, honeymooners, luxury travelers, business travelers, retired, singles, group of friends, senior couple, young couple, family who are looking for romance, cultural activities, relaxation or pleasure. Sleeps 6.
Krakow Apartment in Perfect location!, Krakow Property ref: 6801
Superb located in Kazimierz, Jewish quarter of Krakow, short walk from the Main square, 300m from the Wawel Royal Castle, with a breathtaking view from the 20 sqm terrace.  Our apartment is located in one of the most charming nooks of Krakow - a peaceful small street in Kazimierz, the lively one time Jewish quarter of Krakow. Comfortable, newly decorated and well-furnished 3 rooms apartment has all it takes to enjoy your holiday. Our bright, south-west-facing living room does not only offer practical things like TV-set+DVD+computer and free bradband access, and a wonderful, green and spacious (20 sq m) terrace with a view of a bend of the Vistula river, the Baroque St. Stanislav Church, the Wawel Castle and even the Tatra mountains.  Sleeps 6.
Luxury Modern Apartment, Krakow Property ref: 66058
Modern 2-bedroomed self-catering apartment with stunning panoramic views. Our apartment is located in one of the upcoming trendy parts of Krakow within easy reach of Kazimierz and offers stunning views across the River Wisla. A short walk takes you to the Wawel Castle and the Main Market Square. A variety of traditional and international restaurants are nearby. A welcoming comfortable apartment that would suit both families and a group of friends.   Sleeps 5.
Rustic Splendor self-catering apartment in Krakow | Property ref: 21443
Luxurious touch of Rustic style Four rooms - Sauna - air-conditioning – fountain in the living room – 2 bathrooms - Internet - excellent old town location. Two highly competitive places of Krakow determine the attractiveness of any apartment location. Depending on individual taste, guests tend to hang out in glamorous Market Square or at enchanting Kazimierz areas. The location of our apartments: Austere Elegance, Rustic Splendor and Red Desert Mirage will surely meet the needs of all guests as it lies exactly in between the two main social night-life attractions - 5 minutes’ walk to both areas. Air-conditioned throughout, with sauna, spacious, superbly furnished and equipped to the highest standard four room apartment with excellent location and style that mesmerizes.   Sleeps 8.
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Large Modern Detached House, Laskowa, Poland Property ref: 33363
Situated in the mountain region of southern Poland, between Krakow and Zakopane, in the centre of a beautiful forest valley, close to several new ski slopes. The house was built in 2004 and was completely re-furbished and up-graded to its present high specification in August 2007. It is very large and has plenty of room to sustain 10 occupants, in a comfortable and spacious house. It has a new Mezzanine built into the Roof structure, which is superb, and can itself, sleep 4 people. The village itself, has restaurants and shops only a very short walk from the house, but only 5klms away is the town of LIMANOWA, which has even more facilities. This rental property, is situated approx 85 klms (1.5 hours drive) from the airport, and is central to most activities, such as local towns and Skiing, Sleeps 10.
The Cottage Retreat, Self catering in Myslenice | Property ref: 68928
Bill and Eva's second Polish house 4bed 2bathroom large garden in Myslenice, Near Krakow, Zakopane, Skiing, Wieliczka salt mine. Lovely lovingly restored traditional listed polish house in Myslenice close to krakow (30 minutes). The support you get staying at the house is second to none, this is very important. There is so much to do in this part of poland, most comment two weeks is not enough time and we have regular returning visitors to our properties from all over the world. Krakow with the largest square in europe, its castle, the jewish quarter are a must for a couple of days. the rafting between poland and slovakia is breathtaking and not dangerous, polish mountain men in traditional clothes punt you down river for two hours between the mountains.  Sleeps 8.
The Retreat Osieczany - house in Myslenice | Property ref: 3400
Bill & Eva's 5x2 bathroom home with panoramic mountain views, close to Krakow, The Salt mine, Aushwitz, Zakopane, check our reviews they say it all.  Bill and Eva invite you to stay at our lovely Polish house, dont take our word for how beautiful it is please check our reviews below they say it all. We designed the house for our own use and live in it ourselves every year for a month so it is not bland and empty but comfortable and full of character. We or our Polish, english speaking father in law meet you on arrival and live two miles away and are available if needed, Also our location is noted by everyone, we are rural with beautiful views but 30mins to krakow 5 mins to myslenice and close to access the rafts to slovakia, the salt mines and all the main attractions in this part of Poland. Sleeps 8.
Villa Glogostan, Glogoczow nr Krakow, Glogoczow | Property ref: 66737
Comfortable, spacious, newly rebuilt country house, with a large garden, private lake and unbuilt landscape view. Ideal to relax after visiting Krakow. Newly reconstructed (2008) country residence consists of three buildings: (1) the main VILLA GLOGOSTAN rebuilt in place of an old country house (2) the service/garage building STODO£A rebuilt in shape of the traditional barn (3) under roof place with open walls for entertainment and wood storage in the garden. . Villa GLOGOSTAN received the certificate “sun” from the Polish Federation of Countryside Tourism, which means the high standard private country residence with four double guestrooms, valid from July 2008 to June 2012.  Sleeps 10.
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