The historic city of Krakow is Poland's cultural capital. Unlike many other Polish cities, Krakow escaped WWII relatively unscathed and the charming Old Town is reputed to have the highest density of bars of anywhere in the world. There's a large student population which means a pumping atmosphere, cheap drinks and fit girls. What more could you want?
In a Nutshell:
- Population of Krakow: 757,500
- The official language is Polish- like English but lacking vowels! Many of the locals speak great English so they'll understand your abysmal chat-up lines.
- Krakow was the European City of Culture in 2000.
- The Old Town is a World Heritage site.
- Expect to pay around 5zl (£1) for a large beer.
Krakow has hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you want to sleep in the lap of luxury or just want a place to rest your spinning head in between drinking sessions we know the place for you.
Krakow has great range of action-packed daytime activities. As well as the mandatory Paintball and Quad Biking you can try your hand at all manner of top activities including Indoor Go-karting, Pistol Shooting and Quad Snow Rafting.
Krakow's Old Town boasts a huge number of places to eat, drink and be merry. There are over 400 bars, an abundance of funky nightclubs and some slightly more ‘adult' clubs if that's your cup of tea. We've got all of the best places sussed so you won't end up trawling the streets all night only to end up at a German techno night in a disused public toilet ...unless that's what you want. Prices have remained low and a pint rarely exceeds £1. Opening hours are flexible and basically if people are drinking, the barman is pouring.
Poland is famed for its world-class vodka. Chopin and Belvedere are the two most popular tipples but for the hardcore amongst you, a couple of Mad Dogs- ‘Wsciekly Pies' - a mix of vodka, Tabasco and raspberry juice, will have you breathing fire.
A word of warning- If you do have a couple of mates who turn mentalist the moment alcohol passes their lips then try to avoid the local fuzz as they'll throw you in the local drunk tank quicker than you can slur ‘Call my lawyer'. For 250 zl (£45) you'll be treated to a full strip search, a set of blue pyjamas and the company of mentally deranged vagrants. If you try to resist arrest expect to taste truncheon.
You may think Polish cooking is little more than pigs trotter soup, dumplings and red cabbage but since the parting of the Iron Curtain fine restaurants have popped up all over the city and Krakow is Poland's gourmet mecca.
However if you want a more authentic culinary experience local favourites include Smalec- fried lard, often served with hunks of homemade bread, and Bigos- a hunter's stew made using meat, cabbage, onion and sauerkraut before being left to simmer for a few days. Nice. Another popular food is Zapiekanki- Take a stale baguette, pour melted cheese on it and then cover it with mushrooms and ketchup. Tastes great after 20 pints.
Krakow's seasons are quite distinct. Cold and windy in Spring, warm and sunny interspersed with heavy showers in Summer, sunny but damp and foggy in Autumn and freezing in Winter, where the temperatures can drop to a brutal -15°C in January and February- good spirit drinking weather.
£1= 5.84911 Polish Zlotych
Make sure you carry some small change around with you as many places will refuse to break large notes for you. Currency can be exchanged at any number of places but you are best off simply drawing out money using your ATM card.
For getting to and from the airport and to your activities, we'll be happy to arrange a coach for your party.
What Do Chillisauce Do For You?
We provide a one stop shop for sorting out everything for your trip, except for flights. We will recommend hotels from our books or, if you have particular requirements, we can source ones to suit you. We will be happy to provide you details of the hotels including pictures. We will arrange your entire itinerary in consultation with yourselves and arrange an event manager in Krakow to ensure your event goes without a hitch.