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Welcome to Krakow, one of Europe’s best party cities. The biggest pull for hen parties are the quality drinks at value for money prices. If you’re from the UK, you’ll quickly discover that the vodka here isn’t just cheaper but also a fair bit stronger than what you’re used to. It’s win win! If you’re a group of shopaholic hens, you’ll be happy to hear that Krakow’s a haven of vintage and indie shops and boutiques so you don’t have a to pay a fortune to look like a fashionista and will return home with some bargains.
What To Expect During a Krakow Hen Do?
It’s no surprise that Krakow is known as the cultural capital of Poland. The Old Town is Krakow’s beating heart and home to Rynek Glowny, the biggest medieval market square in Europe. It’s packed with market stalls, restaurants, bars and clubs, a must visit during your hen do in Krakow. Kazimierz is the city’s historic Jewish quarter with vibrant culture, galleries, retro shops, night ime dens and quirky bars with a real shabby chic feel.
For hens looking to experience some sobering history, the Auschwitz concentration camp is around a 40-minute drive away. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but is a must for history buffs. About a 30-minutes’ drive away, you’ll find Kryspinow. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, this is a great spot to visit with an artificial beach set a massive lake plus a bar, waterside, volleyball and basketball court for a fun day out during your hen do in Krakow.
Krakow isn’t known as one of the best party cities in eastern Europe for nothing, you know! With more than 2,000 students living in this young and vibrant city, you know you’re in for a great time. Nights out here are the stuff of legend with an eclectic collection of pubs and bars, buzzing nightclubs and great quality yet value for money drinks, all sure to give the bride-to-be the amazing send-off she deserves.
Whatever time of year you visit, Krakow’s a great place to be. Summer sees sun-soaked days by the river and winter sets a magical, snowy scene. A heady mix of gorgeous gothic architecture and modern nightlife, you ladies better prepare yourselves for a kraking time (see what we did there?)!
During your hen do in Krakow, you’ll be pleased to know there are loads of activities that are sure to keep you occupied and make the bride-to-be’s last weekend of freedom one to remember. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to relaxing pamper days, there’s something here to suit everybody.
Before the party starts, why not have some quality time with the girls and feel any stress melt away with a hen party Spa Day in Krakow? You’ll each receive a champagne tasting, sandwich plate and access to the spa’s fabulous swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get an amazing 30-minute treatment, performed by the spa’s talented staff. Will you go for the hot chocolate massage or the relaxation massage? Either way, it sounds heavenly as you relax to the max and catch up with your best girls whether it’s having a good old gossip about the upcoming wedding, last night’s shenanigans or arranging a plan of action for tonight.
Fancy working out your grey matter? An Escape Room sees you locked in a room for one hour and the only way to get it out is by solving clues, puzzles and tasks as a team. Alternatively, if you want to combine some detective work with sightseeing, try out our Treasure Hunt. All run by a mobile app, this interactive, GPS hunt sends you on a quest around the city sights, asking you questions and setting you photo and video challenges.
If you’re after an activity that’s totally different from the norm, test your nerve with bungee jumping where you’ll throw yourself off a 90m high construction crane. Nothing packs an adrenaline-fuelled punch like it. This is once in a lifetime stuff! If that’s too high, you could always climb a pole instead! Pole Dancing is a quintessential hen party activity, getting any ice broken as you learn some seductive spins and basic tricks that’ll boost your confidence and get everyone smiling.
If you want to keep your feet on the floor, but want to keep things adrenaline-fuelled, then why not go for a go karting session? You’ll be on an indoor track, whizzing around like you’re a true formular 1 pro. Don’t worry if you’ve never learnt to drive, you’ll still be able to hop in and put the pedal to the metal as you race your mates and attempt t beat the fastest lap. You go, girl!
You might not spot many celebs on your hen do in Krakow but you're bound to bump into plenty of stag do's! With the prosecco flowing and the guys wearing fancy dress, there's no telling who you might get a selfie with!
Traditional Polish cuisine is all about comfort food, hearty and heavy on carbs with loads of meat. Sounds good, right? Especially when we all know that calories don’t count during a Krakow hen party! Here are some tasty Polish delights that you’ve got to try during your stay.
Pierogi are dumplings with a range of fillings, traditionally potato, but can come in all sorts of delectable flavours. From cheese and sauerkraut to fruits and berries, there’s a flavour to suit everyone’s tastes!
This popular Eastern European soup is packed with flavour. It’s a sour soup, meaning you might get a bit of a shock when you take a sip. However, the beetroot base gives it a lovely deep red colour making this a comforting winter warmer.
Poland’s answer to the UK’s late-night kebab, Zapiekanka are tasty baguettes that are smothered with cheese and mushrooms and tomato or garlic sauce.
Milk BarsKrakow’s the birthplace of the milk bar (bar mleczny). First opened in 1948, these cafes offered cheap and cheerful, dairy-based meals and drinks to the masses. Many milk bars closed with the collapse of communism, but some still remain. They’re certainly not fancy but are well worth a visit for a filling meal and to experience the local culture.
Start your hen do in Krakow off the right way with a traditional three course meal. You and your besties will enjoy a two-hour sitting as you into a soup starter, main course and dessert from a traditionally Polish set menu. We’ll also treat you to two drinks each, either wine, beer or soft drinks that you can use to toast the bride and groom-to-be. A friendly English-speaking guide will meet you before your meal and walk you to this city centre restaurant, so you don’t need to worry about finding your way through the winding streets or potentially getting lost! They’ll stay with you to help you order your dinner and drinks, help with any translations and generally make sure everyone’s having a great time.
For a totally gothic restaurant experience in Krakow, head to Pod Aniolami, a wonderful medieval eatery situated in the cellars of an old 13th-century building that’ll take you back in time. If you don’t fancy tucking into your meal in the cosy old cellar, you can sit in the beautiful medieval-garden and soak up the sun. Po Aniolami serve traditional Polish food including Russian dumplings and wild boar steaks and lots and lots of vodka. Bottoms up!
We’ve already mentioned the milk bars that popped up during the communist era. There are still a few in Krakow today, so they’re definitely worth a visit during your hen do. Milk bar Tomasza is a modern revamp of an old millibar and offers a tasty menu of pierogi, baked potatoes and lots of fresh ingredients.
Krakow boasts one of the highest concentrations of bars, pubs and clubs in Europe. That’s why it’s important you don’t miss out and make sure you book your entry in advance! We have everything from cocktail making to guided bar crawls — what more could a girl want on her last night of freedom?
Kick start your night with a bang with hen party cocktail making in Krakow where you’ll learn the tricks of the trade and create (and drink!) three cocktails of your own. Who wouldn’t loving the combo of learning a new skill with sinking tasty cocktails? You pre-drink making skills are about to get seriously upped, girls!
Rather someone else did the pouring during your Krakow hen night? Try our vodka tasting experience. There’s an ongoing debate between Poland and Russia on who invented vodka but if you listen to Krakow locals, they’ll say this delicious drink was created in Poland in the 8th century so where better to taste the stuff? You’ll each get your hands on five different vodkas with fun facts shared by the bartender and snacks provided to help line those tummies a little.
Fancy a party with a difference? Head out on the river with a party boat cruise in Krakow! Enjoy a totally unlimited open bar stocked with beer, spirits and soft drinks, dance to top tunes from the onboard DJ and receive entry to a banging nightclub when you disembark. What better way to celebrate the bride-to-be’s last weekend of freedom?
Wondering when is the best time to visit Krakow for your hen do?
You’ll probably be pleased to know that Krakow has a warmer climate due to it being in eastern Europe. High summer is anytime between July and August. You’ll enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and hot nights. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, May and June are perfect for that spring feeling and warm evenings.
Whenever you’re planning a hen do in Krakow, you’re in for some fun! You might not be a student but that won’t stop you enjoying student celebration, Juwenalia in May. Get ready to party hard for a full week as the students take over the Old Town in an alcohol-filled celebration before their exams with colourful parades, an open-air ball and live music.
The Jewish Cultural Festival
The Jewish Cultural Festival takes place in June bringing 300 events and more than 30,000 people to the city to take part in tours, workshops, lectures and musical events from concerts to DJs and jam sessions, all highlight the beauty and diversity of Jewish culture from all over the world.
Also taking place in June is Wianki, a festival dating back to pagan times that celebrates the summer solstice with famous musical acts performing on and near the Vistula River, fireworks and competitions for the most beautiful wreath.
Annual Pierogi Festival
Have you tried pierogi yet? This Polish staple food is so popular that’s its even got its own festival! The annual Pierogi Festival takes place every August and gives visitors the chance to try this Polish delicacy in all its different forms and flavours. You can even vote for your fave! The festival also promotes traditional Polish cuisine and folk culture with art exhibitions and live music performances.
November and December see the return of the Christmas Market which takes place in Rynek Glowny, the city’s huge central square in the historic Old Town. Here you’ll find loads of traditional wooden stalls with gifts, decorations, crafts from local blacksmiths and carvers, food and mulled wine. There’s also live entertainment and carol singers to get you well and truly in the festive mood during your hen do in Krakow.
The city centre is conveniently close to the airport, reachable by taxi in around 30 minutes so it won’t take you long to be in the thick of all the action for your Krakow hen weekend. This awesome Polish city is easy to get around with a good bus and tram service, but we recommend getting out and seeing the sights by foot.
The city streets are stunning and you’re sure to find loads of popular hotspots and hidden gems, including vintage and indie boutiques, as you wander around. Plus, a walk is the best way to see all the gorgeous gothic architecture and really appreciate how beautiful everything is. But don’t worry if you’re tired after dancing all night on your hen do in Krakow, you can always jump in a taxi.
Want to try transportation with a difference? Hop on a Flyboarding experience that’ll see you thrusted into the air by powerful jets! The jets will be strapped to your feet as you glide across the water and wave to all your friends. You’ll get a transfer to and from your accommodation so all you need to do is come along and have some fun!
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