Regardless to the fact whether your gig is a stag do or a hen party before you arrive to Krakow make sure you read it.
How about playing “Beat the Bank” ?? If you’re sick of getting ripped for commissions charged by greedy high street bankers every time you breathe and don’t fancy funding another crisis, then:
a) change your money here, or
b) we would recommend using companies such as Revolut or Transferwise .
If you go for “a” in this exciting sport, 2 players – a buyer and a seller – meet in a licensed shop to get as much money from each other as possible at a meeting, based on rates displayed in the window. The result is always a draw with both players more than happy since there was no referee taking a rip off rake off. DO change your cash in Krakow – it’s safe, legal and saves a lot of hard earned money. That said in our own experience best rates are offered in “kantors” in Slawkowska street which is just off the Market Square. Other exchange points – directly in the Market Square, or in Florianska or other streets, usually offer poorer exchange rates.
Language a problem ? Yes and no. Most younger generation Poles you see and meet will have at least a working knowledge of English whist a large number will speak it fluently as a second language. So try to keep comments about a girl’s best attractions polite because she will almost certainly know exactly what you’re saying about her. You might find this embarrassing when she turns round and answers you!
Krakow has always been a safe city and nowadays, especially compared to some western european cities, it feels even safer - but remember that common sense is a virtue, and pickpockets are attracted to touristic destinations. Also bear in mind that city center is pretty much a nonstop party environment - bad temper and alcohol are not a good mixture and e.g.: flashing your "precious gems" at local lads might not be the best idea ! Naturally, it’s a good idea to use your common sense and stay in a group. But don’t be afraid of problems unless you provoke them.
DON’T worry about the stag friendliness of the venues we book you into. These are on a list of regular establishments that welcome groups and can be trusted to provide good service with no hassle. DON’T turn up to nightclubs in short trousers, or sports hats / t-shirts – you will be refused entry if you do.
Common sense is a virtue as they say so:
but don't be too afraid- Krakow is definitely a civilised city, and unless you seem to be an easy prey (silly drunk in a dodgy bar) you can enjoy your weekend.
Beer and vodka are the staples of a good stag night and are very cheap but good wines -particularly imported ones- are more expensive here.
DO leave your cameras, wallets, passports etc in a safe place in your accommodation unless you need them. It’s a good idea to keep a photocopy of the main page of your passport with you however. Most times that something goes missing, it is more often a question of loss than theft. So why take chances with something valuable when setting out on a long, boozy and varied night out?
DON’T bring Scottish or Irish money since, for some unknown reason, it attracts a much lower rate of exchange than English. This shouldn’t be seen as a prejudice against our Scottish or Irish friends but please remember that English banknotes are more valuable than others from Britain.