The beautiful city of Kraków in Poland is a highlight of any backpacker’s Eastern European trail. You can stroll by the Vistula River, admire Wawel Castle, sample the bohemian charms of the Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz, or take day trips to Ojcow National Park, Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Some of these hostels are party pads but others in or near Kraków’s lovely Old Town are more peaceful, just take your pick.
Mosquito Hostel is one of the most popular and well-known hostels in Kraków, near the centre of town with a free breakfast, fast wifi and tours to Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mines on offer. Dorms vary between six, 10 and 12 beds, while private rooms are available for an extra fee. Welcoming staff will encourage you to take part in the pub crawls, plus communal eating and drinking games. It’s a great hostel for solo travellers as you will easily make new friends here.
The Secret Garden is a little treat in Krakow’s Kazimierz District, one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city. There are economy rooms for those on a budget or if you want a bit more luxury, the hostel also offers studio apartments. Each of the rooms has a unique name associated with The Secret Garden book. The reception is open 24 hours, the breakfast buffet is free every morning and wifi is included. The kitchen is available for everyone to use and it includes tea, coffee, milk and water for no extra charge.
The Old Walls Hostel is an excellent city-centre option in Kraków on Ambrożego Grabowskiego just a short walk from Old Town square. You can choose from mixed dorms that range from four to ten beds. Bed linen, a towel, luggage storage, wifi and usage of the washing machine are all included in the price. Staff can help you organise tours, trips and excursions within the city.
For those wanting to stay a little outside the city centre, the Apart Ginger Hostel has eight or 12-bed dorms, plus a six-person female dorm. Rooms are clean, comfortable and modern and decorated with the hostel’s signature shade of lime green. Orthopaedic mattresses ensure a good night’s sleep, plus the hostel stocks all the essentials, such as toothpaste and slippers, in case you forget yours. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast, plus afternoon tea and coffee.