We’re not going to lie, Krakow is for a certain type of stag. If you’re after a civilised few drinks and an early night, don’t come to Krakow. The Polish city is geared up towards stag dos, with a proper laddy activities involving strippers and plenty of beer thrown in for good measures. There’s a fair share of action-packed activities in Krakow too, making sure that your daytimes are filled with hangover-smashing opportunities to get the adrenaline pumping. Having said that, you’ve still got the more civilised stag do pleasers like brewery tours, wine tasting and private boat hire, that will keep the Father-in-Laws out there happy, but we do tend to find that our groups take part in these sorts of activities before they spill out onto the nightlife strips.
Like we mentioned earlier, Krakow is pretty stripper-heavy, and for us to say that, it really must be full of them. Every bar crawl inevitably ends up in a plush gentleman’s club, your transfer from the airport to your accommodation will of course have a few strippers on board and even your steak evening meals come with a side of sexy stripper, for goodness’ sake. But, if you want to take the stripper stakes to the next level, you could stitch the stag up with an angry neighbour, cleaning lady or fat stripper – just to make his final send-off as memorable as possible. You could even pretend you’re going to watch a hot strip oil show, where the most stunning girls wrestle each other in three five minute rounds – but what the stag doesn’t know is that he’s the one who’s going to be wrestling in the third round, and let us tell you now, she’s not going to go easy on him.
The vodka tasting sessions are also particularly popular with stags visiting Krakow, where five Polish vodkas are learned about (and drank) – culture and drinking? This one ticks every stag do box.
This being said, you may want to do more than just drink and indulge on debauchery on your stag do in Krakow, so we recommend taking in a bit of the sobering local culture whilst you’re there. Plus, if you go home and tell the missus all about the country’s rich cultural heritage, that’s your pass to go again on the next one – everyone’s a winner. The Wieliczka salt mine is certainly worth a visit; it’s a UNESCO World Cultural and National Heritage monument – visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world.
The oldest brew-pub in Krakow should also be on your stag do check list; nestled within a basement vault with brick ceilings, you can have a few drinks here whilst learning about the authentic and traditional workings of the in-house brewery. Alternatively, many groups feel compelled to pay their respects in Auschwitz Museum, the largest of the WWII German-Nazi concentration camps, but we recommend only booking this if it’s something that you and all of the group are comfortable with visiting, as it is a truly moving experience.
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