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New Year in Krakow

Celebrating New Year in Krakow, Poland.

Everybody in Krakow appears to be raring to celebrate the arrival of New Year so wildly as possibly he or she can and dare. People often select their favorite venues a couple of months in advance and rush to book trendy nightspots at the earliest opportunity. And on New Year’s Eve huge crowds swarm immense Rynek Glowny, the picturesque central square of Krakow, and adjoining streets to revel in one of Europe’s biggest open-air parties (which no longer culminates with a firework display, nowadays replaced by lasers-and-lights show at midnight). Although, actually, many of the merrymakers are day-trippers from other Polish cities and from abroad, attracted by Krakow festivities. In 2016 the municipal officials decided to scale down the celebrating in the central square (and skip the fireworks display in favor of a laser spectacular), while supplementing it with similar alfresco events in other parts of the city.

  • In 2021 the New Year open-air concert in the central square of Krakow was cancelled to avoid the potential spreading of COVID-19.  


At the same time house parties, usually in a narrow circle, remain popular with the locals, especially the older folks. And quite a few opt for welcoming New Year in one of mountain resorts south of Krakow, such as Zakopane, notably whenever January 1st happens close enough to Sunday to produce another nice long weekend Poles are so fond of. 

New Year's Eve in Krakow.

With hundreds of nightspots to choose from, nightlife in Krakow is famously energetic. Every night club in the city plans the New Year’s Eve’s party on its premises and most start selling tickets early in November. Small as usually they are and the regulars snapping up the lion's share of tickets, some places are fully booked before December. Typically the ticket covers entry and a few drinks, and maybe a light meal as well in addition to recorded music and/or DJs spinning his variety of club music while music clubs feature live acts. Prices start at around 50 zloty (PLN).

Also many restaurants in Krakow - notably in the downtown historic districts of the Old Town and Kazimierz - as well as pubs and the like organize reservations only nights on the New Year’s Eve offering a couple of meals, drinks, and usually an improvised dance floor plus some live entertainment. A multi-course New Year Eve's dinner, wines included, in a good Krakow restaurant costs about 300 zloties (PLN) or more.

Be it a club, a pub, or a restaurant the New Year’s Eve’s merrymaking lasts through the small hours of January 15 with the obligatory flute of bubbles at midnight.

Krakow hotels often offer a New Year city break, complete with a party on their premisses. 

New Year’s Eve and particularly its night party is called sylwester in Polish as December 31st is the name day of Sylwesters. 

Krakow on New Year’s day.

January 1st is a day of rest and recovering from the effects of the prior night activities. New Year’s day is a public holiday in Poland so expect almost everything closed save Krakow eateries and gas stations. Also public transport in Krakow adopts holiday timetables. Nonetheless entertainment in Krakow doesn’t stop with at least a couple of music concerts available.

At the same time January 1st is the Catholic feast day and many citizens of Krakow manage to attend High Mass.

Selected venues for celebrating New Year in Krakow. 

Any following information has been provided by respective establishments on their sole responsibility.

ALBERTINA Restaurant & Wine in Krakow, Poland

Albertina Restaurant & Wine 
Polish cuisine with Mediterranean twist. 
Address: ul. Dominikanska 3, 31-043 Krakow (located in the center on the corner of Dominikanska and Poselska streets).
Phone: +48 123334110, mobile + 48 570136720, Website

Albertina is an exceptional place on the culinary map of Krakow. The restaurant, located in the center of the Old Town, tempts with a unique character of its decor, carefully prepared menu, and excellent wine selection from all over the world. Albertina combines Polish cuisine in modern form, based on seasonal menu and local products, with Mediterranean inspirations, e.g. fresh lobsters and oysters from its own lobster tank (the only one in the entire Krakow). Also, Albertina can boast Poland's only Enomatic system of self-service wine dispensers, with a superb range of 32 wines to buy by the glass.

Pod Aniolami restaurant in Krakow, Poland

Pod Aniolami restaurant
Polish cuisine.
The Pod Aniolami – “Under the Angels” restaurant is an extraordinary place, famed far and wide for its marinated meats, grilled over beech hardwood fire, and other old Polish dishes. The restaurant’s historical 13th-century interiors and brilliant cuisine, based on the Polish culinary traditions, will make you soak up the atmosphere of the Medieval Kings’ City of Cracow. At “Under the Angels” time stood still and one can still find the ambience of old Cracow here. Beautiful interiors and excellent cuisine attract renowned guests from all over the world. On the ground floor we invite you to The Chamber of the Wawel Castle’s Comptroller where one can admire the 18th-century polychromes during private banquets. There is also a charming year-round open garden with a mosaic fountain to which one can always drop a coin wishing to come back to this unusual place.
Meal for two without wine - about 40 euro
Address: 35 Grodzka street.
(+48) 124213999.

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