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Being gay in Poland is not easy with a socially conservative duopoly in control of legislation with the backing of the all-powerful Catholic Church who until recently wherein the grip of anti-gay hysteria and a state-sponsored campaign of LGBTQ persecution.

While Krakow might be rapidly changing with an influx of Western Europeans looking for both history and nightlife, it is still very much a Catholic city where pious devotees stream in and out of churches seemingly towers over every street corner. Sadly, amidst such blatant homophobia verbal abuse and gay bashing is not unheard of.

While many ex-soviet countries have made steps towards equality, Poland – despite being a member of the European Union for fifteen years – has woefully insufficient legal protections for LGBTQ Poles. The sim­ple fact of being alive is enough reason for crit­i­cism and at­tacks from a cer­tain sector of Pol­ish so­ci­ety, and the LGBT community here is fighting an increasingly uphill battle.

While Warsaw is more liberal with a larger gay scene, queer takeovers and a fabulous Pride event, Krakow is still stuck in its ways with not even a Pride celebration. Needless to say, any public displays of affection are strongly advised against in Krakow.

Events

Monday EROTIC PISS MONDAYS in BlueXL MEN ONLY CLUB. This is a great party for lovers of a draft beers.  Leżajsk Draft Beer  all night long for only 5 pln. We will give you planty of relaxtation! Entry 10 pln, Coatroom FREE! Start 9:00pm – 3:00am +++

Tuesday HERCULES PARTY. It is a party made especially for sports men and people that loves all of it. BlueXL MEN ONLY CLUB  knows what you like and we will deliver. Entry is 10 PLN,  Coatroom FREE! Start 9:00pm – 3:00am +++

Wednesday GAY-STRAIGHT-BI PARTY. This is a party for all of us and for you too (gay, straight or bisexual guys). BlueXL MEN ONLY CLUB. We know what we like and what we want it right now. Entry is 10 pln. Coatroom FREE!  Start 9:00pm – 3-00am +++

Thursday SODOMA & GOMORA PARTY. For all of us who like some HARD CORE. In BlueXL MEN ONLY CLUB, nothing is hidden. Entry is 10 pln. Coatroom FREE! Start  9:00pm – 3:00am +++

Friday We start the weekend right! We invite you to party with us all weekend long. In this MEN ONLY CLUB we know what you want, GO-GO-BOYS SHOW and much more. Entry is 20 PLN, including a draft beer  LEZAJSK or soft drink  (cola, fanta, tonik, sprite) FREE!  Coatroom FREE! Start  9:00pm – 6:00am +++

Saturday After super hot Friday in BlueXL MEN ONLY CLUB, we party even more tonight. Saturday Night Fever is among us. Entry 20 PLN including a draft beer LEZAJSK or SOFY DRINK (cola, fanta, tonik, sprite) FREE!  Coatroom FREE! Start 9:00pm – 7:00am +++

Sunday  After a fantastic weekend in BlueXL MEN ONLY CLUB, we want to party even more. Let’s charge battery. Entry 10 PLN, Coatroom FREE! Start 9:00pm – 3:00am +++

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Is it safe to go for gay places in Krakow?

I’m going to Krakow in 1st April and I’d like to go in a sauna and a gay club but I’m really afraid about being attack by someone or stuff. I’m saying that because gays are not very welcoming in eastern Europe. Is does makes sense or I’m just being paranoid?

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Bar and cruising: ; ; both safe and walking distance from centre. Do not expect too much especially weekdays.

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Being gay in Poland is no easier than being gay in any deeply Catholic, formerly Communist, state – in other words, it’s no walk in the park. But modern Warsaw is the most open city in Poland when it comes to the acceptance of homosexuality, and many gay and lesbian Poles will also tell you it’s also the place with the most gay and gay-friendly clubs. Below, we’ve gathered a selection of the best clubs and cafes, and even hostels and hotels for the gay or lesbian traveller, as well as some Polish websites of various GLBT organizations and communities.

For general information about the history and current laws and statistics on homosexuality in Poland, see our Gay Krakow page.

Le Garage: ul. Burakowska 12 A club known for its warm atmosphere and clientele (not to mention the wild decor and wall paintings), Le Garage is a laid-back place to have a few drinks and occasionally enjoy a drag queen show.

Toro: Marszalkowska 3/5 Another one of Warsaw’s most popular gay bars, Toro hosts frequent events like disco parties and shows which last all night.

Fantom Club: ul. Bracka 20a Yet another hard to find spot, Fantom is a club and sauna for men only, with dark rooms, video rooms, and themed parties on Sundays.

Wild Club: ul. ul. Chlodna 39, lok.3 Similar to Fantom above, Wild Club is a bar and sex club for men.

Galeria: Plac Mirowski 1 The occasional drag queen shows make this little bar worth coming to.

Lodi Dodi: ul. Wilcza 23 This small bar in the very centre of the city now has a cinema and darkroom downstairs.

Bastylia: ul. Mokotowska 17 Small gay-friendly cafe

Friends Guest House: ul. Sienkiewicza +36 (309) 323334 Friends Guest House, also with a location in Krakow, was the first gay owned and operated guest house in Poland, and is still the only one in Warsaw. The guest house has three rooms in one building located right in the very centre of the city, close to the Central Train Station, and a stone’s throw from stores, cafes, and the Old Town.

Gay Warsaw Tour: From the people at Warsaw Tours: A gay tour of Warsaw that not only takes you to the best clubs, but also treats you to a day of spas, sightseeing, and a chance to meet local activists.

Culture for Tolerance: Campaign Against Homophobia: Poland’s gay portal: Lesbian and feminist portal: GLBT portal, events: Lesbian Coalition (LBT): Positively homosexual portal: Women for Women: Independent lesbian and bisexual portal: GayGuide Cracow: – A guide specially catering to the gay or lesbian traveller. Also available for PragueSofiaBudapest.

If you know of other particularly gay-friendly places in Warsaw, please let us know; and feel free to post your comments about gay Warsaw on this page below. We encourage different viewpoints and want to hear your thoughts about the gay cause in Warsaw (though we won’t tolerate abusive or hateful comments). For more information about pro-gay organisations and events in Poland, visit . You can also download a PDF of the Campaign Against Homophobia’s „Situation of Bisexual and Homosexual Persons in Poland – 2005 and 2006 Report“ here. We’ve included a few Poland-specific GLBT websites above, though many are only in Polish. We hope they’ll be a helpful resource; if you know of any other helpful websites, let us know as well!

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Gay Krakow Travel Guide

Perhaps not the first destination on a European traveler’s mind, Poland has reemerged as not only a top stop in Europe, but a top stop worldwide.  The most mysterious of Europe’s big countries, Poland’s rich monarchical history combined with the trials and tribulations of nearly fifty years as a Soviet Satellite state have made for a very diverse and interesting heritage.  Blessed with glistening Baltic beaches, majestic mountains and quaint villages, this nation of forty million is ready to open its doors to the World

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4-star : Convenient location. Modern rooms Great value.

4-star : Near the gay scene. Great for shopping & nightlife.

3-star : Close to gay nightlife. Great value & location.

4-star : Excellent views. Central location Popular with gay guests.

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Krakow (Poland) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual NSA encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Krakow in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Krakow, Poland.

Below we show a Krakow cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

Poland cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual NSA encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Poland in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Poland.

Below we show a Poland cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

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Gay Krakow

Perhaps not the first destination on a European traveler’s mind, Poland has reemerged as not only a top stop in Europe, but a top stop worldwide.  The most mysterious of Europe’s big countries, Poland’s rich monarchical history combined with the trials and tribulations of nearly fifty years as a Soviet Satellite state have made for a very diverse and interesting heritage.  Blessed with glistening Baltic beaches, majestic mountains and quaint villages, this nation of forty million is ready to open its doors to the World.  While the rest of Europe has faced economic decline, Poland watched its GDP rise 1.5% this year.  There is no shortage of hope or vision for a better future here.  Perhaps the most liberal of the Eastern European countries despite its Catholic roots, the gay scene is exploding in its cities.  While Krakow has a fair share of clubs, Warsaw’s nightlife offers several options to meet the wants of any traveler.  From laid-back lounges to frenetic discos, Poland’s scene has become a place to both see and be seen.  Indeed, there is no question that Poland is on the rise.  Get there before everyone else does… Just east of Germany, south of Lithuania, west of Belarus and north of Hungary, Poland is very much so the “hub” of Central and Eastern Europe and perhaps the region’s “window to the west.”  Warsaw – the capital – is situated in the northeast while Krakow – the cultural and historical center – is in the south central part of the country.  Beaches are up north on the Baltic Sea while brilliant mountains carry through the southeast.  While the west does have a few large cities, the rest of the country is primarily small towns and charming villages.  Winters are cold and harsh, but spring and fall offer welcoming temperatures and the summers can even get hot!  Still, snow-covered Krakow is enchanting, so there really is no bad time to visit. Somehow able to escape the damages of both the Nazi and Soviet occupations, Krakow managed to retain its old-world charm, not to mention old-world buildings and neighborhoods. Set along the Wisla River, Krakow’s three central districts are all worth a visit.  Because the city was never completely destroyed, it was never bombarded with rampant, unplanned development.  Small lanes, tree-lined avenues, parks and town squares abound.  Trams bustle up and down the street while Krakovites seem to find any possible reason to take a leisurely stroll through town. 

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Attractions in Krakow

Obviously being gay does not define which attraction most of us will want to see in each city and most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in Krakow during the day! Krakow is a safe city, but still, all travelers should take caution in crowded areas or at night in bars with valuables.

Gay travelers in Krakow should avoid all public displays of affection as many residents are uncomfortable with LGBT culture and likely hold conservative attitudes, if not outright homophobia. LGBT Tolerance is low here, similar to BudapestBucharest and is a long way off more LGBT-friendly post-Soviet cities like Prague and Tallinn. Overall gay life in Krakow is discreet and traveling here requires a common-sense approach that generally ensures you have no issues exploring this otherwise beautiful city.

There is so much to do in this gorgeous city – but we found our favorite memories were just sitting and drinking coffee watching the world go by, getting lost in the beautiful historic center or dancing away the night with new friends at one of the Krakow gay clubs.

If you have the time, you really should consider hiring a car to check out the beautiful surrounding small towns and countryside, though you hardly run the risk of getting bored no matter how long you stay in Krakow. Still, it helps to have some idea what is going on, so here are our just a few of our favorite things to do in Krakow that you should not miss!

Gay-friendly and Gay Hotels in Krakow

In conservative Krakow, it is very difficult to find an upscale hotel that would refuse to host gay guests. Still, some Krakow hotels are far more popular with queer travelers due to their location, design and welcoming environment, which are features here. There are currently no exclusively gay hotels in Krakow, but we frequently find the best hotels also to be the most gay-popular, and explicitly gay hotels to be grungier, less cool and less sociable when we have stayed in other cities.

Each Krakow hotel and area offer something very specific, so be sure to choose the right style and location to meet your needs. Prices are cheap compared to North American and Western European hotels (though quickly rising) and standards are high – so it’s a great place to splurge! Of course, there are also hundred’s more hotel and hostel options in Krakow if none of these suit your desired budget, facilities or area.

We have also put a Gay Krakow map at the end in case you need some help getting an idea of where everything is. Whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap place to crash after a night of partying or a chic designer option to sip cocktails and surround yourself with fabulous people – Gay Krakow as something for everyone!

Gay Nightlife in Krakow

The gay club scene in Krakow is much smaller than Warsaw, and there are only a few establishments openly courting the LGBT crowd. There is also no defined gay area in Krakow but the hipster Kazimierz Old Jewish neighborhood is home to the two biggest gay clubs – and everything from hip cocktail dens to shabby-chic vintage shops.

If you are interested in straight hedonistic clubbing, the high street of Floriańska and Szewska in the historic town are fuelled with sex-crazy students every weekend, and there are a few LGBT+ friendly establishments dotted within. Take a look at our Gay Krakow map at the end if you can’t decide where to go!

Be sure to check websites and Facebook pages for up-to-date information, and take care! Poland is one of the least liberal countries in the EU, and open displays of affection outside of gay bars can lead to trouble.  LGBT Krakow is growing, however, and what better way could there be to support the burgeoning Krakow gay scene than dancing the night away with your new queer family… Just don’t forget your common sense! 

Cruising & Gay Saunas Krakow

Looking for a bit hot, steamy fun? There is only one gay sauna in Krakow – but three gay cruising clubs if you are looking to stay dry.  Foreigners are typically welcoming through-out the Krakow gay scene, but many guys don’t speak English in the saunas here so you’ll need to brush up on your non-verbal cues and gay sauna etiquette. We have a handy guide to the perfect first-time gay sauna experience to answer all your questions!

Do not take any unnecessary valuables (phone, keys, wallet) to the gay sauna in Krakow – or into any dark rooms. Across Europe, thieves sadly take advantage of guys while their pants are quite literally down.

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historical district; close to most of the gay venues in Krakow

famous central area with many shops and restaurants, near the gay scene

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The modern Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre is only 5 minutes from the Main Market Square and within walking distance to the gay bars and nightlife in Kazimierz district.

Large guest rooms feature satellite TV, tea & coffee maker, minibar and free WiFi. The hotel has a modern gym, concierge service and 24-hour front desk. Breakfast is served daily.

There is a bar & restaurant, although a range of local options are nearby.

Fit for a queen. The Queen’s Boutique Hotel’s location is great for exploring Krakow and the nearby gay scene. The Wawel Castle is a 15-minute walk away, whilst gay cruise bar Blue XL and Klub Pozytywka are even closer.

Each stylish, modern guest room features a flat screen TV, free WiFi, tea & coffee maker. All rooms are soundproof and air-conditioned. Some have views of the city.

Guests have free access to the excellent sauna & spa. The onsite restaurant serves fusion Polish cuisine. There is a 24-hour reception, and the friendly staff can help arrange for shuttle transfers and tours.

Large, fully-equipped apartments in the heart of Old Town Krakow, a few minutes’ walk to the Main Square, close to the city’s best shopping areas, restaurants and gay nightlife.

The Mosquito offers just 6 bright modern apartments, each with free WiFi, LCD satellite TV. Each has a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, microwave, toaster, kitchenware, dining area.

The nearby Krakow Glowny station makes it easy to get around the city. Great location and value for money. Sells out fast, so book early. Minimum two nights stay.

The Best Western offers good value for money and perfect location in Krakow – a short walk to the Main Market Square, Wawel Castle, and the bars and cafés in the lively Kazimierz District.

Modern, colourful rooms have free WiFi, flat screen satellite TV and private bathroom with showers. The 24-hour front desk provides luggage storage service, tour arrangements and airport transfers.

There is a bar and restaurant onsite. After dinner, you can just walk to the gay-popular Klub PozytywkaBlue XL gay cruise club.

Good quality hotel and a popular choice on Travel Gay. The Qubus features a nice rooftop terrace, a wellness centre with pool, spa Turkish steam bath.

Guest rooms offer classic comfort, with amazing panoramic views over the Krakow city skyline. Onsite, there’s a gym, 24-hour business centre, rental bikes and a restaurant.

An excellent budget hotel in Old Town Krakow. The great-value Hotel Royal is close to the Wawel Castle, the Main Market Square, local restaurants and shops. Spartakus sauna and LaF gay nightclub are about 10 minutes away.

Guest rooms in the classic Art Nouveau building feature free WiFi, flat screen TV and work desk. The onsite Pod Wawelem restaurant serves traditional Polish cuisine. The 24-hour front desk can arrange tours and tickets.

This good-value boutique hotel is conveniently located in the historic Kazimierz area, close to many shops, restaurants, LGBT dance club LaF. Blue XL gay cruise club is even closer!

Guest rooms are modern and tastefully furnished, each with flat screen cable TV, air conditioning, free WiFi. The hotel features a gym, a 24-hour front desk, lobby bar. The onsite restaurant serves Polish & European food and breakfast buffet every morning.

The Krakow Glowny train station and Galeria Krakowska Shopping Center can be reached in 10 minutes.

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