Krakow by bike? Why not!

Krakow isn’t exactly a huge city and that’s what people love about it. It’s compact and easy to walk around. Not everybody knows though that besides famous Old Town and Kazimierz  Krakow has still lots to offer.  So if you want to see what other foreign tourists usually have no idea about get yourself a bike! Cycling is probably the best way to see the city and countryside, fun and great memories are guaranteed;)

Useful information:

-In Poland you don’t need to wear a helmet but it’s necessary to use bike lights when it gets dark outside.

-You have to get off the bike when crossing the street (unless it’s special crossing design for cyclist)

-Unlike Holland or Denmark, the cyclist here doesn’t have too many rights. While cycling the Old Town be carefull as it’s usually vey busy (avoid most popular pedestrian streets Florianska, Grodzka, Szewska) and remember- it’s pedestrian who is a ‘king’ here;)

-Renting a bike for a day costs about 40PLN/day (or 7PLN/hour)

What are the best routes?

 1.       Mosquito-Kopiec Kraka

 Krakus’ Mound  

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The oldest Mound in Krakow and one of very few prehistoric monumental mounds in Poland. It is believed that King Krakus- legendary founder of Krakow- is buried here.

Directions from Mosquito hostel:

 Turn left, cross Basztowa St and then turn left again. Continue cycyilng through the Planty Park until you reach the Castle (1.5km with  Basztowa St, then Westerplatte St then św. Gertrudy St on your left)

Cross Idziego St. and go straight along Bernardyńska.  At the end turn left,  stop there and take some pictures of the dragon;)

Turn back and cycle along Vistula river. 50M before most Grunwaldzki Bridge take the right -the route goes down you can be closer to the river;)

Pass that bridge, then before the next one (most J. Piłsudskiego) turn left and go uphill. Then turn right, go across the bridge (Kładka Ojca Bernatka) and then straight along Nadwiślańska and then Staromostowa. Cross Rynek Podgórski and stop for a while to enjoy Podgrzórze square. When you’re ready get on a bike and take a  Parkowa road-it’s left to theChurch. Go up the hill and turn left into Pl. Lasoty St, then after 100m turn right to Al. Edwarda Dembowskiego. Go across the viadukt and then turn right (Za Torem St.) and right again (Franciszka Maryewskeigo St). Congratulations! You’ve made it! You can leave your bike ond the parking place and continue hiking.

 2.       Mosquito-Zakrzowek

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Beautiful lake surrounded by cliffs. Favourite barbecue place for polish people.  Used to be limestone quarry but workers  accidentally pierced the water table

Directions in the next post;)

3.       Mosquito-Kopiec Kościuszki

Best viewing point in Krakow

Directions in the next post;)

4.       Mosquito-Ojcowski Park Narodowy

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Ojców National Park. Smallest National Park in Poland but definitely one of most beautiful.  Famous for magnificient limestone cliffs, ravines, and over 400 caves.  The history of the area is long and still Besides nature you it’s worth going there to visit catles that are part of ‘Trail of the Eagles’ Nests’ and museums.

Directions in the next post;)

5.       Mosquito-Tyniec

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Tyniec is very popular destianation for both religious people and these who love the nature.  A rich and – the River, woods and hills make the area a perfect place to Rest. The most important attraction though is The Benedictine Abbey founded in 1044r.

Directions in the next post;)

  

Bike rentals:

 1. CruisingKrakow  <-closest to Mosquito Hostel (50m)

Kraków, ul. Basztowa 17

tel: +48 12 398 7057

Mon – Sun: 9.00 – 20.00

 

2. Art-Bike

Kraków, ul. Starowiślna 33

tel: (12) 422 04 25

Mon – Fri 10-18

Saturday 10-14

3. Bike Rental

Kraków, ul. Świetej Anny 4

tel: +48 501 745 986

Open form 9 till it gets dark

4. Bike Trip

Kraków, ul. Zwierzyniecka 10

tel: 667 712 054

Mon – Sun: 9.00 – 19.00

5. COGITO

Kraków, ul. Na Błoniach 1

tel: 503 473 837

Mon – Czw: 12 – 19

Fri – Sun: 9 – 19

5. Dwa Koła

Kraków, ul. Józefa 5

tel: (12) 421 57 85

Open everyday  from 9.00 till 20:00.

Eccentric Bikes

Kraków, ul. Grodzka 2

6. ELMAR

Kraków, os. Piastów 60A

tel: (012) 647 13 88

Mon – Fri: 9 – 19

Saturday: 9 – 14

About mosquitohostel

I'm an orange mosquito who came to Krakow and settle down here for good. And you know what - I don't even think to fly away from this place, not a chance! Why don't you join me in this amazing place..@ Mosquito Hostel in Krakow, Poland
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