Guidebook Updates for Poland

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Poland, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!


For books printed before July 2017, the following may apply:

  • Visitors to Auschwitz I can no longer tour the site on their own during the busiest times (April–Oct 10:00–15:00). If you're there during those hours you'll need to pay 45 zł extra to join a required organized tour. (Auschwitz II, a.k.a. Birkenau, still allows individual visits during all opening hours.)
  • Required reservations for entry-time slots to the memorial can fill up months ahead, so book as early as you can commit to a date. If your date is booked up, you have a few options: Book a slot on a foreign-language tour (then split off, seeing the site on your own with the self-guided tour in our guidebook); pay for an excursion through a Kraków-based tour operator (often available up to the day before; consider SeeKrakow, DiscoverCracow, or Cracow City Tours); or try just showing up at the memorial, in which case you'll want to arrive as early as possible (on busy days, try to arrive by 9:00 — keeping in mind that Auschwitz is 1.5 hours from Kraków).

For books printed before May 2015, the following may also apply:

  • Reservations are now required to visit the memorial; fortunately, they're free and easy to book on the memorial's site: After selecting a date, choose between "General Tour 3,5 h" (for the 40-zł, 3.5-hour guided tour — be sure to select one in English) or "Tour for individuals without an educator" (to visit on your own, for free). You'll be emailed an eticket that you'll need to print out before arriving at the memorial.


  • The European Solidarity Center is now closed on Tuesdays in winter (open May–Sept Mon–Fri 10:00–19:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–20:00; Oct–April Mon and Wed–Fri 10:00–17:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–18:00, closed Tue). Regular admission now costs 20 zł.


For books printed before July 2017, the following may apply:

For books printed before May 2015, the following may also apply:

  • The tourist information office in Nowa Huta has closed.
  • The Kraków Aquarium has closed.
  • The Maayan Guest Rooms in the Kazimierz district have closed.
  • Mama's Hostel has new owners, new name, and new phone number: Intro Hostel, +48 12-430-2402.


For books printed before May 2015, the following may apply:

  • Two tourist-information office branches have closed: the one in the Kordegarda building on Royal Way, and the branch in the central train station.
  • Trains from the airport now have two downtown destinations: Some continue to stop at Centralna Station, while others use the Warszawa Śródmieście station — which feeds into the same underground passages as Centralna.
  • The Chopin Family Drawing Room has closed at least temporarily; it’s unclear whether it will reopen.
  • Boutique B&B has a new name: Chopin Boutique B&B; its website and phone number haven’t changed.
  • U Kucharzy restaurant has moved from the Old Town to Długa 52, near the Krasinskich Garden and Ratusz Metro stop.