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 December 2023, the following may apply:

  • Minibuses from Kraków's bus station are no longer a good option for getting to Auschwitz; they are primarily for commuters.
  • The camps have a new visitors center.


For books printed before December 2023, the following may apply:

  • A handy new train zips passengers from the airport to the main train station in about 30 minutes (1–2/hour).
  • Local guide Jacek Podhorski has a new email address: [email protected].
  • The Amber Museum has moved to the Great Mill, a short walk from the Main Town at Wielkie Młyny 16.
  • Hotels Królewski and Willa Litarion have closed.


For books printed before December 2023, the following may apply:

  • The Stanisław Wyspiański Museum has reopened at Plac Sikorskiego 6 (west of the Old Town, not far from the Planty); it's open Tue and Fri–Sun 10:00–17:00.
  • The Schindler's Factory Museum is now closed on the first Tuesday of each month.
  • The information office and ticket desk where you can prebook tickets in person for the Schindler's Factory Museum and Rynek Underground Museum has moved from the Cloth Hall to the new Museum of Kraków (Muzeum Krakowa), facing the Main Market Square.
  • The former tourist information office in the Wyspiański Pavilion is now more of a gift shop, though its staff can answer some sightseeing questions.
  • The Czartoryski Museum has reopened.
  • Wawel Cathedral now charges admission (22 zł); tickets also covers the tower climb, crypt, royal tombs, the John Paul II Wawel Cathedral Museum, and the nearby Archdiocesan Museum.
  • Isaac Synagogue is undergoing renovation and may be closed to visitors during your visit.
  • Visitors can now explore the John Paul II Family Home Museum in Wadowice at their own pace, without a guide (though guided tours are still offered).
  • Folk shows are no longer offered at Pod Złotym Karpiem or Tradycyja Restaurant on the Main Market Square, and Skansen Smaków no longer offers shuttle service.
  • The Tytano Dolne Młyny Cultural Complex has closed.
  • Bunkier Sztuki art gallery (on Plac Szczepanski) is closed for renovation.
  • At the previous location of Frania Café is now Café Pub & Laundry (daily 11:00–20:00; entrance may now be a few doors down at Dietla 91). The original Frania Café has moved to a new location in Kazimierz, at Stradomska 19.
  • Several recommended restaurants have closed: Ed Red, Café Bunkier, Restauracja Samoobsługowa Polakowski, Sisi, Pod Norenami, Truckarnia, Nova Krova, and Pod Ursa Maior.
  • Tango House hotel has closed.


For books printed before December 2023, the following may apply:

  • In some printings of Rick Steves Eastern Europe and Rick Steves Snapshot: Kraków, Warsaw & Gdansk, the map of Toruń has swapped labels for the Gingerbread Museum (which is actually on Ulica Rabiańska) and Copernicus House (which is, fittingly, on Ulica Mikołaja Kopernika).
  • Toruń's tourist information office has moved to Ulica Szeroka 43.
  • The Gothic Café at Malbork Castle has closed.


For books printed before December 2023, the following may apply:

  • The new Polish History Museum has opened.
  • The Warsaw House of Music has closed.
  • Jazz Club Akwarium has closed.
  • Restaurant Odette has moved and we no longer recommend it.
  • Restaurants Wilcza 50 and Atelier Amaro have closed.
  • Hotels Zgoda by DeSilva and Autor Rooms have closed.