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Krakow cracks down on near-naked stag parties


As the possessor of one of Europe's most admired medieval centres and
a list of inhabitants that stretches from Copernicus to Roman
Polanski, Krakow has long prided itself as a bastion of high culture.
Now the Polish city, once ravaged by Mongol hordes, is seeking to
reassert its status by banning modern barbarians: scantily-clad

Krakow, which counts Pope John Paul II among its former residents,
has become one of the favoured destinations for Britons on stag dos
and hen parties, seeking cheap beer and strip joints. Now municipal
authorities have passed a law forbidding restaurants and bars to
serve "inappropriately attired" revellers.

Restaurateurs and landlords in the city, a Unesco world heritage
site, have been warned that if they encourage a trend for drunken
Britons to shed their clothing while drinking in the Rynek Glowny or
Main Market Square, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval
plazas in Europe, they will lose their licences. Last year, several
bars in the city centre banned visitors wearing kilts after some
Scots revellers kept exposing themselves.

Tadeusz Czarny, a spokesman for Krakow City Council, said: "The new
rule makes it clear there are certain guarantees which must apply
when people are drinking out of doors. The owners [of bars and
restaurants] have an obligation to protect customers from harassment
by beggars and to require that people who are not wearing the correct
clothing cannot be served. Any establishment that turns a blind eye
to these customers will have to reckon with the possibility of being

Krakow is among several eastern Europe cities, ranging from Riga to
Budapest, which cater for Britons seeking a weekend of over-
indulgence. Readily accessible by no-frills airlines, the Polish
city's architecture dating from the 7th century and landmarks such as
the Wawel Castle, where the Polish monarchy attracted artists from
Nuremberg to Italy during the Renaissance, boasts an abundance of
bars selling lager at modest prices (€ ¦£1 a pint) and "adult
entertainment venues".

The dozens of stag and hen parties arriving each week have provided a
significant boost to the economy. Travel companies organising stag
dos in Krakow offer "Feast for the eyes" dinners involving a four-
course meal served by naked waitresses, as well as opportunities to
fire AK47 Kalashnikov rifles and visit art galleries. Visits to
Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp near Krakow, are also
on offer. But having feasted on the riches brought by the influx of
Britons wearing red devil hairbands, viking hats and "Lads on tour"-
themed rugby shirts, it seems Krakow has decided to aim for a type of
tourist more in keeping with its majestic surroundings.

Leszek Lejowski, a restaurateur and spokesman for the city's dining
establishments, said: "Thanks to the British, the market square has
become famous around the world as a place where you can do what you
like. Can you imagine waiters in St Mark's Square in Venice serving
part-naked customers?"

Philip Davies, a Briton whose Party Krakow company offers "barely
legal weekends", said: "There has been irritation among locals but
basically the groups who come over are very well behaved. In eight
years, I have never been called by the police or British diplomats
because a group has got out of control."

Re: Krakow cracks down on near-naked stag parties

Looking at the video from a Warsaw bar on another thread, I can't believe that the indigenous population are much better behaved.

The begging issue was a problem the last time I was in Krakow.

Re: Krakow cracks down on near-naked stag parties

Krakow is not and never has been Warsaw.