Public toilets in Krakow.
Answering a call of nature in a
foreign place happens to be troublesome yet it shouldn’t
bother Krakow visitors, at least most of them. Public
lavatories are strategically positioned around the Old Town
historic center of the city. Namely, they are situated
underground on the perimeter of the Planty ring of gardens
plus a central one in Rynek Glowny main square and yet
another at Smocza street at
the foot of the Wawel Hill and its Royal Castle.
The public toilets in the
central square are placed under the Cloth Hall, with entry
at the northern end of the building. As regards the
subterranean lavatories at the Planty gardens, one is
located beneath a kiosk at the end of Sienna street east of
the central square. Another set of public restrooms sits
southwest of the plaza, at Straszewskiego street, opposite
the Radisson Blu hotel. To the northwest of the Rynek Glowny
square there are underground lavatories at Reformacka street
near the corner of Plac Szczepanski square.
In the Kazimierz historic area
the public lavatories are situated in Plac Nowy square,
under a kiosk in southeast corner, with entries on its both
sides – for ladies to the left, for gents on the right hand.
Those public lavatories aren’t
luxurious but passable even for fairly discerning people.
There are separate sets of toilet cubicles for men and
women, with separate entries. They are paid, and the rate
for using a cubicle is 2 PLN while men should pay one zloty
when they need an urinal only. One is supposed to pay the
person in charge in advance and it’s advisable to have the
right coin in readiness.
above-mentioned public restrooms are hardly accessible to
people with physical disabilities who cannot climb down
Restrooms at tourist
attractions in Krakow.
Practically all Krakow museums
are equipped with public lavatories and they are they are
free of charge though usually the users are supposed to have
a museum ticket. Also many other of the city’s tourist
sights - with the exception of churches - can boast public
As regards the Wawel Hill where
the Royal castle and the Krakow Cathedral sit, visitors
don’t need tickets to use three easily accessible
ground-floor toilets but they are paid (one needs a five-zloty coin to enter). One of the toilets is in the building of
the ticket office while two other are located next to the
Royal Castle: the first behind the gate across the arcaded
courtyard and the second next to the entry to the Lost
Wawel exhibition (opposite the golden-domed Sigismund
The Krakow public toilets are
commonly referred to as either WC or “Toalety” and inscribed
accordingly. Usually there are separate restrooms for women
and men, with doors marked with female and male silhouettes
respectively (sometimes replaced with a circle and a
triangle). Among the locals there is no tolerance for males
using the women’s rooms and very little for females
intruding into man’s facilities.
Bathrooms in other public
The usage of restrooms at
restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. is generally reserved for
their customers yet the facilities at fast food chains such
as McDonald’s are often accessible to passers-by. Shopping centers
obviously have public lavatories and they are free of
charge. The same gas stations. Yet the public toilets at
train stations and bus depots are paid.
At the same time visitors to
Krakow should remember that relieving oneself in the street,
in parks, etc. is not only disgusting but also a criminal
offence in Poland, and it applies to everybody, also to stag
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