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The craic is not hard to come by in Krakow, thanks to the city's extensive selection of clubs, bars and historic monuments and tours.

Krakow is perfect for the tourist who can burn the candle at both ends, with chock-a block- daytime activities and then a club scene which doesn't quit until sunrise. 

We've rounded up some of the city's hidden gems that you need to visit:

6. Ultraviolence

You may have to ask around to find the exact location of this hidden little place, but it's just off the square in the old town district.

The underground (literally, that flight of stairs is lethal) bar offers unlimited drinks and shots for the one-off price of 60 Polish zlotys, about €13.50.

The free drink selection is slightly limited (vodka and apple juice, anyone?) but the cosy atmosphere and two-tiered smoking area make it an experience you literally can't afford to miss. 

 

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5. Macabre Walking Tour of Krakow, plac Mariacki 5, 31-042

This walking tour talks you through the darker, more specific elements of Krakow's blood-stained history.

The tour is completely free, though of course it's only polite to give your tour guide a nice tip at the end. 

The tour times are somewhat seasonal, with November to February seeing tours every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 6pm, and March to October seeing tours everyday at 8pm. 

 

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4. The Rynek Glowny, 30-062 Cracow

Try some traditional Polish foods on the cheap at this food market located right in the square, which is the largest in Europe.

You can have a taste of some hot spiced wine, fried cheese, kielbasa sausage and cabbage.

There are also plenty of trinkets to be picked up here, from jewellery to leather goods and everything in between. 

 

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3. Alchemia, Estery 5, 31-056

This famous spot has become a must-see on an alternative trip to Krakow. 

The gritty club is notorious for hosting amazing club nights, and playing host to cool Polish musicians. 

 

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2. ToTu, Floriańska 18, 33-332 

ToTu is an eclectic but popular bar that gives a bit of a passing nod to Workmans…if Workmans had a penchant for pink velvet interiors.

Serving up some of the strongest and tastiest cocktails in the city, this bar is not to be missed on a night out in Krakow. 

 

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1. The Rynek Underground Museum, Rynek Główny 1, 33-332

While this is definitely one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, it is, quite literally, hidden. 

The museum is a subterranean structure that is buried deep beneath the town’s famous square. 

The museum acts as a final resting place for ancient artefacts, skeletal remains and a maze of walls which were all discovered when the square was undergoing renovations many years ago. 

 

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January is really a month for the winter blues. Christmas is a hazy memory, you can't quite shake that cold that's been bothering you, and summer seems like an eternity away.

Why not escape for a weekend to see some of Europe's most incredible sights, and stay in the best Airbnb's you can find. Treat yo'self, gowan.

Luckily for you, we've curated a list of some of the continent's best apartment finds.

We've already booked our flights straight out of Dublin airport, ASAP….

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1. Zagreb, Croatia

This new stylish apartment is in the perfect location in the centre of the beautiful Zagreb, on Križanićeva street.

For a quiet and safe space which is still central, this is one of the best areas to stay in. Close to the main city square, central bus and train station, everything is easily within walking distance.

A modern, contemporary apartment with a monochromatic décor theme, yet still so comfortable, this apartment is perfect. It can host three guests, and has two beds and a bath. 

New stylish central apartment
Price: €37 per night

2. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is an incredible city to visit, the Old Town is stunning and has a huge amount of history, and most of the town is within walking distance.

It also is home to some of the best pub crawls in the world, just sayin'. This gorgeous boutique apartment has us DROOLING.

The spacious design, the window panels allowing light to stream in, we just need to stay here ASAP.

The boutique apartment is located in the Bohemian Zizkov district, packed with unreal cafés, bars, restaurants and bars with some amazing views of Prague.

3. Paris, France

We have found a sunny, cosy studio apartment LITERALLY just down the road from the Eiffel Tower. What more would you need?

The charming apartment is ideal for an escape to the Parisian life; it's both residential and family-oriented.

There are windows throughout the apartment to let in the French sun, and the location is absolutely perfect; the seventh district of Les Invalides

Just picture yourself having a coffee and croissant downstairs, looking out the window at the Parisian aesthetic. We can.

4. Berlin, Germany

A 'superhost' owns this GORGEOUS Berlin apartment, which can house four guests and his also an absolute bargain of an offer for what you're getting.

The apartment is a short walking distance away from some of Berlin's top spots, with restaurants, shops and bars surrounding the area.

The subway station is only a seven minute walk away, and the location is both safe and central. You'll be prancing around Alexanderplatz in no time…

Design apartment
Price: €34 per night

5. Barcelona, Spain

This spacious loft is on Airbnb Plus, and for a good reason.

The stunning studio apartment has an actual JETTED TUB. Be still my beating travel heart. The location is extremely central; with the city's main sights within walking distance.

The New York-style space has exposed brick walls, high ceilings of rustic Catalan wood and bold modern art.

Catch some rays on the balcony and make use of the space's incredible amenities.

Spacious loft
€70 per night

6. Rome, Italy

This 'superhost' certified apartment in the centre of one of Europe's most renowned cities is GOALS.

The apartment can house up to four guests, and is located on the first floor of a beautiful palatial residence just minutes from the Piazza Della Repubblica.

The studio home is freshly renovated, filled with light and more luxurious than our future. We LOVE.

7. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This stunning Georgian apartment in Edinburgh's New Town is one of the best Airbnb's on the market.

The loft is a ground floor flat in the famous area, with absolutely every part of the city within walking distance. The apartment is spacious, has fantastic amenities such as a bath, and even an indoor fireplace for those cold January months.

The beautiful home as Wi-Fi, free parking down the road and houses two guests easily, with comfort being the essential promise. 

New Town apartment 
€54 per night

8. Vienna, Austria

This sunny apartment is extremely sought after, for it's dedication to space and light.

It can house four guests, and they can each experience the unique, warm decor of the apartment while being close to the most famous parts of Vienna.

The metro station at Ober-St. Veit is only a seven minute walk away, with the home featuring a spacious living room with a kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom.

The terrace can be used in summer to soak in that European sun that we Irish can never seem to get.

Sunny apartment in Vienna
Price: €69 per night

9. Krakow, Poland

Poland is a great country to escape to, especially because of how affordable it is.

This chic loft apartment in central Krakow is only €18 PER NIGHT, we cannot believe how great it is.

Beautiful, modern studio for one or two people has air conditioning for the hot summer months, and is located on Bonerowska Street in Krakow city centre. 

The space is less than five minutes walking distance away from Krakow's main historical sights including main square, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter and more.

Loft apartment
Price: €18 per night

10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The hosts don't call it the 'stairway to heaven' for no reason. Amsterdam is one of Europe's most interesting cities, with a huge amount to do and some immensely picturesque locations to visit.

Little loft apartments near the canals and boats are such a dream come true, and this luxury apartment with warm, modern décor is perfect for a weekend away with someone special.

The private trendy studio is built in the attic of an authentic 1880 Amsterdam house, and is located in the cool neighbourhood near the food hall and outdoor markets. I wouldn't book this if stairs aren't suitable for you, however, it's a steep climb up.

Stairway to Heaven
Price: €80

You all deserve a holiday, and January is the perfect time to escape the winter blues and catch the travel bug.

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We all like to watch an exciting magic trick on television every once in a while (hands up Derren Brown lovers?!) but TV viewers were left horrified when a magician's stunt went very wrong.

While appearing on a morning show in Poland, a magic trick took an awful turn when the magician accidentally pierced the hand of the presenter he was performing on.

The stomach-turning video shows Question For Breakfast host Marzena Rogalska, 46, holding her hand over a paper bag waiting to perform a stunt prepared by the Poland's Got Talent semi-finalist.

But when the reality star asks Marzena to drop her hand, she screams in agony as a nail pierces through it.

The host then drops to the floor and is rushed off camera to receive medical treatment.

The Sun reports that she was then taken to hospital where her injury was discovered to be superficial and she was given a tetanus shot.
Marzena later wrote to her fans on Facebook, saying: "Thank you for your support. I'm alive. Everything will be fine."

 

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