Krakow’s on-going campaign to perfectly repaint every townhouse, re-cobble every street and renovate every square is going swimmingly these days, with more tourists than ever leaving town with all of their photos looking like store-bought postcards, and the impression that the city must be made out of marzipan. Surely, that’s the intention, and if you aren’t looking closely, that’s exactly what you’ll see. Of course there are some things so monstrous, you simply can’t pull the wool over them or sweep them under the rug, and Kraków has its share of those as well. Fans of communist architectural genius will have an absolute field day in socialist realist suburb of Nowa Huta, but even here in the centre there are a few stains that city council just can’t seem to rub out or get rid of. Below we list the most interesting abandoned oddities around the city centre for those who’ve had enough of perfectly-presented views and simply can’t help poking around places where they probably shouldn’t. Employ caution, common sense and enjoy.