Kraków Sightseeing

Nowa Huta Reservoir (Zalew Nowohucki)

04 Jun 2018

Probably the nicest place to hang out in Nowa Huta if you're having a socialist realism overdose, this reservoir and the surrounding park have served as a recreation ground for the district's hardworking residents since 1957. Unfortunately the area fell into disrepair in the 90s and never fully recovered, rendering swimming off-limits to all those who wish to avoid a nasty E. Coli/fecal bacteria infection. Clearly that's not everyone, as intrepid swimmers can sometimes be seen disregarding the 'no swimming' signs during the warm season. There are plenty of feces-free activities to engage in, however: from kayaking and paddle-boating (rentals available during the summer) to sunbathing and picnicking on the man-made beach to biking on the area's many trails. Fishing is encouraged (the reservoir is regularly re-stocked to appease the local fishermen), and there are also two playgrounds and a sports complex (offering two swimming pools, a basketball court, and a tennis court), plus stands selling coffee and ice cream. Plans are afoot to develop the area further with an outdoor stage and even a pier, but after hooligans maliciously burned down a brand new graduation tower in April 2018, we assume the brakes are being pumped.

For a bit of an excursion visit the Jan Matejko Manor House and the next-door 17th-century wooden Church of St. John the Baptist hidden just behind the park. Have fun and don't lose your frisbee in the water.

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