This fantastic reservoir just southwest of the city centre was serendipitously created when the limestone quarry operating here accidentally pierced the water table. A popular place for swimming, cliff diving and summer barbecues, as well as hiking and rock-climbing year-round, Zakrzówek is known for its irresistible blue and seemingly bottomless water, as well as the gorgeous views from atop its limestone bluffs. Unfortunately it has also been known as the frequent site of fatal accidents, forcing the city to commandeer a once-wild place and develop a safe and sanitised version for the masses.
The new Zakrzówek debuts in 2023, opening June 22. Grumbling aside, the investment looks great and features five swimming pools of varying depths, set inside the quarry and connected by wide wooden floating docks; an entry fee must be paid to access the pools, which will have lifeguards on duty (open 10:00-18:00). There are also lots of new paths, benches at overlook points, much-needed waste bins, toilets, changing facilities, food trucks and a cafe.
Long home to a scuba diving school, we suspect it too will reopen, but it's unclear when; with a depth of 7-21m/23-69ft, the bottom of Zakrzówek Quarry is cluttered with all kinds of things that shouldn’t be there: several vehicles and sunken boats, including a small aircraft with two fake skeletons in the cockpit, as well as the former changing rooms of the quarry workers.