Krakow

Zakrzówek Quarry

  Dębniki         11 Aug 2021
**Zakrzówek has been officially closed (as well as scuba diving instruction) indefinitely, as the city develops it into a sanctioned recreation area. You can still hike around the perimeter, but diving and swimming is strictly prohibited.

This fantastic reservoir just beyond the city centre was serendipitously created when the limestone quarry operating here accidentally pierced the water table. Though officially prohibited and the site of frequent accidents, the irresistible blue, seemingly bottomless water is immensely popular with locals for swimming and cliff diving in summer. Unfortunately there is at least one death at Zakrzówek each year on average, so please take caution while visiting. If you're determined to get in the water, we recommend you do so through the scuba diving school that operates here; the depth varies from 7-21m (23-69ft) and the bottom 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.

The surrounding limestone bluffs and woods are an additional attraction - a favoured place for summer barbecues, ideal for hiking and a favourite for local rock-climbers, whose anchors you may notice sticking out of the cliff faces. In addition to the gorgeous reservoir itself, the quarry rim offers fantastic views of Wawel Castle and the Old Town. The wooded area next to the quarry is also the fabled former stomping ground of Kraków's legendary alchemist and occultist 'Pan Twardowski,' who purportedly had his workshop in one of the caves - see if you can find it. In addition to several caves, intrepid adventurers may discover large, abandoned and very creepy Austrian bunkers carved in the cliffs (though most have been sealed off in recent years). There's even a wacked-out monument to Elvis Presley in the vicinity! A great place to go exploring (at your own risk!), enjoy it in its current state while you can because the city has already begun redeveloping the area to make it a more safe public recreation area.

The nearest transport stops are 'Kapelanka' and 'Norymberska;' take tram 18 or bus 194 to get there. There are no shops or eateries in the immediate vicinity, so pack in, but also pack out (waste bins are very few, far between and often overflowing).
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