9 of the most effective locations to swim and funky down in Kraków: water sports activities, lakes and metropolis seashores

It’s summertime. The relentless solar is baking the slender streets of Kraków’s Previous City, the place the warmth appears to radiate from the very buildings. You’ve accomplished what you may to remain cool: consumed epic portions of ice cream, haunted numerous museums to maintain out of the daylight, and hid out in your resort room. None of it appears to do the trick. 

However earlier than you take into account taking off your garments and leaping into the Vistula River (not an amazing thought, which is why you gained’t see Cracovians doing it), we’ll allow you to right into a secret: landlocked Kraków has seashores and different glorious locations to chill down. Right here’s the place the locals go to beat the warmth.

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Bagry Lagoon is Kraków’s hottest place to swim 

Get an early begin and head to this artifical reservoir positioned in Podgórze Płaszów, about 5km (3.1 miles) southeast from central Kraków – arguably the town’s hottest and greatest swimming vacation spot inside straightforward attain.

Households have a tendency to collect on the developed recreation space, with the adults unpacking snacks and packed lunches on the picnic tables or swaying within the hammocks whereas the youngsters run across the playground and the lifeguards (on responsibility mid-June to mid-August) preserve an eagle eye on the swimmers. 

For those who’re a water sports activities fanatic, you’ll discover sailboats, canoes, SUPs and paddleboats for lease (June until late September) on the two marinas by the recreation space, and may even partake in occasional crusing races. Fishers and solar worshippers in quest of seclusion take the paths across the reservoir to the wild, undeveloped seashores additional out.

There are a number of nice locations for water sports activities close to Kraków © Aliaksander Karankevich / Shutterstock

​​Kryspinów Lagoon has a number of seashores

Simply past Kraków’s western metropolis boundary, simply south of the airport, Kryspinów is one other Cracovian favourite, with a nominal entry price guaranteeing a enjoyable day of solar and sand. With extra space to unfold out than Bagry, this massive reservoir is reachable by common bus from central Kraków.

Households cluster on the recreation space subsequent to the extra developed of the 4 spacious seashores, inside straightforward attain of playgrounds, a ropes course, and two correct karczmas (Polish taverns) offering refreshments.

Adrenaline seekers can get within the water and be taught the fundamentals of wakeboarding (a cross between water snowboarding, browsing and snowboarding). There’s a correct wakepark at one of many seashores (ebook forward), the place you get towed forwards and backwards by a cable, with jumps within the lake for extra superior wakeboarders. And if wakeboarding is insufficiently thrilling, then maybe flyboarding will do the trick: you soar on a board excessive above the lake, propelled by twin jets of water.

Przystań Brzegi has a celebration vibe at weekends

On the jap outskirts of the town, some 12km (7.5 miles) away from Previous City, this interesting, lengthy, sandy seaside between two reservoirs is one more glorious Kraków bathing spot. For those who’re after a quiet swim and a spot of sunbathing, weekdays are greatest. On weekends, a seaside social gathering vibe prevails. The children scramble alongside the water impediment programs and whizz down inflatable slides beneath the watchful eye of on-duty lifeguards, whereas the adults participate in spirited video games of volleyball and tug-of-war, or take to the water in rented kayaks and rowboats.

Throughout summer time season (June to late August), a per-person entry cost applies and there are three shuttles day by day to Przystań Brzegi. Out of season, you want your personal wheels and are prone to have the place virtually to your self.

Several multi-colored water flumes snake their way around outside a leisure center in Krakow
Purchase a day cross and hit the enjoyable slides on the water park © Longfin Media / Shutterstock

Kraków Water Park is nice enjoyable for the entire household

If sand and solar will not be deal breakers, then Kraków’s large indoor aqua park, north of Previous City, is a perfect cooldown spot for water infants of all ages.

Savvy locals come right here on weekday mornings (keep away from weekends or you’ll be lining up for every water slide) and purchase a day cross to profit from all of the watery sights – from swings and climbing partitions to pirate-themed play space. In case your youngsters are sufficiently old to entertain themselves, you may watch them with an indulgent eye from the pool-side cafe, or pattern the the recent tubs, saunas and therapeutic massage fountains.

Nova Huta Reservoir’s synthetic seaside is a summer time sizzling spot

When the socialist-realist employees’ paradise of Nowa Huta was constructed within the northwest of the town within the Fifties, this reservoir and surrounding parkland was supposed to offer a much-needed recreation space for the employees and their households. Severely uncared for within the ’90s, they’ve been revamped and on sizzling summer time days the bogus seaside with solar loungers throngs with locals and their youngsters. The meals vehicles and ice cream stands give the place a summer time truthful vibe, and when you’re not courageous sufficient to go swimming within the reservoir itself, you may head for the close by sports activities advanced with two swimming swimming pools.

Yow will discover some tranquility among the many solitary fishers on the alternative facet of the reservoir (fish are commonly restocked by metropolis authorities), or by renting a kayak and steering away from the merry gaggle of paddleboats.

Discussion board Przestrzenie is a hip riverside hangout

Channelling massive seaside vibes sans precise seaside, this large, grafitti-adorned riverside cafe/bar/bistro has grow to be one in every of Kraków’s hippest and most authentic summer time spots, attracting a crowd of younger native trendies. It opened within the grounds of the hideous concrete monstrosity, Discussion board Lodge – a throwback to the times of Soviet hospitality – however derelict dinosaur apart, the views at this bend of Vistula River are fairly nice, and there are few nicer locations to spend a lazy summer time’s day than in a seaside chair on a strip of synthetic seaside, toes firmly in sand, and chilly craft beer in your hand. We assure you’ll really feel cooler simply fascinated with it. If not, simply head subsequent door to the Termy Krakówskie Discussion board.

People rest on the pontoon of a lake in an old limestone quarry
Zakrzowek Quarry has been a sneaky swim spot up to now, however is at the moment off-limits © Getty Pictures

Zakrzowek Quarry is being redeveloped as a leisure space

Tall limestone cliffs and dense pine forest encompass this former limestone quarry with its irresistibly blue, seemingly bottomless waters, which have lengthy drawn locals for some illicit swimming and cliff diving. Despite the fact that Zakrzowek feels one million miles away from Kraków’s city bustle, it’s really solely a brief tram trip (#1, #4) to Kapelanka, southwest of Previous City. An area diving outfit, Nurkomania, teaches scuba diving right here in spring and summer time, with these plumbing the reservoir’s depths encountering sunken boats and even a small plane with two pretend skeletons within the cockpit.

On the time of writing, the lagoon itself was off-limits whereas the native authorities develop it right into a public leisure space, however you may nonetheless go mountain climbing alongside the thickly forested limestone bluffs, admire views of Wawel Fortress from the quarry rim, and sit up for future swims in these azure waters.

Termy Krakówskie Discussion board has a sauna and cooling pool

Additionally on the grounds of the “iconic” (learn: unpretty) Discussion board Lodge, this sauna advanced provides you the chance to chill down whereas appreciating unobstructed views of Wawel Royal Fortress, carrying nothing however a smile (okay, and a towel. However no bathing fits: That is an old-school sauna). “Why would I am going to the sauna when it’s baking outdoors?” we hear you ask. Properly, as a result of you may make use of the small outside pool, and scamper to the cooling space to douse your self with buckets of ice water after a stint within the Turkish tub, salt room, and infrared sauna.

Plac Szczepanski has water jets to chill you down

​​Positively not a seaside or place to swim, it is a little bit of a final resort when you’re dragging your self round Previous City within the warmth and really feel your self about to show right into a puddle of melted goo. This little sq., a block from Rynek Glowny, is centered on a fountain in entrance of the Artwork Nouveau Palace of the Arts. As jets of water erupt from the bottom in several spots, you’ll see youngsters (and infrequently adults) taking part in amidst the spray, whereas essentially the most adventurous ignore the “don’t climb within the pool” indicators and splash in the primary physique of the fountain.