Ok, so this is something that is really missing in Cracow. Easy access to the open water. Many years ago you could just jump into the river Wisła and there was a beach near to the castle where people spend time during the hot days. Summer can be really hot and humid sometimes so it would be nice to cool down in the water but nowadays Wisła is too polluted in Cracow so the only places to swim in the city center are pools. But there is this one kind of secret place where locals go to swim and chillax. It is a lagoon called Zakrzówek located in Twardowski park. It was created artificially by flooding the quarry. The deposits of limestone that was once mined here, are responsible for the unusual color of the water, which is clear and turquoise. This place reminds me of Croatia and this kind of exotic places with blue water.
Swimming in Zakrzówek
This place is very popular among the locals and on the weekends it seems like everyone is here. For a very long time it was a private area with no proper beach or lifesavers, but people would still spend time here cause none was really taking care of this place. In most of the spots you need to jump to the water from the clif and instead of sitting on the beach, you sit on the stones. The city of Cracow bought this area and started on creating a water park here. They started charging the fee this year and it's 10 PLN. If you swim, it will be good to have water shoes on because the bottom of the lake is rocky. But you don't even have to swim to enjoy it, there is many paths around the lake and park Twardowskiego which is a beautiful place in general.
Legend of Zakrzówek
Twardowski according to a legend was a wizard who had his school of magic near the Zakrzówek lagoo. Legend has it that he sold his sould to the devil in exchange for great knowledge and magical powers. He wanted to fool the devil by including a special clause in the contract, saying that the devil could only take Twardowski's soul to Hell during his visit to Rome. After years of escaping his fateTwardowski was eventually tricked by the devil and caught not in the city Rome, but in the bar called Rzym (Rome in Polish). Twardowski started to pray to the Virgin Mary, who made the devil drop his victim in the way to Hell. Twardowski fell on the Moon where he lives to this day. His only companion is his sidekick whom he once turned into a spider; from time to time Twardowski lets the spider descend to Earth on a thread and bring him news from the world below. So don't kill any spiders in Poland because poor guy needs some gossips from Poland. It must be boring on the Moon. Historical Twardowski was probably a wizard of the King Zygmunt who surrounded himself with alchemists and wizards after death of his beloved wife Barbara trying to bring her to life.
For scuba divers
There is a locked part of Zakrzówek protected with tha gate and it belongs to scuba diving trainning school. I had my first dive here as a beginner scuba divers few years ago. Unfortunatelly I can't scuba dive anymore due to some health issues it was one of the best experience I ever had and to see and feel underwater world is something I will never forget. I know Cracow is not a destination for scuba divers and most people probably doesn't even know about this possibility, but if you happen to be a scuba diver missing this experiance, you can contact Kraken
Me at my real pro first scuba diving experiance
Unfortunatelly I can't scuba dive anymore due to some health issues it was one of the best experience I ever had and to see and feel underwater world is something I will never forget. I know Cracow is not a destination for scuba divers and most people probably doesn't even know about this possibility, but if you happen to be a scuba diver missing this experiance, you can contact Kraken. There is a little city under the water that they created with plane, mirrows, pictures and other secrets.