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Abandoned Places in Kraków

Kraków is a nice city with plenty of tourist attractions to see. They have the famous Wawel Castle, the main square and much more. But maybe you want to see something off the normal track...

This list is presented in order of how cool we think they are (the best ones mentioned first).

Please note that you should use information in this guide at your own risk. If you follow the instructions below and find any of the places mentioned in this blog post, you should enter at your own risk. No one from this site (CityGuide.Guru) are responsible for any occurrences that may result from anything you read on this page. Be sure to stay safe, wear suitable shoes, don't go if you are subject to health problems etc.

Liban Quarry

Liban Quarry (ex quarry, then Nazi labour camp, then where they filmed Schindler's List
Liban Quarry (ex quarry, then Nazi labour camp, then where they filmed Schindler's List

Liban Quarry is probably the most famous abandoned building/area in Kraków.

It was a quarry originally. But then the German Nazis turned it into a forced labour camp.

When they filmed the 1993 film Schindler's List they used the quarry location to film a lot of the movie.

One of the creepiest things about the area is that they left a lot of props from the film behind. So you end up walking on Jewish tombstones that are on the floor (but they are not genuine - they are from the film), see the remains from fences (again, from the film).

But there are lots of genuine old buildings and old rusty quarry structures. It is a little bit hard to find (although you can easily see it from Krakus Mound.

Click here to see more photos and a full write up about Liban Quarry!


Zakrzowek Lake

Zakrzowek Lake
Zakrzowek Lake

Another quarry! Although this quarry flooded, and is now just a lake. This one is much more popular (at Liban Quarry you will probably not see anyone else there. At Zakrzowek Lake on a hot day you always see lots of Polish people there, and a few tourists.

It is easy to spot it on a map (it is a huge lake!) but to actually get access to the cliffs/area around it (which we must add - is quite dangerous, so be careful) you have to find a gap in a fence and climb through it. Then take a random guess at the various paths until you find yourself with a nice view and some grass to sit in.

People have died here - it is popular for Polish people to have small gatherings here (and often drink alcohol, although you will get a fine if the Police come). But because it is on the sides of big cliffs it is easy to fall - especially if drunk. And there are reports of drownings every so often too... So be very careful.


Forum (Hotel, now is a trendy bar)

You can spot the Forum Hotel (which is now a bar) from quite a distance along the river. Most of the time it just serves as a huge billboard, but the bottom floor is a nice bar.

It isn't really 'abandoned' in the sense you can go and explore it (you can only go to the bar area!). But it has some interesting history dating back to the Soviet times in Poland.

Construction on the hotel started in 1978. 11 years later (!) it was completed, and was regarded as one of the more futuristic buildings in Kraków (as it had air-conditioning in the rooms, a casino, electronic outdoor clock with a temperature display and other 'high tech' things).

See more about Forum here.


Szkieletor (Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna/NOT Tower)

Szkieletor tower
Szkieletor tower

The Szkieletor is a 92m high building that dates back to 1975.

It is a little bit out of the center of Kraków (15 min drive), but you can spot it easily! It is huge, and since construction stopped in 1981 it has just been left as an unfinished building. Because of how it looks, it was named Szkieletor (named after the villain in He-Man, called Skeletor).

Like the Forum Hotel it is often used as a huge advertising billboard.

Photo credit: By pl:Wikipedysta:Macieias - Polish Wikipedia, [1], CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1079752

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Wed 6th April, 2016
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