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Liban Quarry (Kraków) - How to find it and photos of abandoned quarry and Nazi labour camp

Liban Quarry

Liban Quarry

The Liban Quarry was originally a limestone quarry (first establised by the "Liban and Ehrenpreis" company in 1873). In the 19th century buildings were constructed, and even a railway line. But when the German Nazis occupied Kraków, they turned it into a Nazi labour camp (between 1942 and 1944).

Over 800 Polish people were kept there during WWII. It is probably more famous nowadays though because of the 1993 film "Schindler's List". Although the film is set in Płaszów, they actually did the filming in the Liban Quarry, and made it look like the Płaszów concentration camp.

Most of the set was removed once they finished filming, but some parts are left behind (such as the remains of the fence). When walking around the area you end up walking on Jewish gravestones (they are lying on the floor) - but they are not genuine gravestones, they are also from the Schindler's List set.

Getting to the area of the quarry is easy (it is very close to Krakus Mound - which attracts many tourists), but actually getting into the quarry is a bit hard. It isn't exactly a tourist attraction, and there are fences around it. However, if you decide that you want to check it out (and do so at your own risk!) read below about how we went exploring there...

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Podgórze, Krakow, Poland

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Our trip, exploring Liban Quarry

We explored Liban Quarry a few months ago (late 2015), here are some photos and an explanation.

Use any information on this page at your own risk. We do not recommend going down there - it isn't safe, and you never know who or what else is down there. Also, you probably aren't allowed to be there! Proceed at your own risk, we are not responsible for anything that happens from you reading this page!

Click any photo to see a bigger pic. Scroll down for the more exciting photos of the actual abandoned quarry buildings!

We started by heading to Krakus Mound. Krakus Mound is a well known tourist attraction - so finding this was easy. Even if you don't want to go to the quarry it is worth checking out Krakus Mound, you get some great views of the city from it (and it is an easy walk to the top of the mound).

We had actually been to Krakus mound previously and saw the Liban Quarry buildings from a distance (see next photo), but at that time we didn't know what they were.

Liban Quarry, as seen from Krakus Mound
Liban Quarry, as seen from Krakus Mound

But once we had finished looking at the quarry from a distance, it was time to work out how to get into it.

If you face away from the mound you should see something like the following photo. You want to follow the path (that leads left in the following photo).

Finding a gap in the fence
Finding a gap in the fence. (The quarry would be on the right of this photo)

Along this fence are a few signs, such as:

Passing some signs on a fence
Passing some signs on a fence

Once you are on the right trail, if you look behind you should see this:

Looking back at Krakus mound
Looking back at Krakus mound

The next bit is hard to explain (even with photos, as there are no real landmarks or anything that can help guide you), but you want to walk along that trail but soon make a right turn.

Liban Quarry from a distance
Liban Quarry from a distance

When we were there we passed 2 other groups (coming the other way) and we asked them. One told us the wrong direction (I don't think they understood us), but once we walked back and spotted another group they told us the correct way.

Some parts (if not all of it!) can be quite dangerous
Some parts (if not all of it!) can be quite dangerous

It takes quite a while to get down to the same level as the quarry (and then you have to actually walk towards the quarry). The view from the start (where the fence photos are) is deceptive - it takes much longer than you would think. But it is fun exploring the area!

Getting closer to Liban Quarry
Getting closer to the Liban Quarry, the ex Nazi labour camp

Soon though we found an abandoned building:

Abandoned building on the way to the quarry
Abandoned building on the way to the quarry
Graffiti was over every wall!
Graffiti was on every wall we could see!

As we still hadn't found the quarry yet (we knew we were close though), we spent a bit of time near this building.

More graffiti
More graffiti

Once we carried on walking we approached a tiny pond/marsh area. (We managed to get around it without getting our feet wet)

Liban quarry pond/marsh
Liban quarry pond/marsh

Getting closer... we saw more signs of human activity (even if it did date back many decades...)

You have to use these stairs to continue on to find the quarry:

Getting closer - we found (and went up) these stairs
Getting closer - we found (and went up) these stairs
Lake/pond, quite close to the quarry buildings
Lake/pond, quite close to the quarry buildings
Once past the pond/marsh area, we walked along this path...
Once past the pond/marsh area, we walked along this path...

Soon we were close to the first proper quarry related buildings:

Through an overgrown area we spotted some quarry related buildings
Through an overgrown area we spotted some quarry related buildings

We spotted some poles, that looked like they were remains from fences. We didn't know it at the time, but they were just leftovers from filming the Schindler's List movie, and did not date back to the Nazi occupation.

The poles are left overs from Schindler's List.
The poles are left overs from Schindler's List.
Close up photo of the fencepoles
Close up photo of the fencepoles
Finally! We were close to the buildings we saw from the top of Krakus Mound
Finally! We were close to the buildings we saw from the top of Krakus Mound
Near the base of the main quarry structures
Near the base of the main quarry structures
Other quarry structures we passed...
Other quarry structures we passed...
At the very base of the main quarry structures
At the very base of the main quarry structures
Swampy base of the big structure
Swampy base of the big structure
A hole/gap we had to climb through
A hole/gap we had to climb through

When we came across these tombstones on the floor it was a bit creepy. But afterwards we learned that they were not real - they were from the Schindler's List film again!

Gravestones/tombstones on the ground
Gravestones/tombstones on the ground

We found more buildings, as we walked behind the big structures (from previous photos) to get a bit closer or even climb up them:

More buildings, very close to the big metal structures
More buildings, very close to the big metal structures
Photo of the inside of that building, and again with graffiti
Photo of the inside of that building, and again with graffiti

After walking past that building we had ended up a bit higher, and 'behind' the metal quarry structures:

Behind the quarry structures
Behind the quarry structures
Below the big metal structures
Below the big metal structures
Looking down - you can see where we originally approached the area from a few photos back
Looking down - you can see where we originally approached the area from a few photos back
Looking up - at the big metal structures
Looking up - at the big metal structures
Looking out - back over where we came from
Looking out - back over where we came from
Lots of rust and old metal - it didn't look 100% safe...
Lots of rust and old metal - it didn't look 100% safe...
We started to get closer and climb up it (a little bit!)
We started to get closer and climb up it (a little bit!)
Climbing up the Liban Quarry metal structures and having a look around
Climbing up the Liban Quarry metal structures and having a look around
It really was fun exploring this area. And we saw no one else nearby at all (we only saw people near the start and end of our little adventure)
It really was fun exploring this area. And we saw no one else nearby at all (we only saw people near the start and end of our little adventure)
More exploring of Liban Quarry...
More exploring of Liban Quarry...
We were still in the same area, and came across this... we have no idea what it is though
We were still in the same area, and came across this... we have no idea what it is though
Climbing the old steps...
Climbing some old steps...
... to the top! It didn't feel so safe here though, so we did not spend too long
... to the top! It didn't feel so safe here though, so we did not spend too long here
Looking down the holes/tubes
Looking down the holes/tubes (you can see these on the outside from the shots that show the whole structure)
The steps/structure we just climbed in previous pics
The steps/structure we just climbed in previous pics
And then it was time to leave!
And then it was time to leave!
On the way out...
On the way out...
And we found a road really close! But it was more fun walking the long route from near Krakus Mound!
And we found a road really close! But it was more fun walking the long route from near Krakus Mound!
Krakus Mound, from a distance
Krakus Mound, from a distance
The road we ended up on
The road we ended up on
And we were back very close to where you would start walking to Krakus Mound
And we ended up back very close to where you would start walking up Krakus Mound

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