Get Out of Town: Kryspinów

When the sun comes out this summer, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to relax and catch a tan while you can. All the better if the kids can play in unlimited amounts of sand and water at the same time.

Make a dash for the Kryspinów beach, just a short drive outside of Krakow, when the days get hot, or even now before the crowds show up – it can get extremely busy on hot sunny weekends. There are a variety of recreational activities to choose from, whether you come as a family or with a group of friends. As well as swimming at the main beaches, which have lifeguards, you can throw down a blanket on the grass or sand and have a picnic or a barbeque.

Kryspinów (Photo:

For sports, there is beach volleyball, a basketball court, and a climbing park ( There is also a water slide that is open on hot days. Rental companies by the water offer peddle boats and sail boats. In the vicinity is a wake park and a windsurfing school. For adults, there is quad biking on a large dirt track, another area with a track for kid size ATV’s, as well as Zorbing for both adults and kids, and a trampoline on sunny days at Dreamlandia ( Not all of these activities are in the same place, but if you walk along the water’s edge for five or ten minutes, you will find them.

Eating options other than the grill bars and a pizzerias include a wonderful and very large traditional, log cabin restaurant called Skansken Smakow, which has some outdoor seating and a children’s corner indoors to help take some pressure off a family meal.

A ten-minute drive from the beach is a small petting zoo with a Cowboy and Indian feel to it ( It has some animals, fun for young children and a small playground.

Also in the area is a nudist beach, if you’re so inclined.

Quick Info

Directions: It takes 17 minutes from the Salwator roundabout to the Kryspinów Zalew stop on bus route 209, or bus 269 to Budzyn, which is a short walk away.

Parking: 10 zł

Entry cost (on warm days): Adults 12 zł, Youth ticket
6 zł, Family ticket 20 zł

Toilets: Yes

8 thoughts on “Get Out of Town: Kryspinów

  • June 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Disgusting, dirty water, garbage everywhere … Poland is “Europe”… Austria, Switzerland are “Europe” – why is Austria/Switzerland sooooo much cleaner than Poland = answer, Polish people are uncultured villagers, who would rather just throw their garbage everywhere/in their rivers/lakes/forests than find a bin. They would rather buy vodka than pay for trash pick-up in their villages or burn their garbage in their stoves and pollute the air And, for all those people who are going to call me racist …. sorry that the truth hurts, deal with it!

    • June 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Wiesniak, you’re truly a moron. There are places in every country that are polluted, unclean, and dirty. Poland is geographically Europe – if you’re not sure about that how about educating yourself because there are also a few more countries east of Poland that are there as well. The truth is that you’re just a troll and should not be allowed on the internet – ever.

    • January 20, 2014 at 8:14 am

      If you are going to leave a message in English then why not write in English. The word is rubbish not garbage and dustmen or bin men not trash pick up

      • December 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        He did write in English in case you haven’t noticed, perahps it wasn’t your version of English, but nevertheless it was English. So quite being a narrow-minded and sanctimonious dim-wit

  • June 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Kryspinow is a “lake” only in the strictest geographical interpretation of the term – it’s a biggish body of water. It’s only a step up from hanging out at the pond by Krakow Plaza…….

    BTW – why does every article in the KP seem to be written for someone who has lived here for about two weeks?

    • June 19, 2013 at 3:17 am


      You really are becoming a bore!

      Suggest you go back to hang out with the rest of the Pond Life at Krakow Plaza.

      Not sure anyone is interested in your definition or interpretation of a lake, who cares ?

      If you are so disappointed by the content of the Krakow Post then I suggest you stop reading it and let people in Krakow know when you have launched your own free publication for the benefit of people who have lived in Krakow for longer than 2 weeks.

      Best let you go now to correct some of the 3,860 google entries referring to Kryspinow Lake.

      When you are done, you can look out your junior scrabble set and you will find the A and two S’s missing from your username.

      Ask a grown up to help you.

      • August 20, 2013 at 10:40 am


        What’s wrong with Plaza? I learnt to bowl left-handed there. I bought my backpack in decathlon that’s now gone at least 5000km. I bought my engagement ring there leading me to get married and had the wedding reception at Skansen Smakow. English and Polish guests loved the food and absolutely dedicated service the whole way through. We went down to the lake at sunset. Got some great photos with friends and family down there. They didn’t kick us out until gone 6 in the morning.

        Kryspinow seems like a more active place than almost anywhere else around Krakow… High ropes, wake boarding, peddle vessels and according to this article a fair bit more. Families would enjoy a day out there even if the beach is as packed as in this photo. Go and eat some delicious cold, dilly barszcz or some potato pancakes at Skansen Smakow! Even better, have a wedding reception there. (Don’t get married just to have one there!)

        Earlier poster reminded me of the line from Get Shorty “They say the smog is the reason we have such beautiful sunsets” But I hope something gets done about it soon for Krakow’s sake.


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