Before Heat Came. The Bagry Lake in Early Spring [Kraków, Poland]

A perfect example of the influence a time of the year may have on a place. The Bagry Lake is one of the liveliest and most crowded sites in Krakow (Poland) during warm summer days, however, it’s completely different before the hot season starts. Going there during a gloomy spring day, when the lakeside is still grey and empty, makes an impression of a journey to a different dimension. Entering it lets see another, spooky face of the site which reminds nothing of the joyful one seen during summertime.

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The Dance of Sunlight. The Anna and Erazm Jerzmanowski Park [Kraków, Poland]

Time of the day is an element rarely taken into consideration when going to visit some place and is never treated as a part of it. However, it’s also the one which has so strong impact on the site, that can turn it into a fairytale scenery. Photos below show the Anna and Erazm Jerzmanowski Park in Kraków (Poland) seen in an early October morning.

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Cats in the Window. An Old House near the Rails [Kraków, Poland]

What can make you stop by some place while following a backroad? Sometimes it’s just a peaceful nature corner, a rail track crossing it, and an old house with a couple of cats sitting in its decaying window.

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The Junk Shop ‘Stary Kufer’ [Kraków, Poland]

An oldfashioned pram stroller and some other stuff put near the entrance to a tenement house on one of the streets in Kraków suggested that there’s something extraordinary hiding behind the doors. That impression wasn’t misleading.

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Abandoned Trains [Kraków, Poland]

I’ll never forget the day when I decided to turn to an unknown road and check out where it leads. Following it I found the railway territory full of old abandoned trains, and the first thought that came to my mind was that it’s the famous Płaszów Locomotive Depot but later it appeared that it was another but not less impressive place.

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The Płaszów Locomotive Depot [Kraków, Poland]

When you’re looking for abandoned railway places in Kraków, it’s definitely worth to visit Płaszów Locomotive Depot. It was built in 1927 as a complex of office and technical buildings. Despite being in use (trains are still repaired here), the depot is known as a great abandoned railway site because of old trains here. Huge rusting locomotives and carriages as well as the territory around create unusual and a bit creepy atmosphere which make this place popular with urban explorers and photographers.

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The Dr J. Babiński Neuropsychiatric Hospital [Kraków, Poland]

The Dr J. Babiński Neuropsychiatric Hospital, often called by locals ‘Kobierzyn’ because of the place where it’s situated, is the largest psychiatric hospital in Kraków. Apart from playing an important role in the provision of mental health services, the hospital is also a local heritage monument—the whole complex of the one-century old buildings surrounded by a picturesque park is listed in Kraków’s Monument Register.

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