The Lovers’ Bridge in Krakow
Introduction: The Lover’s Bridge
You can see the Lovers’ Bridge straddling the banks of the Vistula River, connecting two of Krakow’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods. The 145 meter-long Lovers’ Bridge (Polish: Kładka Ojca Bernatka) is a lovely place to walk, sit, or hang up a padlock for your sweetheart. The bridge is east of the “horn” of the old Jewish Quarter. Going along Podgorska Street on the north side, and Nadwislanska Street on the Podgorze side, and it offers breathtaking views of the Vistula promenade year-round.
A perfect day involving the bridge would include a stroll through Kazimierz. Starting in Plac Nowy and threading your way southeast through the old brick buildings, perhaps with an ice cream or zapiekanka in hand. Then a long, slow walk across the bridge itself, examining the locks. Next you can try to imagine their unknown owners, identifiable only by a few hand-carved initials, whose love has been immortalized between the bridge’s huge, curving abutments. Finally, a thoughtful trek through the twisting streets of Podgorze to the south. tea.
The Lovers’ Bridge began construction quite recently in 2009. And it was open to the public in 2010. Furthermore its official dedication is to the late Father Laetus Bernatek (1847-1927), who was instrumental in the construction of a nearby hospital in Kazimierz. This bridge is not without its fair share of controversy. There have been complaints that the bridge is unnecessary. Like no kidding! Particularly when you see how close you are to two other bridges with pedestrian crossing. Also accusations that it contributes to gentrification. In spite of this, the Lovers’ Bridge has become an iconic part of the Vistula promenade in the years since it’s construction. New locks are constantly finding space next to the countless ones which are already there.
As a matter of fact the bridge is open at all hours. There are many nearby attractions in both Kazimierz and Podgorze which make crossing the Lovers’ Bridge a wonderful experience.
Krakow Lovers’ Bridge Information
Address: Podgórska 15 Kraków, Poland
More info about the Lovers’ Bridge: HERE
Images by Hannah Bialic for Yellow Zebra Tours