Father Bernatek Footbridge
Father Bernatek Footbridge
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over the Vistuala River between Kazimierz Quarter and Podgorze Quarter
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  • Travelingjohn123
    Peterlee, United Kingdom2,391 contributions
    Very pretty bridge
    Very pretty modern bridge across the Vistula. We crossed everyday of our visit and the bridge was particularly beautiful on a night when it was lit up red. Lots of artistic detail on the bridge make it a work of art in itself. (My only issue about modern bridges (2010) and infrastructure in Poland is that is is paid for with EU money and this bridge would have been better placed over the Thames, Tees, Wear, Tyne or any other UK river.
    Visited November 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2021
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,577 contributions
    The Only One Like It
    The Father Bernatek Footbridge is probably one of the most interesting footbridges you can see. Located at the south of the old town Krakow and connecting to the Jewish Ghetto (Podgorze) area it is widely used by tourists and locals alike. The think that sets this bridge apart from any other is the "floating" acrobatic statues it has. Effortlessly balanced on wire these statues appear to be performing right in front of your eyes and move with the wind. A beautiful installation that really does capture your attention. The bridge also has thousands of "love locks" that line each side. Whilst not an original feature seeing the varying age, sizes and styles of these can be somewhat interesting also.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 25, 2020
  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,777 contributions
    with Flying Acrobats
    Linking Kazimierz and Podgorze suburb, this over 140m long bridge spans the Wisla river providing a safe and pleasant crossing to pedestrians and cyclists since 2010. What I liked most about the bridge is the artwork in its overhanging leaf-shaped construction. Flying acrobatic sports people tumbling in the air exhaling a spirit of freedom. A pity only four of the original nine figures are left. Hopefully they will be restored. The sculptor Jerzy Kędziora who designed them is still around. I am not into padlock love, but if you are don't throw the keys into the river (not just for environmental reasons...). Strange that couples chose this bridge for their padlocks as it is named after a celibatarian monk (Bernatek) who initiated a hospital in Krakow.
    Visited October 2020
    Written February 3, 2021
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Abovetheclouds
2,158 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
To be honest I only walked across this to go between Kazimierz and Podgórze as the bridge links the two districts. It was actually a nice bridge erected over the Vistula River. Clean and well kept. There was some sort of popular tradition of couples attaching padlocks engraved with their names to the railings of the bridge! Loved the statues as well. Read up on it. Not the most scenic but you can see the River and you are likely to walk around the area anyway whilst visiting the city. Worth a stop.
Written April 9, 2023
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Lynn G
Washington, UK95 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Took brother and sister in law to visit prisoner of war camp their dad was held in. Salt mine a great surprise for them and the fact that it was Krakow's Xmas market they were expecting nothing like that. Recommend to anyone - taxis are carriages are a fair size pulled by two horses.
Written February 13, 2023
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Clarencelouise1972
Kegworth, UK38 contributions
We stubbled across this bridge on the way to somewhere depressing. ..what a lovely sight. Lots of messages on padlocks, some old some new. Only problem there was no shop at either end selling padlocks!!! We wanted to do the same but alas it wasn't to be. Next time though ♡♥
Written February 16, 2014
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The mind of a traveler
781 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Very original bridge over the Wisla river with some sculptures and full of locks for those who believe that their love will stay forever.

We really liked it!

The mind of a traveler.
Written January 7, 2020
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George B
Aberdeen, UK1,548 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We came under this on a good River Visla Cruise from Castle.
This is a really pleasing bridge on this tour.
Good architecture and you can see the manequins hanging from the structure. Also the padlocks of lovers who then throw the keys in the River.

Written September 21, 2019
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FeltSuit
Rumford, Rhode Island, United States250 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
I happened to stay in Kazimierz when I went to Krakow but let this be a reminder that if you are visiting the city that you should get out of the center for a while and go down to Kazimierz to enjoy the best food the city has to offer. Go for lunch then check out this beautiful new bridge with its whimsical and serene acrobatic sculptures as you walk another 15 minutes over to the Schindler Factory and Modern Art Museum. It's also the best view of the Vistula River where you can see large old brick walls retaining the banks.
Written October 27, 2017
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RachGresty
Liverpool, UK93 contributions
Such a lovely idea! I would advise you to get a lock from home and have it engraved before you come as it's hard to find locks but you will if you look hard enough! I was proposed to here so it holds a sentimental value to me! I hope our lock lasts a while! It looks so nice lit up at night and it's near shindlers factory so very easy to find
Written December 1, 2014
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Sam S
Leeds, UK17 contributions
I visited while on a free walking tour of the Jewish district of Krakow (which I very much recommend as our tour guide, Thomasz was excellent) and we saw all the brightly coloured padlocks and took a couple of photos. Our guide then told us why some panels seemed to be warped. Apparently, for a couple of people, their relationships didn't work out so after throwing the key into the river, they couldn't unlock it and tried to pull the padlock off! That's why padlock selling stalls always supply two keys, just in case it doesn't work out...
Written October 24, 2013
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Arie Vurtzel
Krakow, Poland66 contributions
Dec 2019
a great bridge also called the lover lock bridge. you can also enjoy the floating hanged athletic statues
Written January 2, 2020
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helen w
Leicester, UK60 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We came across this bridge by sheer chance whilst strolling alongside the river one evening. Our guide book didn’t mention it at all which is surprising. It is a modern suspension bridge for walkers and cyclists (separated) with trapeze figurines on the suspension wires - very clever. It is full of padlocks on all sides which in itself is quite a spectacle. At night it is lit with pretty multicoloured lights and looks stunning. Below the bridge are a couple of bar boats one with deckchairs - a great place for a drink.
Written July 27, 2019
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