Kayaking down the Wisla River immediately to the south of the old town isn’t the most popular activity in Krakow, Poland in the middle of May – but it is possible. After asking a few locals that spoke English about where I could rent a kayak and eliciting some strange looks, I was eventually helpfully directed to a nondescript building with a yellow sign reading “K.S. Nadwislan” printed on it.
The building is a 10 minute walk from the old Market Square at the heart of Krakow’s old town, and very close to Wawel (pronounced “Vavelle” in English), Poland’s medieval royal castle that is a tourist destination. Simply walk south from Wawel to find the river and then follow the north river bank west until you get to a large Novotel. Then you just turn right and follow a path down to the waterfront, and a long ramp leading up to “K.S. Nadwislan” and an opportunity to rent a kayak. Along the way, be sure to stop and watch a statue of a dragon that actually breathes fire every couple of minutes or so.