Online Rental Services in Wroclaw

Wroclaw Rental Services

Wroclaw Rental Services

Today, Wroclaw Rental Services and Apps are a great alternative to public transportation in Wroclaw. Thus, using the application downloaded from Google Play or App Store, you can rent a car, a bike or a scooter anywhere in the city to reach your destination point with the minimum time and costs.

Wroclaw City Bike

Of course, before you rent your first bike, you need to register in the WMR system. To do this, please visit Nextbike official website and follow the instructions. A minimum deposit of 10 zl activates the user’s account.

Thanks so electronic locks using by the rental system, it’s quite easy to rent a bike you like. Just enter your Nextbike App and press “Rent this bike”! Keep in mind that you have 20 FREE MINUTES to travel wherever you want. To return the bicycle, find the nearest bike station and insert it into the e-lock.

Electric Scooters

Expats in Wroclaw have the opportunity to hire one of the 75 double scooters. Download the app from http://blinkee.city and enjoy 45 km/h driving, even if you don’t have a driver’s license. But keep in mind that you must be over 21 years old and ready to show your ID. The scooters are available for hire on a minute-by-minute basis, just like City Bike.

You will not find specially equipped stations for this kind of Wroclaw Rental Services so in order to detect a scooter in the city, just browse the map in the App and reserve the nearest vehicle for 15 minutes. When you reach your e-scooter, unlock it without keys but with the App. You can also travel outside the city, but the necessary condition will be to leave the vehicle within the operational zone in Wroclaw.

Car Hire Apps

Online Wroclaw rental services for cars are represented by 2 market leaders:

The fleet of Traficar consists of 150 Clio Renault cars. Users pay for each kilometer driven and for each started minute of use. Cars are waiting in the streets and at some Orlen stations. To become a user, you need to register in the system by providing your personal data, credit card information, and driving license scan. The car can be hired through the application. The user checks whether the vehicles are available in the given area at the moment, chooses the nearest one, and reserves it for 15 minutes. When you reach the car, you scan the QR code from the windshield. The key card is waiting inside. The cost of travel is PLN 0.80 for each kilometer plus PLN 0.50 for every minute of use. A minute of parking costs 0.10 zl.

Users have 200 ELECRTIC cars available, including 190 Nissan Leaf and 10 VAN cars. This car hire service is quite similar to the previous one and operates on similar terms as Traficar. You only pay for 1 minute of drive, which is 1 zl. At the same time, a minute of a stop would cost you 10 groszy. For example, to reach Aquapark Wroclaw from the city center, you should prepare about 10 zl. Vozilla cars can be used outside Wroclaw but should be returned within the city limits, otherwise, the user pays an additional fee.

3 pubs for gamers in Wroclaw

3 pubs for gamers in Wrocław

There are 3 pubs for gamers in Wroclaw, that I know of. If you are a gamer and want to spend quality time in a geeky place with your friends, Wroclaw has some very interesting options for you. Whether you want to organize a big meeting or just spontaneously go to a nerdy place, these are the places you can check out:

Padbar – the first pub for gamers in Poland

Padbar was founded in 2011. In time, it branched to three other cities. You can play here on an Xbox in beat’em ups and play FIFA with your friends, try the wide range of drinks and play board games for free. There’s also a Padbar Club. For 30 zlotys you can buy a membership card and gain points. For every 5 zł that you spend you gain points, that you can exchange for free drinks. I’ts good to make a reservation ahead of time, because of the sheer popularity of this place.

Location: Kazimierza Wielkiego Street 1 in  Time’s building

Site: http://wroclaw.padbar.pl/kontakt/

Cybermachina – franchise nerd pub

Cybermachina was opened in back in 2015. It’s the largest chain of pubs for geeks in Poland, it has a total of 8 locations in the country. There’s a wide variety of drinks, that reference pop culture. They have Czech and regional beer, you can also eat some snacks and toasts. There are many consoles, arcade games and board games free of charge.

Cybermachina has game tournaments, as well as regular sporting events (such as football matches on TV). Sometimes they also organize small meetings for people working in the gaming industry in Wroclaw. They are called Pog(R)adajmy and you have to check their Facebook page for more details. You have keep in mind that they close fairly early. Usually opening hours span from 2 pm to 1 am.

Location: Szczytnicka Street 52

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CybermachinaWroclaw/

Hex – cafe mixed with pub for the board games enthusiasts

Hex’s origins are a cafe with board games in Cracow. Their second coffeehouse mixed with a bar was openend in Wroclaw in 2014. Since then they have presented about 400 different board games to their guests. Hex host board game competitions, they also have card games. On the occasions they organize Hearthstone tournaments – but you have to bring your own Smartphone or laptop to play. Sometimes they have special workshops for people interested in learning how to play board games. Also you can check out prototypes, that upcoming creators bring to the cafe. They even have their own game, called “Tawerna Hex”. You can also drink some niche beer and eat different meals. Hex is usually open to guests from 3 pm to midnight, but you have check whether they have spare seats before, because of the various events.

Location: Dubois Street 33/35b

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Hex.wroclaw/

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw

Wroclaw is highly focused on entertainment and art. It is a city for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. One of the many ways in which it is extraordinary is an ever growing live music scene. Thanks to this, there’s a large amount of musical instrument stores in Wroclaw. If you are a musician, surely you are interested in finding out where to get supplies for maintenance of your instrument, or where to get a new one. Not only can you stock up on supplies, but you’ll also be able to post ads in all of them if you want someone to share your hobby with. Luckily, the staff consists of friendly people who are willing to help you on the journey to your musical adventure.

There are 3 main Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw. All of them are worth at least one visit, since you will surely find one that you prefer. Depending on your instrument of choice, your favorite one will be different.

MUZYCZNY.PL

Located in the Krzyki district on aleja Armii Krajowej 5 is the biggest Musical Instrument Store in Wroclaw. There is a guitar section with a large selection of instruments of all types, though bass players have a separate section which they must ask the staff to see. Guitarists will appreciate the large selection of Gibson and Fender guitars among others, one of the biggest in-stock collections of them in the country. That section also has an isolated amplifier room where you can test an electric guitar in peace. There is also a professional audio section near the entrance with cables, DJ equipment, lighting and various all-round accessories.

Upstairs are the studio, keyboard, drum and “other” sections. The staff is willing to provide customers with things that aren’t usually available, even if it’s something that isn’t made by the companies that they normally sell. They will always consider giving you a discount on bigger purchases if you ask about it. Sometimes they will surprise you with a much better price for buying supplies in bulk. This is the place to go for the best prices and to help solve your musical problems. You can also count on the staff to set up your instrument to your preference. It ranks among not only the best Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw, but also in the country.

Opening hours are 10a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

https://musicsquare.eu/

 

RAGTIME

Hidden behind the new Academy of Arts building is the second largest musical instrument store in Wroclaw. Downstairs is the studio equipment and keyboard section and upstairs is the guitar, bass and drums section. While the choice is smaller than in Muzyczny.pl, it is also worth checking out. A large studio section is the perfect place for someone willing to set up their home studio. The staff is also knowledgeable and will gladly help you out. Remember – To play an instrument in this store, you must ask one of the workers to hand it to you. This store is great for guitar players. What is especially relevant for a beginner is that the instruments are well maintained by the staff.

The Address is 15 Traugutta Street. It is very close to the Galeria Dominikanska mall. Opening hours are 10a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

https://ragtime.pl/lang/en

RIFF

The last big musical instrument store in Wroclaw is one from Poland’s biggest instrument retailer chain, Riff. It is located on 28 Piłsudskiego Street. It is easy to get there by tram or even on foot from the city center.  Riff is mostly a guitar store, though there are keyboard and “other instruments” sections, with a basic choice of home studio equipment. You can however easily order whatever else you may need. It has two sections, an upstairs area with keyboards and some guitars, and a basement where you have more guitars and bass guitars with a separate amplifier section to plug in your instrument. It is worth seeing because they often offer instruments made by companies that the other stores don’t stock.

Opening hours: Weekdays 10a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10.am. – 4 p.m.

https://riff.net.pl/content/101-wroclaw

Polish cinema for expats

Polish cinema for expats

Polish movies took another turn after the end of communism

If we take a closer look at the films, we can notice a sense of liberation from the prejudices and freedom of speech. The film makers were deeply rooted in the historical context, trying to create a strong connection between death, gender, role-models, politics, ethnicity and sexuality. Here’s a look at five of the most appreciated Polish movies in the contemporary period. 


1. Papusza

A movie about gender, ethnicity and how to be alone in a place full of known people wrapped in an artistic cover. This is how the movie can be described in just one sentence. The monochrome tones and the way the elements are situated in the scenario create the impression that the main action is happening at the end of the Second World War, when Poland was on the verge of its maturity, trying to figure out how the society should survive. However, the rhythmical sounds of the Romani orchestra lives up the immensely pensive mood and makes the sharp black and white palette colorful, passing through the melancholic, somber tone.

2. Golasy

The movie is an intriguing experiment for the viewers’ eyes, as it does not show an astonishing plot, full of action and breathtaking moments, but has a linear narration, without any culminant point. At a first glance, one can say that the movie is dull and unworthy, depending on one’s experiences in life.
The movie reveals the metaphor used by Charles Baudelaire as well in his poems, especially in Fleurs du mal, aesthetics of ugliness. The human body is used to create a world in which the canons of beauty don’t exist and every part of the human body is a remark which can help the spectator to know better the character.
3. My Nikifor


My Nikifor is a spare yet affecting cinematic portrait of the Polish “outsider” artist Nikifor Krynicki, who’s played in a remarkable piece of trans-gender acting by the late female thespian Krystyna Feldman. Writer/director Krzysztof Krauze sensibly concentrates on just the last few years of his illiterate subject’s impoverished existence in 1960s Communist Poland, focussing on his unlikely friendship with the party-funded painter Marian Wlosinski, who becomes his devoted protector.

4. The double life of Veronika

Unique. This is the word that comes to my mind when I am thinking about Kieślowski’s movie. The lights, the music, the story itself unfolds in front of the spectators a masterpiece, where every scene is a hint that help us reveal the scenarios. Why using the word scenarios and not the singular form of it? In my opinion, looking at other Kieślowski’s works and comparing them, I can say that there is never just one side of the story, but just little elements that can be used in different combinations depending on the spectator experiences in life to give a personal significance to the movie.

5. Wolyn



The movie shows an excessive cruelty of the people, who think that every human being is their enemy. They believe that through torture, they can conquer the lands. The director wants its spectators to feel the pain of the victims, by showing the acts in their primary state. In the central picture, it is Zosia, a young Polish girl, from  Volhynia’s village, settled by Ukrainians, Poles and Jews.

Movie Gate in Wroclaw

Movie Gate in Wroclaw

Movie Gate in Wroclaw

 

The Movie Gate is unique place, where you can touch original costumes or stage props from different movies. Designed by two, young people lived in Wroclaw, based in underground on the Plac Solny. Like movie-lovers says, that magic gate includes everything that you should see, even when you just only once watched classical movies like James Bond, Star Wars or Gladiator. Only here, in Lower Silesia you can find costumes of most popular actors and iconic things, like car Aston Martin, well known as James Bond’s vehicle.

 

www.moviegate.pl

 

 

 

In the heart of the city

Every part of this area is historical shelter, build before Second World War. When you walk through the object, you can feel like a soldier. There are original radio stations used by polish army to connect with other people. People who renewed this place, cleaned it from water and rubbish. Now, because of them historical place survived and can live again.

 

Costumes and more

 

What makes this place unique? Usually, when you go to the traditional museum you can only admire historical items and take tchem pictures. In Movie Gate, if you want to back home with Russel Crowe’s costume udes in Gladiator movie, that’s not a problem. Lots of things here you can buy. They cost about 20 000 polish zloty, but looking at the Gladiator in your room every morning is said to be invaluable. In this place also women can find beautiful costumes – like dress from Cassino Royale or jewellery previously worn by for example Hally Berry. There’s a lot of props well known for Star Wars fantics. Unfortunatelly, real size Darth Vader statue was sold… But still you can find there director’s sketches with the most popular scenes in that movie. Also, there are pieces of Death Star, one of them measure about 48 cm x 43 cm x 9 cm. Of course, they are for sale, but cost of one of tchem is… 50 000 zloty. But still it’s ready to admire in Movie Gate 🙂

 

 

 

Price list & hours

Price for adult is 19 polish zloty. Children and students pays only 15 zl. You can bring your friends too, than everyone from this gruop pays also 15 zl. Movie Gate is open from Monday till Sunday. The tour starts at 10 am and ends at 6 pm by week, on weekends ends at 8 pm.

Beer in Wroclaw

Beer in Wroclaw

According to the results of the research, it follows that in the eyes of both women and men, the image of beer is positive (86%), while the authors of positive characteristics are most often men (88%) than women (82%). Respondents of the two sexes, describing beer, raise a number of terms that carry a positive emotional charge – in their opinion, beer is primarily “friendliness” (62%), “fun” (53%), and “approaches any situation “(50%),

But for the people which look for the real quality, here are…

Top 5 Best Pubs in Wroclaw

1. Coctail Bar Max & Dom Whisky

Definitely one of the best institution in Wroclaw for whiskey lovers, and not only! Well-equipped Cigar Room impresses with the lack of smell of cigar smoke that is very important if you are a non-smoker in the company!

2. Cocktail Bar by Incognito

A non-trivial place in the center of the city where people like to make cocktails. Beautiful feed. There are several branded cocktails according to their own recipes.

3. AleBrowar

Good craft beers and excellent service also in English, and before ordering that you can try a beer. In addition, the interior is simple, but the point is really different beer. Looks pretty good, anyway.

4. Nietota

This place has this ethno / tribe atmosphere with its wall drawings and live music. Excellent gin tonic served with pepper

5. Lamus Pub

A wonderful place to have a good beer. first of all – about eight varieties of beer. It is very inexpensive. It is better to arrive early – closer to the evening there is not pushed, the place is extremely popular with the local residents. Good location near the main train station.

 

New Horizons Festival in Wroclaw

New horizons Festival in Wroclaw
The New Horizons Festival is definitely the trend of Wroclaw. This is a festival of film visionaries, uncompromising artists, who have the courage to follow their own path despite the prevailing fashions and tell about the most important things in their unique language. If you love movies you should be there.

From among hundreds of films shown every year at world festivals and among those sent for selection. The ones chosen are those that, due to their unusual form and their power of expression, do not allow themselves to be forgotten. They arouse extreme reactions and emotions, give rise to polemics and discussions, evoke delights and protests. But it is these films that most often set the latest trends in the world cinema. The main competition is the fulfillment of the idea of the “New Horizon” cinema.

Visitors:

The festival is visited annually by several dozen directors from around the world – from debutants to undisputed champions.

An important mission of the festival is the presentation of the work of the rebellious masters of cinema.  Discovering the achievements of lesser-known artists. For the creators of the festival is extremely important.

The festival also introduces the most interesting places on the film world map, revealing cinematographies rarely present in regular distribution. In recent years, they have brought closer the cinema of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Turkey, Greece, Sweden, Mexico, Lithuania and Norway. In 2017, the festival presented the latest cinema from Israel.

Program:

Experimental films and works of creators exploring the non-fiction area. The film program is accompanied by multimedia projects. In the urban and gallery space as well as exhibitions, exploring historical and contemporary relationships of cinema and art. For example, the annual Midnight Show. The festival program is rich in accompanying events – concerts, exhibitions, installations, and operas.

New Horizons in Wroclaw over the years has become the most visited festival in Poland. One of the most popular in this part of Europe (over 100,000 viewers each year) and because of the great developing events such as Polish Days and Studio Nowe Horyzonty. Also an important meeting place for the international film industry. 

https://www.nowehoryzonty.pl

 

 

Ideas for unique DIY presents in Wroclaw

DIY presents in Wroclaw

Some smart tips and locations for DIY presents in Wroclaw.

When it comes to ideas for unique DIY presents in Wroclaw for your closest ones, it is always hard to quickly find a solution. You probably had heard when you were a child that the best gift is made by your own. OK, but how to create the present which won’t look creepy and keep your soul inside and dedicated efforts at the same time?

Hopefully this tiny review might help to manage this.

MaluMika

At MaluMika you could paint your own ceramic masterpiece. There is a wide range of different ceramic plates, cups, mugs, figures etc. you are able to chose from and paint it as you wish. You could write some words and dates on them if needed. Brushes, paints, stencils and a lot of advice about the techniques are provided. Sometimes they have pottery workshops, so it is possible to create your DIY present literally from scratch. Then paint it and pick up after the ceramic is burned in the oven (usually, in 2-3- days).

Zielona Wrona

Nowadays, it is trendy to be eco, green and closer to nature. At Zielona Wrona you could combine this trend with creation of unique DIY present. You could visit one of their creative workshop and learn how to create the biosphere in the jar. Isn’t it special to give a piece of the forest? Moreover, you would know how to balance your biosphere that way it won’t require any treatment from you or the person owning the gift. Just enjoy your self-sustaining peace of a nature.

Paper Concept

If you are a really craft-person the best shop you could imagine for these purposes is definitely Paper Concept. There are different kinds of paper, carton, envelopes and ribbons. Moreover, you could also find a ready-to-use craft kits and a lot of things you have never known exist. So only your fantasy and imagination are the limit for your DIY presents.