Odra – part of Wroclaw culture

About Odra

To try and imagine Wroclaw without the Odra is tantamount to thinking of Giza without its pyramids. The city is defined by this great sprawling river with its numerous tributaries and canals, as well as by the 12 islands and over 120 bridges that cross it – all of which bring so much life, character and charm to the Lower Silesian capital. With so many waterways and spans it is little wonder that Wroclaw has been dubbed as the ‘Venice of Poland’ – although new visitors to the city can take this with a pinch of salt and leave their canoes at home. River Odra – part of Wroclaw culture.

The Odra was known to the Romans as Viadrus or Viadua, and was first referred to as the Odera around 990, when it was documented as the western boundary of early Poland under duke Mieszko I. Over the centuries the river gained more and more importance to Wroclaw, both as part of the trading routes that linked Russia, Germany and Bavaria together (and as such made Polish merchants very wealthy!), and also as a source of life and energy.

Today Wroclaw has two ports on the Odra and the river continues to play a part in its burgeoning trade economy, forming one of the city’s many great transport links.

The Odra is the second longest river in Poland, after the Vistula, covering 742km in Poland and 112km in the Czech Republic, from where it originates in the Oder Mountains. As it nears the Baltic Sea 187km of its length defines the modern day Polish-German border.

Jazz on the Odra

Jazz on the Odra, one of the oldest jazz festivals in Poland.

The Jazz Personality Contest is an inseparable part of the festival, and one of its hallmarks. The oldest and the most prestigious jazz competition in Poland is open for instrumentalists and singers, who at the time of the festival are 35 or younger. The 2018 Grand Prix – Jazz Personality laureate will receive a prize of 25 000 PLN sponsored by the Mayor of Wrocław; the Jury will also distinguish the best soloist, band and composer. From the very first years of the contest’s existence, it featured great musicians and stars of Polish jazz, including Włodzimierz Nahorny, Zbigniew Seifert, Ewa Bem, Krzesimir Dębski, Janusz Strobel, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Tomasz Szukalski and Andrzej Zaucha. Last year, the Grand Prix was won by Adam Jarzmik Quintet.

Hala Targowa Wroclaw shopping center

Hala Targowa is a traditional a place of trade and meetings of residents.

A traditional place for shopping Hala Targowa (Wroclaw) – designed by Richard Plüddemann and Heinrich Küster.

Hala Targowa was built in 1908 and it is a valuable engineering monument. The design was very modern, the construction was supported on reinforced concrete arches, what gave the building a high durability. The external elevation is partly made of bricks, whereas from the south it is plastered. The window frames were made of steel. The building has two towers and a clock. The building has 4 floors, the most important is the main hall and the gallery surrounding it. In the cellars there are freezers and butchers’ rooms where there is quartered the meat. The hall towers are unfortunately not available for tourists. Many architectural elements of the Hala Targowa have been written in the list of the monuments. Starting from the main portals made of sandstone in the art nouveau style, through bas-reliefs, urban coat of arms, clocks. Ending with balustrades, stairs and even crates of meat stands also made in the art nouveau style.

Now Hala Targowa is a traditional a place of trade and meetings of residents.

After entering the main hall on the left side, you can find a few very large stands with fruits and vegetables, on the right there are meat, bakeries and dairy products. There are several stands with traditional products from Spain and Portugal. You can buy not only regional products but also high quality Spanish hams or feta cheese. You can buy here bread baked on natural sourdough, spelt buns, soy mingers, cold pressed oils, herbs and spices, birch juice. In the further part there are many stands with flowers and floristic accessories. There is a cash machine at the entrance, but for the majority of stands there is a possibility you to pay by a card. Apart from shopping, there are a few cheap bars and cafes in the hall, and a restaurant with  a craft beer in front of the entrance. In the hall gallery there are stands with chemical and household articles. In front of the building there is a tram stop (lines 8,7,17,9,23) next to it there are a few parking places, however, it is the best to walk on this part of the city.

 

Links to pages about similar topic:

News about Wroclaw:  http://wroclaw.naszemiasto.pl/artykul/hala-targowa-we-wroclawiu-dojazd-adres-godziny-otwarcia,3189197,art,t,id,tm.html

Wikipedia: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hala_Targowa_przy_ul._Piaskowej_we_Wroc%C5%82awiu

Trade Stand : http://halatargowa.pl/stoiska-handlowe/

THE BEST BEACH BARS IN WROCLAW CITY

In Wroclaw city we can find so many beach bars.
In summer, near the Oder, in almost every part of Wrocław, we can relax in the beach bar. However, which beach bar is the best in Wroclaw city? Which one to choose? Why this one? Below I present the best beach bars in Wroclaw city.

HOT SPOT

The largest beach in Wroclaw-The tons of sand located at the Milenium bridge invite not only adults, but also children.

Beach bar in Wroclaw

Why should you choose a Hot Spot?

  • live concerts
  • huge beach
  • animations for children
  • kids corner
  • interview with known people / bloggers
  • shisha bar
  • foodtrucks and ice cream
  • yoga classes
  • you can come with animals
  • volleyball court
  • skimboard
  • you can chill on hammock
  • near the indoor swimming pool and swimming pool
  • away from noise and real estate

    Hot Spot

ZAZOO BEACH BAR

This place is located (as the name suggests) at the back of the zoological garden. This the best beach bar in Wroclaw city.

Why should you choose  Zazoo?

  • live concerts
  • wine bar
  • trampolines for children
  • volleyball court
  • poufs, hammocks, umbrellas
  • location right by the river, in the middle of nature
  • animations for children
  • Yoga lessons
  • and many others

More and more beach bars are coming. It’s the perfect entertainment for young people as well as children. Many beach bars in Wroclaw concentrate not only young people, but also families with children. Unfortunately, such places also have their drawbacks, and which ones?

Beach bar

Beach bars are open only seasonally due to high temperature differences. Reluctantly, people would like to come in winter in warm jackets and drink cold drinks on cold and wet sand in addition to the cold air from the Odra river.

Beach bar in Wroclaw

This are the best beach bars in Wroclaw city. You should visit both places, and why? Convince yourself and feel the unique climate of beach bars in Summer!