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.

Why we love Tamka?

Tamka Island ART HUB x CLUB

A few words about the place:

Tamka Island is one of the smallest Odra islands. Art Hub was created on five levels: the space in the building is shared with artists and friendly initiatives. It is treated by the owner as an artistic project outside of the purpose of co-creating various events taking place there. Art Hub is to be a platform on which not only all artists can gather, but also act together. In the building, in addition to the studio, there is a club and a bar (cafe). The common part in which takes place weekend cultural events, has been renovated.

The remaining rooms are in turn renewed by the creators working in them. It is a combination of a club and space for rent for studios, and offices for artists. There is also a photo / video studio available in the building, Music studios, photo studios, event agency, art gallery or Capoeira Academy. As part of electro jam you can also listen to (or create yourself) live improvised electronics. And this is end of introduction word.

Basic information

So first of all , where is Tamka? Tamka is in center, between Wroclaw University and Slodowa Island. Open Hour? Since 12:00 until last guests actually, sometimes we can go to the party at Friday evening, and get back home at Sunday afternoon.

Is there something to eat? Of course ! There is Pizza bar, open during day till 2 or 3 p.m. there is great bar, they have a lot of special drinks, if you like to try new taste– this place is for you. As on every beach bar, there is a beach, a lot of people is goes here barefoot. There are hamakoos too, so if you want take a nap, feel free and lay down.

Tamka is a place for everyone, for them who like to commune with art there is a lot of exhibition, for them who like party in every weekend plays new artist , for them who love to meet new interesting people, there is a lot of people with the same interests.

Upcoming events :

6-20.09 Karolina Wojtas: Train to knowledge exhibition in the frame of TIFF Open competition. Through her photographs, the artist shows a school in Gombrowicz’s  , that is, full of absurdities, also those experienced by Jozio literally withdrawn in his dream to the gymnasium.

9.09 Musical Sunday on the Tamka, on the stage : Dave Haco

14.09 Mindfuckers na Tamce , on the stage : Mateusz Anuszewski aka Matt Vein, Dawid Grabowski aka Rodrigezz, tax 10 pln

15.09 Electronica Africa x regime , on the stage : Dejot, DJ Ryan R, Regime, Young Majli, Wojtek Furmaniak, Electronica Africa, Ttax 10 pln .

23.09 Open beer brewingon Tamka,  with Browar Sabotaż, during this day, you can participate in beer brewing workshops

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!

 

5 natural landscapes of Poland

landscapes of Poland

1- PIENINY MOUNAINS NATIONAL PARK

HEART OF PIENINY MOUNTAINS

 

 

 

 

 

The Pieniny National Park is one of Poland’s national parks, a small park declared in 1932 that protects the heart of the Pieniny Mountains, a small mountain range located in the Lower Silesia Voivodship in the south of the country. If you are looking landscapes of Poland – this is it!

The national park is located in the southernmost part of Poland, on the border with Slovakia. The Pieniny mountain range is divided into three parts:

  • Pieniny Spiskie,
  • Male Pieniny
  • and Pieniny Właściwe (where the park is located).

The surface of the park is 23.46 km², of which it is covered with forests in 13.11 km². A third part (7.5 km²) are strictly protected.

location: Szczawnica 34-450, Poland

2- ERRANT ROCKS

GET LOST IN THE STONE LABYRINTH

 

This amazing rock maze on the ridge of Skalniak (915 m altitude) is situated in the Stołowe Mountains National Park. The rock blocks are scattered on the area of ​​21.14 hectares and create a charming tourist route, which often forces us to squeeze through cracks between the rocks. Easy access from Kudowa Zdrój to Karłów by car or walking along the red trail – around 2.5 hours.

location:  ul. Sloneczna 31 | Stołowe Mountains National ParkKudowa-Zdroj 57-350, Poland

3- LAKE MORSKIE OKO

A LOST PARADISE

 

Is the largest and fourth-deepest lake in the Tatra Mountains. It is located deep within the Tatra National Park, Poland, in the Rybi Potok (the Fish Brook) Valley, of the High Tatras mountain range at the base of the Mięguszowiecki Summits, in Lower Silesia Voivodeship.

Location: Palenica Bialczanska | 49°11′49″N 20°04′12″ETatra National Park 34-500, Poland.

4- GIEWONT MOUNTAIN

THREE PEAKS, ONE MOUNTAIN

Giewont is a mountainous massif in the Tatra Mountains of Poland, and it has an altitude of 1,895 meters AMSL at its highest point. It comprises three peaks (all m / meters in AMSL):

  • Little Giewont – (Polish Mały Giewont, 1,728 m)
  • Great Giewont – (Wielki Giewont, 1,895 m)
  • Long Giewont – (Długi Giewont, 1,867 m).
  • There is a mountain pass located between Great and Long Giewont, known as Szczerba (1,823 m). It is located between the valleys (doliny) of Kondratowa, Małej Łąki and Strążyska.

Long Giewont and Great Giewont are located at a higher altitude than city of Zakopane, therefore, its are clearly visible from that city. At Great Giewont, there is a 15 m steel cross (erected in 1901) – the site of religious pilgrimages. The area is notorious for its dangerous nature during thunderstorms, so this should be taken into account when approaching the summit.

Location: Western TatrasZakopane, Poland

5- BIESZCZADY NATIONAL PARK

THE THIRD LARGEST NATIONAL PARK IN POLAND
Bieszczady National Park is the third largest national park in Poland, located in Subcarpathian Voivodeship in the extreme corner of the country, bordering Slovakia and Ukraine. Landscapes of Poland? This my favourite.
Forests cover about 80% of Bieszczady National Park. The woods are mainly natural; in some cases it can be said that they have preserved their pristine character. The highest peak in the park, Tarnica, is 1,346 metres (4,416 ft) above sea level.

Animal life is abundant with several species of endangered animals thriving in the area, among them:

  • bears,
  • wolves,
  • wildcats,
  • wild boars,
  • beavers,
  • otters,
  • and lynxes as well as deer,
  • moose and European bisons (around 100 live in the area).

The park contains interesting bird species, including eagles and owls, and is home to the largest Polish population of Aesculapian snakes.

The park is sparsely populated (less than 1 person per km²), which means that animals can roam freely. The region is very popular among tourists, but there are not many facilities. Around 70% of the park is regarded as strict preserve, which means that the use of trails is restricted. The park’s authorities promote walking trips.

Location: Lutowiska 2 | PodkarpacieLutowiska 38-713, Poland.