Second hand tour in Wrocław

City of shopping centres

Wrocław is a city of shopping centers, but why go to the easy way? I know a better way to shop, demanding more creativity – second hand.

Second hand is a style of being giving new life a dress after grandma releases creativity. The times in which we live are individualism related to the music we listen to or the ideology we proclaim. The clothing store in the “Magnolia Park” or “Wroclaw” gallery gives us ready-made stylizations, clothing sets that limits our creativity. Lumpeks is a fun style, with a small financial outlay. His success is related to the fact that the buyer spends a lot of time to find something that suits his style, is of a specific brand, has the right quality and is not damaged. When a product meets these requirements, it becomes our treasure, which we are happy to boast about friends.

“I remember my anger when I came to one shop with used clothing, where I found polo identical, to the one from the gallery. The worst fact in this situation was that for the shirt I bought at Magnolia Park with the price of 329 zlotys for that which was worn once I paid PLN 15. On such examples of life, you can radically change your habits. “- says Marcin.

Eco alternative

The clothing store is a great alternative for people affected by the disease of the 21st century – shopaholism. Each of them has a different promotion for a particular day. I know from experience that “lumpeks” hides many pearls, and Jessica Mercedes herself would be quartered for some vintage handbags. Nowadays, eco, where most people realize that we are throwing away a lot of things, many of them give them a new life. Not only is it much cheaper, but it also does not create a large garbage dumb from our world.

Livia Firth speaks for one of the website, saying that the clothing industry has become one of the largest sources of waste because one consumes the most. It became the cause of dramatic working conditions of adults and, what is worse, children, as well as the suffering of animals. This fact is increased by the poverty of the Third World countries in which workers are exploited, secondly animal harm is another reason and an equally important pollution of the environment, which is constantly changing by the constant interference of people. Consumer awareness is growing in Poland, paving the way for ecological clothing that respects the Fair Trade environment. This awareness is still low, because clothes made of renewable materials are much more expensive. A good alternative for those who can not afford eco clothing is second hand.

 

 

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Cheap and chic

Most people do not know that for 15 zlotys you can get a polo from Ralph Lauren or a dress from Michael Kors for 25 zlotys. I will lead you after the best second hands  in Wroclaw.

World-famous style stylists use things from vintage shops. The stars themselves openly admit to using second hands:

Julia Roberts buys used baby clothes

Before he became a star, Kurt Cobain paved his unique style of cloththrough second-hand things.

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Let’s start our adventure now! 🙂

 

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Best things to visit in Wroclaw

Best things to visit in Wroclaw

BEST THINGS TO VISIT IN WROCLAW

If you want to arrange a trip and you’re thinking about Poland you really have to put on your travel list one of the most beautiful cities of this central European country. Which one? Of course, Wroclaw. Wroclaw, is the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship and what is interesting about this place? It’s important history but also it’s charming beauty. So this is a helpful guide to find some best things to visit in Wroclaw.

Market square

The main Market square was founded in the 13th century and it has been one of the most beautiful in all Europe.It was almost totally destroyed in 1945. But today the townhouses and the restaurants with the vivid colors are more than magical,just like a fairytale.

Town Hall 

Wroclaw’s Town Hall stands in the middle of the main square from the beginning of 13th century.It’s impressive gothic architecture will make you feel the medieval vibe.Interesting to admire this stunning building both under the sunlight and moonlight.There  is also the opportunity to enter the exhibitions of the Town Hall. If you want to see best things to visit in Wroclaw – town hall this is it!

 

Cathedral island (Ostrow Tumski)

  One of the most romantic and pictureque places in Wroclaw is the Cathedral island.Cathedral of St.John the Baptist is the dominant landmark and also there are 3 more churches,2 monasteries and one palace. You sould not let yourself miss the opportunity to visit the highlight of this Cathedral which is it’s panoramic view from one of it’s towers. It will only cost 7 zloti and from Mondays to Sundays will you have the unique chance to see this beautiful city from above. Also one of the best things to visit in Wroclaw is Tumski Bridge across the Oder river.Just like in other European cities couples have the opportunity to attach padlocks on the bridge and throw the key on the river in order to ensure eternal love.

Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall or Hala Stulecia in polish is one of the sightseeings that consisted in the list of Unesco’s World Heritage in 2006. It’s significance starts from the fact that is one of the greatest architectural monument.It was built in 1913 by Max Berg.Nowadays it is used for cultural or sport events and also for exhibitions and concerts. In this area it is also possesed the Pavillon.Last but not least, you should not forget to stay and admire the amazing shows which takes place especially on weekends on the Multimedia Fountain which is near the Centennial Hall.

 

Botanical Garden

This colorfoul Votanical garden was created in 1811.It’s close to Ostrow Tumski.You can find 11.500 different species of flora.It’s perfect for a walk in the afternoon especially on the spring.Keep in mind that that it’s accesible from March to October every day.

 

Japanese Garden  

Do you want a smll taste of Japan when you’re in Wroclaw?So you have to visit Japanese Garden, which is located in the north part of Centennial Hall. Relaxing walks in the beautiful landscape and near the small pond which includs different species of fish.

 

National Museum

The National Museum has really interesting exhibitions not only inside but also outside.If you visit this museum on the spring you will be charmed by the blooming vines.

 

Dwarfs

  

 

Did you know that Wroclaw it is also called “The city of dwarfs” ? If you make a walk around the city will you find out in every corner small dwarfs in different shapes and sizes.It’s an amusing game trying to find all the hidden dwarfs and you can also find a map with all of them in the tourist information center at central square of Wroclaw.

 

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.

 

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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.

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NAWA pavilion

This architectural installation actually makes more sense if you take a closer look. NAWA pavilion was created by an innovative process of production – FIDU – based on air blowing of metal layers from two-dimensional to a three-dimensional object. The charming arch fits perfectly into its surroundings.

“The sculpture does not alter the wild character of the island. Quite the contrary: it amplifies the nature’s presence. Polished steel surface is reflecting its green surroundings, the river and historic architecture. Depending on the weather and time of the day, the sculpture looks different each time.”

Oskar Zieta, the architect of NAWA pavilion.

Sci-FI, abstract, fashion styles etc. The properties of NAWA are expending the scope for the photo shoot ideas. The appearance carries an idea emphasizes and complements the beauty of the surrounding nature worthy to be captured in the photo moments.

Hydropolis

Hydropolis is one of the architectural monuments of the water supply system. If you are aiming for a photo shoot in Hydropolis, then prepare to spend there even half of a day.

First of all, the area of the building is 5145.0 m2.

Secondly, the unique background for photography is in almost every corner of the interior and exterior of the building. Outside there is a 3D water performance. And the inner part – visualization immersing in the sciences studying water, its properties and significance in the life of the planet.

 

Silver Tower

Another contemporary building is rather less appear to be that universal but still potentially brings the difference. Furthermore, the building is located next to the railway station – the place which you also can combine with Silver Tower while picking a foreshortening.

Nanan the patisserie 

This minimalistic miracle looks much like the sweet dream world. Delicate shining brass details, rosa aurora marble table tops, natural oak veneers and oak parquet floor. The deliberately minimalist interior provide a subtle setting for the protagonists: finely decorated sophisticated cakes and éclairs made with meticulous care.

And finally, the place in which you definitely wouldn’t feel mediocre while decide to make a food photo 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plants in Wroclaw – Tour around Wroclaw for plants enthusiassts

plants in Wroclaw

 If you’re a fan of plants I invite you for non-obvious trip.
There is nothing more inseparable from humanity than nature. Nowadays, plants are becoming a very strong trend in fashion and indoor design; but today I want to pull you out of couch and make you go outside. I’d like to show you some places in Wroclav, where you can admire different kinds of plants.

Botanical Garden
First point on our tour map is Botanical Garden with Green House inside. The object is open between 2nd of April and 12th of November. During a few months, we can observe plants and flowers daily. And a ticket for student cost 10 PLN. Garden is located near well-known, historical Ostrów Tumski.

In Wroclav’s Garden you can admire cacti and other succulents in a historic Cactus House, as well as in two greenhouses where succulents of Africa and of Mexico are presented. Under the greenhouse’s roofs there is an impressive collection of exotic plants originating from warmer climatic zones. This is the best place to make “tropical” photos and breathe fresh air in the middle of the city.

Flower Shop

Leaving the Garden, we go to the newly opened place on the map of Wroclav. rośliny.  is a modern and minimalistic store. Here, the plants are in the spotlight. We can gain knowledge of how to take care about different types of plants and buy a beautiful seedling, too. I also recomand  you to find them on Instagram. They’re amazing.
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Planty Mural
Next place we’re going to visit is a beautiful mural, located near Galeria Dominikańska. It has been painted on one of Wierzbowa Street’s walls, surrounded by modern office buildings.
 
Read more about murals.

Maze at Brochów
The last stop on the track is the Labyrinth at Wroclaw Brochów. The labyrinth that you will find in the park, today is a hornbeam labyrinth designed in the 1990s as part of a revitalization project. A walk through the maze is a game; it might give you some adrenalin. Having a long walk in the tunnel, after another turn you may come across a wall and have to turn back.

I hope you will enjoy my tips for spending your “green” day in Wroclaw!

3 must-see places when experiencing Wroclaw on a budget

must-see places in Wroclaw

Cheap cost, worth to explore.

3 must-see places in Wroclaw that everyone can afford.

If you already collected a number of Dwarfs pictures and stocked up some pierogi into your travel bag then get ready to explore the next 3 must-see places in Wroclaw! These time we will try to find a car your grandpa drove in  Topach Automotive museum, will strike up new acquaintances at Sladova Island and finally, we will take noir style shots at Neon Side.

Topach Automotive museum

The atmosphere of the exposition will dive you into the times when the automotive industry had its own unique character. In this museum, you may find some cars, which these days become a classic and weren’t available to a general public some decades ago.

Now it’s possible for everyone to touch the history of the era of Polish motoring. Pioneer construction of the thirties, such as the legendary Sokół 1000, Fiat 508 from the Polish assembly. And for the luxury lovers – one of the largest collections in Poland of Rolls & Royce and Bentley cars.

This museum is located in the yard of adorable polish castle Topach.

Open hours :

Sat. – Sund. / 10:00 – 17:00

Entrance – 12 zl.

Just simply click to see the way how you can get there

from the Down Town >> The public transport and schedules

The way to the Topach takes approximately 45 min. by 2 buses from Rynek

Slodowa Island

This is small islet on the Oder River. The place is most known by its mystical power to attract a dozen of youngers. People are coming here to take a rest, to eat, to drink something they bring and to meet with their friends. But here even strangers are easily becoming pals while singing together nearby the random guy with a guitar. You should definitely get there. And don’t be shy to strike up a conversation with a good company. Everybody is usually very friendly and open there.

The way to Slodova Island takes approximately 12 min. by walk from Rynek.

Neon Side

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And finally, another significant nook is a real godsend for photographers and any kind of neon noir art fans. Historical neons are coming alive in the deep evening. Most noteworthy, that exactly in these yard dozen years ago were existed a company which was producing the unique neon lights for the different business.  Thanks to the enthusiasts and active locals this history is still alive in its luminous words.

In addition some ideas for neo noir photos:

The way to the Neon Side takes approx 7 min. by walk from Rynek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slodowa Island / Malt Island

If you stay in Wroclaw for more than few days, you have to see Slodowa Island.

It is located in the center of Wroclaw. Slodowa Island is not associated with any major historical event. From the fifteenth century there were malt houses (“malt” in polish means “słód” – this is why this island is called, obviously, “Malt Island”), but now there are not even their remains. You can ask: So why should I go there?

The answer is: Slodowa Island is a cult meeting place (mainly for students) in Wroclaw.

From October to mid-March the island is calm and is mainly used for walking, running or cycling – if you don’t believe me, there are some pictures :).

One of brigdes leading to Slodowa Island Family walk on Slodowa Island 

However, since March it is full of young people laughing, playing the guitar, singing and playing games. Every year, March 21 (first day of spring, but also: truant day), young people gather on Slodowa Island to inaugurate the new season of evening meetings in this place.

From this day until the first cold nights, the island is full of laughter, singing, beer (important information below!) and games every evening.

People on Slodowa Island play mainly:

  • freesbee
  • badminton
  • football tricks
  • flanks (oh, you HAVE to try flanks 😉 ).

Słodowa Island is also a place where many concerts take place.

The biggest music event organized here is “Majówka” (1-3 May), during which there are the biggest stars of Polish rock. A few times there was also beaten “Guinness Guitar Record” in the number of people playing the same song on the guitar at the same time.

I can write about the island for a long time, but the most important thing is: you should see it with your own eyes and feel the atmosphere there 🙂

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Let’s face it: full of people likes to drink some beer on Slodowa Island. IS THIS LEGAL? Well, for several years you can’t drink alcohol in public places in Poland. However, student self-governments negotiate with the city authorities every year that they can exclude the Malt Island from this ban. Remember: you are opening beer at your own risk! 🙂

Bridges in Wroclaw city

Bridges in Wroclaw

Wroclaw is forth largest city in Poland. Wroclaw is also one of the most stunning place in Poland. A thriving multicultural centre, Wroclaw is home to a growing student with a student population of over 130.000. Wrocław is a university city  making it one of the most youthful cities in the country. Main focus of this article is to point that bridges in Wroclaw are most characteristic to the city.

Before World War II, there were 303 footbridges and bridges in Wroclaw. Now there is much less but still the city have the larger number bridges in Poland. Wroclaw is situated on 12 islands connected by 112 bridges – is often referred to as ‘’Lower Silesian Venice.’’ Nowadays taking into account modern criteria i.e. all the river bridges, canal bridges, footbridges over the railway tracks and the streets, there are about 220 of them. In this post I would like to bring it closer three bridges which are interesting for me.

Będziński – one of the bridges in Wroclaw

Rędziński bridge is longest and highest bridge in Wroclaw and also in Poland. The bridge is 612 meters long and 122 meters high. Prof. Jan Biliszczuk was the main constructor of the bridge – lecturer at the Wrocław University of Technology. The first cars crossed the bridge in the summer 2011.

Grunwaldzki Bridge in Wroclaw

most Grunwaldzki
photo of Most Grunwaldzki by Peter Balcerzak

The Grunwaldzki bridge is the most famous bridge in Wroclaw. The bridge was created in the years 1908-1910 and was designed by Richard Pluddemann. The bridge is 112,5 meters long and 18 meters wide. A new technology was used in its construction. The ceremonial opening of the bridge took place in 1910.

Milenijny Bridge in Wroclaw

The bridge was build in 2002-2004. The author of the bridge design is Piotr Wanecki and the leading designer Marek Jagiełło. The Bridge is 25,12 meters wide and 923,5 meters long.

The best place for spending family time in Wroclaw

The best place for spending family time in Wroclaw

The best place for spending family time in Wroclaw?

Do you ever wonder how to spend time with Your family? It doesn’t matter if you live in Wrocław or not. If You are one of animal lovers as much as me, then you will find out that… The best place for spending family time in Wroclaw is ZOO Wroclaw.

Short information about the zoo

Did you know that the ZOO Wroclaw is the oldest but also the most famous one in whole Poland? Impressive, right? It was opened on 10th of July in 1865.
Today it contains around 12 000 animals which represent 1  100 kinds of them. Moreover, it owns the biggest collection of amphibians and reptiles in Europe.
Its surface is around 33 hectars. Next to many animals, You also have a chance to see some monumental constructions. It all makes it one of the best zoos in Europe. The best place for spending family time in Wroclaw

 

 

Who can You meet over there?

  • lama
  • parrots and another kind of birdsThe best place for spending family time in Wrocław
  • fish for example pirahna
  • hippopotamus
  • kangaroo
  • lion
  • zebra
  • apes
  • bear
  • elephant
  • aurochs
  • butterflies
  • small panda
  • and many, many more

Afrykanarium, what’s that?

It’s a combination of words like Afrika and aquarium. It represents the undersea life of anmials and fish of Africa. We can find there 21 pools and aquariums,
containing around 250 kinds of fish and 15 000 000 liters of water. Its surface contains 1,5 hectars. You will be amazed of watching jellyfish in a cool,
pink light, swimming sharks and penguins. There is also a tunnel made of special glass, thanks to it, You will be able to see fish and animals from all sites,
even over Your head. There are also some places to sit, where You can admire the beauty of the nautre as an animal lover and just relax. Moreover, even if it’s a rainy day, you don’t need to worry, it’s still the best place for spending family time in Wroclaw.

Living as a student in Wroclaw

Sunset in Wroclaw

Living as a student in Wroclaw

Firstly, the aim of the video is showing how the student life is in Wroclaw and meanwhile making introduction film about Wroclaw in a most natural way. You can see how it would be living as a student in Wroclaw. As you can see the camera is the first person. It feels like you are the guy in the movie and seeing all the things through his eyes.

After he wakes up, he washes his face, makes a coffee wears clothes. But the important thing starts with these daily activities. He opens the door and boom; we see the Rynek, people are happy and riding a bicycle, then he goes to tram station and by that he introduces the transportation system in Wroclaw to us then we see the boat tour, some buildings and finally he walks into the school. We see the friendship, foods, people are helping him and stairs for blind people.

All these things emphasize that Wroclaw is a great city for living as a student. And, I think, it’s a very clever way to show it rather than regular introduction movie but it could be better if the video was more long.