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.

Things to avoid, when you are in Wrocław.

There are thousands of reasons to visit Poland. For example Poland is home to 14 Unesco World Heritage Sites. The food is incredible and the history is gripping. One of the most interesting places in this country is Wrocław, which is full of history and great architecture.

It is really beautifull, and you should visit this city, but there is few things that you have to aviod, when you are in Wrocław (or in Poland). Let’s check them out.

Number one: Don’t jaywalk!

In some countries they may not be that big deal to cross the street anywhere it seems convenient, but in Poland you can even pay a fine. So if you don’t want to pay even 500 złoty, which is about 130$, for walking across the streat, you should be careful.

Number two: Don’t wear shoes inside a Polish home.

It changes, but when you see, that youre host doesn’t wear shoes, you should do that too, you shouldn’t wear youre shoes in the house, because it can be rude that way. It is like an old tradition and a lot of young people chenges their mind about that, but it is still really popular to not wear shoes at home. So you have to be careful about that.

Number three: Don’t skip out on learning few words in Polish.

It is not necessary but the thing is, that we like, when you know even a few words in our language, it really opens the door. We learn a lot of languages, to help tourist, and we thing, that is really sweet, when people from abroad, try to speak polish, even it is only something like dziękuje. And be calm, you don’t have to be perfect. We are kinda shy people, so this is what’s really open us up.

Number four: Don’t worry about the money.

Poland is extremely affordable country so you shouldn’t be worry that you can spend too much money. It is not expencive pleace to be, that means that you can do anything, eat anything you like, go anywhere you like and anjoy Wrocław’s atractions and I can swear to you, that you don’t spend too much money. Also, going to the museum, is really affordable, as well and we have them a lot, so you should try them all! So it is nice pleace to check out.

Number five: Don’t drink in public places.

You can even get arrested or pay a fine for drinking in public places. You can eat and drink at the restaurant and at the bar, no problem. But if you wanna take some alcohol and go to a park and drink trere, with youre friends, you can get in troubles with the cops, so make sure, you do not drink in publicly.

Number six: Don’t forget to tip.

Usually it is about ten percent of this, what you pay. Ten or fifteen.But you should look at the menu and some restaurants already put that ten percent in there and it is already included. But like I said before, it is kinda cheap place, so don’t be scared, that you will pay a lot for all dinner. And don’t forget, when you pay by cash, you should put youre money, in that little thing in which you get youre receipt and leave tip in there. You also should say thank you or keep the change.

Number seven: Don’t be late.

The Poles are really on time kinda people. If you are gonna be late make sure you are gonna call or send a message, to wont make your friend angry. It is kinda rude, to be late with saying nothing. So make sure, that you are on time.

And last but not least! You should came to Wrocław to check this city out.

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.

The Best Tea Gardens in Wroclaw

 

THE BEST TEA GARDENS İN WROCLAW

I want to talk about very nice tea gardens in Wroclaw. When you walking around this beautiful city, you can give a small tea break in these places. In article I would like to talk about two of them.

The first place I would like to mention is “Herbaciarnia Czajownia”, which is my favorite among the others. When you get off at Rynek or świdnicka stop, it is in a fairly central location that you can reach in just five minutes on foot. From the moment you step into this tea garden, orientalist decorations, kinds of music and fruity shisha smell mixed with the aroma of a thousand kinds of tea will fascinate you.

Whether you can sit in the traditional seats on inside. If you are in the city during the spring or summer months, I can recommend you to sit in the evening under dim lighting in the garden. Very nice pictures and kilims hanging on the walls have strengthened the atmosphere of the environment.

 

Czajownia has a strong menu that you can find more than hundred different varieties and different teas from each region.your orders usually come with a teapot and you can drink at least four glasses. You can also drink shisha, anindispensable part of Eastern culture.

 

 

My choice was “Masala”. Masala tea, an Indian drink, means mixed spicy tea. Masala tea is one of the most special blends of Indian cultivars.This tea, which has been widely used in Asian regions in the past, has a slightly different taste and structure than other teas with its preparation and content. I liked it, ıf you like spicy tastes It can be great to drink especially in winter.

The second place I will talk about is “Herbaciarnia Targowa”. It was established in October 2015 at Hala Targowa, which its long opening hours. Tea or coffee in Targowa can be drunk from 8 am a week! Only on Sundays opening hours are a bit later because the door opens only at 11:00. In turn, they close at 22:00.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Wrocław, I will say that the Herbaciarnia Targowa has located a considerable distance from the Railway Station, although still in the center of Wrocław. Nevertheless, if there is no traffic, you will get there quickly. I recommend public transportation because finding a parking space can be difficult. Old wroclaw photos on the wall add a nice atmosphere to the cafe.

This place have a powerful menu including teas and more, which can be ordered. There are both classic and flavored teas.  Coffee lovers will also find something for themselves. In addition to drinks, you can also order something sweet.In Targowa everyone will find something for themselves. In addition to being a tea garden, you can shoping tea and tea accessories on Targowa.

You can give a tea break here when you visit this beautiful city  or if you want to try something different on a weekend, you can visit Czajownia or Herbaciarnia Targowa and enjoy different tastes when have fun with your loved ones.

Bon Appetit!

Second Hand Sundays in Wroclaw

Second Hand Bazaars of Wrocław; Młyn Sułkowice and Świebodzki

In the early Sunday mornings, you can see some unusual crowd with bags and wheelbarrows. If you follow them, you reach the lively alternative places of Wroclaw: second hand bazaars!  In this article I want to introduce two of them. My first visit was in a very cold day on February 2018. I remember that my frozen feet didn’t allow me to having fun. However with warm weather everything has changed. Visiting these bazaars become my favorite activity on Sundays.

First one is located in Młyn Sułkowice.  When you see the old tiled building with flue from the bus’s window, you can understand that it is the right place.  You can follow the crowd to reach the entrance.

In the bazaar, florists and grocers welcome you first. They sell beautiful plants, fresh vegetables, fruits for reasonable prices. After that there are some benches with first hand products, such as clothes, shoes, repairing tools, etc. Then the main second hand sellers started to be seen. If the things are small enough, they use cardboard boxes. Generally kitchen tools, toys, frames, photo albums and vinyls are sold with this way. You should search for the deep parts of the dusty boxes to reach your treasure. Some people bring plastic gloves for this job.  Kitchen tools prices are very cheap. You can barrow nice wine glass for only 1 zloty.  Other than these, there are sellers with pick-ups. They sell everything that can be found in home such as ski set, baby cradle, bicycle, grass mower etc.

While you are spending hours in the bazaar, you may get hungry. Don’t worry! You can buy sweet and salty Polish foods from different sellers. Also there is a small restaurant which sells meat and bear.  If you think that it is too early for meat and bear, there is also mobile coffee pick-up. They sell various coffees. Other than these, you can do shopping for your house. There is a Turkish market that sells local olives, cheese ,tea and Turkish coffee. There is also a place which sells different types of bread. Interestingly, Junk foods are also sold for cheaper prices than markets. Chocolates, cookies and jelly tots will dazzle you. However don’t forget to check the date of expiry.

If you are reading this article, you are probably like “old”. In this bazaar you can find old memories of people. Ownerless photographs, letters, postcards and bills may whisper you something about Wroclaw’s history. Follow them! If you still have the energy, take the bus which is going old railway station.

Let’s look at the second place that I introduce in this article. It is  Świebodzki.  It is located in old railway station. First is first it is much more bigger than Młyn Sułkowice  so you should be patient. It starts from the station and continues through railways. In this bazaar ordinary people are also selling their unnecessary products in the beginning of market. After that first hand seller are seen. They sell generally cheap clothes for both male and female, first hand kitchen tools and shoes. There are also grocery and florist like the other one. Coffee and bear pick-ups and fast food are also in this road.   After you walk for 25 minutes non-stop you can reach second hand part of the bazaar. Don’t expect the order like the previous one. People generally put staff over sheets; there is not box system here. So you can feel more like in the treasure hunt.  You should check more carefully to find interesting objects. Doing a bargain can also save some money.  If you compare with the previous one, second bazaar has more books, magazines and photograph and less kitchen tools, foods, bicycles.

To conclude, these alternative places make your day with unexpected objects. If you are student it is also advisable to take your kitchen tools for very cheap prices. Other than this recycling helps both your pocket and environment.  Reaching the bazar at 8-9 am is advisable because of the weather and closing time. In summer time you should pay attention to sun lights. Huts and sun care creams are your friends. Also sellers prefer to leave there in afternoon.

Wroclaw Locomotion Go Green

Go Green

Have you ever wondered why Go Green?  Everyplace you go peers are talking about going green and how does it impact our beloved planet. Varying from plastic bags to heavy industrial products, society is trying to find a way to upgrade with new and potent ways to go green. Meanwhile, there are a number of impactful ways in which to go green.
There are plenty of reasons to actually do that. However, most of the time going green is mainly a personal preference that is taken over by individuals in hopes to contribute towards the superior betterment of our plant. Go green makes this place a much better place to live for us and most importantly for future generations.

The big “Why”?

Several reasons were considered by the local rulers to introduce green ideas withing city premises. First, green uses much less energy every single year. These energy savings are significant, because they add up.  As Chinese say: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
By using eco-friendly vehicle you could decrease the amount of hazardous pollutants that get into the air. As a result, it makes both the outdoors and indoors have much leaner and healthier air for us to breath. Eventually, better air equals better health, equals less pharmacy bills.
Another important reason, which is really important is that Wroclaw is trying to reduce carbon emission with Go Green attitude. Carbon footprint is a trendy phrase and it is crucial to keep in in check.

Wroclaw Goes Green

bike, Go Green

Wrocław fell down to the eco trend Go Green back in 2011, when Wroclaw’s City Bike started to operate in Wroclaw. Is started on the 8th of June 2011 with whooping amount of 760 bikes for rent operating within 76 stations. The basic idea is to register and pay a small fee to rent a bike. For 20 minutes it’s free of charge. You can give the bike back to every other station. It is really popular because it is a huge convenience, especially when the weather is good. Humongous amount of student use it regularly.

Go Green, car

Following chronological order in November 2017 Vozilla has started operating in Wroclaw.  There are 200 electrical cars available. Nissan Leaf is small and well suited to travel around Wroclaw. They have special parking spaces spread across whole Wroclaw. Another huge advantage is also the ability to travel on the bus lane. However, the price may be to steep for many, especially during the rush hours, 1 PLN for 1 minute spent driving.

blinkee.city, Go Green

The most recent endeavor  first in Poland – blinkee.city electrical scooters rent company – has opened a branch in Wroclaw. Since 27th march 2018 you can lent one of the 75 brand new, modern scooters that can accommodate up to two people. Again, the price might be again not affordable 0,69PLN for a minute.

Food sharing in Wroclaw

Food sharing

Tons of food goes to the trash! What to do to avoid a huge waste of food? Food sharing is one of the answers!

Data shows that about 9 million tons of food is wasted annually in Poland. The value of this food is probably about PLN 50 for each Pole every month. 35% of the food go for disposal. That’s why we should try food sharing.

 

Sharing is a new trend.
Economics based on sharing is a relatively new trend in the economy and society. It involves the direct exchange of goods and services between consumers who mainly communicate via special websites or social media. With the help of this term, the entire spectrum of online businesses have the potential to revolutionize the global market for the exchange of goods and services. Also it can be both non-profit and profitable. However is about exchanging between one man and another. In this Expats in Wroclaw article. I want to focused on NON PROFIT form.

How does it starts?
The first Food Sharing point was opened in May 2016 in Warsaw. Therefore Torun, Cracow, Wroclaw and Poznan followed the idea. Other cities followed them consequently. Social refrigerators in Wroclaw are mostly grow due to the idea of ​​the group WeźPomóż.pl, which promotes the idea of ​​sharing food in Lower Silesia. Anyone who wants can bring food to the fridge. Food will be available in the fridge for those in need. Food sharing points are for everyone – the material status of people who visit it is not checked here. The whole system finally works freely.

What can you put in a shared fridge?
The basic rule: bring what you would eat by yourself.  Home products such as cake or soup must be packed in disposable, sealed containers with the exact date of preparation and description on packaging. Furthermore you can put dry products on special shelf. 

What can you not bring?
Products that contain raw meat, raw eggs, unpainted milk products (unless they are vacuum-packed and have a valid shelf-life) can not be accepted; open canned food or jars with preserves; products that have exceeded the shelf-life date; products with signs of breakage. The rules for products are posted on the front door of the refrigerator too.

Volunteers, companies and food rescuers
All sharing food points function because of volunteers. They are usually young people who, using social media – mainly Facebook – are trying to buy refrigerators, shelves, social signs and also make sure that the place is working properly. In addition volunteers check in this points cleanliness standards, wash it, if there’s a need, bring food or throw out expired products.

Food sharing
What to do to avoid a huge waste of food?

Where are the Refrigerators in Wroclaw?  We have seven of them in Wroclaw!

  • ul. Ludwika Rydygiera 25a (Nadodrze)
  • ul. Osobowicka 129 (Osobowice) – A point at the church of St. Teresa of the Baby Jesus
  • ul. Zachodnia 1 (Szczepin) – Point at the Council of the Szczepin
  • ul. Okulickiego 2 (Zakrzów) Point next to Stanisław Jabłonka’s Friendly Home Foundation and with the help of Take Pom Pom)
  • ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 31-33 (Old Town)
  • ul. Grabiszyńska 56 (Grabiszyn) next to coffeehouse Neighborly
  • ul. Gajowicka 96a

Positive impact.

In addition, this type of idea strengthens mutual trust, fills a need for convenience and it gives meaning of belonging to community. It seems like it has positive impact on the environment.

If you want to find more food sharing places in Poland, check this link

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.
rośliny.

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

SONY DSC

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