Beach bar as a form of spending free time

TRENDY BEACH BAR ALTERNATIVE

First of all there is a  suitable alternative to urbanites tired of the heat of the city may be a beach bar. They are an ideal option for spending time in the open air and will make the residents feel the holiday relaxation. Sun loungers and golden sand create a holiday atmosphere in the middle of a busy city, so if you want to relax with a drink under your palms, Beach bars are just waiting for you! Moreover, they are a good place not only for relaxing during the day, but also for good events and concerts under the stars. This trend have started in many capitols in Europe and now it has accustomed well in Poland as well. We have several places in Wroclaw.

Strandbar Mitte, Beach Bar
A photo of popular place in Berlin – Strandbar Mitte.

HotSpot

Located just next to the Millenium bridge, is the largest city beach in Poland! The beach bar is divided into two parts: recreational and sports. Therefore, in the first one there are deckchairs and umbrellas, and in the other there are volleyball, badminton courts, as well as a zone for children. The beach has less than 14 thousand. sq m of space and has up to 900 seats. An important part of the gastronomic are various types of food trucks. The venue is truly great!

Liquid Form

A delightful beach bar with excellent supplies, just in time for summer heat. It is the Oder’s beach in the heart of the city. The regulars are happy to speak about the place describing it with words such as “chill and jazz”. Moreover, there are different types of deckchairs and hammocks, as well as trees growing around them. Liquid form is the perfect place for lazy afternoons with friends. Cocktails, alcohol, ice cream, waffles, grill and whatever else your heart desires. The beach offers many attractions: a children’s play area, discos, yoga workshops, performances, stand-up evenings, and broadcasts of matches

 

ZaZoo Beach Ba

As the name suggests this beach bar was created at the back of the Zoological Garden. It is a big beach, in the middle of which there is a well-equipped bar. In ZaZoo there is a catering point, where you can eat a freshly baked pizza, in a musical setting located on a small stage. Additionally,  the great advantage of the place is the children’s area. Furthermore, it is not big, but really well decorated. There is a small climbing wall, a tunnel, and a trampoline, which is what the little ones like the most, as well as a writing board. Visitors to the apartment are very diverse, they are both parents with their children, young students, couples, people over 50.

 

 

 

 

 

Bike boom in Wroclaw

bikes in Wroclaw

 Growing number of bikes in Wroclaw

From year to year, more and more cyclists are riding by bikes in Wroclaw. Sports and tourist pellets are also growing inside the city. There are more and more cyclists in our city: from young to old, women and men. People who choose to go to work by bike as well as people who treat it as a hobby. Is Wroclaw (and Poland) slowly becoming a truly cycling city/country? Continue reading “Bike boom in Wroclaw”

Roller skating? Yes, it is the “new old” thing in and around Wrocław

”You can’t buy happiness but you can buy roller skates and that’s pretty much the same thing”
(Anonymous)

With more and more fancy skating shoes in sports shops  and new skate parks being built it seems that the roller skating is back in town again. Since there are many parents who used to skate quite well and now want their children to get to know the feeling of pleasure skating can give you, more and more people are learning how to skate professionally. And at this time of the year sun is still spoiling us with opportunities to spend our time outdoors. If you haven’t done it already now is the best season to dust off your roller blades and skating boards.  So, if you’re looking for the best places to roller skate, look no further. Me and my little son have done all of the heavy lifting (you’re welcome) and found the most unique places to go roller skating in and around Wrocław.

1. Bielany Outdoor Skate Park

Located just outside of Wrocław, this outdoor skate park is situated in Bielany, between Fiołkowa and Jasminowa Street. 800 square meters of concrete equipped with two quarter pipes, three bank ramps, a funbox with a grindbox, a funbox with stairs, a simple grindbox and a bench. You can skate away regardless of time of day or night, as the authoruties secured the park with a set of surrouding lamps and the admission is free. Great place for families with children as the park is located in close vicinity of a basketball court, many playgrounds and an outdoor fitness park.

The best place to skate in Wroclaw! Fot. Violetta Lamot-Majewska, Bielany Skate Park, just outside our house

2. Bielawa Outdoor Skate Park

Another outdoor skate park situated only 50 kilometers west from Wrocław. With its 800 square meters it is one of the best skate parks of this type in Poland. It is lit from March through October till 10pm and during summer it hosts the Polish skating championships for non-professionals. It is a wonderful place for families as its located next to a municipal park filled with playgrounds, rope parks and a scenic kayaking route – all available free of charge!

Another great place to skate close to Wroclaw Fot. Violetta Lamot-Majewska, skate park in Bielawa is almost always empty

3. Wrocław, ”Legnicka” Indoor Skate Park

If you love skating, regardless of the weather, Zajezdnia 31 or the so called ”Legnicka” Skate Park is the place for you. It is one of the most modern indoor skate parks in Poland located in Wrocław at Legnicka Street 65. With its 3000 square meters, it has 100 square meters covered in skating equipment such as but not limited to: grindboxes, a bank, a few quarters, funbox with pyramide, a rail, many banks, stairs. The admission ranges from 2 to 4 zlotys, depending on the day of the week. Apart from the dirt cheap tickets and the central location there is one more exceptional thing about this skate park – there is a professional skate trainer who will teach you or your children new tricks during skating classes, available for very little money. But remember: Wearing a helmet is obligatory, so don’t forget to bring one for yourself!

For more info visit the skate park web: https://pik.wroclaw.pl/skatepark-zajezdnia-31-indoor-skate-park-m134-html/

Yoga more popular in Wroclaw

yoga in wroclaw

Yoga in Wroclaw – the growing popularity

There is over 40 places where you can practice yoga in Wroclaw. Some of them are typical schools that offer only yoga classes. However yoga in Wroclaw become more popular at gyms and fitness clubs and even dance schools.

It is good to see that many places offer special yoga training for pregnant women. People are more aware of physical education and working out during pregnancy. And many of them use yoga to take care of their body. Continue reading “Yoga more popular in Wroclaw”

Trip with old tram

old tram

If you like trips around Wroclaw, this is the topic for you.

An interesting offer in Wroclaw are the trips of old trams. This is possible with the organization “Towarzystwo Miłośników Wrocławia” and “Klub Sympatyków Transportu Miejskiego” (Urban Transport Enthusiasts Club).

The city of Wrocław has the oldest system of electric trams in Poland.  Most lines lead from the center to individual districts. The length of the routes is about 190 kilometers.

Special routes are available for tourists. You can choose four different routes for travel: A B C D. By going along the routes you can see many interesting historical and modern places of architecture. For example:
Racławice Panorama  , Centennial Hall , Japanese Garden , Opera , National Forum of Music  and many others.
Route maps are located below in the picture:


The courses are divided into a guided tour or without. Of course, a guided tour is more interesting. While traveling, the guide tells you about the places we see.

Traveling by tram is a great fun for children. That is why it is a very good proposition for whole families. The cost of travel is also not high. We buy tickets directly on the tram:

For example –  prices for route A and B:

Normal Reduced Family
One-way 8,00 zł 4,00 zł 16,00 zł
Return ticket 12,00 zł 6,00 zł 24,00 zł

The central station where we can start the trip is the stop at the opera. This is the place where the puppet theater is located. Here you can wait for the arrival of the tram. During this time, we can admire the city’s architecture.

For those interested in more detailed information about the historic transport in the city of Wroclaw, I refer directly to the website of Urban Transport Enthusiasts Club. On the website you can see exactly all routes. You can see photos of trams you can travel. We can also read about interesting events related to urban tranportation.

I cordially invite you to such an old tram ride because it is worth it:)

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/

9 Cool Things to Do in Wroclaw & Tips to Enjoy This Polish City in 2018

 

Ahmed Tarek

Poland might not be a country that is on everyone’s bucket list, but after a recent visit, I’d say it needs to be! Wroclaw was absolute love at first sight. It’s full of wonderful surprises that instantly made me fall in love! It boasts one of the loveliest squares in Europe, adorablized by a voluminous number of gnomes scattered throughout the city and has some of the most delicious food! Wroclaw is definitely one of the most family-friendly towns in Europe and one of the top destinations to visit in Eastern Europe!

Gnome hunting

This was my favorite thing that we did. We traveled all over the city looking for these adorable gnomes. These gnomes began as an anti-Soviet movement to help peacefully protest against the communists during the 1980s. It all began with Papa Gnome, who stands upon a finger, at the meeting place of the rebels. There are over 300 dwarfs around the city and maps of where they are available in tourist information offices. They can represent the history of Wroclaw or a nearby business.

Light show

Honestly, this is the best light show I have ever seen. The Bellagio and Font Magic have nothing on this. It plays video on the water, along with music and lights during the summer months. We were there during the gnome showing, but a few weeks later they were showing other shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Dream, an Independence Day show, and the Four Elements. Make sure to bring bug spray, even though this was the only place in Wroclaw that it was needed we wish we had brought more. Take a look at more of the details here.

Go to the Market Hall, Hala Targowa

This is such a lovely market and is a fun place to shop. I would suggest grabbing a meal, pierogis of course, and some Polish pottery here. It is a fun place to look around and experience the culture of Wroclaw as well. Closed on Sunday, but open 8:00-18:30 every other day. Bring zlotys, some places do

Not take credit card.

Ostrow Tumski

There are many beautiful churches, but this one has an interesting story. On the south tower of the cathedral, there is a statue head that appears to be screaming. The legend is that this man fell in love with a woman who had a very wealthy father. When he asked her father for her hand in marriage the father refused, because the young man was too poor for his daughter. The young man claimed that he would come back in a year with a fortune.

The young man spent the following year as a thief, thinking this was the quickest way to gain a fortune. When he returned with his fortune the father again denied the young man his daughter’s hand in marriage because the young man’s soul became so black with sin. The young man became mad and attempted to kill the father and the young woman by burning them alive. The young man ran to the Cathedral tower to get a good look at their house burning. According to the legend God made the window shrink to where the young man’s head was stuck, people heard his screams and assumed they were from the burning building. The last thing the young man saw was the young woman and her father being freed from the building he set fire to.

Climbing the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The inside of the Cathedral is beautiful, but the view of the Wroclaw from the top of the tower is where you want to go. Shorter legs beware. I felt like I was doing lunges going up these stairs because of how tall they are, but the view of Wroclaw is absolutely breathtaking. The cost is 10 PLN to into the Cathedral and climb the tower.

 

National Forum of Music

We went to the National Forum of Music to see a classical music performance. The inside was beautiful and we loved walking through Wroclaw at night once the concert was over. The National Forum of Music also hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. Take a look here for show time and ticket information.

Monument of Animals for Slaughter

If you are interested in art, art shops are now situated where the slaughter area used to be, they have created these animals as a reminder. Each animal was created by a different artist, they are quite interesting to look at if you have time.

Spending more than a couple of days in Wroclaw? Great! Add a day trip or two to your itinerary. We took a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow. Auschwitz and Krakow are an hour away from each other. Since we had a vehicle we were able to do this all in one day.

Polish Lody

Polish ice cream is amazing. I do not know why it is not more well known, but it was much tastier than Berthillon in Paris.

Day trip to Auschwitz

This concentration camp doesn’t need much explanation. We spent half a day here, we were the first tour to go through and we did the guided tour. I would definitely suggest this. Get there early to go through Birkenau without a crowd. The drive is about 2 and a half hours by car, you can rent one or go through a tour group.

I hope this guide either encourages you to visit Wroclaw or makes your visit simpler! It is truly one of my favorite cities in Europe .

Electric fence in former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I, Poland

Where to play with children?

Play halls for kids 

Are the days getting colder and outside the window you see only rain? If you dream of going with your children to a world full of joy and carefree the playgrounds located in shopping centers are places that you should visit! Children can play there alone while you are shopping or with you when you want to spend some time together. In the halls very often you can find organized relaxation zones for adults in which you can drink a cup of coffee in quiet and watch how your kinds carefree play.

For young people playgrounds guarantee such attractions as: ball pools, labyrinths, two-level constructions, climbing walls, small playing fields, and even modern educational games displayed on the walls or floor.
In the play rooms you can also organize your child’s birthday. To do so, just book one of the birthday rooms and indicate the number of children who will show up at the party (no additional fee is charged for adults). Room service provides additional attractions such as: painting children’s faces or integration games.
Of course, the various play rooms try to make the range of their attractions as large as possible and encourage both you and your children to visit them.
Below you will find an offer of some play halls.

 

Loopy’s World

Physical activity, joy, family are the slogans that accompany all activities of the Loopy’s World Family Entertainment Center. Loopy’s World’s mission is to provide active entertainment for the whole family. During your visit to the Center you will easily find many opportunities to spend several hours actively in the company of your relatives and friends.

Available attractions:

  • Multilevel movement construction designed for the overall balanced physical development of children. An average child can overcome the distance of 5 km in Loopy’s during play.
  • Motor activities such as slides, trampolines, mini climbing wall, toboggan run, mini sports fields, rope sliders, laser chamber, “dry” pools with balls and many more.
  • Area for children 1-3 age old. Separated part of the square, in which the youngest can safely use pools filled with balls, large, soft blocks and slides. On the mezzanine they can also find mini houses.
  • Entertainment attractions: go-karts, electric trains, arcade games, children’s license making point, Extreme platform using Oculus technology, AirBrush tattoos, mini boutiques with trinkets.
  • Relaxation zones. To make the stay on the mezzanine more pleasant, you can sit comfortably on poufs, browse the current press and use the free Wi-Fi.

Loopy’s restaurant will satisfy small and big hunger. Among the dishes served are snacks, salads, dinner dishes and desserts. But the specialty is pizza straight from the oven. All dishes are prepared on a regular basis in the kitchen, with proven products.

Loopy’ s World – Wrocław
ul. Czekoladowa 20
55-040 Kobierzyce, county: Wrocław

Opening hours:
Monday – Thursday. 10.00 – 20.00
Friday 12.00 – 21.00
Saturday 10.00 – 21.00
Sunday 10.00 – 20.00

Labibu

Many attractions for children of all ages make every guest find something interesting. A two-level construction awaits the courageous ones, including mazes, slides, ball pool. Using the latest technologies, each child has the opportunity to use an interactive educational floor, as well as multimedia monitors with games dedicated to different age groups. While children are busy, parents have the opportunity to relax in the press and coffee corner.

Birthday
Labibu playroom is a place where you can organize an unforgettable birthday party for your kid! Play hall’s service make every effort to make every jubilarian feel special on the day of his holiday and remember it for a long time!

Magnolia Park shopping center, first floor (beside the Smyk shop)
ul. Legnicka 58, Wrocław

Opening hours:
Monday – Thursday 9:00-21:00
Friday – Saturday 9.00-22.00
Sunday 9.00-21.00

Kinderplaneta

A trip to Kinderplaneta in Pasaż Grunwaldzki is an unforgettable adventure for children and their parents. Children play with each other, simultaneously develop their imagination, improve physical condition and establish contacts with their peers.

Atractions:

a construction with obstacles,
two pools with balls,
slides,
Rockers,
Bobby Car and Twist Car,
house-construction,
baby space
trampoline.
In facility there is a mini bar. Its placement allows parents to enjoy the taste of hot tea or favorite coffee, while providing the children with constant contact with the carer.

The playhouse is not only a recreation and entertainment for children, but also a way to unforgettable events. You have no idea for a child’s birthday? In Kinderplaneta’s Figloraj, a magical fun awaits your kids! You can choose one of three separate birthday places to choose from. The animator will paint kids faces, together they will sing “Sto lat” and they will enjoy a crazy two hours of fun.

Kinderplaneta Pasaż Grunwaldzki

Wrocław, Pl. Grunwaldzki 22
50-363 Wrocław

Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 21:00
Sunday 10:00 – 20:00

Jatki for artists, vegans and animal lovers

Jatki for artists, vegans and animal lovers is an unique and interesting street in Wroclaw.

It was formerly a street lined up with butchers. You can still see the channel where the blood of animals slaughtered for their meat. This is perfect destination for animal lovers who fight for animal rights.

https://visitwroclaw.eu/en/place/jatki-the-shambles-wroclaw

Polish artists have installed the bronze statue of a pig, a goose, a goat and a rabbit in honour of the million animals who died there since the middle ages.

Jatki are situated just a short walk from Rynek . it is worth taking a few moments to visit here.

This is architecturally different to other streets in the city. The first floor juts out over the ground floor. The shops are all craft related. Also several specialising in glass and similar ornaments.

Let,s see the most interestong and well-known places worth to visit in Jatki.

  • BB Gallery, ul. Jatki 3-6

It promotes and sells Polish applied and decorativd art, design as well as sculpture, painting and graphics. Moreover, it cooperate pernamently with over 80 Polish artists. The gallery has completed over 100 exhibitions. It runs artistic workshops in ceramics, glass and stained glass. Beside this,  works mainly with young artists.

  • Artists Club , ul. Jatki 1-2

Nightclub that breathes a real, artistic atmosphere. The initiation of organizational , cultural activities and spiritual care is exercised by Stanislaw Wolski, known to Wroclawers from his vigor and good manners.

  • M Gallery at Sare Jatki 10

Organise exhibitions with focus on painting, sculpture, glass and ceramic arts. Moreover it publishes visual materials such as catalogues, cards, invitations and calendars. Also it runs activities such as interior design workshops.

  • Tkacka Gallery at Jatki 9/13

The exhibitions in this gallery are devoted to the art of fiber. There is also sale of works of art, artistic clothing, souveneirs, weaving and knitting articles. Organised artistic weaving courses and international weaving looms. This is the only gallery of this type in Poland.

  • Wroclaw Gallery, ul. Jatki 11

This gallery presents nd sells works related to Wroclaw. These are: graphics, watercolors, oil paintings, stained glass windows, photographs.

  • Na Jatkach Galleries, ul. Stare Jatki

A group of several galleries located on Old Jatki street. This street is situated between  Odrzanska Street and Kielbasnicza Street.

  • Association of Polish Artists- Painters

This association conducts statutory activities for its members ans widely understood fine arts. First of all it deals with promotion, exhibition. Moreover organisation of open air exhibitions and other artistic events. Finally there are galleries that run independent business and artistic activities.

  • Na Jatkach Shop, ul. Jatki 16

 Artistic shop for the begginers and experienced artists.

  • Na Jatkach Club, ul. Swietej Elzbiety 3 / 4

Nightclub which has been rewarded to be the best club in Wroclaw. This is thanks to the atmosphere, service and decoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laser tag in Wroclaw

Did you know you can play laser tag in Wroclaw? Find more information in this post!

Laser tag arena
Laser tag arena example

What is this laser thing anyway?

For those of you who have never heard about laser tag, I’ll explain it quickly. Laser tag is a game played with guns which fire infrared beams. Therefore each player must wear infrared sensitive targets (i.e. vest, headbands). Games are hosted indoors or outdoors. There are many types of matches, for instance team or solo deathmatch, capture the flag, base defense and more. Compared to paintball, laser tag is painless.

You can gather your friends (about 10-20 people) and make a reservation to have a whole arena just for yourselves.  You can also go solo and join a random group of players.

How to prepare for laser game

First of all, wear comfortable clothes and take a spare t-shirt to change after playing. Drink lots of water because you’ll run, sweat and have fun. Remember to stay hydrated! In case you forget to bring your own drink, there are snack bars or vending machines in most laser tag places. Once you arrive in the arena of your choice, the staff will teach you how to use the equipment.

Laser tag in Wroclaw

Zona 77

This is certainly the biggest laser tag place in Wroclaw. There are two arenas suited for different number of players – Arena Combat for 18 people and Arena Hero for 10 people. Zona 71 website

Location: Fabryczna 14

Opening hours: Mo-Fri 12 am – 10 pm, Sat 9 am – 10 pm, Sun 9 am – 8 pm

Combat Arena Prices (per hour): Mo – Thu: 370 zl, Fri – Sun: 420 zl,

Arena Hero Prices: Mo – Thu: 320 zl, Fri – Sun: 270 zl,

Solo play: 44 zl

Kwatera Glowna

What is great for foreigners in this laser tag place?  Friendly English-speaking staff!  Kwatera Glowna Website

Location: Sienkiewicza 8a

Opening hours: 12 am – 10 pm

Arena prices (per 2 hours): Mo – Thu (12 am – 5 pm): 420 zl, Mo – Thu (5 pm – 10 pm): 600 zl, Fri (12 am – 5 pm): 500 zl, Friday (5 pm – 10 pm): 700 zl, Saturday and holidays: 700 zl, Sunday 500 zl,

Solo play (30 min – one game): 25 zl or 40 zl for two games

Laser Tag Nyska

This is a postapocalyptic battlefield with fluorescent graffiti which make this labirynth even more fun to play in. Maximum number of players: 20. Laser Tag Nyska Website

Location:  Nyska 61 a

Opening hours: 12 am – 10 pm

Arena prices (per 2 hours):  Mon – Thu: 420 zl, Fri: 470 zl, Sat – Sun:  520 zł

Solo play (20 min): 25 zł adults and 20 zł students

Laser tag and shooting range

War Zone

Laser tag and shooting range in one place!  Maybe you need a little target practice before match? Also, check out this post about shooting ranges in Wroclaw: Link

Location: Sztabowa 32

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 12 am – 12 pm, closed on Mondays

Prices (per hour): Tue – Thu (12 am – 6 pm): 250 zl, Tue – Thu (6 pm -12 pm): 300 zl, Friday (12 am – 6 pm): 300 zl, Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday: 350 zl

 

Take your pick and see for youself how fun it is to play laser tag in Wroclaw!