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 :).
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:
- 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 🙂
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! 🙂