Why should you visit a city without even trying to live, like inhabitant, especially Wroclaw, the best European destination for 2018, according to Booking.com? Here there are some tips to live the most beautiful city of Poland – and by the term “beautiful” we mean “different”.
First things, first
Music at your headphones. Not radio, they are playing mostly mainstream English songs. TACONAFIDE and is currently the #1 in Poland right now, so, connect to YouTube and start walking to the streets and feel the vibe in your ears.
The reason how your day will begin gloriously. Go to a “Cukiernia”, a bakery. Order one, two, three, it depends how much you want – usually one is never enough. Chocolate, marmelade, toffee, rose, cheese are one of the choices. One of the finest “cukiernia’s” are situated close to Grunwaldski sq., in Skłodowskiej – Curie str. A little far from the Centre, but bus 146 and tram 10 can take you there, in Kliniki stop.
Just do not visit any of them. Feel the city. History is written and in Wikipedia. Just get lost to the streets of Wroclaw, take trams, buses, burn your shoe’s soles and wander in the city.
Go to Oder riverside, especially in summer weekends, where people are BBQing and… “riverbathing” in the calm waters of the river that gives life to this city. Take a walk in Podwale, see the hidden from the leaves of the trees sun and sit in a bench relaxing. Stare Miasto (Old Town) and the close islands are easy to walk them and the buildings, the brigdes, generally the architecture, will surprise you.
The good thing about them is that they are cheap. So obvious in the city centre’s road but the decoration is simple that it doesn’t seem like a restaurant. The “Milk Bars” have cheap traditional food that really could make you full. The bad thing is that you have to speak Polish, because are owned by old women and they have the fame of “not tourist-friendly”, but you can see the menu in the wall and use Google Translate or to learn some special words, like “Pierogi z miesem” – Dumplings with meat or “Zupa Pomidorowa” – tomato soup with pasta.
Take a tram without knowing its destination and stop somewhere that inspires you. Learn new hidden shops, wander in the Soviet block of flats and see how people living over there. You will have an clear and very widespread idea of the city, something that tourists do not acknowlegde.
From May till September, that UNESCO Heritage Building, the modernist Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall) has behind a huge fountain, where at Saturday nights a spectacular show with colourful water and fires, under a specific theme, like “Earth and Water” or “One week with Marilyn”. Even it lasts for 10 minutes, definitely it worths visiting that.
Grab a MLE beer at “Mleczarnia” bar, in the yard of Synagogue. An calm atmosphere, under the trees, reminding a scent of an bohemian era. It will relax you.
Wander at night streets of Rynek, take one more Soplica shot and sit in a bench, watching Rynek. Your smile will be on your face and you have lived the ultimate Wroclaw experience.
When you leave Wroclaw, you will always wanna come back. Even you aren’t Polish, Wroclaw will be in your veins, because you have lived like a local here. That is the spirit of the trips. You see, you explore, you are living like a local. That is the reason of the trips.
Wroclaw is awaiting for you. Grab your chance.