First time in Wrocław? Check how travellers doing it!
Krzysztof Gonciarz is a polish journalist, traveller and books writer. He is also one of the most popular polish vloger. His main channel on Youtube has more than 700 000 subscribers. At November 2016 he Was for the first time in Wrocław and in this article we can reconstruct his path.
At the begining Krzysztof went to the city centre. He visited market square and university buildings. He was really charmed about architecture in Wrocław, especially the old churches and historical monuments like Hala Targowa, National Museum or Public Library.
In Wrocław next to old buildings stands fresh ones like for example National Forum of Music. Krzysztof also noticed this. It’s a consequence of tragic flood in 1997 year which destroyed bigger part of the city. This is why in Wrocław old and new buildings neighbouring.
He didin’t miss cult places like Wrocław’s neons or Ostrów Tumski – historical complex of Christian buildings with traditional lamp which the lightkeeper light up every evening by hand. Unfortunately he was late to bought tickets to see Panorama Racławicka which is the biggest (15 × 114 meter) cycloramic painting in Poland and mandatory object to visit when you are first time in Wrocław.
One thing always attract attention of tourists visiting Wrocław. The Wrocław’s Dwarfs which more than three hundreds are scattered around the city. Try to find each of them and then you can tell you know this city. Maybe some day Krzysztof will accept challenge like this, but he didin’t for his first time in Wrocław. Enjoy the video and necessarily visit Wrocław city!
Looking for attraction? Try this 4 places for gamers in Wrocław
Wrocław is a beautiful city in Poland. It is a capital of Lower Silesia voivodeship also known as The Meeting Place. Every day thousands of tourists from whole world are visiting this spectacular, old city. They can find here a lot of attractions, amazing architecture, more than hundred bridges, many cultural and entertainment events, great food and really friendly people. Also if you are a video games lover, you have a lot to see. Especially this 4 places for gamers in Wrocław.
MagicVR – where the magic happens!
MagicVR is a startup from Wrocław which use innovatie technology of Virtual Reality. This brand have virtual reality arena with 750m2 – first and sole place like this in Poland (and only few in the world). You can play there vr games designed to cooperation with team of your own friends (4 players) in realtime with full communication between you. The most important part of this company is a experienced game developers team which produce authorial games specially designed for vr arena and necessary hardware like controler Beretta Rifle or platform GraviDeck. For now they made three incredibly good games:
- zombieVRsquad – brilliant shooter which is favorite game of people who are visiting this place
- VRdrivers – great racing game with authorial routes
- GalaxyRace – the newest game produced by this studio with innovative steering control mechanics
Museum Games and Computers of the Era
It is great place for all video games and computers lovers who wants to go back to the time when they were kids and they had his first gaming experciences. In the Museum you can find equipment from brands like Amiga, Commodore, Apple or polish Elwro. Not only computers, but also old game consoles like PlastationOne, Gameboy, Sega Saturn, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and many more. However the Museum it’s not only for adults. Offen you can meet there parents who will show thier children classic games like Super Sonic, Metal Slug, Arkanoid, Wolfenstein 3D etc. I think it’s awesome place which connecting different generations of gamers and really everyone can find something interesting there.
PadBar – evening entertainmen
Another of 4 places for gamers in Wrocławis the Padbar. It’s one of the hundreds locals in this city where you can meet with friends and spend lovely evening. But it’s not a typical bar. Of course you can order some snacks and drinks, but the main subject of this place are games. Room is well equipped with games and consoles like Playstation and Xbox. So choose the game and have fun!
CEX – your games supplier
CEX is a worldwide chain of stores selling second hand games, consoles, controlers, gaming accesories, mobile phones, and electronic devices. You can buy there some really cheap games or even exchange yours old games to the titles which you don’t play yet. If you want check accessibility or prices of particular game you can do this in thier official website – here!
Sky Tower – luxurious skyscraper Wroclaw’s calling card
Sky Tower is a modern complex, which functions as a housing, services and merchandising centre. It lies in the heart of Wroclaw and by many is called the new symbol of Wroclaw. One of the buildings is a unique tower, which stands 212 meters tall. The second one is shaped after a sail full of wind. It consists of entertainment estabilishments, shopping mall, many offices and luxurious apartments. The impressive height solidifies Sky Tower’s position as the highest building in Poland. The contruction of Sky Tower started in December 2007, and finished in spring 2012 with official commissioning.
Place, where business and commerce meets the everyday life at the highest level
Sky Tower is not only a place to live and work, but it is a great venue to host many different parties. In May 2014 a first edition of Sky Tower took place, whereas 500 volunteers ran straight to the top of Sky Tower using stairs! To satisfy curiosity, the best time among men was 6:22 and 6:45 among women.
Moreover, produdly standing above the city Sky Tower holds the highest viewing point, which enables to see whole Wroclaw and it’s surroundings. The elevator takes 1 minute to reach the top 49th floor with tourists inside.
Extraordinary artist statue
According to the plan it exists as a important part of Wroclaw culture. Encouraging to this fact a great sculpture’s casting that stands proud before the entrance – “Profile of Time” by Salvador Dali. One of the greatest artists of last century. Moreover, the art is is wonderful and it adds a big value to the venue. In addition, it is another reason just to visit the place.
Wroclaw it is a place for everyone
Wroclaw is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland.
During World War II he was turned into ruins. Thanks to the efforts of conservators, many monuments have managed to restore the former splendor. No wonder that today the capital of Lower Silesia is visited by a lot of tourists not only from the country, but also from abroad.
Wroclaw is a city that is very friendly to memories. It is here that you can find a museum almost completely covered with ivy, here you can leave the house on a Sunday morning and come across people full of passion. Suffice it to say that something is always happening here. With such a market structure, with so many pubs, clubs, galleries and corners – you will always find something for yourself. Wroclaw in which a variety of attractions awaits tourists. It also has an excellent accommodation base, which includes not only expensive and luxurious hotels, but also comfortably furnished rooms in hostels.
Everyone will find something for themselves in Wroclaw
- Wroclaw market square,
- Cathedral Island,
- Grunwald bridge,
- National museum,
- Wroclaw puppet theater,
- Cathedral of St. Vincent and St. James
- Centennial Hall.
Most people from abroad (probably You too) visit Wroclaw by plane.
It means, that the first question you ask yourself, right after leaving the Wroclaw airport building, is: “How do i get to the city centre?” Well, you can always order an Uber 🙂 But what, if you’re out of money?
Don’t worry – Wroclaw airport is not the end of the world 🙂
Wroclaw airport is quite well communicated with the city center. Only two bus lines run at the airport – 106 during the day and 206 at night. Each of them will take you to the main railway station, from where you can get almost anywhere, and from where you can take a walk to the Market Square (10 min on foot).
How to buy a ticket (& what kind of ticket) at the Wroclaw airport?
You can buy a ticket in special machines (our drivers do not sell them). You can find the machine at the bus stop next to Wroclaw Airport or on the bus (on the bus – only by card!). The machines have a menu in Polish, but also English, German and French. If you have a student or school ID, you can choose cheaper tickets. Remember also that if you want to stay in Wroclaw a little longer, you can choose – instead of a one-off ticket – one of the time tickets, eg for a day, two days or a week, so that you will not have to buy more tickets later.
Here You can find more info about public transport in Wroclaw.
If you prefer to see instead of reading, a short film below for You:
PS.: You must remember that from March 2018 our ticket machines will look a bit different!
You can also choose Wrocław Airport Express – it is a bus dedicated to people visiting Wrocław for the first time. It drive you directly to the city center (Pl. Dominikański or Main Railway Station), it will take a little less time than ordinary communication (30min vs 50-55 min), but it cost more, and when you arrive, it often turns out that you still need to buy a time ticket.
Choice is yours 🙂 Have a nice trip 🙂
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! 🙂
Music in Wroclaw, clubbing in Wroclaw, it does not matter if you’re old or young and what kind of music you listen to. In Wroclaw you will find something for yourself. There are many clubs in Wroclaw for those who like clubbing every weekend and for those who sometimes go out with friends to experience different music, different style of other people.
In all clubbing in Wroclaw clubs
- Gray Music Club,
- Vertigo Jazz Club and Restaurant and
- Mundo 71 Music Club
are worth recommending. In these clubs you can really have fun.
In Gray you can find hip-hop, RNB, Funky, a bit of Drum and Bass, Jungle and Chillout. You must, of course, see what music is played by DJ in a given weekend. You have a good choice in Wroclaw, but if you did not feel like this kind of music, you can come and relax with jazz in the Vertigo club. There is clubbing there, so in this place, in addition to super people, you have the opportunity to blend in to a crazy place. This place has been specially designed by Kuba Michalski, one of the best known designers in Wroclaw. So if you fancy Jazz, just go to Verigo
… and Mundo 71. If you’re serious about having fun and clubbing in Wroclaw, you can not pass this place. It is great. Great people, great music in the 80’s and 90’s. Really one of the best clubs in Wroclaw. A lot of people after the party here have a yo-yo effect – they come back to have fun again, meet other people and forget about the gray of the day.
The most important, however, is security in Wroclaw. Wroclaw is really safe at night and people are nice. They will always help you get to the club or home if you get lost. However, if you do not feel like clubbing in Wroclaw, there are always other options.
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
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.