Friendly places for pets in Wroclaw

Wrocław has currently over 350 animal-friendly places. You can take your friends to many restaurants, galleries, museums and shops. You don’t have to leave your dog at home anymore. But spend your afternoons and weekends with him. All branches can be found in the Internet by entering the password: Wrocław Pets Welcome.

SHOPPING CENTRE

In Pasaż Grunwaldzki in Wrocław you can enter with dogs to about 104 shops for over 2 years. Owners with pets can enter shops, eat meals in the restaurant area and bowls with water can be found in front of the gallery building. This is the first animal friendly gallery in Wroclaw friendly to animals. Dogs over 10 kg need to have a muzzle only, and all animals must be on a leash.

Two other galleries followed the Grunwaldzki Passage. “Renoma” and “Galeria Dominikańska” are also animal-friendly. The same rules prevail in them as in the pioneer shopping centre.

Galeria Wroclavia, despite its proximity to the PKP and PKS, is not so conciliatory. Animals can only enter if they are guide dogs or animals that are very small and can be carried on their hands. However, not all stores allow to visit them with animals. Permission must be issued by the tenants of individual stores.

MUSEUMS

Some time ago, the Museum of Architecture in Wrocław granted permission to introduce animals. The institution changed its regulations due to an incident that happened in their museum. Museum staff found a homeless dog at the entrance to the Museum. Since then, the Institution has become friendly to pets.

PLAYGROUNDS

In Wroclaw you can also take your pet to playgrounds – created especially for dogs. The number one is a playground for dogs in Grabiszyński Park. It is the largest playground for tetrapods and the square is 1000 square meters. In the square there are various obstacles that will help to spice up the fun, and will serve as a good basie for learning tricks. The place is free-of-charge and the park is opened all year round.

Good playgrounds for animals are also the squares in Tołpa Park and on Górka Słowiańska.

If you are planning to come to Wroclaw, don’t hesitate and take your pet-friend with you. Wrocław has become a friendly place for animals.

Are you looking for a place to eat seafood at a reasonable price?

SeaFood Bar & Market is definitely a worth-visiting place on the map of Wroclaw. The address is: 12 Mikolaja Street. It’s opened every day, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and on Sundays, and from 9 a.m. to midnight from Friday to Saturday.

It’s a bar serving seafood dishes in a street-food concept. At the restaurant you can eat fresh seafood, drink beer from local breweries and try wine from reliable suppliers. In addition, in the restaurant you can find a mini market and  buy there fresh seafood and fish by weight.

The prices for breakfast oscillate around 10 zł for a different kind of fish sandwiches and around 20 zł for a fried breakfast, which is a shrimp shakshouka. You can also get a no-limit coffee refill for 12 zł.

The price for a fish or laksa soup is about 17 zł. You can buy a main dish for about 30 zł and there are a lot of seafood variations to try, like: lobster & shrimp roll, scallop sandwich, mussels with white wine sauce and a lot more delicious dishes. You can even choose your own fish from their market and they can prepare it the way you like the most.

When it comes to beverages, they have a wide choice of cold & hot drinks for 7-10 zł and alcohols for about 13 zł for a glass.

SeaFood Bar & Market is a very popular restaurant. But you don’t have to worry that there will be no place to sit, because the restaurant area consists of two floors, so there’s a lot of space there and the service is really fast for a place like that.

I really recommend this place, because the food is extremely fresh and delicious. So if you are a true sea food lover, don’t hesitate and visit this marine restaurant.

Wrocław means ecology!

ecological vozilla cars

Ecology and pollution of environment is one of the biggest issue on the world right now. Humanity have a huge problem with excesive quantity of rubbish which we are producing. Tones of plastic are swimming in Oceans. Another kinds of animals are dying irretrievably. Most of polish cities also are struggling with this problem, espcially when we are talking about SMOG and air condition. We are destroying our planet day, by day. But there is still a great number of people, who can’t raconcile with this fact, and the inhabitants of Wrocław are also in this group. A trend of being eco and living in harmony with nature is becoming more, and more visible everywhere around the globe. This trend is also great chance for all sort of brands to promote themselves. Check how it looks in Wrocław.

ecological vozilla cars

Vozilla – environment-friendly electric cars for rent

Sharing is now a very popular trend. It also applies in ecology. This is known by Vozilla, an electric car rental company operating in Wrocław. Only in the last year Wrocław residents have rented Vozilla cars over 300,000 times, which significantly reduced the number of cars driving on city streets, and thus significantly contributed to the reduction of emissions and exhaust fumes.

nextbike bicycle rental

Nextbike – take care of your and city’s condition

From March to October, Wrocław residents take care of their own form, but also reduce pollution in the city. All thanks to another rental company, which has been serving the city residents since 2011. Nextbike, an urban bicycle rental, is an inseparable element of the city today. The company offers cyclists a few dozen stations and several hundred bikes throughout the city. This is another example of how companies can efficiently join to the environmental protection trend, so that customers will be happy to use their services.

Fitness World poster

Fitness World – Your ecological gym in Wroclaw

The Fitness World fitness center operating in Wrocław meets the expectations of its clients and shows that it is possible to care for the environment regardless of the type of activity. The brand is promoted with posters informing how choosing the right materials and cleaning agents positively affects ecology. Thanks to the use of paper produced by Econatural and Fiberpack, they managed to process over 115,000 beverage cartons, reduce CO2 emissions by over 3000 kg and save nearly 50 trees.

The green race is just accelerating

As you can see, brands are already actively involved in the trend of ecological life, and customers only encourage them to use their services. I think that with time more companies will appear with new ideas. After all, we are all well aware of how much ecology still needs to be done in Poland.

Exploring Armenian culture by food and beverages in Wroclaw

The evening is coming and you becoming hungry?

But you already tired from all these Polish karkowka-style dishes or  Italian, Chinese blah blah food.  No worries my friend- I have something special for you!

Feel the spirit of another country thru food and beverages.  Make you dine out in Armenian way. Visit Armine restaurant in heart of Wroclaw.


The place I’m talking about is located in the part of Wroclaw calling
” pod Nasypem”. It convenient to the city center or railway station.  Just check the location below to see where the flavor meets culture.

Explore Armenian culture by food and beverages

What is making this place so special? First of all they own “granny recipe” made dumplings called Khinkali with Armenian grape vodka called Chacha. If you do not prefer alcohol Armine has special non-alcohol drinks such a Baikal, Tarchun or Sayany. The wine cart is magnificent- from young white to gorgeous red. To deliver exclusive products and create traditional flavors Armine importing all beverages and spices directly from  Armenia.

   

 

After Khinkali you can start with traditional Armenian stuffed bread called  Khachapuri. You can choose from regular one with cheese to runny egg plopped in the center flapjack. The best beverage for this dish is a light beer called Kilikia. Armine is the only place where you can get it in Wroclaw.

For dessert take Gata- traditional Caucasian cake with different flavors. It is perfect with one those non-alco drinks ( try Baikal- it’s very delicious ).  The key to their baking dishes lies in the traditional oven called Tandoor.

Already hungry? Ready to Explore Armenian culture by food and beverages?

Here some extra info about Armine:

Opening hours : Monday-Saturday 13:00-1:00, Sunday 15:00-22:00

Average eater check is 15 EUR

Pets welcome

Free public parking in the area

Armine- Dine Out with the Spirit of Armenia

The three symbols that I notice in Wrcolaw

The three symbols that I notice in Wrcolaw

 

Wrocław is the historical capital of Silesia and Lower Silesia.  If you want not to forget this city forever, you have to see three symbols which this city shows you in its town. Did ever you heard ‘The train to Heaven’, ‘Passage’ and ‘The dwarf’? They cover each meaning which is contained by its’ sculpture.

The train to Heaven

I heard the meaning of Wroclaw from someone. It is too impressive for me to forget it. That is a “The Gate of  Heaven”. But I couldn’t clarify if its origin of the word means right “the gate of the heaven”. I Just could find the fact that there has been a sculpture called “the train to heaven “ in Wroclaw.

There are many old and historic church in the town in Wroclaw. Tourist may wonder why they build such many churches.  As far as I know, most churches of Europe are just for tourist and there the Catholic Mass is not held anymore. Sometimes even we can see it changed to a Cafeteria.  But It is easy to see that the praise of God is sprayed from the church in Wroclaw. One day, when I came across the train forward the sky, “The Gate of Heaven”  went through my brain. Automatically my brain matched this sculpture with Wroclaw. But I found out that this sculpture is called “The train to Heaven” and it’s meaning is as below.

 

“The concept of the installation refers to the rich tradition of the locomotive industry that grew rapidly in the area of Wroclaw. Artistic styling of the locomotive and its history connects the past(area of the old locomotive factory) to its future.

For sure the “ Train To Heaven” is building the next stop on the artistic city map.

How do you find it?

“Train to Heaven” installation is located on Plac Strzegomski. You can either walk there from the center or jump on the bus, take 2~3 stops and get out of on Plac Strzegomski stop. You will easily spot it as it is placed in the center of the square.” (the source: https://getlostprojectblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/places-to-check-in-wroclaw-poland/)

                                    The passage

 When you walk the streets of Wroclaw you might encounter the mystical looking status of people coming out of the ground. I ever took a picture of my child. I thought this status was a good place to do it. Those days, I didn’t understand what this status means. This monument is placed on the street, where there are many foot passengers. About 40 years ago, the citizens of Wroclaw rose against anticommunism and here now they still stand.

 

“ The bronze monument was installed in December 2005 to coincide with the 24th anniversary of the onset of martial law in Communist Poland. From December 1981 to July 1983, the authoritarian government imposed restrictive laws on everyday citizens to quash the burgeoning anti-Communist political opposition groups. 

Symbolically, martial law drove people underground in fear, and many were arrested in the middle of the night and disappeared. The pedestrians rising out of the sidewalk on the other side of the street is believed to represent the re-emergence of Polish citizens when martial law was lifted in 1983. Notably, the monument is based on a temporary piece by Kalina installed in Warsaw in 1977, so the martial law symbolism would have been added in for the new version. “ (source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/przejscie-passage)

Nowadays, Wroclaw is a university city with a student population of over 130,000, making it one of the most youthful cities in the country. It is likely for us to pass by without noticing it.

 

                               The dwarf in Wroclaw

This status is one of the things that tourist most often find.  They find their interesting to find it when they walk on the path and on the square. Each dwarf has its’ special feature, very variously.

It appears with keyword “Wroclaw” in the searching web engine of Korea. It announces that the dwarf of Wroclaw is famous to Korean tourist.

“ Back in the 80’s, communism was still present in Poland and police were very strict about any sort of secret meeting and manifestation against the ruling regime. Luckily, a group of eccentric individuals began a movement called the Orange Alternative. Eventually, the movement succeeded in planting the seeds of peaceful opposition and now there is a relatively big statue of a dwarf (called Papa Dwarf by the locals) standing in Wroclaw and funded by the modern-day government of Poland.

Yes, this is the first time in human history where a government erects a statue honoring an anarchist group. Say hello to Papa Dwarf! “

(Resource: https://www.journeywonders.com/wroclaw-dwarf-location-guide/)

Say Hello to Papa Dwarf!

 

Odra – part of Wroclaw culture

About Odra

To try and imagine Wroclaw without the Odra is tantamount to thinking of Giza without its pyramids. The city is defined by this great sprawling river with its numerous tributaries and canals, as well as by the 12 islands and over 120 bridges that cross it – all of which bring so much life, character and charm to the Lower Silesian capital. With so many waterways and spans it is little wonder that Wroclaw has been dubbed as the ‘Venice of Poland’ – although new visitors to the city can take this with a pinch of salt and leave their canoes at home. River Odra – part of Wroclaw culture.

The Odra was known to the Romans as Viadrus or Viadua, and was first referred to as the Odera around 990, when it was documented as the western boundary of early Poland under duke Mieszko I. Over the centuries the river gained more and more importance to Wroclaw, both as part of the trading routes that linked Russia, Germany and Bavaria together (and as such made Polish merchants very wealthy!), and also as a source of life and energy.

Today Wroclaw has two ports on the Odra and the river continues to play a part in its burgeoning trade economy, forming one of the city’s many great transport links.

The Odra is the second longest river in Poland, after the Vistula, covering 742km in Poland and 112km in the Czech Republic, from where it originates in the Oder Mountains. As it nears the Baltic Sea 187km of its length defines the modern day Polish-German border.

Jazz on the Odra

Jazz on the Odra, one of the oldest jazz festivals in Poland.

The Jazz Personality Contest is an inseparable part of the festival, and one of its hallmarks. The oldest and the most prestigious jazz competition in Poland is open for instrumentalists and singers, who at the time of the festival are 35 or younger. The 2018 Grand Prix – Jazz Personality laureate will receive a prize of 25 000 PLN sponsored by the Mayor of Wrocław; the Jury will also distinguish the best soloist, band and composer. From the very first years of the contest’s existence, it featured great musicians and stars of Polish jazz, including Włodzimierz Nahorny, Zbigniew Seifert, Ewa Bem, Krzesimir Dębski, Janusz Strobel, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Tomasz Szukalski and Andrzej Zaucha. Last year, the Grand Prix was won by Adam Jarzmik Quintet.

More and more Wroclaw’s citizens run and you cannot miss it

More and more Wroclaw’s citizens run and you cannot miss it

Nowadays many people want to take care of their health and condition properly. However, it is not as easy as it may seem. It’s hard to change your lifestyle to a healthier and better one, but the easiest way to begin is to start jogging.

Running is the easiest, most natural form of activity, which can positively affect our health. It gives the quickest results and what’s important it doesn’t cost much. Thanks to jogging you will reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases, lose weight, shape your figure, but also improve the intelligence and the look of your skin.

People who run regularly, less often get sick, are less likely to succumb to colds and infections, but if they do, they process them mildly, especially when they run outside in the fresh air, regardless of the weather. Regular running immunizes the body, tempers it and increases tolerance to rapid changes in atmospheric pressure. Thanks to this, the susceptibility to depression and malaise, caused by changes in the weather, is reduced. Running slows down aging processes and enables you to gain a youthful figure and efficiency. As shown by numerous tests, jogging since young age ,makes our bodies biologically younger than our peers’ who don’t make any sport, by 10-17 years, because biological age does not always coincide with a metric one.

People who start their running adventure can be divided into three groups.
1. People who want to lose weight and improve their physical condition.
2. People for whom jogging becomes a lifestyle.
3. Third group consists of people who have sports ambitions and a desire to compete in street running

What gives regular running?
1. Increases endurance
2. Oxygen the brain
3. Teaches time management
4. It makes pattern to follow
5. Provide a premium in the form of a extended life
6. Counteracts depression

Where can you run in Wroclaw?
• West Park – section about 1900m, most of the gravel route
• East Park – 2900m of a picturesque gravel road with sections over the Oława river
• Kleciński Park – a loop about 1500 m long with paved alleys, a few gentle runs and fugitives,
• Grabiszyński Park – a marked gravel road with a length of 5320m. Sheltered mostly with trees that protect from sun and wind.
• Running route between the Jagielloński bridges and the Swojczycki bridge is 5900m long. The route is covered with gravel, therefore it is suitable for both recreational and professional running. Each kilometer is marked.

Take the challenge, start running

Wroclaw inhabitants rest active, there are many smaller and larger events for runners. (Many of them are also charitable.)



Free walking tour – no boring tour guides

 

The idea of Free Walking Tour  has been around for a while, but started to be more popular nowadays. It’s a relatively new way to discover Wroclaw compared to the traditional tour concept.

A Misconception about Free Walking Tours

The word ‘free’ has obvious appeal to budget-conscious travellers but it’s also a word that can ring alarm bells.

Here’s a piece of advice from an experienced tour guide who did many FREE tours: A good FREE walking TOUR is interesting and useful even for locals, because a good FREE walking TOUR guide spends a lot time exploring the city, he knows hidden spots and places to show and speak about, so a tour will be surprising both for visitors and travelers and locals as well.

Plus there is nothing to lose apart from the calories you’ll burn with walking. FREE walking TOURs can`t be boring because their based only on donations!

Free walking tour available in several languages: English, German and Polish. There are also paid tours: CRAFT BEERS OF WROCLAW, FOODS OF WROCLAW – PRIVATE TOUR, CENTENNIAL HALL PRIVATE TOUR, OLD JEWISH CEMETERY PRIVATE TOUR, STREET ART TOUR.

How does Free walking Tour work?

Check our official site, where you can find the schedule of the tours.

For Example,

OLD TOWN WROCLAW

Sep-6th Jan: every day at 10.00 AM & 1 .30 PM
7thJan – Mar: the schedule will be available soon
Cancellations: 24th – 26th December, 1st of January tour at 10.00 am (join us at 1.30 pm)

Duration: about 2,5 hours

ISLANDS & BRIDGES OF WROCŁAW

Oct – 6th Jan: every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 4:30 PM
7th Jan- May: the schedule will be available soon
Cancellations: 31st December tour is cancelled

Duration: about 2 hours

MEETING POINT

It will be guide with yellow umbrella in the Market Square close to Aleksander Fredro’s statue.

ATTENTION!
You don’t need to book a tour in advance –
JUST SHOW UP AND ENJOY.

Best Home Dinner in Wroclaw

There is no thing like eat a dinner exactly same as in home when you are far away. There`s also no thing like taste traditional or just casual domestic polish food so that`s a good offer for foreigners to try flavours of Poland. I have chosen two bars which serves best home dinner in city centre. Two bars with similarly offer but quite different. These are rather popular places so if one of them is full, the second one is only 70 meters away just around the corner.

tomato soup
source: pixabay.com

Bar Miś (Teddy Bear)
Adress: Kuźnicza 48

If you would like to try casual polish delicious pork chop with potatoes, coleslaw and almost perfect tomato soup you should go to Miś Bar. Abundant offer includes among others:
– tomato soup with pasta or rice
– barley soup
– mushroom soup with pasta
– sorrel soup with egg
– dumplings (!) with potato and cottage cheese stuffing
– various dumplings with no translation to English called pierogi, kopytka, kluski, knedle
– apple drop scones
– croquet
– bunch of salads
– bean with carrot
– fried beetroot
– cauliflower
– cucumber salad
– potaotes, buckwheat or rice

Fresh meat dishes:
– pork chop
– meat patty
– poultry chop
– chicken filet
– beef stew
– meat balls with muschroom sauce
And many others.

First of all, the best of all is price. You need to pay much lower than you expect. Soups are about 1,10 to 1,70zł (~0,3 EUR). Full dish includes for example soup, potatoes, some dumplings, chicken filer and salad costs 13zł (~3 EUR). And trust me, the servings are big. It`s propably no opportunity to leave local being hungry.
As a result, familar atmosphere, low prices and really tasty domestic food causes for many clients that Bar Miś is their beloved.

Bar Misz-Masz
Adress: Nożownicza 14
Website: http://www.barmiszmasz.pl/

self-service in Misz-Masz
source: http://www.barmiszmasz.pl/

Second option is Bar Misz-Masz. The one important thing what differs these two bars is that Misz-Masz is self-service. You`re bring the plate and puts what you want on it, then you need to weigh your plate and pay 3zł (0,7 EUR) per 100 grams, so that means full 0,5kg dinner costs you 15zł (3,5 EUR). Ain`t no cheaper places like these two. Bar Misz-Masz offers one soup of a day and also serves good Polish food but not only. Menu is similar to Miś but extended with dishes like:
– spicy chicken
– chcicken in sweet and sour sauce
– ribs
– poultry shoarma
– spaghetti
– fries
– fishes
and others.

Dishes are as good as in Bar Miś. Price is really low and you are able to take as much food as you want. Student have an extra 10% discount any time and even more, everybody pays half of price in last 30 minutes nearly closing the local.

So if you are hungry in centre of Wroclaw next to main square these two options allows you to eat tasty dinner in suprisely low price. I think you have to try its food. Huge recomendation from me. You surely won`t be disappointed.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.

Macondo is a cradle of culture in Nadodrze. It is a combination of art gallery,  cafe,  bookshop, and meeting place. Name of the place is from the book One Hundred Years of Solitude written by Gabriel García Márquez. Every month Macondo organises lots of cultural events. Due to an array of events, everyone can probably find something for himself. Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.

EXHIBITIONS

Every month Macondo organises a vernissage. Artists present their works from many areas. You could see paintings, sculptures, graphics, drawings, photos as well as posters or collages. Certainly, you wold not be bored. You can visit all the exhibitions for free.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Poster from the exhibition of American posters made by Yee-Haw studio

DRAWING SUNDAY

If you are interested in drawings you should visit Macondo on Sunday. You have an opportunity to attend the drawing meetings. Every class have a different theme. The teachers are experienced artists. Organiser provides drawing stuff. Entry costs between 20 and 30 zlotych.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Drawing by Lena Czerniawska – one of the Macondo’s founders

AEROPLANE

It is a series of improvised and experimental music performances. Therefore you should prepare for unexpectable. They take place one per month. There is a cosy atmosphere.  If you like untypical music get to know Macondo. This is the most noteworthy place for those events. Entry for aeroplanes is free.

Drawing Sunday's announcement
Music is my Aeroplane – poster

WORKSHOPS

In Macondo, you can take a part in many workshops. The most popular are calligraphy workshops. You can choose for example Japanese calligraphy or calligraphy from the 20’s.  Workshops are organised a few times a month. Macondo provides all essential calligraphy tools hence entry is paid – from 30 to 40 zlotych.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Calligraffiti – one of the theme on calligraphy workshops

FAJF

It is a series of discussion meetings. Maybe you would like to improve your polish language skills. Take the chance to check yourself. Every meeting has its own topic. Exemplary topics are about music, philosophy.  Furthermore, it seems to be a great occasion to meet new friends. Of course, FAJF is free.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Poster from FAJF about music theory

HASYAYOGA

Every Monday you can visit Macondo and take a part in specific yoga exercises. Hasyayoga is about unconditional laughing.  The laugh should not depend on your mood or your sense of humour. It’s rather about training correct breathing while laughing. As a result, it decreases the level of stress. Finally, it helps to find your internal balanced. Entry is free.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Hasyayoga graphic

OTHER EVENTS

Let’s meet in Macondo. You would find there even more. Are you interested in literature? Check the meetings about favourites writers. Do you probably like journeys? Visit Macondo and talk about it with an experienced traveller. Maybe you just want to drink a cup of coffee? Here you are! What can I say? Convince yourself to check this place. Discover undiscovered. Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Macondo inside

Location

ul. Pomorska 19, Wrocław

Opening hours

12:00 – 20:00 (unless there is something going on)

Schedule

Check the recent schedule on Macondo’s fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/macondo.fundacja/events/?ref=page_internal

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Macondo schedule for October

Websites:

https://macondofundacja.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/macondo.fundacja/