Wroclaw the European Capital of Culture 2016

Wroclaw the European Capital of Culture 2016

Wroclaw the European Capital of Culture 2016

Wroclaw – the administrative capital of the Lower Silesian Region, has sat on the banks of the River Oder for more than a thousand  of years. This beautiful and interesting city in 2016 became The European Capital of Culture.

Wroclaw was designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year. It organized a lot of cultural events. Wroclaw has magnificent manor houses and university. A lot of them received the Nobel Prize.

Best place for tourists

The Old Town is the focal point of city life. The Centennial Hall was constructed out of reinforced concrete and it is a groundbreaking masterpiece in the history of world architecture.

An amazing attraction is the Raclawice Panorama. It is monumental cycloramic painting showing the 1794 battle between Poles and Russians.

Amazing place for everyone

Wroclaw the European Capital of Culture 2016 created open and friendly spaces with culture and art for everyone. The city proved that civilization can’t develop without culture.

2016 was the year of the culture – it was telling the story about past, present and future.

What Wroclaw the European Capital of City 2016 accomplished:

  • Citizens co-created culture and they had benefit from its variety without limits.
  • They had easier access to both cultural and educational programmes.
  • The city developed with culture and through culture.
  • Wroclaw organizations and partners from around Poland worked closer and developed cooperation in the area of culture.
  • Wroclaw and the region was more recognizable within Poland and across Europe. More and more people started to talk about Wroclaw.
  • Citizens were more aware of the cultural heritage of Lower Silesia, and prouder of it.
  • The number of tourists visiting Wroclaw was double.
  • The private sector was more involved in supporting cultural initiatives.

SOURCE: Wrocław 2016: Europejskiej Stolicy Kultury

 

Stay in Wroclaw

Stay in Wroclaw

 Intercultural dialogue in Wroclaw

The video shows permanent expats from around the world and how they stay in Wroclaw explaining what they do in Wrocław and why they love city.  Expats in this video speak in Polish.

The video contains short interviews from different people.  Such a sportsman, mother of children,  student, director of theatre, and others, who explains why the chose Wroclaw city. People describing their own life stories and how they moved in for stay in Wroclaw. What they do here and what makes Wroclaw special for them, such as polsih culture, cuisine and environment.

The video “stay in Wroclaw” also shows the amount of foreigners increasing from year to year. Nowadays 1 in 7 every people in Wroclaw is from abroad.

Lower Silesia is second in Poland of the number of applications for residence, especially it related to people staiy in Wroclaw. Wrocław’s foreign has over 120 different nationalities, while there are about 4,700 foreign students.

Well, above everything, staying in Wroclaw for expats is really reasonable and attractive. You have a great geographical location, in one hour you can get Czech Republic, Germany, and other east European counties, moreover, Wroclaw surrounded by plenty of mountains with great resorts and sky tracks.

5 reasons to visit Aquapark Wroclaw

Aquapark Wroclaw is the best place not only for tourists

5 reasons to visit Aquapark Wroclaw

If you are on vacation in Wroclaw, the Polish City Of Meetings, do not miss the opportunity to explore Aquapark Wroclaw.  In this article you will find 5 reasons to visit it.

Recreational Zone

Here you’ll find a lot of attractions including numerous water slides, Lazy River, jacuzzis, and warm (even in winter time!) recreational outdoor pools. It’s the main zone of Aquapark Wroclaw welcoming visitors once they enter the park.

Saunas

It’s a zone of complete relax. Here everybody can purify his/her mind and gain strenghts for the next travellings. Do not hesitate to take off your clothes – this is a nude zone where everyone can feel closer to nature and enjoy the pleasurable moments of freedom.

Take into account that it’s better to leave your children in the Recreational Zone, since this part of Aquapark Wroclaw is ONLY FOR ADULTS.

Fitness and Gym

A gym, which covers almost 700 sq.m., is the main space of the Fitness Aquapark Wroclaw. It is one of the best equipped halls of this type in Poland, and has been designed to provide the top comfort and wellbeing of clients in Aquapark Wroclaw.

Sports Pool

Sports swimming pools is our proposition for those who prefer playing in water or just swimming. A wide and safe sports pool is available to anyone who wants to feel the real joy of swimming. It is also a place where organized classes of aqua aerobics and hydrocycling are held.

Prices

Aquapark Wroclaw has a very attractive and flexible price policy, which includes many special offers for:

  • children,
  • seniors,
  • students,
  • disabled persons.

Any age group is welcomed here every day, at every time, at low prices, even by Polish standards.

Please visit the water park’s official page to get more useful information!

What is the best in Aquapark Wroclaw?

  • low prices,
  • great saunas,
  • service,
  • location,
  • slides,
  • space,
  • atmosphere.

Running routes in Wroclaw – beautiful place for jogging

Running routes in Wroclaw

Running routes in Wroclaw? There is a lot of places!

Spring is coming in Wroclaw ! Runners can be in Wroclaw too in the winter. If you just starting jogging, you’re looking for the best places. Where can you run  in Wroclaw ?Running routes in Wroclaw?  Everywhere! Below we have prepared good Running route for start. There you will meet other runners.

 

Wroclaw City Centre  Running Route

The running routes in Wroclaw City is 5 km. The loop extends between three Bridges: Szczytnicki Bridge, Jagiellonian Bridge and Warsaw Bridge. The whole od the route runs along the floodbank. The route is flat and surfaces, making in very well suited to beginners.

East Park (Park Wschodni) Running Route

The running routes in Wroclaw- East Park (Park Wschodni) is a loop of a lenght of 3 km. The route is extremely picturesque, with long sections beside a river Olawa. The route is not markes. It is recommends  for recreational runs for only beginning their running adventure.

Between the Bridges

The running routes in Wroclaw- between the Jagiellonian Bridges (mosty jagiellońskie) and Swojczyce Bridge (most swojczycki) is 6 km. Is ideally suited for both recreational, professional running. Each kilometr eis markes, useful in measuring running speed.

Tumski Running Route

Tumski running route measures around 3 km. This is urban rout which runs through the city centre along the Odra. The route commends itself to all runners who like monument, unique atmosphere of the oldest part of the city.

The running route in Grabiszyn Park (Park Grabiszyński)

This route measures 5,3 km. It is perfect suites for both recreational, professional running.

Route in Szczytniki Park (park szczytnicki)

The running route measures 1km. This ‘kilometre’ can be used for recreational running and advanced training. The route passes the wooden church of St John of Nepomuk. The church dates from the run of the 17th century.

 

 

 

 

Living as a student in Wroclaw

Sunset in Wroclaw

Living as a student in Wroclaw

Firstly, the aim of the video is showing how the student life is in Wroclaw and meanwhile making introduction film about Wroclaw in a most natural way. You can see how it would be living as a student in Wroclaw. As you can see the camera is the first person. It feels like you are the guy in the movie and seeing all the things through his eyes.

After he wakes up, he washes his face, makes a coffee wears clothes. But the important thing starts with these daily activities. He opens the door and boom; we see the Rynek, people are happy and riding a bicycle, then he goes to tram station and by that he introduces the transportation system in Wroclaw to us then we see the boat tour, some buildings and finally he walks into the school. We see the friendship, foods, people are helping him and stairs for blind people.

All these things emphasize that Wroclaw is a great city for living as a student. And, I think, it’s a very clever way to show it rather than regular introduction movie but it could be better if the video was more long.

Public transport in Wroclaw – how to travel around the city

Public transport in Wroclaw

 Public transport in Wroclaw is easy- just try!

There are over 60 days of bus lines and several night bus routes in Wroclaw. There are also over 20 tram lines here. When driving a car in Wroclaw, you need to remember that many streets in the centre proper are pedestrian precincts or one-way streets. Licensed taxis need to have a roof top sign with the word “taxi” and the word “Wroclaw” plus the side number on the side doors and the price-list stuck to the window. They need to be quipped with a taximeter and a fiscal cash register.

Public transport

For example tram which is moving everyday on more than 20 of rail way. Buses operative about 50 roads. First buses and trams you can see at 4 o’clock in the morning but the last about the midnight. During the night you can choose one of 15 bus roads which is drive away every single hour from every stop.

How can you buy a ticket?

If you want travel by public transport in Wroclaw you must buy a ticket. One time ticket or long term ticket. For students the best option is choosing semester discounter ticket. Short term ticket you can get in ticket machine which is in every single tram. The cost of it is 3.4 zl/ discounter ticket for half price but you can pay only by the card. If you want bay it by a coins you should go to a small shops which they usually are at the bus stop. For a ticket also you can pay by phone application. If your traveling in Wroclaw will by systematically the best way is to bay urbancard. To get this go on website: http://www.urbancard.pl/en/index.html then fll up an application, pot your photo face and wait about two weeks .
Helpful is the application  JAKDOJADE.


If you like bicycle…

If you like healthy life and you don’t like Public transport in Wroclaw you can drive by public car. Yours urbancard can help you. First 20 minutes on the public bike- you pay nothing. Bike station are available in more than 30 places. I send website where you find more information in English language about public bikes. https://www.wroclaw.pl/en If you like more comfortable life you can moving by the car. By electric car I must pay 0.75 zl pre mint. License driving is requirement. Every one who won’t to use vozilla must login to the system. Renting a cars is very easy. In you application is a map which you can find car and reserve it for 15 minutes. Then you can drive. If you are on your destination place you leave your car in comfortable place for you. Next way to moving in Wroclaw is TAXI. According to the rules of Wroclaw taxi is 6zl per first kilometer . Maximum payment during the day is 3 zl per km.

Public transport Wroclaw Tram

The most popular is:

  • Ryba Taxi 2,50 zł/1km tel. 713067067
  • Taxi Grosz 2,50 zł/1km tel. 796 000 666/728 985 662
  • Wicar Taxi 2,40 zł/1 km tel. 725 71 71 71/ 71 34 20 777
  • Taxi Play 2,40 zł/ 1 km tel.  713 82 82 82

In Wroclaw like in whole world works UBER. For more information check website about UBER.

3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

3 best cultural places in wroclaw

Make sure you find something to see and hear here. So if you are a music and art lover and plan to come to Wroclaw, book tickets in advance and visit this fantastic places! This is my list of 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw.

Location is great – easy walk from historic centre and pedestrianised so strolling up to it is fine.

National Music Forum. First in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

NMF is one one of the most modern  concert halls in Europe.  It has six floors and three underground levels.

There are a recording studio, conference rooms, a library, rehearsal rooms, cafes and bookstores. The building is distinguished by thin horizontal lines of glass windows. In 4 concert halls can accommodate more than 2500 people.

NMF held 9 international festivals: Musica Polonica Nova,  Jazztopad, Wratislavia Cantans etc.

plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław

http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/

 

Wroclaw Opera.  Second in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

Nowdays the Wroclaw Opera House is considered one of the best in Poland. Every year it becomes a venue for the Polish Opera Festival.

Going to the opera is a highlight in Poland so you can see it in the dresses and the suits of the visitors.

Świdnicka 35, 50-066 Wrocław

http://www.opera.wroclaw.pl/1/

National Museum.  Third in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

The National Museum in Wroclaw is one of the largest museums in Wrocław. The museum is not far from the city centre, and can be easily reached on foot. By the way, when you book your entrance to the Panorama, the same ticket entitles you to visit a couple of other museums, one of which is this one.

The permanent exposition is located on several floors and divided into various historical epochs. First is the “Silesian Art of the 12th to the 16th Century” showing the most valuable works of Gothic art.

Second part is “Silesian art from the 16th to the 19th century”: sculpture, painting from the Renaissance to romanticism. Third is “Polish Art of the 17th-19th Centuries”:  portraits, a collection of glass and porcelain. And, finally, “Polish contemporary art from the beginning of the 20th century”, so can see the works of Tadeusz Makovsky, Stanislav Vitkevich, Vladislav Strzeminsky, Jozef Shine and many others.

national_museum_wroclaw

plac Powstańców Warszawy 5, 50-153 Wrocław

http://www.en.mnwr.art.pl/

Hydropolis – museum of water in Wroclaw

Hydropolis is the best place for learning and rest

Hydropolis shows water in all its diversity and from different perspectives with the help of multimedia technology, models and exhibits.  Open to visitors since 2016. This is one of the few places of this kind in Europe.  Interesting both for adults and kids.

Everyone will find something for themselves here.

Interesting and interactive about water

There are eight zones in the Hydroolis . These are the sea depths, different water conditions, the history of water structures and much more.

According to the creators of the museum, its placement in the reservoir is very symbolic. It turns out that the reservoir of knowledge is in a reservoir for water, which for nearly 100 years has been the main source of drinking water in Wroclaw.

The Center has information materials in German, English and Polish.  Also there are master classes for groups.

The creators of the museum recall that water is of great importance for our planet.

Oceans, ships, sewage, rivers, ice, marine life, hydroengineering, water in art, snow

The authors tried to do everything possible to make the exhibitions truly interesting, and therefore the visitors find themselves in a unique atmosphere surrounding them from all sides, and for each zone, the effects, animation, sounds and other elements that make the exhibition interesting for adults, and for the youngest visitors.

According to the results of the National Geographic competition “7 New Wonders of Poland” in 2016, Hydropolis took second place.

 

Important: book tickets

There is a limited number of visitors in Hydropolis, which is why tickets for a given hour are often missing and basically the entrance “from the street” is impossible.

Parking next to Hydropolis is reserved for groups only; all the others should look for places for the car themselves – there are quite a few of them near the museum.

The Center has 2 cafes and a gift shop. The cost of tickets for children – 18 zl, for adults – 27 zl.

Hydropolis is open seven days a week:  Sat

Na Grobli 19-21, 50-421 Wrocław

Public transport in Wroclaw city

The public transport in Wroclaw

Public transport in Wroclaw by:

  • municipal transport
  • bike

Municipal transport

In Wrocław over 60 day lines and about 20 night bus line. There are also more than 20 tram lines here.

Day buses and trams are active from 5.00 to 23.00 and on weekends and holidays till 22.00.  Night buses travel from 23.30 to 5.00.

Ticket prices

Exemplary ticket prices in municipal public transport in Wroclaw:

  • Single-ride tickets (R – regular / RF – reduced-fare):
  • Regular and suburban lines: R – 3.40 / RF – 1.70
  • Fast and night lines: R – 3.60 / RF – 1.80
  • Transport of luggage or a pet: 1.70

You can buy a ticket in bus or tram in special terminal only by card. On bus and tram station by card and by cash.

Also you can do a Urban card. The Wrocław Urban card is a comfortable, multipurpose carrier of electronic services and products in a prepaid card format.

CUSTOMER SERVICE POINTS

Here you can prepare your URBANCARD application and buy tickets.

  • Wroclaw, st. Trzebnicka 31 – Mon-Fri 07.00 – 15.00
  • Wroclaw, st. Joannitów 13 every day  6.00 – 22.00
  • Wroclaw,  Sienkiewicza /Piastowska square  Mon – Sat 10.00-18.00

Bike

It is more faster to travel in Wroclaw by bicycle.

You may rent bicycles at over 34 stations. Using the application of “nextbike” you can check the number of available bike in the bike station in your town and also to see a map with this bike. During first 20 minutes, you may ride a Wroclaw Municipal Bicycle for free, but you need to be registered in the system of Nextbike – the company which managed Wroclaw Municipal Bicycles.

Nextbike bicycle rental use in Warsaw, Poznań, Wroclaw, Opole, Katowice.

Public transport in Wroclaw very easy if use mobile application”JakDojade”.

Thanks to app you always can check the schedule of bus or tram, choose the way where you need to go. And the most important – you find final destination.