Urban jungle in the city

Urban jungle in the city

How to create your own urban jungle in Wroclaw?

Urban jungle in the city
Urban jungle

There’s no better way to bring freshness and harmony into your life than to surround yourself with plants. Creating your own urban jungle in the city is not that difficult as you think.

Urban jungle and the love for plants seem to be everywhere lately. It is a huge trend in the interiors and design.  Tired of the cold and monochrome spaces, people prefer to be surrounded by the cosy and calm colours and shapes of the plants. There is a huge connection between love for plants and clean living and digital detoxing.

And indoor plants keep us reconnected to the nature. They have significant impact both on our physical and mental well being. They purify the air from toxins and release the oxygen back. Most of all they improve our sleep, decrease stress and anxiety levels and improve our cognitive performance.

Plants help us pursue a healthier and better lifestyle. While taking care of them we learn how to be patient again. In the world of instant gratification, plants make us slow down and wait for the result.

Creating your own urban jungle in the city is rather not difficult, but below are some helpful place that will get you started in Wroclaw.

Projekt Rośliny is a shop located on Kluczborska 3 Street. Two friends created this place out of their love for plants. They offer the advise on which plants to choose and what’s more how to take care of them. Their love and passion for plants is visible on each page of the book they wrote together, also called Projekt Rośliny.

Akademia Miejskiego Ogrodnika is a series of meetings and workshops held in Barbara on Świdnicka 8B Street. Each meeting consists of theoretical lecture about a chosen subject, connected with plants and also a practical workshop, where participants can check their knowledge in practice. What is even more useful, participants can share plants, seedlings and seeds between each other. Meetings are free of charge.

Last recommended place is Natura Rzeczy. It is a shop and a gallery filled with beautiful objects and plants.  Place promotes polish designers and organizes workshops that help participants discover their inner creativity and helps them find their inner peace.  One of the workshop teaches how to create our own forest in the jar.

It’s difficult only until you try it, so go on and create your own urban jungle in the city. Good luck!

Zero waste because ecology is the most important thing

Almost 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic floats in oceanic waters, which corresponds to 80,000 tons. The area filled with rubbish is three times larger than France. These terrifying data make us think about the ecology and direction in which humanity is heading. They also ensure that people who choose to live in the spirit of zero waste philosophy should be treated with genuine respect.

Zero waste is a lifestyle according to which a person tries to generate as little waste as possible, thus not polluting the environment.

There are five main rules  that apply in zero waste:

–    Refuse -do not agree to unnecessary pollution, refuse advertising leaflets, disposable packaging, as well as all products produced to the detriment of the environment, generating waste and pollution.

–    Reduce – reduce the number of objects, lead a possibly minimalist life, surround yourself only with what you actually use and what you need to live.

–    Reuse – do not use disposable solutions. Use reusable packaging, thermos, dishes and even hygienic items. Use again what is already trash at first glance

–    Recycle – make sure unnecessary things have been converted into something useful. Sort rubbish  and get to the appropriate points, process what you can even at home

–    Rot – compost organic waste, obtaining energy or natural fertilizer. Use what, when worn out, can hit the compost.

Followers of the zero-waste philosophy are a big challenge for marketing, however, it offers many interesting possibilities that would certainly benefit ecology. One such proposal could be food from edible or dissolving packs.  Another idea is to create a zero waste network where products would be sold without packaging or in reusable packaging. In addition to grocery stores, you could also create drugstores or clothing stores where the goods would not be packed in plastic bags or containers.

In Wrocław, we still rarely see people who come to the store and pour flour into self-sewn linen pouches. Shops that give this opportunity are also rare. Maybe if people had the opportunity to do this kind of shopping, they would be happy to use it. General environmental awareness is also unsatisfactory although it is slowly moving in a better direction. Some time ago, fees for one-off plastic bags were introduced to reduce their consumption. However, we must remember that the generations of children in the 70’s and 80’s were collecting cans and cigarette packages. In the gray PRL times, everything colorful found its supporters. Today the same people are learning ecology and segregation so the path to zero waste is still very long.

Living in the spirit of zero waste is not easy especially before the right habits are established. It is also becoming difficult to find representatives of such professions as a shoemaker or a tailor who can repair shoes or clothing so that there is no need to buy new ones.  Slowly, however, the return of these forgotten professions can be noticed, in some Polish cities there arise points where you can repair and renew old footwear. However, these services are expensive. And here is probably the biggest problem of the zero waste movement. This lifestyle is unfortunately expensive. It also requires spending a lot of time, especially when there is limited access to stores where you can buy goods without packaging. Of course, you can look for local farmers and millers, but it is time-consuming and expensive for average people.

With great interest, I will follow the development of this movement. I wonder if it will turn out to be only extravagant fashion, or maybe he will have more and more supporters. Certainly, our planet would benefit if people learned to live according to the zero-waste philosophy.

 

Worth to check!

BEZ PUDŁA is the first stationary store in Wroclaw supporting the idea of Zero Waste. They sell natural products mostly from local suppliers and make sure that every product purchased from their serves the natural environment and does not generate waste. They pack in containers that customer brings or in ecological packaging. In their assortment we can find both food by weight, as well as natural cosmetics without packaging and everyday articles that will help you live ecologically. BEZ PUDŁA  promotes a lifestyle aimed at eliminating waste from our everyday life. Supports a circular economy in which all raw materials are re-used and fully biodegradable, affects human, animal and plant health.

Best burgers in Wroclaw that will blow your mind

Best burgers in Wroclaw that will blow your mind. Not a real fan of experimenting with tastes? No worries, we tried those places for you! 

If you’re not a big fan of experimenting with tastes and You like to visit fast-food restaurants (who doesn’t!), that should be a very handy guide for you to find a nice place to eat and drink. Actually, I’m going to present 3 of my favourite places to try yummy burgers. And NO! It’s not about McDonald’s, KFC, or Burger King.

The thing that matters the most are obviously the ingredients, especially the meat and degree of its doneness.  And believe me, after trying out those, you gonna cross out McDonald’s from your list FOREVER!

*The following order is random, I would recommend you to try all, to find your perfect burgers 🙂

Moa Burger

It’s probably the first place, I’ve got an occasion to change my mind about regular burgers. Place by itself looks very cosy and modern. It’s distinguished by a unique taste of bread rolls. The menu offers 22 different burgers so you can definitely find something ideal for your needs. Beef is often served perfectly roasted, but there is an option to choose a degree of meat doneness – rare, medium or well.  Moreover, every week the restaurant offers ‘The Burger of the Week’ which is announced on their website.

Moa burgers restaurant
Moa Burger, Plac Solny 10
Moa burgers ingredients
Moa Burger

https://www.moaburger.com

Where to find: Plac Solny 10, Wrocław

Opening hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11:00 – 23:00
Friday – Saturday 11:00 – 1:00

Pasibus

The company has its origins in food trucks, they originally started with a single truck in 2013 to grow into several restaurants around whole city. This genuine truck called ‘Dziadziu’ is still in use as the best memento and it stands vis a vis a shopping mall Arkady Wroclawskie.

Gonzales burgers with nachos
Pasibus foodtruck ‘Dziadziu’

Where to find: Powstancow Slaskich 5, Wrocław

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 19:00

You can buy burgers there as well, although the menu might be a bit different than the one in the standalone restaurants. For example, they do not serve any potato chips there, only nachos. Moreover, on the site there is a small area with a few more food trucks which offer a big variety of products. It’s a very cool place to eat and chill with friends open air.

There are 2 restaurants located near marketplace so in case of crowd, you can try your luck by walking around 800m to the other place (8 minutes).

Pasibus serves around 15 different kind of burgers with different level of spiciness and many sorts of side dishes and appetizers. They will also prepare meat by doneness of your choice.

As a drink, I would recommend one called ‘Dobry Towar’. It’s produced locally in Wroclaw, all 100% natural, without weird add-ons.

Pasibus burgers restaurant Swidnicka
Pasibus restaurant, Swidnicka 11
Gonzales burgers with potato chips
Pasibus restaurant, Swidnicka 11, spicy Gonzales Burger with jalapenos peppers

https://pasibus.pl

Where to find: Swidnicka 11 or Wlodkowica 37

Opening hours:
Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 1:00
Friday 11:00 – 3:00
Saturday 12:00 – 3:00
Sunday 12:00 – 1:00       

Ltd Burger

This restaurant serves around 12 different burgers among which are such classics as a cheeseburger. There are a few inspired by countries, like ‘Polish Burger’, Canadian Burger’ or ‘Italian Burger’, characterised by different sets of ingredients matching best known vegetables and sauces from around the world.

The restaurant is located vis a vis ‘Nowe Horyzonty’ cinema, which is almost in the middle distance between two Pasibus restaurants – in case you would change your mind in the middle of the walk 🙂

Ltd burgers with potato chips
Ltd Burger, Psie Budy 7/9

http://burgerltd.pl

Where to find: Psie Budy 7/9

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00
Saturday – Sunday 12:00 – 22:00                                                               

Beach bar as a form of spending free time

TRENDY BEACH BAR ALTERNATIVE

First of all there is a  suitable alternative to urbanites tired of the heat of the city may be a beach bar. They are an ideal option for spending time in the open air and will make the residents feel the holiday relaxation. Sun loungers and golden sand create a holiday atmosphere in the middle of a busy city, so if you want to relax with a drink under your palms, Beach bars are just waiting for you! Moreover, they are a good place not only for relaxing during the day, but also for good events and concerts under the stars. This trend have started in many capitols in Europe and now it has accustomed well in Poland as well. We have several places in Wroclaw.

Strandbar Mitte, Beach Bar
A photo of popular place in Berlin – Strandbar Mitte.

HotSpot

Located just next to the Millenium bridge, is the largest city beach in Poland! The beach bar is divided into two parts: recreational and sports. Therefore, in the first one there are deckchairs and umbrellas, and in the other there are volleyball, badminton courts, as well as a zone for children. The beach has less than 14 thousand. sq m of space and has up to 900 seats. An important part of the gastronomic are various types of food trucks. The venue is truly great!

Liquid Form

A delightful beach bar with excellent supplies, just in time for summer heat. It is the Oder’s beach in the heart of the city. The regulars are happy to speak about the place describing it with words such as “chill and jazz”. Moreover, there are different types of deckchairs and hammocks, as well as trees growing around them. Liquid form is the perfect place for lazy afternoons with friends. Cocktails, alcohol, ice cream, waffles, grill and whatever else your heart desires. The beach offers many attractions: a children’s play area, discos, yoga workshops, performances, stand-up evenings, and broadcasts of matches

 

ZaZoo Beach Ba

As the name suggests this beach bar was created at the back of the Zoological Garden. It is a big beach, in the middle of which there is a well-equipped bar. In ZaZoo there is a catering point, where you can eat a freshly baked pizza, in a musical setting located on a small stage. Additionally,  the great advantage of the place is the children’s area. Furthermore, it is not big, but really well decorated. There is a small climbing wall, a tunnel, and a trampoline, which is what the little ones like the most, as well as a writing board. Visitors to the apartment are very diverse, they are both parents with their children, young students, couples, people over 50.

 

 

 

 

 

Bike boom in Wroclaw

bikes in Wroclaw

 Growing number of bikes in Wroclaw

From year to year, more and more cyclists are riding by bikes in Wroclaw. Sports and tourist pellets are also growing inside the city. There are more and more cyclists in our city: from young to old, women and men. People who choose to go to work by bike as well as people who treat it as a hobby. Is Wroclaw (and Poland) slowly becoming a truly cycling city/country? Continue reading “Bike boom in Wroclaw”

Roller skating? Yes, it is the “new old” thing in and around Wrocław

”You can’t buy happiness but you can buy roller skates and that’s pretty much the same thing”
(Anonymous)

With more and more fancy skating shoes in sports shops  and new skate parks being built it seems that the roller skating is back in town again. Since there are many parents who used to skate quite well and now want their children to get to know the feeling of pleasure skating can give you, more and more people are learning how to skate professionally. And at this time of the year sun is still spoiling us with opportunities to spend our time outdoors. If you haven’t done it already now is the best season to dust off your roller blades and skating boards.  So, if you’re looking for the best places to roller skate, look no further. Me and my little son have done all of the heavy lifting (you’re welcome) and found the most unique places to go roller skating in and around Wrocław.

1. Bielany Outdoor Skate Park

Located just outside of Wrocław, this outdoor skate park is situated in Bielany, between Fiołkowa and Jasminowa Street. 800 square meters of concrete equipped with two quarter pipes, three bank ramps, a funbox with a grindbox, a funbox with stairs, a simple grindbox and a bench. You can skate away regardless of time of day or night, as the authoruties secured the park with a set of surrouding lamps and the admission is free. Great place for families with children as the park is located in close vicinity of a basketball court, many playgrounds and an outdoor fitness park.

The best place to skate in Wroclaw! Fot. Violetta Lamot-Majewska, Bielany Skate Park, just outside our house

2. Bielawa Outdoor Skate Park

Another outdoor skate park situated only 50 kilometers west from Wrocław. With its 800 square meters it is one of the best skate parks of this type in Poland. It is lit from March through October till 10pm and during summer it hosts the Polish skating championships for non-professionals. It is a wonderful place for families as its located next to a municipal park filled with playgrounds, rope parks and a scenic kayaking route – all available free of charge!

Another great place to skate close to Wroclaw Fot. Violetta Lamot-Majewska, skate park in Bielawa is almost always empty

3. Wrocław, ”Legnicka” Indoor Skate Park

If you love skating, regardless of the weather, Zajezdnia 31 or the so called ”Legnicka” Skate Park is the place for you. It is one of the most modern indoor skate parks in Poland located in Wrocław at Legnicka Street 65. With its 3000 square meters, it has 100 square meters covered in skating equipment such as but not limited to: grindboxes, a bank, a few quarters, funbox with pyramide, a rail, many banks, stairs. The admission ranges from 2 to 4 zlotys, depending on the day of the week. Apart from the dirt cheap tickets and the central location there is one more exceptional thing about this skate park – there is a professional skate trainer who will teach you or your children new tricks during skating classes, available for very little money. But remember: Wearing a helmet is obligatory, so don’t forget to bring one for yourself!

For more info visit the skate park web: https://pik.wroclaw.pl/skatepark-zajezdnia-31-indoor-skate-park-m134-html/

Yoga more popular in Wroclaw

yoga in wroclaw

Yoga in Wroclaw – the growing popularity

There is over 40 places where you can practice yoga in Wroclaw. Some of them are typical schools that offer only yoga classes. However yoga in Wroclaw become more popular at gyms and fitness clubs and even dance schools.

It is good to see that many places offer special yoga training for pregnant women. People are more aware of physical education and working out during pregnancy. And many of them use yoga to take care of their body. Continue reading “Yoga more popular in Wroclaw”

Trip with old tram

old tram

If you like trips around Wroclaw, this is the topic for you.

An interesting offer in Wroclaw are the trips of old trams. This is possible with the organization “Towarzystwo Miłośników Wrocławia” and “Klub Sympatyków Transportu Miejskiego” (Urban Transport Enthusiasts Club).

The city of Wrocław has the oldest system of electric trams in Poland.  Most lines lead from the center to individual districts. The length of the routes is about 190 kilometers.

Special routes are available for tourists. You can choose four different routes for travel: A B C D. By going along the routes you can see many interesting historical and modern places of architecture. For example:
Racławice Panorama  , Centennial Hall , Japanese Garden , Opera , National Forum of Music  and many others.
Route maps are located below in the picture:


The courses are divided into a guided tour or without. Of course, a guided tour is more interesting. While traveling, the guide tells you about the places we see.

Traveling by tram is a great fun for children. That is why it is a very good proposition for whole families. The cost of travel is also not high. We buy tickets directly on the tram:

For example –  prices for route A and B:

Normal Reduced Family
One-way 8,00 zł 4,00 zł 16,00 zł
Return ticket 12,00 zł 6,00 zł 24,00 zł

The central station where we can start the trip is the stop at the opera. This is the place where the puppet theater is located. Here you can wait for the arrival of the tram. During this time, we can admire the city’s architecture.

For those interested in more detailed information about the historic transport in the city of Wroclaw, I refer directly to the website of Urban Transport Enthusiasts Club. On the website you can see exactly all routes. You can see photos of trams you can travel. We can also read about interesting events related to urban tranportation.

I cordially invite you to such an old tram ride because it is worth it:)

Hala Targowa Wroclaw shopping center

Hala Targowa is a traditional a place of trade and meetings of residents.

A traditional place for shopping Hala Targowa (Wroclaw) – designed by Richard Plüddemann and Heinrich Küster.

Hala Targowa was built in 1908 and it is a valuable engineering monument. The design was very modern, the construction was supported on reinforced concrete arches, what gave the building a high durability. The external elevation is partly made of bricks, whereas from the south it is plastered. The window frames were made of steel. The building has two towers and a clock. The building has 4 floors, the most important is the main hall and the gallery surrounding it. In the cellars there are freezers and butchers’ rooms where there is quartered the meat. The hall towers are unfortunately not available for tourists. Many architectural elements of the Hala Targowa have been written in the list of the monuments. Starting from the main portals made of sandstone in the art nouveau style, through bas-reliefs, urban coat of arms, clocks. Ending with balustrades, stairs and even crates of meat stands also made in the art nouveau style.

Now Hala Targowa is a traditional a place of trade and meetings of residents.

After entering the main hall on the left side, you can find a few very large stands with fruits and vegetables, on the right there are meat, bakeries and dairy products. There are several stands with traditional products from Spain and Portugal. You can buy not only regional products but also high quality Spanish hams or feta cheese. You can buy here bread baked on natural sourdough, spelt buns, soy mingers, cold pressed oils, herbs and spices, birch juice. In the further part there are many stands with flowers and floristic accessories. There is a cash machine at the entrance, but for the majority of stands there is a possibility you to pay by a card. Apart from shopping, there are a few cheap bars and cafes in the hall, and a restaurant with  a craft beer in front of the entrance. In the hall gallery there are stands with chemical and household articles. In front of the building there is a tram stop (lines 8,7,17,9,23) next to it there are a few parking places, however, it is the best to walk on this part of the city.

 

Links to pages about similar topic:

News about Wroclaw:  http://wroclaw.naszemiasto.pl/artykul/hala-targowa-we-wroclawiu-dojazd-adres-godziny-otwarcia,3189197,art,t,id,tm.html

Wikipedia: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hala_Targowa_przy_ul._Piaskowej_we_Wroc%C5%82awiu

Trade Stand : http://halatargowa.pl/stoiska-handlowe/

9 Cool Things to Do in Wroclaw & Tips to Enjoy This Polish City in 2018

 

Ahmed Tarek

Poland might not be a country that is on everyone’s bucket list, but after a recent visit, I’d say it needs to be! Wroclaw was absolute love at first sight. It’s full of wonderful surprises that instantly made me fall in love! It boasts one of the loveliest squares in Europe, adorablized by a voluminous number of gnomes scattered throughout the city and has some of the most delicious food! Wroclaw is definitely one of the most family-friendly towns in Europe and one of the top destinations to visit in Eastern Europe!

Gnome hunting

This was my favorite thing that we did. We traveled all over the city looking for these adorable gnomes. These gnomes began as an anti-Soviet movement to help peacefully protest against the communists during the 1980s. It all began with Papa Gnome, who stands upon a finger, at the meeting place of the rebels. There are over 300 dwarfs around the city and maps of where they are available in tourist information offices. They can represent the history of Wroclaw or a nearby business.

Light show

Honestly, this is the best light show I have ever seen. The Bellagio and Font Magic have nothing on this. It plays video on the water, along with music and lights during the summer months. We were there during the gnome showing, but a few weeks later they were showing other shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Dream, an Independence Day show, and the Four Elements. Make sure to bring bug spray, even though this was the only place in Wroclaw that it was needed we wish we had brought more. Take a look at more of the details here.

Go to the Market Hall, Hala Targowa

This is such a lovely market and is a fun place to shop. I would suggest grabbing a meal, pierogis of course, and some Polish pottery here. It is a fun place to look around and experience the culture of Wroclaw as well. Closed on Sunday, but open 8:00-18:30 every other day. Bring zlotys, some places do

Not take credit card.

Ostrow Tumski

There are many beautiful churches, but this one has an interesting story. On the south tower of the cathedral, there is a statue head that appears to be screaming. The legend is that this man fell in love with a woman who had a very wealthy father. When he asked her father for her hand in marriage the father refused, because the young man was too poor for his daughter. The young man claimed that he would come back in a year with a fortune.

The young man spent the following year as a thief, thinking this was the quickest way to gain a fortune. When he returned with his fortune the father again denied the young man his daughter’s hand in marriage because the young man’s soul became so black with sin. The young man became mad and attempted to kill the father and the young woman by burning them alive. The young man ran to the Cathedral tower to get a good look at their house burning. According to the legend God made the window shrink to where the young man’s head was stuck, people heard his screams and assumed they were from the burning building. The last thing the young man saw was the young woman and her father being freed from the building he set fire to.

Climbing the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The inside of the Cathedral is beautiful, but the view of the Wroclaw from the top of the tower is where you want to go. Shorter legs beware. I felt like I was doing lunges going up these stairs because of how tall they are, but the view of Wroclaw is absolutely breathtaking. The cost is 10 PLN to into the Cathedral and climb the tower.

 

National Forum of Music

We went to the National Forum of Music to see a classical music performance. The inside was beautiful and we loved walking through Wroclaw at night once the concert was over. The National Forum of Music also hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. Take a look here for show time and ticket information.

Monument of Animals for Slaughter

If you are interested in art, art shops are now situated where the slaughter area used to be, they have created these animals as a reminder. Each animal was created by a different artist, they are quite interesting to look at if you have time.

Spending more than a couple of days in Wroclaw? Great! Add a day trip or two to your itinerary. We took a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow. Auschwitz and Krakow are an hour away from each other. Since we had a vehicle we were able to do this all in one day.

Polish Lody

Polish ice cream is amazing. I do not know why it is not more well known, but it was much tastier than Berthillon in Paris.

Day trip to Auschwitz

This concentration camp doesn’t need much explanation. We spent half a day here, we were the first tour to go through and we did the guided tour. I would definitely suggest this. Get there early to go through Birkenau without a crowd. The drive is about 2 and a half hours by car, you can rent one or go through a tour group.

I hope this guide either encourages you to visit Wroclaw or makes your visit simpler! It is truly one of my favorite cities in Europe .

Electric fence in former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I, Poland