Monthly Archives: March 2011

Gondola Bay, Purkyniego Street

Finally the citizens and tourists coming to Wroclaw can enjoy the city tour from the water. As a promotion of   active recreation and unconventional way of sightseeing there is a possibility to rent canoes or rowing boats, as well as motorboats and explore the city and its channels on Odra River.

The rental point at Purkyniego street is the first point of the Trail Gondola initiated by the city, to promote       Wroclaw, as the city on water, “Venice of the Northern Europe”.

The point is opened in season from 1st of April to 30th of October (in case of adverse weather and the season is shortened) and the timing is as following:

* from Monday to Friday hours. from 12.00 to 18.00;

* Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 to 18.00.

The cost of renting:

* Canoe: 1 hr. about 10 zł
* Rowing boat (Gondola) about 20 zł/1h
* Motor boat (without permission) before the season to 70 zł

How you can find Gondola Bay?

Gondola Bay is located on Purkyniego Street, between the National Museum (pl. Muzeum Narodowe) and Polish Hill (pl. Wzgórze Polskie).

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Wyspa Słodowa (Slodowa Island)

The large part of city of Wroclaw is situated on the islands. Many guides call it, the Venice of Eastern Europe. The islands are connected with the mainland with plenty of bridges and overpasses in the number of 117.

The most famous and most visited one is Wyspa Słodowa, which is located in the heart of the city, just in front of the main building of University of Wroclaw alongside with Odra river.

During the day is a great place to have a walk, or just sit on the bench and enjoy the view and the river. At night you can admire the beautiful scenery of highlighted buildings and park full of lamps. You can be sure you will find there many people throughout the entire night, sitting around with their friends, chatting, singing and playing guitar, drinking beer. With the last activity stay careful as drinking beer in Poland is prohibited in a public place and on the island even if its kind of oasis for students, you can get a fine.

There are also many cultural events taking place on the islands such as concerts or students’ festivals. One of the most spectacular event is Noc Świętojańska (Midsummer’s Night – the night of 23/24 of June) with songs, music, dancing as well as huge bonfires all over – all these in the unique scenery in a heart of the city.

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“Bywalec” Bar, św. Wincentego 11 Street

If you wish to explore the atmosphere of typical “Bar Mleczny” (the correct translation is “Milk Bar”) you can not miss the visit to Bywalec Bar on Świętego Wincentego Street.

This place will give you the feeling that the communist era has not finished yet. From the very entrance you can spot the specific decor, that definitely will not take your breath away, but will rather make you smile or sometimes even scare you. At every table you can find few chairs of different kind and type. One of them wooden, one plastic, the other one metal…just to make the people to have a sit. At every table artificial flowers placed there for the past 15 years.

The menu (polish: Jadłospis) contains Polish food only such us russian dumplings (pl: pierogi ruskie), pork cutlet (pl: kotlet schabowy), potatoes and cabbage (pl: ziemniaki z kapustą) and many others. On the other hand the prices are very cheap, as you can have a good meal for 2-3 euros. You can also be sure the food will be good and fresh as many people eat there. However if you are not a fan of exploring this kind of places, take a look at the food and clientele before you decide to have a meal there.

Another interesting thing is the service. Years ago these bars were self service. You were expected to bring your plates and forks and knives. Nowadays the only thing you have to do, is take the plate with food once its ready and return dirty dishes to the small return window in behind which the lady will wash them.

At Bywalec you will find them two very nice woman, who will smile at you as far as you do not bother them too much. Be sure what you want! Order your food! Have a sit!  Take your food (FORGET that somebody will bring it to you)! Eat it!  Bring the dirty plates back to them, and GO! 🙂 Do not expect anybody to speak English there, so if you don’t have basics to order food make sure you invite some Polish friend over.

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Wrocławskie Centrum SPA, (Teatralna Street )

SPA Sanus per Aquam – Health by Water

This is definitely place worth visiting! Apart from the fact that you can rest and relax here, you can also SPA Center in Wroclaw is situated in the very center of the town, so it can be found very easily.

The services offered will satisfy everybody, starting from swimmers, as there are 3 swimming pools, as well as gym or fitness club fans, or steam room lovers with various treatment rooms. Besides that the offer contains therapeutic and rehabilitating massages, wellness including balneology and hydrotherapy, amongst others.

History:

The most interesting part apart from the service offering is representative building look that many years ago was a Town Bath, built in 1895-97. Before the war, it has been one of the most luxurious buildings in the city. Clients could use the pool and swimming baths, steam baths, showers and massages. There were also small rooms that one could use the service of a hairdresser, visiting restaurant, cafe or read the book in the library.

Services:

The offer includes:

– Bathing leisure courses and courses for the swimming pool for rental companies.

– Fitness club – aqua aerobics and gym classes, soon a modern gym and steam room,

– Beauty care – bathing, bath therapies, body treatments, massages, reflexology face and feet,

– Doctors – balneoklimatologii and physical medicine, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics and traumatology.

– Massage Therapy, Therapeutic gymnastics, treatments: manual (OMT), PNF, McKenzie, Physiotherapy, balneology and hydrotherapy.

How to get there?

The complex is located on  Teatralna 10-12 Street which is very close to the market square, as well as Opera Building.

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The tower of St. Elizabeth’s Church

St Elisabeth’s Church, a very interesting Gothic church,  is located in one of the corners of the Market Square, in the center of the city. You can easily recognize and locate it by the high tower.

The best time to visit it is April – May…when the sky is clear and blue and you can enjoy the view of the city of Wroclaw.

Initially, it was one of the tallest churches in Europe with 130 meters of height. Due to many damages, the tower of the church now is around 90 meters tall.

You can climb the tower via small door, that can be found outside, for a small fee.  Smokers can find it a little bit tiring:) However the view of the city its outstanding and worth giving some effort. The Old Town, Market Square, university buildings…as well as mountains in the south that can be seen with the clear sky – all these can be spotted while walking around an observation deck on the top.

Besides that its worth spending some time inside of the church where you can find over 100 tombs of famous Poles, some Gothic artworks and interesting architecture.

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