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Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden is located in the Szczytnicki Park, near Centennial Hall (Hala Ludowa). It is one of the few traces of the World Exhibition of 1913.  Japanese experts, present there since 1996 made sure that all details correspond to the original Japanese garden art.

It became an unique place in this part of the world, demonstrating a real piece of Japanese culture.

The best time to visit is spring or autumn, due to spectacular view of colors of plants and flowers. Garden is opened daily from 1st of April till 31st of October from 9.00 till 19.00. There is a small entry charge.

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Murals on the Walls of Wrocław

Sienkiewicza Street (on the crossing with Wyszyńskiego)

Wyszyńskiego Street (near the crossing with Sienkiewicza)- amazing wall

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Life in Wroclaw – tips how to survive – part 1

So you are here in Wroclaw. Most probably for work, or for student exchange. Both reasons mean you will stay here for a while. You will become part of this city, and this city will become part of you.

It is not easy in the beginning to find yourself in this non-English speaking country. You try to talk some basic Polish with an old lady in KIOSK and she replies with a confidence in Polish which you do not get at all. You hope that young lady walking nearby will help you with getting a ticket and instead of that she opens her mouth widely and still nothing. Then you go to the market square and you get into conversation with some random, old guy, dressed in a bad way, smelling alcohol asking you with perfect English for a change so he will buy a beer.Crazy world, isn’t?

Still most of the people can speak English, so you should not face a problems with communication. Keep on trying and be patient.

Wroclaw from its touristic side has not much to offer. Comparing to Krakow, Prague or Barcelona, where you need one week to really discover the city, here one or two days and you can tick the city. BUT…yeah…there is a BIG BUT. You have to stay a little bit longer to feel unique atmosphere. You will love the fact that walking around the market square you do not have to make the road free for millions of tourists, clicking everything with their cameras and following the tourist guide carrying umbrella. From time to time you crash to German or Italian group of 20-30 people and that is it. The amount of tourist still does not kill the spirit. Which is a HUGE plus to the city!

Life here is still relatively cheap. You can get a room for 150-200 euros  per month for rent. If you are student, you might be interested in getting a room in a student dormitory where the life goes by its own. If you are party animal, art and culture lover, you like concerts starting from heavy metal to pop music, exhibitions is the place where you rush after office – Wroclaw is the place to be.

Most of the clubs are located in market square or in area of 5 minutes of walk. The amount of them you can visit in one night can be limited only by a speed you drink your beer with in each of the club. Then it is also great to move out a little bit out of the market square which during the academic year can be a killer with the amount of students. Go to Bogusławskiego street (located along the rail track) with amazing amount of small pubs and restaurants. Then Browar Mieszczański with its atmosphere and urban style is a place to visit. Place that is also very interesting is Włodkowica street, very close to market square, though also very crowded and popular. During the summer you will find beer spots on Wyspa Słodowa as well as a beach on Przystań Zwierzyniecka near ZOO garden. And in ZOO garden you can also spend entire day and have a seat in one of the bars located inside.

Besides beer shops, you may be also interested in nice and cheap food. Galeria Italiana, located 100 meters from Rynek (on Więzienna street) offers good and affordable food which will satisfy every stomach (check Cegielnia, Spinacz, Capri restaurants). Then on Włodkowica street, just in the vicinity of Jewish Synagogue, you will find nice and good Jewish restaurant, “Sarah”. If you re fan of sushi, go to Kyoto Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant. From Monday to Thursday starting from 6 pm they have nice offer, eat as much as you can for 45 zlotych! And since sushi is still pretty new in Poland in other places you will find it pretty expensive.

City has a big potential and good offer to satisfy everybody. The above is just a quick overview to give you idea where to start!

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Wroclaw – European Capital of Culture 2016

WE WON!!!

Amongst five Polish cities (Gdańsk, Lublin, Katowice, Warsaw and Wrocław) Wrocław turned out to be the best and took the trophy along with San Sebastian city from Spain.

Now it is a huge chance for the city, for entire Lower Silesia region and country to promote Polish cultural life, events and tradition itself. The title gives a huge advantage for the city, its citizens and tourists.

For one whole year Wroclaw will become a cultural capital of Europe. That will bring many international and national festivals, concerts, conferences and many other cultural and artistic projects which will be in the middle of attention of people of Wroclaw, region of Lower Silesia, Poland and the entire Europe.

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City Bike System now in Wroclaw

For all bicycles lovers, now there is an option to rent a bike and ride around the city. This can be a perfect option for those of you, who would like to see the entire city and all the interesting places but do not have too much time.

Instead of walking around, or taking tram or bus, now you can take a bicycle and the only thing you may need is the map.

The network is very good and there are lots of renting points all over the city so you can pick them and leave at the nearest most convenient point.

Make sure you do not keep it for longer than 12h to avoid paying the fine. The first 20 minutes are free. First hour costs us 2 zloty, the next one 4 zloty.

The list of rent/return points you can find below:

1. Rynek zachodnia pierzeja  

2. Wita Stwosza

3. pl. Uniwersytecki

4. pl. Dominikański

5. pl. Nankiera/Hala Targowa

6. pl. Jana Pawła II

7. pl. Orląt Lwowskich

8. Arkady na ul. Świdnickiej/Piłsudskiego

9. Świdnicka – okolice przejścia Świdnickiego

10. pl. Bema

11. pl. Grunwaldzki Kredka i Ołówek

12. pl. Grunwaldzki – ul. Polaka

13. pl. Grunwaldzki – akademik Dwudziestolatka

14. Gmach Główny Politechniki Wrocławskiej, wyb. Wyspiańskiego

15. ul. Smoluchowskiego/Łukasiewicza

16. Wittiga

17. Dworzec Główny PKP

How does it work??

In front of the terminal we can authorize the transaction using telephone number (which is also our number identification) or, optionally, urbancard card or contactless card. We get a SMS code to enter to the security cable and detachable bike.

We return it by plugging in the electric lock on any station, and fastening the cable. If you used the card, once again you have to approach the reader with it.

If the station does not have any free places, we can clip the rope to a busy bike rack, or even to a nearby bench. Each bike has a chip that reads the terminal within a few meters. So do not freak out if you see there is no space on the station and just attach it close enough.

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Iglica in front of Centennial Hall

Iglica (means “spire” or “needle”) is a monument, a needle-like located in Wroclaw, just in front of Centennial Hall. Initially it was 106 meters tall, now, after renovation the top 10 meters were removed.

It was built in 1948, by Polish Communists for an exhibition to celebrate receiving the control over the “Regained Territories” after World War II.

The location was chosen by purpose, to take away the attention from the Centennial Hall built by Germans.

The past:

Originally Iglica was topped by shield of mirrors rotating and giving it a look of umbrella. At night it was giving amazing light effects. Just before the official inauguration the construction was destroyed by lightnings. The remnants were removed after few months by two climbing enthusiasts. They used still unknown in Poland these days sub sequences technique using ropes and loops, now widely used to overcome the vertical walls.The climbing took them more than 24h plus 6h of dismantling.

Iglica was renovated in the past in horizontal position, in 1964 and 1979.

Interesting Events:

There were few interesting events happening During the martial law, a man climbed up and hanged the banner of banned union Solidarity (NSZZ Solidarność). In 2007, Iglica turned into Europe’s highest Christmas tree. At the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, a group of members from association “Young Wroclaw”hanged the Tibetan flag, in solidarity with people from Tibet persecuted by Chinese authorities.

Small Iglica on Plac Solny:

You can find the second, much smaller Iglica set in the central of Plac Solny (Salt Square), just next to market square. It was placed there in 1996.

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St. John of Nepomuk (Swiety Jan Nepomucen Church), Szczytnicki Park

Walking around Szczytnicki Park you will be surprised by finding a small beautiful wooden church just in the middle, behind Pergola area and nearby to Japanese Garden.

It is St. John of Nepomuk church, built at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Designer and artist who created it is unknown.

The church was moved to Szczytnicki Park in 1913 from Kędzierzyn. During the installation in new place the walls were exchanged and arcades reconstructed.

Again it was renovated in 1966.

It is definitely a nice place to see while having a walk in the park. Unfortunately there is no option of seeing the interior  but still it is worth visiting it and look at it from outside.

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