In our guide to Sylwester 2016 you'll find all you need to know about the free open air concerts on the Rynek, plus selected info on other goings on and public transport arrangements.
New Year's Eve on the Rynek
This year's celebrations have a completely different feel to them due to Polish national television abandoning their agreement to broadcast their New Year's Eve concerts in Wroclaw.
In past years an absolutely massive stage was constructed for the concert, which regularly featured home grown pop-stars and special guests from abroad. However that is not possible this time round due to the reduction in the budget that came with the loss of major TV coverage.
As a result, Wroclaw have changed tack and chosen to go with a more cultural line-up of local bands and artists.
The live music will be performed on two stages; one on the Rynek and another on pl.Solny. On the market square audiences can see Frühstück, Miloopa, plus L.U.C with the Rebel Babel Ensemble. Meanwhile over on pl.Solny the line-up includes Blade Loki, Mikromusic, Alicja Janosz and her guests, as well as Mesajah and Girls on Fire.
According to the organisers, large projection screens will be installed as backgrounds for each stage. The townhouses’ walls will also be used for displaying visualisations and music videos live.
The celebrations will be broadcast on the Wirtualna Polska TV channel as well as their website.
In theory the lack of pop-stars and major media coverage should result in lower crowds on the Rynek. The more alternative line-up should also attract a more cultured audience. That said, the city centre is still likely to attract plenty of young party goers drinking in the street, as well as people setting of fireworks in all kinds of places. Therefore it would be wise to be on guard while you navigate the old town's streets on New Year's Eve.
If you haven't booked yourself a table or got yourself a ticket for a party in a pub or club already, it could be a bit of a struggle to find a place to bring in the bells on Saturday night. Nonetheless, do ask around as quite a few venues do not appear to be fully booked yet.
Some places are offering a simple pay and enter option that includes no free food or drinks, with entrance fees ranging from 20-50zl. However most bars and clubs are offering some kind of package deal (priced anything from around 50-300zl) involving a table reservation, food and drinks. Some offers (such as the swing themed party at Nietota) even include an open bar.
For those who don't fancy a mad party or paying over the odds, Marynka pub are organising a no-nonsense first come first served evening with no party music. Entrance is free.
If you are a movie fanatic, you could grab a last minute booking for Kino Nowe Horyzonty's Sywester event.
Still stuck for something to do? Well the chances are that one of your mates has organised a house party that's worth inviting yourself to, so open up that long list of contacts and get calling 😉 If you do go to a party, be sure to bring some fruit juice or soft drinks with you – everybody else seems to forget, and you'll be a legend for bringing some. The vodka (which is guaranteed to be in good supply) just doesn't go down so well without a chaser to follow it.
Public Transport is available and will run to a normal Saturday timetable. Last year a number of nightbus routes were also boosted with additional services and one can expect the same again this year (although the wroclaw.pl website has no mention of this yet). Given the amount of people who will be out and about on Saturday night, taxi costs are bound to be higher than normal so the nightbus might just well be your saviour if you are out of pocket.
That's it folks. We wish you all the best for 2017. Stay safe and see you soon!