Daytrips around Wroclaw: swimming fun in Jelcz-Laskowice

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If you happen to stay a bit longer in Wroclaw, Poland and don’t know what to do with the hot weather, here is a proposal: sunbathing and swimming in the lake in Jelcz-Laskowice.

If there is one thing which Wroclaw lacks it is public swimming pools and baths. I can only think of a hand full of them. Luckily there is a lake in Jelcz-Laskowice about 20 km (13.6 mi) from Wroclaw. Despite the distance it doesn’t take necessarily much longer to reach it than other pools and lakes within Wroclaw’s city borders. Another advantage: entrance is free and the lake is clean. Have a look at it:

The larger beach at the lake in Jelcz-Laskowice

The larger beach at the lake in Jelcz-Laskowice

 

View across the lake in Jelcz-Laskowice

View across the lake

 

What does the lake in Jelcz-Laskowice offer?

  • Free entrance.
  • Two sand beaches at either end of the lake, with the larger one being secured by rescue guards.
  • Sandy underground in the water, making it a smooth walk in the water.
  • Guarded parking lots.
  • A bar with drinks and snacks at the small beach and a larger bar likely with some fast food at the large beach
  • Officially it is not allowed to do barbecue and to bring dogs, but in reality nobody cares.

 

How to get to Jelcz-Laskowice from Wroclaw

The lake is located in the southern part of the town.

By train: Koleje Dolnosląskie connects Jelcz-Laskowice with Wroclaw’s main train station. The ride takes about half an hour and costs 5 zl (one-way) per person. However, the train station in Jelcz-Laskowice is about 3 km away from the lake.

By bus:

  • POLBUS line 565. The nearest bus stop is at Wroclawska street and called “Fabryczna/Olawska”. Walk from there about 500 m.
  • Beskid Bus. Get off at Fabryczna/Olawska, then walk 500 m.
  • DLA line 505. Get off at Olawska/ Galeria, then walk 2 km. It is still better to walk the extra mile (literally) than to wait for the next bus of the other two bus companies in Wroclaw. Please note that this line doesn’t stop at the main bus station in Wroclaw.

All bus tickets are usually to be bought directly from the bus driver and cost between 4,50 zl and 6 zl, depending on the bus line and exact bus stop. Keep small change handy as the bus drivers usually don’t have much change.

 

Best way to get back to Wroclaw

Simply take the Beskid Bus from the nearest bus stop in Wroclawska street. On weekends it departs about every two hours, during the week there are more connections for work commuters. A one-way ticket is 6 zl and the bus needs about an hour to get to the center of Wroclaw. You can also get off the bus at the tramstop in Wroclaw-Sępolno at Mickiewicza street or near Plac Grunwaldzki at Norwida street if it suits you better.

Here is the time table:

timetable beskid bus company

timetable beskid bus company

 

If you feel bored on a hot summer day in Wroclaw or you are sick of the overcrowded swimming options in Wroclaw, then make this lake in Jelcz-Laskowice the destination of your daytrip! If you do it, share your experiences here.

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