Being active in Warsaw
Warsaw has a broad offer for sport enthusiasts, as the capital is full of interesting cycling routes and free sports fields and playgrounds.
Very popular in recent years have become “orliki” (usually football pitches) located in each district of Warsaw, mostly at primary schools’ grounds. There are also “syrenki” (mermaids) multifunctional sport facilities with basketball and volleyball courts. All for free and in the open air! It is advisable to check the current location of particular sites: www.sportowa.warszawa.pl/obiekty-miejskie/orliki and www.sportowa.warszawa.pl/obiekty-miejskie/syrenki.
Cycling and jogging across the capital
The number of new bike lanes is growing every year, so those who haven’t made up their minds yet, should once again think about exploring Warsaw on two wheels. There are also many interesting cycling routes, perfect for weekend leisure – one of the most popular goes along the left bank of Vistula, from Młociny to Powiśle. If it wasn't enough, visit Kampinos Forest and Kabaty Woods, or travel through Ursynów, Bemowo or Białołęka. Anyone willing to join an action gathering other avid cyclist should participate in Warsaw Critical Mass, which takes place every last Friday of the month and starts at 18:00 on Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy). This initiative aims to improve situation of cyclist in Warsaw. A map with interesting cycling routes may be found on Warsaw Tour website. www.warsawtour.pl/sites/default/files/article_brouchures/mapa_rowerowa_warszawy_2012.pdf
Anyone who does not own a bike my use VERTURILO system. In order to rent a bike, register on the website www.veturilo.waw.pl. Give your mobile phone number and some basic personal data. The registration fee is 10 PLN. First 20 min. of a ride is free. Another 40 min costs 1 PLN, for an additional hour we should pay 3 PLN. The third hour costs 5 PLN, the fourth and each additional hour costs 7 PLN. The borrowed bike may be returned on any station, but mind that the hire should not exceed 12 hours! Bikes are available from the beginning of March to the end of November. A list of VETURILO station may be found here: www.ztm.waw.pl/?c=590&l=1
It is quite easy to notice that many Varsovians enjoy jogging. Parks are full of people celebrating healthy lifestyle, especially in the mornings and evenings. Many events are taking place in Warsaw because of huge interest with jogging, just to mention Warsaw Marathon organized since 1979, or its younger brother Orlen Warsaw Marathon.
Sport and leisure
Cycling and football does not end the list of sport activities to enjoy in Warsaw. Skating rinks, sports halls and swimming pools are widely available. Each district has its own OSiR – sports centre with hall and swimming pool as standard facilities. A list of OSiRs in available at: www.sportowa.warszawa.pl/obiekty-miejskie/osir. However, if we practice less popular sports like squash or martial arts we may use search engine available at: www.sportowa.warszawa.pl/adresy/baza-obiektow. Winter sports enthusiast will not be bored. Warsaw offers free, open air (if we bring our own skates) skating rinks in many districts: Bemowo, Wola, Bielany or Ursus. The most popular place for skating during the winter season 2013/2014 was the rink on the Old Town. For those, who desire to practice skating or hokey not only during the winter, Torwar hall located at 6a Łazienkowska St offers covered ice skating rink. More detailed information concerning opening hours and prices may be found on www.torwar.pl. Avid skiers should visit all year round ski slope Szczęsliwice, with maximum height of 74,9 m. Slope is located in Szczęśliwice Park in Ochota district. Details www.webtraffic.pl/stok.