In the middle of the city, 15 minutes on foot from the so-called city centre [from Planty], you can find a quite special green space. Błonia (a plural form) is one of the largest parks of that kind in Europe – it’s literally a green space, at least when there’s no snow. It’s just a rather big plain meadow with small alleys which go along its sides.
Architecture-wise, there’s not much to say. There’s much more to elaborate on when it comes to Błonia’s history – to whom the land belonged etc. – but, however interesting, that’s not really the point of their existence. Why are they so popular? Because they’re incredibly useful in terms of recreation, and in the centre there aren’t many places like that.
Walking, jogging, rollerblading, skating (in the winter), cycling, kite flying or simply hanging out and having a picnic. Błonia are always quite busy – but not over-crowded. You can see families taking a walk, people playing with their dogs, some more hard-core as well as amateur joggers… When you join in, you feel like you’re part of the city everyday life. It doesn’t cost anything (well, skating in the winter does), and moreover, it’s there for you to enjoy.