Wroclaw (pronounced: Vrotswaf) is a town situated in the south west of Poland. It is the fourth town of Poland and according to many, after Krakow, also the most beautiful town. Wroclaw is the capital of Lower Silesia and has 635.000 inhabitants. Through its top position on the river Oder and the truly maze of islands and bridges the town is known as the “Venice of Poland”. Wroclaw knows certainly a wonderful history, which you can feel through the whole of the town. Wroclaw is moreover also very sports minded, in the past was it the host of the Euro basket for men in 1963 and 2009, the European championship volleyball for women in 2009 and the European championship football in 2012. In 2016 is the town the cultural capital of Europe and in 2107 location for the World games.
Wroclaw lies central as a transport junction in a fertile farming region. The region where, as the oldest known nation by name, the Germanic Silings and Lugii lived. After their departure they were followed in the 6th century from the east by the West-Slavic people. To protect and control the important handle settlement was about the year 800 a castle built by the Przemyslids, of which Bratislav the first was an important forefather. This name lived on all that time as Bratislava. In the middle ages was the town called in German Presslau, Breslaw and later was definitely called Breslau. In Poland the name remained Bratislava, but was changed to Wroclaw (which is short for Wrocislaw).
Buildings in Wroclaw
In Wroclaw you can find many tourist attractions, which are definitely worth a visit. For a start the Market Square: A great location, built in different styles, from Gothic to art nouveau, in all the colours of the rainbow. Next to this is the Town Hall, right in the middle of the square, a feast for the eyes.
On Ostrow Tumski is the Cathedral of Jan Chrziciel (John the Baptist), which is built completely in the baroque style.
Other buildings which are worth a visit to see: The Gothic Revival Dworzec Glowny, which belongs to the central station. Also the Panorama of Raclawice is special to visit. Or the imposing exchange and events hall, Centennial Hall (Hala Stulecia) from the architect Max Berg. This building is since 2006 on the UNESCO World Heritage List and will certainly appeal to you.
Do not forget Hans and Gretel (Jas I Malgosia), the buildings are named after the famous fairy tail of the brothers Grimm. This is because the arch which joins the two houses, symbolize two people who are standing holding hands. A street with an extraordinary history is Jatki, an old butcher’s street. You can still see the past of this street very good (among others in a statue). Next to this you can find nice galleries and shops.
Apart from these tourist attractions Wroclaw has numerous cafes and restaurants. This, in combination with the number of fantastic shopping centres, sees to it that the popularity of the town is growing fast.
The peninsular Ostrow Tumski is the oldest part of Wroclaw. There are two high church towers (Cathedral of John the Baptist), from where at the top you can have a breath taking view of the town. From the Market Square is the peninsular easy to reach. If you cross the Tumski Bridge and hang a lock on one of the bars, do not forget to throw the key into the waters of the Oder, this is namely a part of the tradition. You can also take a boat trip from Ostrow Tumski, you are after all in the Venice of Poland.
Actually there is no bad time to visit Wroclaw. In each period there is always something special to do. You can enjoy the nature in the centre of the town. Two wonderful parks that you certainly must visit are the Botanical Garden and Park Szczytnicki. If you take a walk through the town you do not have to be shocked by the Gnomes of Wroclaw, who have spread themselves over the entire town. Or what do you think about a visit to one of the best visited swimming pools of Europe, Aquapark Wroclaw?
Also in the winter period is it nice to visit Wroclaw. The Market Square is wonderfully decorated with lights, this in combination with the snow, gives it a festive spirit. And if you are afraid that the inhabitants of Wroclaw in January and February are having a winter sleep… it would have to freeze very hard to keep them out of their favourite bars.
Flying to Wroclaw
Wroclaw has an airport that is easy to reach from different places in whole Europe. Look for more information about the routes on our contact page.
- Distance from Palac Jugowice: 75 km, approximately 1,5 hour
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