Wroclaw

Wroclaw may be European Capital of Culture for 2016, but it by no means needs special events to be worth a visit. Its historic tenements, churches, and the spectacular location on the Oder River are without parallel.Wroclaw Gnomes Beloved by tourists and locals, the ubiquitous gnomes are dotting the city. There is a gnome asleep on a bed, one locked up in jail, another reading a book. They are a symbol of a dark period of history in Poland.   Panorama of the Battle of Racławice The 19th-century painting commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Racławice. Unusual for the combination of painterly devices and technical effects, it is the only existing panorama painting in Poland.   The City Square   Stunning for the myriad of restaurants and pubs, Wroclaw square is loved by locals and tourists alike. The Gothic City Hall, the whipping post, the fountain and Fredro's monument are the most popular landmarks here.   Szczytnicki Park Established in the late 18th-century, the Szczytnicki Park  spans 100 hectares and is home to nearly 500 plant species. It includes a Japanese Garden, with lots of green paths, ponds and unique bridges.   The Gondola Bay Explore the city’s waterways in a canoe. Rent one from the Gondola Bay i to see the city from a completely different angle.   Wroclaw Zoo The oldest zoo in Poland, with over 7,000 species and a number of historic buildings. Recently, the Africarium has been added, home to water ecosystems of Africa.   The Four Temples District An Orthodox Cathedral , a Roman Catholic temple, a Synagogue and the Protestant-Augsbourg Church - all within 300 metres from each other. Cultural events, restaurants, pubs and music clubs also make the Four Temples District worth a visit.   Grunwald Bridge The 20th-century bridge is the only suspension bridge in Wrocław used by cars, trams and pedestrians. Unique for its construction, it is a world-famous technological monument.   Centennial Hall Architecturally unique, the multipurpose Centennial hall is a venue for exhibitions, conferences, cultural and sport events. Erected in 1911-13, it has been included on the World Heritage list.   Ostrow Tumski Ostrow Tumski is the historic heart of the city is a truly relaxing place to explore. Cobbled streets, lined with original gas lamps lit at dusk, add the romantic hue to the place.
The People’s Hall was erected between 1912-1913 to commemorate the centenary of the battle of nations at Leipzig and was called the Centenary Hall. Max Berg created the most famous work of art of Wrocław modernism. The People’s Hall was erected in 1913, on the centenary of the battle of nations at Leipzig. It is also one of the first constructions in the world made of reinforced concrete. The construction has 130 m in diameter and is 42 m high. Its cubature has about 300 thousand m3. In year 1948 a 96 m high spire was placed in front of the construction. The spire is a construction made of metal. It resembles the polls erected by tribes around the world and is a symbol of the restoration of the western grounds. In the monumental People’s Hall sport events, fairs and concerts are organized. Since July 2006 the building is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Hall is situated outside the biggest park in Wrocław – Szczytnicki Park. The Japanese Garden, whose major attraction are two cascades: “female” and “male”, is situated in the park. Picturesque water streams mold the hilly grounds of the garden. LinksThe People`s Hall
Wrocław is full of monuments of its thousand years of history. Today it is also one of the booming Polish cities. Ask Ask the splendid Wrocław guides for an amazing tour around the town! Wrocław, the historic capital of Silesia, is one of the biggest and oldest Polish cities. Vratislavia was first unambiguously mentioned as a mighty burg about the year 1000. It was then that a Polish ecclesiastical see was created there. In 1335 the city has fallen under the sway of the Czech king John of Luxembourg and broke its ties with Poland. Later Vratislav, together with the entire Poland, fell under the sway of the Hungarian monarchy, and it is from those times that the Hungarian name of the city, Boroszló, dates. Together with the Czech crown, Wrocław was incorporated in to the Habsburg monarchy and renamed to Breslau. In 1741 the entire Silesia was taken over by Prussia, and thus Wrocław was incorporated into the Kingdom of Prussia, and later the German Reich, until 1945. After the Second World War Wrocław was returned to Poland. Wrocław is full of monuments of its thousand years of history. It is best to begin visiting the town in its oldest part, or the former islands on the Odra River and its forked tributaries. The most famous of these are Ostrów Tumski and the Piasek island, a medieval residential quarter, today one of the Polish Monuments of History. Another site on this list of only 30 locations is the Centenary Hall, also honored \ on the UNESCO list. On the “islands” it is hard to miss the Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew. The great medieval architect known as Magister Lapida Wilancius divided the interior of the building into two floors occupied by two separate churches. The city centre is surrounded by an urban moat, one of the few preserved in Europe. The premises of the Wrocław University with the Aula Leopoldina hall and its beautiful baroque decorations as well as a statue of a... naked fencer standing next to the main building are especially worthy of a visit. The university is merely one of the 35 academic institutions of the city; no surprise, then, that so important an academic centre was home to as many as 10 Nobel Prize laureates. Wrocław students are not only notable for their academic achievements, the Wrocław Thanks Jimmi Festival in 2007 saw the setting of the Guiness Guitar Record. Another interesting part of Wrocław is the area around the town square and the Salt Square - Plac Solny. Visitors cannot fail to be impressed with the huge late Gothic town hall. Its tower, measuring 67 meters, houses the oldest clock tower bell, installed back in 1368! The town hall cellars are home to Piwnica Świdnicka, one of the oldest European restaurants. As many as 8000 baroque, classicist, secession and modernist tenement houses are preserved all over the city. Wrocław houses 18 large museums, the most interesting of which include the National Museum, the Museum of Medal Art and the Museum of Military Engineering. Over 17 theaters and concert halls are active in the city, among them the Wrocław Philharmonic and Opera as well as the Polish, CAPITOL Music, Pantonime Theater and others. Interesting projects include the Pieśń Kozła Theatre and the GEST – the Mime Theatre of the Wrocław University of Technology. Wrocław can be reached by plane, car, or train. When traveling by rail, one can reach the beginnings of railways in the Polish lands; the railway between Wrocław and Oława, built in 1842, was the first rail link on the territory of modern day Poland. The attention of visitors is also drawn to numerous beautiful 19th century railway stations. Wrocław is a city placed close to the meeting point of three countries, so tightly intertwined in history.See also:Town's website Accommodation in Wroclaw 
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