Weclome to Wroclaw
Welcome to Wroclaw - the "Meeting Place of Poland"
The largest city in Southwest Poland - Wroclaw - is the Poland's fourth largest city. The capital of the Viovodship of Lower Silesia is the major educational, industrial and commercial centre of the region. Built across several islands in medieval times and famous for the army of gnomes, the city has amazing and unique architecture with towering churches, a lot of charming bridges and rivers with leafy parks, lively and metropolitan cultural scene symbolised by its spectacular market square. Named “ the Meeting Place” of Poland, Wroclaw can be claimed to be one of the Polish's most forward looking cities.
Information and Facts
Wroclaw is renowned for its hundreds of clubs and pubs, it is one of the most entertaining cities in Poland. No matter what are your preferences, in Wroclaw you can find the right place just for you - from huge nightclubs for hundred people to quiet pubs off main streets - where you can meet interesting people and have the time of your life. Most of the pubs and bars are located around the Old Town market square and its courtyards. Lots of them are open until the last customer leaves.
Wroclaw has many grate places for a big shopping . The city is literally full of modern shopping malls, where you would be able to find all of the top brands plus all kind of different entertainments and recreational facilities in most cases. Some of Wroclaw's shopping malls such as Galeria Dominikanska, Arkady, Likus and Renoma, are directly located in the city centre, while Pasaz Grunwaldzki and Sky Tower are situated off the centre. Even though the 212 meters Sky Tower is the most visible shopping mall, the Magnolia Park is still the largest one, covering over 240.000 square meters.
The best pedestrian shopping opportunities are around the market square. Streets like Odrzanska, Olawska, Swidnicka, Mikolaja or Kielbasnicza are home to unique upmarket boutiques and galleries, while Stare Jatki is famous for its row of interesting artisan galleries and little souvenirs shops. This little street used to house the city's butcher stalls, but today, it is a place with number of art galleries, studios, and little cafés where you can buy a lot of traditional polish souvenirs.
Wroclaw is full of charming places. The most popular attraction, the old town, the architectural centre point of Wroclaw, has one of the biggest markets squares in Europe. Lined on all sides with attractive and photogenic restored buildings is characterized by the warren of the narrow and slippery stoned streets leading through irregular squares, canals, bridges and churches. Bounded by the Odra River, Wroclaw was encircled by the medieval defensive walls, where now there is a lot of museums and historical monuments, as well as many magnificent University buildings, towering churches and the city's famous army of gnomes.
A few meters to north-east of the market square is Ostrow Tumski, a group of islands with an amazing Cathedral, the St. John the Baptist, the most important of the city, few hundred years old buildings and brick stoned streets. The visit to this beautiful part of Wroclaw begins at the oldest bridge in Wroclaw: Most Piaskowy and leads through the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Cyril and Methoudius, the Baroque University Library, and the Gothic Church of the Blessed Virgin on the Sand that is renowned for the 16th century icon of the Virgin Mary. From the second oldest bridge Most Tumski the road leads to the oldest part of the city, passes through the statues of St. Jadwiga and St. John the Baptist and ends at the stunning Cathedral of St. John the Baptist that is renowned for its beautiful 16th century altarpiece and stained glass windows. The terrace on the cathedral northern towers give an unforgettable views of the church towers, Odra river, as well as surrounding buildings, amongst which the most famous are the Archdiocese Museum and the Church of the Holy Cross.
Visitors who are not interested in any kind of sanctuary should visit both one of the finest, most photogenic and sadly overlooked city's Botanical Graden, as well as the Cennential Hall. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, opened in 1916, Hala Ludowa (The Cennential Hall) was the largest reinforced-concrete structure in the world. Today this historic building is a place for many exhibitions, trade fairs, concerts and sports events. Surrounded by beautiful park and gardens, including Wroclaw's Zoo and a spectacular multimedia fountain, attracts thousands tourists annually.
Wrcolaw is the city where the culture play an unique role. The city has an opera house, the Opera Wroclawska, a Music Theater Capitol, numerous of other theaters such as Polski Theater or Wspolczesny Theater, as well as museum such as City Museum of Wroclaw, National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Architecture or Wroclaw Contemporary Museum. Among all the museum located in Wroclaw, the most significant is the rotunda housing- the Raclawice Panorama. The most visited tourist attraction in Wroclaw is the cylindrical painting by Wojciech Kossak and Jan Styka, wrapped around a impressive viewing purpose- build Rotunda. Designed especially so that people feels like they are in the middle of the battle, monumental work portraying the victory of the insurgents led by Tadeusz Kosciuszko over Russian forces at the battle of Raclawice.
Standard Time Zone GMT/UTC +1 hour.
Wroclaw has a continental climate with all four seasons. During the summer (from June to August) the temperature reaches an average of 20-25 °C. During the wintertime (from December to February) it is much colder with an average temperature reaching around 2-5°C.
Wroclaw' public transport system is easy to use and fairly extensive, with 116 buses lines and 25 trams lines. Buses and trams run roughly from 04:00 to 00:00, with many irregular night buses and trams after that. Good for all public transport in and around the city, single far tickets cost 3zl, 30 - minutes – 3/1.50zl, 60-minutes – 4,40/2,20zl, 90 minutes 6,00/3,00zl, 24 hour tickets cost 11,50/5,00zl, 48 hours – 20,00/10,00zl and 72hours- 26,00/13,00zl. The tickets can be bought from many kiosks and new-stands such as “Ruch”, as well as from ticket machines. The 33% student discount is available only for students with a valid ISIC or other non student ID along with ID proof.
Please check the following website out for more information: http://www.wroclaw.pl/rozklady-jazdy