INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Wroclaw is one of Poland's most beautiful cities with splendid historic buildings. It is also a busy cultural centre. Thus, the city has a lot to offer to tourists. There is a wide choice of tourist attractions to choose from.
While in Wroclaw, one has to see the Market Square with its brilliantly painted buildings around and the eye-catching Gothic Town Hall.
The other tourist attraction not to be missed is the impressive complex of religious architecture on Cathedral Island. Here is where it all began. On the very site of Ostrow Tumski (literally 'Cathedral Island' in Old Polish), sometime in the 9th Century, the first permanent settlers of Wroclaw, the Slavic Slezan tribe, built their stronghold. In those days Ostrow Tumski was an island, and a perfect place to built the heart of a settlement, with the protection of the river Odra running around it.
Hala Ludowa (The Centennial Hall) is one of the thirteen historical monuments of Poland registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This monumental 20th century reinforced concrete structure designed by Max Berg, major architect of the city, has been on the UNESCO List since July 13th, 2006. With its enormous central space and the dome (23 m high), the Centennial Hall is a landmark in the history of architecture. It was erected to host the World Exhibition of 1913 held to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the battle at Leipzig. Nowadays the Centennial Hall is a multi-purpose recreational building. With its pergola and the pond, and other buildings on the Exhibition Grounds (a colonnade of concrete columns, the Four-Dome Pavilion, etc) the Centennial Hall is a popular strolling destination both for tourists and locals.
As it is situated on the edge of the Szczytnicki Park, the other attractions situated nearby cannot be missed:
Ogrod Japonski (The Japanese Garden) was set up on the occasion of the World Exhibition of 1913 by count Fritz von Hochberg, notable Japan connoisseur, and designed by Mankichi Arai, Japanese gardener. In 1996 it was restored in accordance with the Japanese landscape garden style. The exotic plants, pathways, arch bridges, a tea pavilion, cascades, ponds and streams create a unique atmosphere.
Ogrod Zoologiczny (The Zoological Garden of Wroclaw) covers the area of about 33 ha. Founded in 1865 it is the oldest zoo of Poland. Moreover, the Wroclaw Zoological Garden prides itself
on having the largest collection of animals in Poland with approximately 4,000 species.
The city Zoological Garden is situated on the Wróblewskiego Street 1-5, which is very near to the Wroclaw University of Technology. You may take a walk or access the place from Plac Grunwaldzki by tram 1,2, 4 or 10 and buses 145 or 146.
RECOMMENDED TRIPS OUTSIDE OF WROCLAW
Ksiaz CastleSituated at the suburbs of Walbrzych city, some 70km south-west of Wroclaw, an imposing castle dated back to XIII century surrounded by marvelous forests. Poland's third largest castle behind Wawel of Krakow and the Castle of Malbork.
The Underground Town of Osowka and Excavation Complex of WalimA huge underground complex built between summer 1943 and the end of WW2 by the prisoners of the Gros-Rosen concentration camp. Although the real objective of the installation is unknown it is believed to be a site of V2 Rocket development by Nazi army or Adolf Hitler's planned alternative headquarter.
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