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.
If the Old Town is the epicentre of Wroclaw then the Market Square in turn is the central hub of the Old Town. This is the very heart of Wroclaw, where the life pulse of the city can clearly be seen and felt. Here Wroclawians and foreigners alike gather to shop, dine, date, do business, or simply while away the time... For those of you who like symbolism you could say that Wroclaw's Main Market Square embodies the city's slogan as 'The Meeting Place'. The Main Square, or 'Rynek' as it is called in Polish, was laid out way back in the mists of time, in the 13th Century. It is one of the largest squares in Europe and one of the most attractive.
Adjoining the Market Square is the equally beautiful Plac Solny (Salt Market). Many a nobleman built his mansion on this prime spot and today you can admire their colourful facades whilst perusing the picturesque flower market that trades on the square itself.

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.
Today on top of the list of Cathedral Island's attractions is - needless to say - the Cathedral itself. Named after John the Baptist, Patron Saint of Wroclaw, the current incarnation of the Cathedral started life in 1241 although it's had a lot of restoration and augmentation done since then. Quite apart from all the churches on Ostrow Tumski, there's other fine architecture to be enjoyed on the isle too. Well-maintained, classical-styled houses belonging to the Archdiocese of Wroclaw litter the main street, ul. Katedralna. Pop your head in if you can to discover some fantastic gardens at the rear of many of these edifices. Panorama Raclawicka (The Raclawice Panorama) is a colossal painting (120 metres x 15 metres) depicting the victory of Tadeusz Kosciuszko (leading a group of scythe-armed regulars and peasant volunteers) over the Russian Army under the command of General Tormasov at the battle of Raclawice on April 4th, 1794. Thanks to the paining techniques implemented, a viewer has an impression of being in the midst of the historical event. Panorama Raclawicka is situated in Purkyniego Street which is relatively close to Plac Grunwaldzki and may be reached by tram No. 9.

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.
Ogrod Botaniczny (the Botanical Garden of Wroclaw), covering the area of 7.4 ha, is a perfect recreation site with its quiet lanes amidst its rich vegetation consisting of approximately 7,500 plant species. Its origins go back as far as the year 1811 when the Botanical Garden was set up as a research institution for the University of Wroclaw. Also the Botanical Garden is situated close to the workshop venue - on Sienkiewicza Street - within walk reach from Plac Grunwaldzki, on your way to the Cathedral Island. Alternatively you may take tram 9 or 17.

Sources:
www.wroclaw-life.com
www.wroclaw-online.eu
www.wroclaw.pl

RECOMMENDED TRIPS OUTSIDE OF WROCLAW

Ksiaz Castle
Situated 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.
www.zamek-ksiaz.pl

The Underground Town of Osowka and Excavation Complex of Walim
A 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.
http://www.osowka.pl/


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