Wroclaw - pronounced 'Vrohts-wahv' - is the fourth largest city in Poland and the largest in the western region of the country. Once dominated by the Germans and still featuring large Germanic churches, the city underwent major restoration work in the 1990s following severe flooding. Nowadays, the old town has been brought back to life and is regarded as one of the prettiest urban areas in Poland.
This historical city - now the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship - is located on the banks of the River Oder. Since the end of the Second World War, Wroclaw has been part of modern-day Poland. Previously however, it has been part of Bohemia, the Austrian Empire, Prussia and Germany. All of these periods have contributed their own architectural styles, resulting in a unique blend of building designs and a number of popular tourist attractions. Wroclaw has also hosted its fair share of sporting events, including UEFA Euro 2012, and will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016.
Wroclaw is a charming and attractive city, providing just as many photo opportunities as more well-known tourist destinations such as Krakow. An impressive town square, numerous bridges and plenty of festivals await those who visit Wroclaw. Here are some of the highlights:
The Rynek - Wroclaw's market square was originally built in the 13th century, although most of the buildings had to be rebuilt in the 1950s following damage sustained in the Second World War. This is undoubtedly Wroclaw's social centre, with outdoor concerts and performances often taking place here. Amid all of the restored buildings is the original 13th century Town Hall, which has somehow survived until today.
St Elizabeth's Church - This is the city's tallest church and offers impressive views over the rooftops and beyond for those willing to tackle the climb. The building dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries, although a church has stood on the same site since the 1100s.
Ostrow Tumski - This is one of the most historically important parts of Wroclaw. The city has its roots in this district and some of the streets are still cobbled with gas lighting and a romantic ambience. Buildings and structures of note include the Gothic Church of the Blessed Virgin on the Sand, the iron Tumski Bridge and the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.
Centennial Hall - This important exhibition hall was completed in 1913 and represents an architectural masterpiece of steel and concrete. As unappealing as that might sound, the Centennial Hall is actually an extremely impressive building and is a major tourist attraction, with a range of permanent and temporary exhibits. The complex is Wroclaw's only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wroclaw is served by Wroclaw Copernicus Airport, 13km south-west of the city centre. The city is then easily reached by bus or taxi. There is also a modern train station and a reliable tram system to get around the city.
Wroclaw is well worth a visit at any time of year, as long as you're prepared to dress for the weather. Many people regard the months of May, June, July, August and September to be the best months, as the weather tends to be most favourable. The winter months can be cold but picturesque.
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