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Wroclaw's Old Town

Tumski's Bridge

Japanese Garden on Tumski Island

Wroclaw stadium build for EURO 2012

Colorfull Multimedia Fountain

Considered one of the main highlights of Central Europe, Wroclaw is beautifully situated along the banks of the Odra River with its individual cityscape of 112 bridges and 12 islands, some say comparable to Venice or Amsterdam. Wroclaw attracts tourists like a magnet with its location, mild climate, interesting historical sites and hospitable citizens.

Wroclaw is a very well governed city. Among other Polish cities it is the number one when it comes to the management of the European Union Funds. The mayor of the city is an independent representative, not affiliated with any political party. He is enormously popular among the citizens of Wroclaw. It is in Wroclaw, where some of the European Football Championships, commonly referred to as EURO 2012, will take place. Wroclaw is also one of the best candidates for the European Capital of Culture 2016.

The capital of Silesia boasts a fantastic architectural range of Bohemian, German, Austrian and Prussian styles. The Old Town, with Europe´s second-largest market square, the Rynek, is a gemnot to be missed. You can spend hours getting lost in the labyrinth of cobbled streets and alleyways, popping into craft shops and art galleries and still feel you have barely scratched the surface. Theabundance of coffee shops, with a choice of quick bites and delicious desserts, offers a welcome break amid the sightseeing frenzy.

No visit to the city is complete without a trip to the island of Ostrów Tumski - the ecclesiastical quarter with its colossal Gothic basilica and four smaller churches. Brick-paved streets, a lack of urban intrusion and hand-lit oil lamps at dusk create a mysterious atmosphere and an illusion of going a few centuries back in time. If you are staying for a few days, book a cruise on the Odra river to appreciate the versatile array of the city´s bridges, during May to October.

For a truly Polish experience, explore the flea market on Sunday mornings in the Niskie Laki district where you can buy, as the Polish saying goes, “soap and fruit conserve" - meaning absolutely everything.

Today´s Wroclaw is predominantly a university town with a cultural scene second to none. A variety of festivals and events are organised throughout the year, the most renowned of which is Wratislavia Cantas, transforming Wroclaw´s churches into the music halls of grand oratorios and cantatas. The New Year´s Eve celebrations on the Rynek always attract massive crowds. The innate Polish resourcefulness to “do something out of nothing" can be best observed in the versatility of the bars´ interiors.

You can drink your pints of Tyskie sitting in wardrobes (Graciarnia) or in an old medieval prison (Pracoffnia), savour fragrant Bison vodka (Zubrowka) with apple juice in a bar-replica of Columbus´s ship (Columbus) or simply down mad-dog shots (raspberry syrup, vodka and Tabasco sauce) face-to-face with Lenin and beneath the beady eyes of the other communist party leaders in the historic PRL - a tribute bar to the pre-1989 state.

Seeing dwarfs in the streets of Wroclaw at the end of your night out is not a side effect of Polish vodka. They were scattered all over the town by the city authorities as a tribute to Orange Alternative, the most picturesque form of Polish opposition to communism, whose members painted orange dwarfs over propaganda slogans. Today, the little stone figures of dwarfs can be spotted climbing up a lamppost, doing laundry on the banks of the Odra, or flying a pigeon.

As the fourth-largest city in Poland and a respectable modern metropolis, Wroclaw has plenty of urban delights on offer.

Culture


Wroclaw is a city breathing culture. It has an opera house, an operetta and many theatres. The city was home to Jerzy Grotowski´s experimental Laboratorium Theatre, as well as the poet Tadeusz Rozewicz and the founder of Wroclaw´s pantomime theatre, Henryk Tomaszewski. Wroclaw has also many museums, worth seeing.

One of Wroclaw´s highlights is the famous Racławice Panorama, painted by a group of artists led by Jan Styka and Wojciech Kossak. This giant 360 degree circular painint, 120 m in circumference and 15 m high, pressnts the Battle of Raclawice, in which the Poles commanded by Tadeusz Kosciuszko defeated the Russians in 1794.

Education

If you are walking in the Old Market Square, it is hard to overlook the Baroque architecture of Wroclaw University, and the Leopoldine Hal inside with its captivating illusionist paining and rich stucco decoration, and the University Church with its wonderful frescoes.

Wroclaw University is one of the 35 higher education institutions in the city. It has a rich history of more than three centuries. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the University of Wrocław produced 9 Nobel Prize winners, such as Theodor Mommsen, Philipp Lenard, Eduard Buchner, Paul Ehrlich, Fritz Haber, Friedrich Bergius, Erwin Schrödinger, Otto Stern and Max Born. Today the University of Wrocław is the largest university in the region and teaches over 40,000 students and around 1300 doctoral students at 10 Faculties. Wroclaw University students are not only famous for their scholar achievements. During Thanks Jimi Festival in 2007 they broke Guinness Record in playing the guitar.

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bharat
day: 2015-06-18
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Mounttabu
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thanks
bharat
day: 2015-06-18
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maly
day: 2013-01-21
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tabi kide Rynek ve old town.
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Kesinlikle mükemmel bir şehir, genç ve dinamik yapısı okul hayatı için mükemmel bi yer. Canınız sıkıldıgında gidebileceğinz çok farklı ortamlar var, sinema, tiyatro, gece klüpleri, barlar ve niceleri. Zamanın nasıl akıp gittiğini fark edemeyeceğiniz bir şehir.
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