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Wroclaw (pron. Vrot-suave or WrocLove as a mnemonic) is the capital city of Lower Silesian Voivodeship in Southwestern Poland. It received city rights in 1242, and has experienced Polish, Czech, Austrian, briefly French, and German rule.

Things to see

You will find many interesting places to visit in this city:

Rynek

The marketplace (the central square) is one of the oldest parts of the city and it's economic and touristic center. It was drawn up after the Mongol invasion destroyed much of the town in 1241. For years, the center of it was filled with crams selling: pottery, cloth, steel, etc. On the west side of Rynek is footprint for the old scales used to weigh goods. In the northwest corner of Rynek, one can find the Lower Silesian library with Goethe Institut, Alliance Francais and other institutions.

Ostrów Tumski

This area is the original settlement area and hosts a seminary and many other churches. It is reached via the bridges over the river Odra. At dusk, a lantern lighter goes around in an old-fashioned cloak and top hat.

Hala Ludowa/Stulecia

Jahrhunderthalle, aka the Centennial Hall is an UNESCO world heritage site and was built as a commemoration of the Prussian victory over Napoleonic forces in 1813.

Besides these well known places, encouraged is a walk along the river Odra, or the old moat (Podwale) which are mostly treelined parks.

Park Szczytnicki

This park is a huge expanse of land east of city center, with quiet walks and winding streams. Nearby is the Zoo, the "Olympic stadium" and AWF complex (Academy of Physical Education) with many sports facilities.

The Odra river

With its 12 islands and 112 bridges is surrounded by a further 5 tributaries. You can meander through some of them on kayaks or other "capsizeable" gear, setting off from e.g. the Gondola Bay (Zatoka Gondoli) (in Polish). Just walk up and pay 10 zlotys per hour on the spot.

Architecture

Large swaths of the city south was destroyed in the final days of WWII. This terrain is covered with concrete slab apartments and one curious building: the Sky Tower, but also a couple of old churches and a renovated historic water tower. North of the Odra, a lot of pre-war architecture remained. Here is a mixture of renovated and decaying 100 year old tenements, as well as contemporary "cavity" fillers, including the red brick Nadodrze train station.

Eating out

For good direct trade coffee: Rozrusznik Cafe - 15 Cybulskiego, Cafe Pestka - Sw Wincentego 45

For tasty and very simple baked potatoes: Przypiecek - 17 Cybulskiego

There are other local and non-corporate restaurants and cafes in the Nadodrze or Srodmiescie neighborhoods.

Public Transport

Use Jakdojade (How to arrive) web app

Other quick off-the-tourist map ideas.

Kaiserbruecke, cur. Most Grunwaldzki

Central Station (under construction)

Newly decorated housing blocs

Apps

To enjoy Wroclaw on your phone, download the official Wroclaw City Guide Android application. Once you click the Refresh button, you'll have the major events and attractions at your fingertips.

The Jak dojade transport app, mentioned above, is priceless and highly recommended.