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The British historian Norman Davies (Author of "God’s Playground", "Europe: A History", "The Isles” and a history of Wrocław titled "Microcosm: Portrait of a Central European City") has called Wrocław "A City of Many Names," a phrase that reflects the city’s complex, multi-layered European identity.

Once a vibrant German metropolis almost totally annihilated during WWII, Wrocław was later nearly entirely re-populated and rebuilt by Poles in the post-war era. Today, this magical metropolis on the Odra River is Poland’s fourth largest city (640,000 inhabitants).

Wroclaw is situated in the heart of Europe, close to Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Warsaw. The city established in 10th century boasts with multicultural and multinational identity and is a capital of the historic Lower Silesia Region. Odra river crossing the city with its many canals and bridges creates Wroclaw a distinctive place where historic buildings and places coexist with the modern architecture and a lot of green areas.

Wroclaw has many unique places worth seeing: gothic and baroque churches, museums, art galleries, cinemas and theatres. The Old Town with a Market Square and the Town Hall, as well the Quarter of Mutual Respect (meeting place of four religions and cultures) are definitely valuable sights to visit and enjoy the free time. The city is also known for its beautiful parks, with the second largest park in Europe (Szczytnicki Park) including an extraordinary Japanese Garden and the Centennial Hall inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Despite a long history, today Wroclaw is a young and dynamic city, the largest academic and business center in the region. There is a number of public and non-public colleges and universities with a multinational community of students. In 2016 Wroclaw together with the Spanish city of San Sebastian will be the host cities of the European Capital of Culture (ECC), designed to promote greater mutual acquaintance and intercultural dialogue between European citizens.

The Region of Lower Silesia

The South-Western part of Poland called Lower Silesia neighbors Germany in the West and the Czech Republic in the South. Wrocław is located on the plains, but hills and mountains start a short distance from the city - approximately 30 miles.

The region, which was a part of Germany until 1945, is known for its abbeys, monasteries, castles and palaces, many of them beautifully restored and turned into hotels and pensions. Health resorts with spas and mineral springs are well known places in the Sudety Mountains, where guests can enjoy wonderful climate, nice views combined with professional health treatment. Lower Silesia is a place of many outdoor activities, such as hiking and rock climbing, skiing, biking or paragliding.

Climate of the region is mild, although it is the warmest and most humid part of Poland. The temperatures in summer are medium to hot (68 - 100oF). Summers are usually sunny, however sometimes it can become quite humid and rainy.


Situated in the heart of Europe, the country with its more than 1000 years of history creates a bridge between Eastern and Western part of Europe. Currently the population of Poland is 38 million inhabitants with the largest city being Warsaw, the country’s capital. Poland has a varied landscape – from the Baltic sea in the North through lake areas in the center and North-East, to the hills and mountains in the South and South-West. The highest Tatra Mountains are a chain of the Karpaty Mountains located in the South-East of the country.

The city of Wrocław has a direct connection with main cities in Poland (including, Warsaw, Cracow, Poznań) and the neighbours countries.

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Cultural sights in Wroclaw

  • Ostrow Tumski – one of the oldest parts of the city with many Medieval churches surrounded by the Odra River.
  • Botanical Garden – established in 1811 on Ostrow Tumski, great place to relax and admire plants from all over the worlds.
  • National Museum – the muses exhibits the art from the Silesia region (12th to 20th c.), houses one of the biggest collections of the Polish modern art.
  • Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice (Panorama Raclawicka) – a large 19th c. painting being a patriotic manifestation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the victorious battle of Raclawice (Kosciuszko Insurrection). It is the only one in Poland example of panorama painting in Poland.
  • Centennial Hall (Hala Stulecia) and the Szczytnicki Park – a unique concrete construction from the beginning of the 20th c. and one of the biggest European parks in English style.

Wroclaw on Your Own

Wroclaw on Your Own, the website that offers FREE self-guided tours of the most interesting neighborhoods of Wroclaw. These guides have been prepared by students taking part in an international summer school in at the University of Lower Silesia.

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Tourist Information
The Meeting Point
Centre open daily from 9 am till 7 pm
Rynek 14
50-101 Wrocław
phone: +48 71 344 31 11

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