What to see

 

Wroclaw's Opera House


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The Opera in Wroclaw has a tradition dating back to the first half of 17th century. An impressive neoclassical portico adorns the front of Wroclaw's Opera House, which is a testament to the city's cultural importance both today and in its previous incarnation...

BWA Awangarda in Wroclaw


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Measuring in at a whopping 1000m squared, Awangarda is the biggest of the BWA galleries, a triumvirate of spaces dedicated to contemporary art (the other three being the Glass and Ceramics Gallery, Studio BWA and the Design Gallery). It...

The Mutual Respect District in Wroclaw


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The Four Temples District proves that Wroclaw is a truly multi-religious city. Within the radius of only a few hundred meters, you will find here churches that belong to four religious communities: Roman-Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical-Augsburg and...

Church of Saints Wenceslas, Stanislaw and Dorothy in Wroclaw


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The massive Gothic affair located just south of the Old Town is the Franciscan Church of SS Stanislaw, Wenceslas and Dorothy, founded in 1351 to commemorate the meeting between Polish King Kazimierz III Wielki (Casimir III the Great) and his Bohemian...

Royal Palace in Wroclaw


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Royal Palace (The Wroclaw Palace), formerly the Palace of Prussian kings is currently the Wroclaw City Museum. The baroque building of The City Museum of Wroclaw was built in 1719. In those days it used to be lords and magnates residence. Over the centuries...

Bernardine Church and Monastery – Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw


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A 16th-century former Bernardine church and monastery contains the Museum of Architecture. The inherent problem with any museum of architecture is that you can't really exhibit architecture. Anyway this is a decent enough place with a permanent collection of...

The Kameleon Store in Wroclaw


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The Kameleon Store (Dom Handlowy Kameleon) is an unusual building on the corner of Szewska Street and Olawska Street. It's semicircular bay, formed of rows of windows, just out dramatically. It was built by the German architect Erich Mendelsohn as a retail...

The Dwarfs of Wroclaw


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Maria Konopnicka, Polish writer for children and youth, was right when she wrote: “Whether you wish it or not, there are dwarfs in the world.” Take a stroll down the old city and you will notice, here and there, these strange little inhabitants...

Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene in Wroclaw


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The great Gothic Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene (Katedra Sw. Marii Magdaleny) was erected between about 1330 and the mid-15th century, incorporating the walls of a 13th-century church that had previously stood in the site. Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene...

The Salt Square and Old Butchers' Stalls in Wroclaw


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The Salt Square (Plac Solny) dates back to the 13th century and its name comes from the salt stalls that used to to line the northern side of the square. Altogether there were 12 wooden sheds. Such formerly luxurious articles as honey, furs, caviar or tea...

Main Market Square in Wroclaw


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Wroclaw's Main Market Square is the second-largest in Poland, after that in Krakow. It is a medieval market square, now the heart of a pedestrian zone. The square is rectangular with the dimensions 205 x 175m. In the centre stand the town hall and a group of...

Church of St Elizabeth in Wroclaw


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The Church of St Elizabeth is one of two Gothic churches that are found near Market Square in the center of Wroclaw, the other being St. Mary Magdalenes Church. There has been a church on this same position since the 1100's, however due to a number of...

Town Hall in Wroclaw


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The emergence of the first Town Hall was associated with the site of Wroclaw in 1261 on the Magdeburg Law. Arose in the late thirteenth century Town Hall was the one-story building with cellars. Held annual meetings townspeople here, where the chosen...

The Ethnographic Museum in Wroclaw


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It is ethnography's responsibility to revive cultural trends which best reflect social processes along with regional and ethnic differences. At the same time ethnography plays essential role in the territories marked with people's relocations and...

The Wroclaw Philharmonic


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Lovers of classical music have probably already heard of the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, which has been delighting audiences for over fifty years since the end of the Second World War. As well as entertaining the masses in its very own concert hall,...

The University of Wroclaw


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The University of Wroclaw was established by Jesuits in 1702 as the Leopoldina Academy. One of nine Polish universities, it is generally regarded today as the third, behind Warsaw and Cracow, most important institution of higher education in...

Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice in Wroclaw


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Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice in Wroclaw, an impressive relic of 19th-century century mass culture, is one of only few examples of this genre preserved in Europe. The large painting (15x114m) 'transfers' the viewer into an altogether different...

West Park in Wroclaw


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It is located within the Kozanow and Popowice districts, stretching along the river Odra and occupying 72 hectares. It is visited not only by the inhabitants of the nearby housing estates but also by people living in other sections of the...

East Park in Wroclaw


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Stretching over 30 hectares of land at the fork of the river Olawa with an entrance in Krakowska Street, the park, designed by R. Konwiarz in the early 1920s, is one of the newest in Wroclaw. It's close vicinity to the Olawa is responsible for its natural...

Slowacki Park in Wroclaw


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This park was established on the edges of what used to be the New Town, and embraced a section of the city walls that had been pulled down. The current borders of the park are defined by Slowackiego Avenue, Modrzewskiego Street, Powstancow Warszawy Square,...

Nowowiejski Park in Wroclaw


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It was established in the years 1896–1908 in the old district of Olbin, between today’s Nowowiejska Street and Prusa Street. It covers an area of eight hectares and is located around a pond that was formed in the 19th century, after one of the arms...

South Park in Wroclaw


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It is smaller than Szczytnicki Park, and its range of tree species is not as wide, yet it is as frequently visited by the people of Wroclaw. The park was founded by the landowner Julius Schottlander as a gift for the city and set up in the years...

Szczytnicki Park in Wroclaw


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As far back as the 18th century, Szczytnicki Forest was a popular leisure destination among the people of Wroclaw. In 1783, Prince Friedrich Ludwig Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen bought the park from the city authorities and converted it into the so-called...

The Botanical Garden in Wroclaw


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The Botanical Garden was established in 1811 as a research institute of Wroclaw University. It ranks among the oldest university institutions of that type in Poland. Located in the area of the city’s fortifications and its oldest district, i.e. Ostrow...

Mill Bridge – Mlynski Bridge in Wroclaw


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Like the Sand Bridge, the Mill Bridge was first mentioned in 1149. It linked Olbin with Cathedral Island and was once much wider than it is today. At first it was called St. Vincent’s, being situated near the abbey in Olbin. In the 16th century, what...

Sand Bridge in Wroclaw


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Sand Bridge (Piaskowy Bridge) first mentioned in 1149, is considered to be the oldest in Wroclaw. Its construction is probably related to the existence of the ‘amber trail’ running from the Adriatic, through Sand Island, to the Baltic. A...

Tumski Bridge in Wroclaw


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Tumski Bridge is a steel bridge over the north branch of the Oder river in Wroclaw. Constructed in 1889 it replaced an old wooden bridge to connect Ostrow Tumski and Wyspa Piaskowa. Until 1945, its name was Dombrucke. It is an old road...

Archdiocesan Museum in Wroclaw


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The Museum of the Archdiocese has existed since 1898. The museum collects, conservates and displays artistic and historical works of art. The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, textile art (14th – 19th century) and ancient relics: mummies, wedge...

Archbishop's Palace in Wroclaw


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Archbishop's Palace is located at Katedralna Street. At the beginning of the 12th century, this was a two-storey late-Romanesque bishop’s residence with a rectangular base and two rooms separated by a vestibule. Upstairs there was a larger hall...

Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Wroclaw


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St John the Baptist Cathedral is one of the most valuable monuments of Wroclaw’s church architecture. This was probably the first cathedral erected in the times of King Boleslaus the Brave, when a bishopric was established in Wroclaw in the year 1000. It was...

Church of the Holy Cross in Wroclaw


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Church of the Holy Cross was the first two-storey church built in Silesia and one of only a handful in Europe. It was founded by Duke Henry the Righteous to commemorate the end of his long dispute with Bishop Thomas II (1270–1292) and was to serve as a...

Church of St Martin in Wroclaw


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The small Gothic saint Martin church is the only remaining part of the oldest Piast's castle in Wroclaw (The Silesian Piasts were the oldest line of the Piast dynasty that gave Poland its first kings). It was created in 80's of the XIII century surely as a...

Church of St Mary on Piasek in Wroclaw


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Piasek Island (Wyspa Piasek), literally translated Sand Island, has been a religious centre since the 12th century and is dominated by the Church of St Mary on Piasek. The church was constructed for canons regular in the second half of the 14th...

Ostrow Tumski in Wroclaw


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Ostrow Tumski is the oldest part of the city of Wroclaw. It was formerly an island between branches of the Oder River. Archaeological excavations have shown that the western part of Ostrow Tumski, between the Church of St. Martin and the Holy Cross, was the...

Wroclaw's Islands


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Wroclaw's islands, bathed by the River Odra, are peaceful places for a stroll away from the bustle of the city. Along with the hundred and twenty bridges, Wroclaw's twelve or so islands are part of the equation which add up to the city's 'Venice of Poland'...

Gross Rosen


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Gross Rosen was a German concentration camp, located in Gross-Rosen in Lower Silesia - now Rogoznica. It was located directly on the rail line between Jawor and Strzegom. Gross Rosen was a German concentration camp set up in 1940 and became an independent...

Klodzko


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Klodzko is a district town on the Nysa Klodzka in the middle of the Klodzko Basin, 88 kilometres south of Wroclaw. It is one of the most precious historic urban complexes in Silesia. Klodzko is the main commercial centre as well as an important transport...

Ksiaz


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Ksiaz is a castle situated in the Pelcznica River bend, from 1973 within the city boundaries of Walbrzych, about 6 kilometres north of the city centre. Ksiaz Castle is the biggest in Lower Silesia, the third biggest in Poland after Malbork and Wawel and it is...

Swidnica


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Swidnica is a district town, 53 kilometres southwest of Wroclaw in the south-west Poland, in the Lower Silesia Voivodship. Swidnica is a town with over 800 years of history whose community has been shaped by people from different nations – and as a...

Nysa


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Nysa used to be called the “Silesian Rome” or “Silesian Athens”. It was one of the best-known and the most important Polish towns. Its name appears in Hartmann Schedl's “World Chronicles” just after those of Krakow and Wroclaw. For almost 500 years...

Otmuchow


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Otmuchow is a town in Nysa County in Opole Voivodeship with 5,317 inhabitants. Otmuchow has a picturesque setting between two lakes, Lake Glebinowskie and Lake Otmuchowskie. In spring and summer the town is filled with flowers, partly as the result of the...

Paczkow


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The Paczkow commune is located in the south-west part of the Opole Voivodship , in the Nysa district, on the very well-known Sudeten Route from Nysa to Klodzko, which is an integral part of the road connecting Silesia and Lesser Poland with the „touristic...

Klodzko Valley


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The Klodzko Valley (Kotlina Klodzka) is the largest mountain valley in the Sudety (about 500 km2). It spreads out along the downstream flow of the Nysa Klodzka and the lower parts of its branches – the Scinawka and Bystrzyca Dusznicka. It is...

Kamieniec Zabkowicki


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The small town of Kamieniec Zabkowicki is dominated by the 14th – century Gothic church and Baroque monastery of its Cistercian abbey, which was founded in 1272.There is also a Neo-Gothic castle, perched on a hill but well worth the effort of a...

Henrykow


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The small town of Henrykow is known for its Cistercian church, founded in 1227 by henryk the Bearded. A series of allotments surrounding the abbey separate the church and monastery from the street, so that access to the church is by way of a series...