Wroclaw City Hall

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Rynek, Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw City Hall Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Wroclaw City Hall Aug 02, 2014
The majestic city hall (Ratusz) is the central building in Rynek, impossible to miss. Both the view from the west with the high tower and the elaborate eastern facade are must-have photos for every visitor. The seemingly countless gables, oriels, scultures and reliefs and ornaments indicate that this building has grown over a very long time, and more or less each generation aimed to add theirs and embellish it even more.

The history of the building begins around 1300, when the first and rather small town hall was built. It consisted of two naves under separate roofs. In the early 14th century a tower and a room for the sessions of the city council were added, then the great hall on the upper floor and the chapel. The assembly room for the elders, the treasure chamber and the hall for the law court are additions from the 15th century, as well as the southern wing. Shortly after 1600 the main hall received its late gothic vaults.

This is of course a very brief and simplified overview of the city hall’s complicated history.

The museum in the town hall includes all the historical rooms, the gothic halls from the 15th and 16th century as well as the rooms of the council and the mayor with renaissance ornamentation and furniture.

Two rooms upstairs contain an exhibition of the city council's treasure, mostly silversmith works. A side room is dedicated to the city's shooters guild and their history.

The hall on the ground floor contains a collection of (modern) portrait busts, depicting famous citizens of the town. See if you know anyone...

Photos can be taken whereever and as many as you want (without flash please). My camera also enjoyed playing with the views through the windows, in particular those with rough, slightly coloured glass. They offer new perspectives of the Rynek...

The old town hall is administered by the museums of the city. The visit to the „permanent exhibition“, i. e the historical halls, is free, you just walk in and explore to your liking. All rooms have explanations in three languages. Only the temporary exhibitions in the „Gallery in the Patio“ charge a small fee.

Opening hours: Wed - Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 10.00-18.00, closed on Monday and Tuesday
Wroclaw's magnificent city hall, e…
Entrance hall on the ground floor
Mirror on the staircase
Gothic vaults
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