Wroclaw Travel Guide

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Wroclaw Overview

A major city in the region of Silesia in south-west Poland, straddling the Oder River as the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Wroclaw has been established for centuries as one of the most important cities in the country, with Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, and Germany all claiming the city at one point or another over the course of history. Today, it is the fourth largest city in the country, with many people calling it the Venice of Poland due to the amazing architecture, the 12 islands that make up the city, and the over-100 bridges that connect everything together. And while the Nazi forces nearly destroyed the city during their occupation, these days almost everything has been restored to its former beauty, making for a gem of a city that is just waiting to be polished by your feet.

This is a city of ancient culture, with literal centuries under its belt. The best place to start is the central square, called Rynek, which is reputed to be one of the largest town squares in the whole of Europe, surrounded by Gothic and Bohemian architecture and plenty of restaurants and eateries. Beyond that there are such things as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Raclawice Panorama, or the group of islands on the Oder River known as the Ostrow Tumski, complete with massive cathedrals and centuries-old buildings. Oil lamps line the streets at night, making for a perfect romantic medieval holiday if the mood strikes. Visitors can also explore the Eastern Park, or the Wroclaw Botanical Garden, or climb the two towers of St. Maria Magdalena and gaze down upon the city square from the Penances Bridge. Polish cuisine and beers are renowned world-wide, and there is no better place to compliment your adventure with some great beer and food than one of the many restaurants of Wroclaw.