By the River Odra

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Evening view from Most Tumski

About time to talk about Wrocław’s finest cityscape and the best panorama. I am, of course, talking about what you see from the banks of the river Odra (Oder).

The river runs through the city in several branches, forming various islands. Wroclaw counts a total of 90 bridges. In former times there were even more river branches. Many waterflows have been controlled by a system of dams and canals, or have disappeared altogether. A pond in a park may be all that has remained.

A walk on the river banks and over to the islands is a must for any visitor. Recently, during the preparations for Wrocław’s year as Cultural Capital of Europe in 2016, the river promenades have been refurbished and redesigned. Steps of white concrete invite to sit down by the river and enjoy the views, have a picknick, rest and relax.

In the morning before school
There is the skyline of Ostrów Tumski with its many steeples and spires, Sand Island with its church and convent, the parks on the smaller islands further west, and on the southern bank, the Ossolineum and adjacent churches and the long front of the Old University.

The river views can also be enjoyed from little cruise boats. They depart from Sand Island and go upstream to the zoo, and back. The keyword to look for is „rejs“, and their advertising is hard to miss. The boats are driven by funny paddle wheels at the back. I have not done the cruise but it is certainly pleasant.

A walk on the islands offers new views of the buildings by the river bank and the Oder river. The footpaths have, or most of them, recently been redesigned and newly paved.

On Most Tumski
The islands are connected by footbridges and covered in parks. So you can explore to your liking.

Wyspa Piasek (Sand Island) is the seat of some abbeys and has three churches. There and on Wyspa Mlynska (Mill Island) watermills used to be working, one 19th century mill building over the canal between the two is still there. From Wyspa Mlynska a path and bridge lead over to the parks on Wyspa Slodowa and Bielarska. A favourite of mine is the statue of Socrates on Wyspa Bielarska, with its big hands and feet.

However, I would not do this walk in the evening. I walked there on a holiday morning and there were a lot of „previous night leftovers“ - broken bottles and garbage on the one hand, drunk guys sleeping on several of the benches on the other.

The islands
I felt a bit insecure. Not sure what (and who) is going on there at night. It was August, though, hence no university students. I have been told that the islands, especially Wyspa Slodowa, are a favourite meeting point of the students to sit and drink beer, so during the semester the atmosphere will be different for sure.

Footnote: Drinking in public places is officially not allowed, but everyone does, and everyone knows that they do. The students' trick is, if a police patrol arrives, putting the beer to the ground and telling them, „This isn't our beer, we do not know who it belongs to.“ (Let’s hope the police aren’t so thirsty that they would confiscate the beer.)

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Evening view from Most Tumski
Evening view from Most Tumski
In the morning before school
In the morning before school
On Most Tumski
On Most Tumski
The islands
The islands
The little boat harbour behind the…
The little boat harbour behind th…
Sand Island
Sand Island
View from Most Pokoju - one of my …
View from Most Pokoju - one of my…
The Mississippi boat is a restaura…
The Mississippi boat is a restaur…
Water mill on the islands
Water mill on the islands
On the islands
On the islands
Ossolineum on the river bank
Ossolineum on the river bank
Outdoor pub on the river
Outdoor pub on the river
The modern bridge that connects th…
The modern bridge that connects t…
Narrow canal between the islands
Narrow canal between the islands
Socrates
Socrates
Where the boat tours depart
Where the boat tours depart
Panorama of Ostrów Tumski
Panorama of Ostrów Tumski
A place to sit, rest and watch the…
A place to sit, rest and watch th…
Most Tumski
Most Tumski
Max Berg#s river lock and power st…
Max Berg#s river lock and power s…
New pöromenade walk past the univ…
New pöromenade walk past the uni…
Most Grunwaldzki
Most Grunwaldzki
The new university library
The new university library
December view
December view
The new pormenades, still under co…
The new pormenades, still under c…
Max berg#s power station in the ri…
Max berg#s power station in the r…
Another stretch of river promenade
Another stretch of river promenade
A monument that recalls the big Od…
A monument that recalls the big O…
Seagulls on Most Universitecki
Seagulls on Most Universitecki
Opposite the Old University
Opposite the Old University
New river promenade, almost finish…
New river promenade, almost finis…
The river cruise departs
The river cruise departs
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