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Wrocław is beautifully situated on the banks of the river Oder as one of Poland's major cultural cities. For centuries, the city has been ruled by changing kingdoms, and it has left its mark on the city's beautiful architecture and exciting history. There is thus a lot to catch up on as a tourist in the city.

The natural place to start is the city's central marketplace, Rynek, where there are countless fine houses and famous buildings with the city's town halls in the center. From the market square the streets lead out into the city center where you can see theaters, museums and churches.

The most important church is Wrocław Cathedral, located on Ostów Tumski, the oldest part of the city. In the old days, the place was an island in the Oder, but one of the river arms has been filled up today. You can see several beautiful churches, buildings, bridges and more at Ostrów Tumski.

There are several exciting things to see in and around Wrocław. If you want to visit other major cities, both Poznań, Łódź and Katowice are close by as opportunities for excursions. You can also go out into nature to, for example, the mountains Giant Mountains with the top Śnieżka, which you can relatively easily go to the top of and enjoy the view from here.

Other attractions

New Town Hall, Wroclaw

  • The New Town Hall/Nowy Ratusz: In Wrocław's large market square you can see both the city's old and new town halls. The latter was built as an extension in the 19th century to the old one. The building is the seat of the city mayor and city council, and there is also a restaurant in the house.
  • St Elisabeth Basilica/Basilica Św. Elżbiety: This church is located on Wrocław's Rynek, and with an observation platform at a height of 75 meters/246 feet, the church is an excellent place to see the entire city center from above. The Gothic church dates from the 14th century.

St Vincent Church, Wroclaw

  • St Vincent Church/Kościół św. Wincentego: St Vincent Church is the city's Greek Catholic cathedral. The church is Gothic in its architecture, and it was completed in 1256 as part of a Franciscan monastery.
  • Sky Tower: Sky Tower is a high-rise building, built from 2007-2012 as one of Poland's tallest buildings. There are offices, homes and a shopping mall in the house, which also has a viewing deck on the 49th floor.

Wroclaw Opera

  • Wrocław Opera/Opera Wrocławska: This is Wrocław's large opera house, which opened in 1845. Due to fires, the building was partially rebuilt in 1865 and 1871, and today you can still enjoy the beautiful 19th century interior.
  • Wrocław Fountain/Wrocławska Fontanna: At Wrocław's large exhibition area you can see this music fountain, where several hundred nozzles send water up to music and fine colors. The fountain can be seen during the summer season.

Royal Palace, Wroclaw

  • The Royal Palace/Pałac Królewski: Pałac Królewski is a city palace, completed in 1717 with architectural inspiration from buildings in Vienna. When Germany annexed Silesia in 1750, Frederick the Great bought the palace, which was expanded in Baroque and Rococo style in the following years. Today, Wrocław's interesting city museum is located here.
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Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

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Rynek Market Square, Wroclaw

  • The Market Square/Rynek: The Market Square in Wrocław is one of Poland's largest squares, and there are beautiful houses all around it. The center is also built with beautiful houses, and this is where you can see the city's two famous town halls; the old and the new one. The square is also the place to choose for a cozy café or restaurant.

Old Town Hall, Wroclaw

  • Old Town Hall/Stary Ratusz: Wrocław's 13th-century Gothic town hall is one of the city's landmarks. After the initial building, the town hall was expanded over several centuries, and you can see many beautiful rooms and halls such as the Burghers' Hall from the turn of the 14th century, the Alderman's Hall and the Council Chamber.
  • Cathedral Island/Ostrów Tumski: Cathedral Island is the oldest part of Wrocław, and the area was once an island in the river Oder. It was built from the 10th century on the island, where today you can see the city cathedral, the archbishop's palace and the fine bridge, Most Tumski, built in 1889.

Wroclaw Cathedral

  • Wrocław Cathedral/Archikatedra św. Jana Chrzciciela: Wrocław Cathedral was built in the 13th and 14th centuries and it is a large Gothic church building. The spires of the towers reach a height of 98 meters/321 feet, and in the majestic church you can see a distinguished interior with many beautiful chapels in i.a. baroque architecture.

Centennial Hall, Wroclaw

  • Centennial Hall/Hala Stulecia: This is a concert and exhibition hall built in 1911-1913 in reinforced concrete, and it a a masterpiece of engineering. The impressive interior is 69 meters/226 feet in diameter. The hall was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006.
Trips in the area

Jelenia Gora, Poland

  • Jelenia Góra: In the countryside southwest of Wrocław you can visit the town of Jelenia Góra and the mountain range Giant Mountains, locally called Krkonoše. The city is cozy, manageable and with several fine sights such as the city hall and the Holy Cross Church.
  • Cieplice: The smaller town, Cieplice, is located as a suburb of Jelenia Góra. In the town you can take a walk along a beautiful promenade and see the Schaffgotsch family castle. You can also enjoy the city's hot spring water, which comes up with a temperature of around 90°C/194°F.

Sniezka, Poland, Czech Republic

  • Śnieżka: The Krakonosze mountain range forms the border between Poland and the Czech Republic, and from a long distance you can see the mountain Śnieżka, which at 1,603 meters/5,260 feet is the highest point of the mountain range. You can walk to the top of the mountain from both the Polish and Czech side and you will be rewarded with a wonderful view.
  • Poznan: Poznan is one of Poland's large and historically significant cities. This means that many sights and experiences await; both in terms of museums, churches, shopping and other metropolitan activities and also special places such as the many preserved parts of the fortification Festung Posen.

Spodek, Katowice

  • Katowice: Katowice is a large city in the industrial area of Silesia and has about 300,000 inhabitants. Due to the architecture, the city was called Little Paris around the year 1900, and today you can see architecture from many different eras and styles in the city. Attractions include Silesian Theater and Christ the King Cathedral.
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With kids
  • Zoological Garden: Ogród Zoologiczny we Wrocławiu, ul. Z. Wróblewskiego 1-5,
  • Miniature Park: Ludkoland, ul. Z. Wróblewskiego 9,
  • Science: Hydropolis, ul. Na Grobli 17,
  • Cable Way: Polinka, ul. Na Grobli 2,
  • Music Fountain: Wrocławska Fontanna, Tereny wystawowe
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