The City Of The Month: Wrocław


Wroclaw is one of the oldest and most beatuful cities in Poland with a rich history. Its oldest inhabited district is Ostrow Tumski where the early settlers were noted even before the year 990. In those days Ostrow Tumski was an island and a perfect place to build the core of a settlement, with the protection of the river Odra running around it.

Since the XIII century the heart of this city became the Central Square (Rynek) with the historical Town Hall (Ratusz) known as the most magnificent gothic building in Central Europe. This Town Hall is surrounded with numerous colourful old citizens' houses amongst the two most famous are "Jaś" and "Małgosia".

Old and new architecture is gracefully combined with the natural greenery and flora. In the central city there is the wonderful Szczytnicki Park with a unique Japanese Garden .

This city is often referred to as 'the Venice of Poland' due to many small rivers of the Odra and a few islands connected by 25 bridges. One of the iconic bridges is the Grunwaldzki from 1910. It is a steel suspension bridge and is still actively used for transportation.

Wroclaw is known as the centre of manufacturing, scientific development and the culture capital of Lower Silesia. Among others there are annual international music festivals such as "Wratislavia Cantans" and "Jazz nad Odrą". It is also a city of students many of whom are international students at over 30 tertiary institutions.

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