Wrocław is one of the oldest and the most beautiful cities in Poland. Situated at the foot of the Sudetes, by the Oder river, criss-crossed by its numerous tributaries and channels, it is an exceptional city of 12 islands and more than 100 bridges.
The walls are steeped in the city’s rich and turbulent history. Ostrów Tumski, “the Cathedral Island”, one of the most beautiful surviving sacred architecture sites in Europe, is a reminder of the early Middle Ages. The Wrocław city hall is counted among the most splendid Gothic-Renaissance buildings in Central Europe. The large market square, enclosed by impressive tenement houses, after a thorough renovation in 1997 is without a doubt the most beautiful in Poland and one of the most beautiful in Europe.
The city also boasts many green spaces, starting with Promenady Staromiejskie (Old Town Promenades) in the city centre and more than 14 parks and gardens further in. The Botanical Garden, with its beautiful flower garden, orangery, rock garden and cactus greenhouse, as well as the Zoological Garden, funded in 1865, are both perfect places for taking a walk. Park Szczytnicki, too, will surprise you with an exceptional attraction: an original Japanese Garden.
Wrocław is also a dynamic centre of culture. Numerous theatres, an opera, a concert hall and many clubs, museums and galleries ensure a rich programme of artistic events. Various musical and film festivals of international renown has become the city’s trademark.
Wrocław is a wondrous city of rich history and exceptional beauty, appreciated both by its residents and its guests. When visiting our city, you will be discovering truly magical places. We are looking forward to seeing you!
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The Market Square
Hustling and bustling both day and night the Market Square is the very heart of Wrocław. The centre of the square features the Cloth Hall and the Town Hall, the latter being a unique specimen of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. In front of its eastern façade stands the faithful copy of the mediaeval Pillory, and in front of the western façade the Aleksander Fredro Monument. The Market Square is surrounded by beautiful town houses.
ZOO & Afrykarium
The Wrocław Zoo is one of the oldest and largest Polish zoo. The Zoo features both historic facilities, including the bear tower, elephant house and monkey house, and modern pavilions such as the Afrykarium, which is a unique complex showcasing a variety of Africa's aquatic habitats. The idea of Wrocław Afrykarium is to present the selected ecosystems of Africa. Afrykarium was built to the newest technologies, never used in Poland before.
Ostrów Tumski is an island and the oldest part of Wrocław. The most prominent monuments are: the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the Holy Cross and Saint Bartholomew's Collegiate and the Archdiocese Museum, which for more than one hundred years has been collecting sacred art, including the Book of Henryków (13th–14th centuries). This book is known to feature the first sentence to have ever been recorded in Polish (the document was listed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register).
Centennial Hall & Multimedia Fountain
The Centennial Hall is one of the most prominent landmarks in the history of 20th-century architecture. Designed by the eminent architect Max Berg, it was created in 1913. In 2006 was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Register.The Centennial Hall complex also features the Four Domes' Pavilion (the property of the National Museum in Wrocław). The Centennial Hall is surrounded by the Pergola, which boasts one of the largest multimedia fountains in Europe.
The Hydropolis, or Wrocław's centre for environmental education, is one of the largest centres of this kind in Europe. It is also the only centre in Poland that showcases almost all types of aquatic environment. The visitors can choose from over 70 different interactive features and multimedia installations. Every room has multimedia tablets with interesting details about ground-breaking discoveries of the underwater world, the nature of water and its use in the human life.