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Wojewodztwo Dolnoslaskie Things to Do

  • The Main Square - Rynek

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The Rynek, or Market Square is, and always has been, the heart of Wroclaw. Not only is is it at the geographical centre of the city but it is also where everything happens. Although its beginnings originate from medieval times what we see today is a re-construction after it was devastated in World War 2. It has to be said that you would hardly know...

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  • Cathedral Island - Ostrow Tumski

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    Ostrow Tumski or Cathedral Island is where the city of Wroclaw was born.To get there from the University walk across Sand Bridge to Sand Island and the Tumski Bridge. This bridge has become the magnet for couples who leave padlocks chained to the ironwork in the hope that somehow it will keep them together forever. Whether it works or not I don't...

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  • St Elisabeth Church - Kosciol Sw...

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Ever since the 14th cent. St. Elisabeth's Church has been one of the oldest and tallest structures in the Old Town of Wroclaw - but it hasn't been one of the luckiest. It was destroyed in a storm in 1529, severely damaged in WW2 and the victim of a mysterious fire in 1976. The first record of a church here was in 1253 when it belonged to the...

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  • Cathedral of St John the Baptist -...

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The first thing that struck me about St. John the Baptist's Cathedral is how it seemed to stand defiantly at the end of Cathedral St. It's twin towers appeared to have seen better days - but they were still there, so there must be some history to this church - and there is. The first church on this site goes way back to the 10th cent. and was...

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  • Panorama Raclawicka

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Before I came here I wondered whether I should fit the Panorama Raclawicka into my itiinerary. After all, this panorama painting is all about a Polish war back in 1794 and I wasn't sure if I would be that interested. Polish people come here in their droves but then again its their history. In the end I decided to give it a go. Did I think it was...

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  • Old Town Hall - Ratusz

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The Rynek boasts not just one, but two, Town Halls. The New Town Hall and the much older original one. The New Town Hall dominates the western part of the square and is the home of the city council and Mayor of Wroclaw, but it is the older one that is of most interest. Known just simply as 'The Town Hall' this building has, unbelievably, survived...

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  • Japanese Garden

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    I planned to have a short visit in Hala Ludowa. But in the end I found myself from zoo and realized that exploring this part of city will take a whole day. Take your time and visit zoo, Japanese garden, and huge park of Szczytnicki all next to Hala Ludowa.

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  • Market Hall - Hala Targowa

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    The first thing that you notice when walking into the Market Hall is the concrete arches that support its roof. Re-inforced concrete is not usually regarded as an aesthetic material but I found myself liking its use in here. It has an almost church-like feel to it. Moreover, concrete had only started being used as a building material just a couple...

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  • University

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The wonderful main building of Wroclaw University, along with the adjacent Church of the Blessed Name of Jesus, was built by the Jesuits back in 1670 when they founded the University. The buildings have had a checquered history, none more so than during the 2nd World War when they were badly damaged during the Nazis takeover of the library as their...

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  • St Mary Magdalene Church

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The massive brick church St. Mary Magdalene (Kosciol Marii Magdaleny) was built in the middle of the 14th century. It includes a 12th century Romanesque portal which was moved here from a Benedictine abbey. Due to the reformation, the church belonged to the Protestants from the early 16th century until the end of WWII when it was returned to the...

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  • City Hall

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The city hall, or Ratusz, was built in 13th century. Its original architecture attracts the tourists immediately after stepping on the Market square. Neogothical extensions were added in the second half of 19th century.

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  • Jas i Malgosia Houses - Hansel and...

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    Jaś i Małgosia, in English "Johnny and Maggie", are two little houses united with an arch and built in front of Saint Elizabeth's church, one in Renaissance and the other in Baroque style. They are located close to the Rynek, so you cannot miss them.

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  • South Park - Park Poludniowy

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    This rather little park (0,25 square kilometer) is located between streets Powstancow Slaskich, Sudecka, Waligorskiego and Kutnowska. Main feature of this park is a scenic pond with fountains. You can watch it from observation terrace or in more informal way, laying on grass :). South Park is perfect if you want a short walk or jogging (you are...

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  • Stone Pillory

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Thieves and other criminals were publicily punished from the 15th until the 18th century at the stone pillory. The original pillory was destoyed at the end of WWII. The current pillory is a sandstone copy which was erected in 1985. The Gothic monument is topped by the figure of Ronald who is the medieval symbol of justice. Directions: The stone...

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  • Centennial Hall - Hala Stulecia

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The „Centennial Exhibition“ of 1913 was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prussia's Vicory over Napoleon. At that time, Wroclaw was part of the German Empire and better known under its German name Breslau. The centerpiece of the exhibition grounds was the Centennial Hall (Jahrhunderthalle, Hala Ludowa or Hala Stulecia). The hall was...

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  • Grunwaldzki Bridge

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    This bridge was constructed between 1907 and 1910, becoming Germany's second largest suspension bridge when it was completed. Among Wroclaw's bridges, it is the best known and surely the most distinctive one. The view from the riverside promenade onto the bridge is good as the one from the bridge itself.

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  • Church of Holy Cross

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    This church is a curiosity. There's an upper church - of the Holy Cross - and a church on the lower level, St. Bartholomew, which is nowadays the parish church of the Ukraine-Byzantine congregation. The latter was not open but I heard it has a beautiful gilded iconostasis. The church of the Holy Cross was built in the 13th century (consecrated...

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  • Ossolineum

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Ossolineum is a beautiful Baroque palace, built between 1675 and 1715, that once housed the Jesuit school, part of the Leopoldine University. Today, this red building on the Odra hosts the National Library, founded by Count Ossoliński in L'viv. You should not miss it! I think it is one of the most beautiful buildings apart from those of the...

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  • Aleksander Fredro Monument

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The monument of Aleksander Fredro, a famous Polish comedy writer and poet, can you see on the Main Square. This monument after the II World War was moved to Wroclaw from Lvov (presently Ukraine). Behind this monument there is the pub "Spiz".

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  • Corpus Christi Church

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    This cute little church was actually the first one I visited in Wroclaw. It is located on Swidnica street, close to the opera house. I liked the delicate brickstone architecture right away. The church was built in the early 14th century, thus the Gothic appearance. It has a beautiful vaulted ceiling, a nice Baroque altar and a modern organ +...

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  • Opera House

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    Wroclaw's opera house is a Neo-classical creation of Carl Ferdinand Langhans, son of the famous architect from Berlin. It was built 1839 - 41. The opera tradition goes back as far as the first half of the 17th century, though, when Italian operas where performed in the city. 1997 - 2005 the opera house had to undergo a thorough renovation. It's as...

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  • Botanical Garden - Ogrod Botaniczny

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    The Botanical Gardens were originally started in 1811 and completed in 1816. They were totally destroyed during WW2 but were carefully reconstructed. The central features are ponds with fountains and a bridge. The gardens contain 11,500 species of plants and cover an area of 7.5 hectares. There are toilets and a small cafe with outside chairs &...

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  • Archbishop’s Palace

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    At the beginning of the 12th century, this was a two-storey late-Romanesque bishop’s residence. Over the years, the palace was expanded and reconstructed. What remains of it is a basement with a low ceiling supported by one pillar, probably dating back to the 14th century. Several additions were made in the times of Bishop John IV Roth, including a...

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  • St Nepomuk Monument

    Wroclaw Things to Do

    The monument of St. John of Nepomuk is located on Cathedral island, next to the Church of the Holy Cross/St. Bartholomew. He was murdered on order of King Wenceslaus IV by drowning. It is said that he didn't want to tell the King what his wife confessed to him. Today, St. John of Nepomuk is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. However, the...

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  • Prężyce

    Prężyce is a village situated not far from the capital of Lower Silesia - Wrocław [vrotswaf]. The village itself is a typical lowersilesian village with some new and some dilapidated houses. But in the middle of the village is a beautiful palace with a garden. It belongs to the Tudor Sociaty Club. I would say it is a perl among the...

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  • A mad man-made maze in Klodzko (Glatz)

    Kldozko is an interesting small town near the Czech Polish border. A quite Rynek, a small copy of the Prague bridge and, it's main attraction: Klodzko has a very large citadel that dominates the city and the small valley. From its rampart there are nice views over the town and the surrounding lands.The citadel consists of an inner and an outer...

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  • Książ Castle

    One of the most beautiful castles in Lower Silesia. Visit the site below to get some information about the castle and enjoy its virtual tour.http://www.ksiaz.ivc.pl/eindex.htmlHow to get without a car:Take train to Swiebodzice. Find the street: ul. Walbrzyska in Swiebodzice than go straight ahead and you will see a castle gate. Take a path through...

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  • Henryków

    The 13th century Cistercian abbey in Henrykow.Cistercian Abbey complex with church (interior, esp. stalls), monastery (interior), garden with pavilions and utilitarian buildings (some buildings in decay)The abby is famous for "the book of Henrykow"- a Latin chronicle of the Cistercian abbey. Originally created as a registry of belongings looted by...

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  • Churches of Peace

    The churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica are the largest timber-framed churches in Europe. They were built after the Peace of Westphalia ending the 30-years' War (1618 -1648). The Lutheran Protestants were allowed to build then three churches in Silesia: in Jawor, Swidnica and Glogow (this one was destroyed by fire in 19th century). But there...

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  • Swidnica

    In Middle Ages Swidnica was one of the biggest and most important Silesian towns. It was best-known for beer production which was sold to various towns in Europe. There were Swidnickie-beer cellars in Wroclaw (it is still working), Cracow, Prague or Heidelberg.Although nowadays the highlight of Swidnica is the Church of Peace which is on UNESCO...

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  • Swidnica - Church of Peace

    The interior of this church is much richer than that of Jawor. The contrast between baroque splendour and Lutheran ascetism is shocking. There is hardly any piece of wall, any fragment of the church without a decoration - paintings, sculptures, golden ornaments are everywhere. Baroque pulpit and altar attract visitors' attention with the abundance...

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  • Visit splendid Arboretum w Wojs³awicach

    Arboretum w Wojs³awicach is a tree garden that has been developed in the late 19th century and has been declared a national monument, It is now part of the collection of the Wroclaw university. When I visited it in july 2005 they were expanding it again. The core collection contains many species of trees and plants. It is very well laid out, very...

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  • Mount Sleza

    Climbing this mountain, that raises itself about 400 meters from the plain around Wroclaw (Breslau) turned out to be a suprise. We had been told that the start was steep, but that after about an hour, it would be become better. Well, our access was the other way around. We took the northern most trail - the blue route - which start eay but after 45...

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  • Szczeliniec Wlk - Stolowe Mts

    The Stolowe Mts. belong to the most popular destinations in the Sudety Mts. And the most beautiful trail is definitely the one on Szczeliniec Wlk. It goes among fantastically shaped rocks which were formed by erosion into incredible sculptures resembling animals, mushrooms, needles or gates. At places the passages are so narrow that tourists can...

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  • Wang church

    This wooden church made of Norwegian pine used to stand in the place called Vang in Norway. How did it come to its present destination? It was bought by Prussian king Friedriech Wilhelm who intended to take it to Potsdam. But the conntess von Reden begged the king to give it to her and so the church stood in its today's place in 1842. It is said...

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  • Karkonosze Mts

    Karkonosze - the highest range of Sudety Mts. - lies partly in Poland (about one third) and partly in the Czech Republic. The highest peak of Karkonosze is Sniezka - 1602 m. above sea level. It can be reached both from Polish and Czech side. It is not advisable to climb Sniezka in winter as it might be dangerous. On the Czech side a cable car can...

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  • Kamieniec Zabkowicki

    The castle of Kamieniec Zabkowicki was in its times the biggest one in central Europe. It was built in 1838-1872 for the Netherlandic Princess Marianne Wilhelmine of Orange and her husband Fredric Albrecht Hohenzollern. The costs were equal to 5 tonnes of gold.During World War II masterpieces of art from all over Silesia were brought here. Then...

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  • Kliczkow castle

    When you look at this castle it is hard to believe that just a few years ago it was a ruin. In 1999 the building was bought by a conservation company Integra, which turned it into a luxury hotel (with prices of about 100 Euro for one night/person). The history of the castle goes back to the end of 13th century when it was built as a stronghold....

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  • Bolkow castle

    This is one of the oldest castles in Lower Silesia (built in 13th century). As most of the castles, Bolkow also has its own ghost. It is the ghost of Michas, prince Boleslaw's son, killed by mistake by a jester, whose intention was to kill the father.A few years ago one of Polish historians published a book in wchich he claimed that the Amber...

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