The Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle is not the most welcoming part of Wroclaw - indeed, it gets its nickname from the fact that people (rather than ships and aircraft), have been known to disappear without trace for no apparent reason. I've read that the welcome signs here have included such inscriptions as "Who enter shall not exit alive" - so why bother to come here and is it safe?
Firstly let me explain where it is and how to get there, should you want to. Basically it's a short distance out of the old town south-east of the Rynek and to get there I took tram 3 to Pl. Zgody. The triangle is the area bordered by Gen. Kazimierza Pulaskiego, Romualda Traugutta, and the railway.
The main reason for coming here is to see another side of the city other than the main tourist attractions but it does have some merit of its own. Before becoming run-down it was quite an affluent area and although many of the older buildings have made way for more modern dwellings it's been recognized that many of them are worth preserving. For example it's become an area for filmmaking due to the fact that some of the streets and buildings resemble pre-war Berlin.
Would I advise people to come here? Yes, but it has to be said, that even though I was told that its reputation isn't as bad as it used to be, I never felt completely comfortable. At times I could sense that I was being watched and so consequently I didn't take the photographs that I would have liked, which was a shame.
There's no doubt it's a poor area with its fair share of problems but it's also an area well worth exploring, so my advice would be to come at a better time than I did, and with company, somebody local if possible.I'm glad I came because there's something very rewarding about visiting something other than just the obvious tourist sights.
Olesnica is a small town with population of about 36 000, located 30 km s away from the centre of Wroclaw. It is famous for its historical castle of the Hohenzollern dynasty. The building in Renaissance style was built in 16th century for the Czech king. After the WWII it served as a prison.
You could reach Olesnica by getting bus 504 (8 zloty) from several bus stops in Wroclaw. I guess that there are also other lines travelling in this direction.
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Socialist Realism: Kosciuszki Square
One thing which always fascinated me on my trips to the Ex-Soviet bloc countries is the socialist realism architecture of the early post war period.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find that many examples of this architectural style in Wroclaw, but at least the centrally located Kosciuszki Square is well worth seeing. It is a large square with wide boulevards and uniform granite buildings offering a bit of grey charm from Soviet times. The buildings around the square were constructed in the 60's.
Kosciuszki Square is located about 1 km south of the Market Square (Rynek).
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The Bermuda Triangle
The so called Bermuda Triangle district offers a dramatic contrast to the area around the beautifully restored Market Square.
Most of the old houses in the Bermuda Triangle are run down, but have interesting facades with oriels, little statues or other nice details.
When wandering around the streets you might feel as if you have stepped back into WWII times.
Please note that the Bermuda Triangle district is said to be not the safest area of Wroclaw, so watch yourself.
The Bermuda Triangle district is situated in the area south of Traugutta street and east of Pulaskiego street. This area is located east of the Old Town (Stare Miasto).
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This beautiful brick structure was place here between 1904 and 1905 and supplied this area of Wroclaw with water until the end of the communist era. During the second World War, it was severely damaged, but it was decided to rebuild it almost immediately after the war. The use as a restaurant is disputed, but at least the renovation project which included the restaurant saved the building from further deterioration.
Ul. Sludecka 125a
There was some kind of monument during my visit to Wroclaw on the main market square that advertized Poland and Ukraine to win Euro 2012. In fact, Poland and Ukraine have won organization of Euro 2012.:)
Wroclaw is one of cities on the list where Euro 2012 will take place. The best known football club of the city is Slask Wroclaw. So, lets meet in Wroclaw in 2012.:)
Monument Boleslaw Chrobry
Boleslaw Chrobry (967 - 1025) was from 992 on as Boleslaw I. Duke of Poland, 1003/04 Duke of Bohemia and from 1000 on first King of Poland. He established the Archbishopry Gniezno which was independent from Magdeburg and convince Emperor Otto III. to acknowledge the independence of Poland from the German Empire (Act of Gniezno in 1000). He tried to unite the western slavonic peoples in which he succeeded for a while. Towards the end of his life Poland was a great power in Europe, but not for long - the neighbouring countries felt threatened, especially the German Empire in the west and the Kiewvsky Rus in the east.
The location of this monument is at Swidnicka st. where it crosses the green ring around the old town (next to opera house).
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This group of funny sculptures is to find at the crossroad Pilsusiedzka/Swidnicka, right on the way from the train station to the old town. The idea behind this is "Transition" - something that Wroclaw certainly knows well, changing from a Polish town to German "Breslau" (with alternating rulers like Hapsburgs and Prussians), to the Polish city "Wroclaw", from the communist regime to democracy ...
The artist is Jerzy Kalina. Another of his "transition" works had been displayed first in Warszaw.
There's definitely a deeper meaning behind the group of sculptures, but I personally found it to be very funny how they seem to walk down imaginary stairs on one side of the street and reappear on the other side. Especially while I was impatiently waiting for the red light turning green ...
Department Store Renoma
Renoma is a department store that was built in the 1930s by the well-known Wertheim family who owned department stores all over Germany. The design is typical 1930s (Bauhaus). Location is on Kosciuszko square/Swidnicka st.
Nowadays it is an elegant place for fancy shopping. There are shops with international brands on the several floors, also restaurants etc. From the restaurant on the 3rd floor the huge glass windows offer fantastic views of the old town of Wroclaw. Hint: free restrooms on each floor :-)
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St. Giles church
You might easily miss this cute small church in the shadow of the huge cathedral. It is located right on the northern side of cathedral square on Ostrow Tumski. This church is actually the oldest originally preserved structure in Wroclaw, not destroyed in the tatars' attack.
What's so special about this church is the nice brickstone architecture and decoration from the first half of the 13th century. Unfortunately it was closed when I visited but the Romanesque portal alone was worth the time.
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This square is located southwest right next to the Rynek. Its name "Salt Market" stems from the past centuries when Polish and Russian merchants sold salt from Wieliczka here. Now you'll see mostly women selling flowers and such. The surrounding townhouses were beautifully restored.
Muzeum Poczty i Telekomunikacji
The Muzeum Poczty i Telekomunikacji lets you learn the history of post and telecommunication in Polska. It is not an important museum (my guidebook doesn't even mention it) but you may find it interesting.
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F. Chopin gave a concert in Wroclaw in November, 1830. He was then just 20 years old and his fame was still to come. To commemorate the event and pay homage to this great composer, a monument of Chopin was unveiled in Southern Park in Wroclaw on September 5th, 2004. The local authorities are planning to start here summer concerts, just as it was in pre-war Breslau. Before the monument was transported to it destination, Chopin was driven around Wroclaw and stopped for a while in a market square to exchange greetings with another artist, A. Fredro.
The author of the monument placed the image of Virgin Mary with Holy Infant on Chopin's cloak. As he explained, Chopin was a religious man, although so influenced by George Sand that he didn't show his faith openly. The monument shows the great composer as a mature man, tired of life and the fight with disease. He is lost in thoughts or perhaps listening to music of his imagination.
the Main Square in Walbrzych - a city wich is located in montain Sudety.
From Walbrzych is not far to Ksiaz - the big and beautiful castle. There go some buses to the castle from city centre and from train station. Look at my Ksiaz page.
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The Bermuda Triangle in Wroclaw.
Are you fed up with visiting of tourist places in Wroclaw. Have you a fancy for something different? Very well then!! Let’s get going through a shady district called by locals inofficially the “Bermuda Triangle”. I think every town in the world has its own “Bermuda Triangle” but if you ask any resident of Wroclaw where is the “Bermuda Triangle” district you will be answered. If you like a little bit thrill take a chance to visit it because it changes and it cease to exsist in a couple of years.
Why do the residents of Wroclaw call the district the “Bermuda Triangle”.
It is one of the most dangerous and poorest districts in Wroclaw. The criminal acts commited here are above the average and you can be lost here for ever like ships in the real Bermuda Triangle. ;-) To tell you the truth is not so bad but walking there is not fully safe. Watch out and be aware of your surroundings and remember - a robbery can occur there !!!! Don’t go there in the night. I ‘ve not seen any policeman there. There is the world for itself.
You should visit the district because you can find here the different Wroclaw. Wroclaw is not only the Market Square and Cathedral Island. You will see here old houses in very bad condition with shabby facades. Most of them need renovation but if you are really sharp witted you will certainly find here some very good motivs for your camera.
The district changes. Old houses are destroyed and new buildings have been built. Some houses have been fully renovated and the district looses its primary charakter. I think I will be missing it.
I have been told that some streets won’t be renovated at all because they are sometimes used as reall scenery for war film makers.
You will find in my travelogue a map with a walking route through the “Bermuda Triangle District”.
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