City Hall, Wroclaw
Unfortunately I did not have time this time to visit the museum.
The most outstanding monument in the Market is the City Hall. Construction of 1290, and continued rebuilding, additions and extensions over the centuries.
The present Gothic and Renaissance construction with its ornamented façade is quite breathtaking.
On the top of the 66 meter tower is the city crest from 1536 and the astronomic clock from 1580.
Inside this gorgeous building the visitor will find a very interesting Museum –the City’s museum.
It is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 17:00, and on Sunday from 10:00 -18:00.
Entrance fee is 10zloty, reduced 7 zloty.
Free entrance on Thursdays.
The town hall contains several gothic halls from the 15th and 16th century and the rooms of the council and the mayor with renaissance ornamentation and furniture. The vaulted halls are impressive, a visit is highly recommended.
All rooms have explanations in three languages. Two rooms upstairs contain an exhibition of the city council's treasure, mostly silversmith works. A side room is dedicated to the city's shooters guild and their history.
The hall on the ground floor contains a collection of (modern) portrait busts, depicting famous citizens of the town. See if you know anyone...
The old town hall is administered by the museums of the city. The visit to the "permanent exhibition", i. e the historical halls, is free, you just walk in and explore to your liking. Only the temporary exhibitions in the "Gallery in the Patio" charge a small fee.
Opening hours: Wed - Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 10.00-18.00, closed on Monday and Tuesday
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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.
The Wroclaw City Hall construction started in the 13th Century by architects Alberik and Martin. Many reconstructions and extensions followed during the next 300 years till the building got its present shape in Gothic and Renaissance styles. The building has a 66 meters high tower and an astronomical clock.
The building is home to the Muzeum Sztuki Mieszczanskiej or The Museum of City Art.
Admission fee: PLN 5.00.
We-Sa: 11AM - 5PM
Su: 10AM - 6PM
This is one of the most imposing, architectionally, buildings on the main market square. The constraction of the building started in XIII century but extensive modifications continued to be made right up to the XVI century meaning that the hall showcases a mix of architectural styles, principally Gothic and Renaissance.
The City Hall is also known RATUSZ.
The west facade looks like 3 different buildings.
Click on the photo to see the astronomical clock, made of larch wood. It was incorporated in 1580.
You can also see the high apex & pinnacles.
Truly a magical sight, like the sight of a castle !
The City hall or the Town hall in Wroclaw is certainly one of the most beautiful in Poland or anywhere, I should say.
The main structure took almost 2 centuries to complete (1327-1504) & the docorations plus the tower took another century.
Amazingly, it came through the WWII without major damage.
Built in 1330-1500, it is said to be one of the most complex buildings in Poland from the architectural point of view. I do not know about that (though the style mix is impressive!), but the town museum is worth a visit, without any shade of doubt.