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    People's Hall (Hala Ludowa)

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    The People's Hall (Hala Ludowa) was designed by the Modernist architect Max Berg and inaugurated in 1913 when the 100th anniversairy of Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig was celebrated. At that time the hall was known as Century Hall.

    Its cuploa has an inner diameter of 65 m and is 42 m high, so at the time of construction it was the largest building of its kind.

    Nowadays the 7000 seater hall is mainly used for exhibitions and all sorts of cultural events.

    Even the pope spoke here in 1997. Since 2006 the hall is on the UNESCO world heritage list. The grounds around the hall include a 96 m high metal needle which was a "gift from the Soviet people".

    Directions:
    The People's Hall is situated between the Szczytnicki Park and the Zoo on the right bank of the Odra river just east of the city centre. Several buses (#145, #146) and trams (#2, #4, #16) serve the area.

    Website: http://www.halaludowa.wroc.pl/

    People's Hall (Hala Ludowa) People's Hall (Hala Ludowa)
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    The Anonymous Pedestrians

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    The Anonymous Pedestrians are 14 bronze statues representing the people who disappeared during the introduction of martial law in Poland on the 13th December 1981.

    The memorial which was designed by Jerzy Kalina was erected in December 2005. The correct name of the artistic work is "Transition" (Przejscie).

    Directions:
    The Anonymous Pedestrians statues can be found on the pavement at the street corner of Pilsudskiego and Swidnicka which is located about 1,5 km south of the Market Square (Rynek).

    The Anonymous Pedestrians
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    Former Petersdorff department store

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    The building of the former Petersdorff department store is a fine example of the inter-war period architecture. It was designed by the German Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn and completed in 1928.

    The expressionist building includes a curved glass corner which overhangs the pavement.

    Directions:
    The former Petersdorff department store is located at ul. Szewska 6/7, right in the heart of the Old Town (Stare Miasto).

    Former Petersdorff department store
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    The Odra

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    Wrocław lies on the Odra, one of the main Polish rivers, which you may already know under the German name of Oder. This river has become famous for being chosen as a definitive natural border between Germany and Poland after World War II.
    Cruises along the Odra are organized every day, but we didn't go for one since we had little time. Here you see a boat on the river.

    river Odra

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    Dom pod Gryfami

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    Dom pod Gryfami ("Gryphons house") is a patrician house built in the 16th century in Renaissance Flemish style. It is the most famous of the artistic houses surrounding the Rynek Głowny and owes its name to the white sculptures of gryphons and eagles that decorate its pediment. I assure you that they are white, although the leaden sky makes them look grey.

    Dom pod Gryfami Gryphons the sculptures Dom pod Gryfami
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    The Fountain

    by evona Updated Feb 24, 2007

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    This fountain in the Main Square is new. It was constructed 2001 like the projekt of Alojzy Gryt and is called "Zdroj"...
    This fountain like first of all children. And it is frequent view, when they play with toys in the water..... what is not very higienic.. :) I like this fountain very much, but before I think it is awful. Now I can`t imagine me the Main square whibout this fountain. This is too the beloved meetic place in Wroclaw.
    On the right of this fountain there are a restaurant "Pod papugami", on the left - "Coffee Planet".

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    The Covered Market

    by wroclawiak Written May 15, 2005

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    You should visit the Covered Market because of its unique market atmosphere. Fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, sweets and food can be purchased here. But haggling is not common.

    The building was erected in 1908 i n place of the Arsenal where weapons had been stored since at least 1523. A novel structure is made of renforced concrete in the form of parabolich arches as it forming a ship's skeleton.

    The Covered Market
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    The Jatki Street

    by wroclawiak Written Apr 3, 2005

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    It's not only my opinion that the Jatki [yatki] Streets belongs to the most amazing streets in Wroclaw. It is simple to find und is situated close to the Market Square. If you are tired you can make a break and sip a glas of beer in a nice pub there. Jatki means in Polish "massacre"or "shambles". There were butcher's stalls at an early date. Now you can find in the Jatki Street some interesting small galleries and workshops instead of the butcher's stalls. Some farm animals figures can be seen there. They were put there in order to pay tribute to the livestock that has been and is slaughtered.
    I was not able to take picture of all animals but you can come and find out what animals are missing on my picture.

    the Jatki Street
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    Follow my favorite walking route.

    by wroclawiak Updated Mar 4, 2006

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    This is one of my favorite walking tours. Enjoy independent walking tour through the oldest parts of Wroclaw. If you follow my route you will cross nine different bridges, you will have an opportunity to visit more than ten churches, three different islands where you can take a rest and enjoy views of different corners ot the town. If you don't visit churches inside and don't pay any attantion to the museums you can cover the whole route during one day.

    1. The Market Square
    2. The Town Hall
    3. The Salt Market
    4. The western frontage ot the Market Square called "The Golden Cup" .
    5. St. Elisabeth Church
    6. The Old butcher's Stalls
    7. The University
    8. Ossolineum
    9. The Covered Market
    10. The Sand Island and Peter Wlast Boulevard
    11. The Tumski Bridge
    12. Holy Crss Church and St. Barholomew Church
    13. St. Marin's Church
    14. The Cahedral
    16. The Painting "Panorama of Raclawice"
    17. St. Adalbert's Church
    18. St. Mary Magdalene Church

    Wroclaw Walking Route
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    The Oldest Part of The Town

    by wroclawiak Updated Apr 17, 2005

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    The oldest part of Wroclaw is called "Ostrow Tumski" (Cathedral Island). In the old Polish language the word "ostrow' [ostroof] denoted an island. So until 19 century the place was an island.
    Here is very quiet and if you fed up with crowds on the Market square (rynek) go to Ostrow Tumski. You find here an oasis of peace. You can reach the place on foot. It would takes about 20 minutes to go there from the rynek. The way is not so complecated and if you have a map you won't get lost. Close to the cathedral is a interesting little Botanical Garden where you can take a rest.

    Here you can find a complex of sacral buildings. The most eminent of them are: St. John teh Baptist's Cathedral (13th century) and the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew's Church (13th century). You will find here the oldest church in Wroclaw St. Martin's Church.

    You need half a day to see the most interesting things here.

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    The "Under the Griffins" tenement

    by wroclawiak Written May 14, 2005

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    There are a lot of interesting buildings around the Market Square (rynek). One of them is the "Under the Griffins" tenement that belonged to a wealthy bourgeois family. This fact which is reflected by the number of windows. The greater the number the higher the tax paid. The building itself is an example of Netherlandish Mannerism. It has a triangular top adorned with friffins, lions and eagels.
    The "Under the Griffins" house was an important centre for the developement of the baroque theatrical movement in the 17th century.

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    The Solny Square

    by wroclawiak Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    The Solny Square is one of the most beautiful places in Wroclaw. It is my opinion
    because you can see there thousends of flowers sold by florists.
    Do you think it is possible to buy flowers 24 hours a day?

    What do you think? Have I set a trap or it's true?

    a fountain and flowers a fountain and flowers a fountain

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    Townhall

    by magor65 Written Jun 2, 2004

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    The Townhall is an excellent example of gothic architecture with renaissance details. The interior was adapted to house the Historical Museum and reception halls for distinguished guests. Worth noticing are: astronomical clock, sculptures of townsmen on southern wall and the tower with Wroclaw's crest. In the cellars ( entrance on the southern side) is the oldest inn in town. It was already mentioned in a document from 1303. There are several rooms, each in different style, but in all you can feel the atmosphere of an old beer-house.

    Townhall
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    Canons' houses and gardens on Ostrow Tumski

    by german_eagle Written Sep 6, 2009

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    At first I wanted to make this an 'off the beaten path' tip, but since the alley leading to the cathedral is not exactly 'off the beaten path' I decided against it.

    However, I doubt more than a very few tourists see the gardens in the backyards of the canons' houses. Which is too bad - they are beautiful, quiet, absolutely worth seeing. The gate of this one house was open so I entered - dunno if I was supposed to. According to the plate at the front it hosted the rector's office of the theological college. Anyway, I enjoyed walking around in the beautiful formal garden, discovered the steps leading down to the river (pic 4) and sneaked a view of the neighbouring Bishop's garden. When I wanted to left, though, I found the gate locked. Shock! I shook the gate violently, but it didn't help. Luckily a lady (a local I think, she didn't speak English or German but recognised my situation) walking by noticed me and called a waitress's attention in the restaurant in the front of the house who unlocked the gate. LOL, I was prepared to stay overnight there!

    garden facade of the canons' house garden garden, the canons' house and Church of Holy Cross garden, steps down to the river Bishops (neighbour) garden
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    Wyspa Piaskowa and Ostrów Tumski

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    Wyspa Piaskowa or Wyspa Piasek ("Sand island") isthe most important island in the Odra and one of the most ancient parts of Wrocław, today linked up by Most Tumski (see tip "Bridges").
    Ostrów Tumski was the most ancient human settlement in what is today Wrocław. They were the centre of the medieval life, so don't wonder if all the main churches are located there. The most relevant of them are Katedra św. Jana Chrzciela ("Saint John the Baptist's cathedral"), Kościół św. Krzyża św. Bartłomieja ("Holy Cross of Saint Barthelemy", both on Ostrów Tumski) and Kościół Najśw. Marii Panny na Piasku ("Church of Holy Virgin Mary on the Sand"). See the following tips for more information about these and more churches.

    cathedral Holy Cross Holy Virgin Mary on the Sand Most Tumski with the cathedral Most Tumski
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