Old Town Hall - Ratusz, Wroclaw
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 since the 13th cent. and is probably the city's most iconic landmark.
The flamboyant architecture of its exterior is enough to keep most people happy but it's also possible to visit the Museum of City Art to give people a chance to see the interior as well as the museum's display. I have to confess that I only made it as far as the Piwnica Swidnicka, a restaurant/bar that has been here in the vaults for 700 years. Only about 10% of the Town Hall was damaged in WW2 which is quite remarkable under the circumstances.
There are too many different aspects of the building's exterior architecture to talk about here so just make sure that you give yourself enough time to have a leisurely wander around the outside to take it all in - and then finish off in the bar underneath for a quick drink in the cellar to finish off with.
The construction of Wroclaw's Town Hall (Rathusz) began in 1290 and continued over the centuries. Luckily the Gothic and Renaissance structure was not much destroyed in WWII.
An astronomical clock from 1580 can be found on its eastern ornamented facade. The 66 m tall tower of the City Hall is also the entrance to an interesting City Museum.
The Town Hall dominates the Market Square (Rynek), therefore it can't be missed. Its exact location is at Sukiennice 14/15.
The ratusz ("city hall") of Wrocław is a Gothic building located in the middle of the Rynek Głowny, the main square of the city. It was built in 1242 as Dom Kupców, "Merchants' house", but it got its present appearance in 1504 after a series of enlargements and modifications.
The façade on the Rynek consists of three bodies, each with its own roof. In the middle you can admire the astronomical clock dating of around 1580, as well as the refined central pediment.
People enter the city hall from the Western side, where you can see the beautiful tower, 66 metres high. The interior today houses the Muzeum Sztuki Mieszczańskiej ("Museum of civilian art"), which we didn't visit.
We were very unlucky, because it rained a lot the day we visited the city centre, so my father and I couldn't take good pictures, but these can give you a good idea of the ratusz, anyway.
This 13th century town hall is one of the most beautiful building in Wroclaw. It occupies the most prominent place, right in the middle of the Rynek (market square). As the construction went on for many centuries, it has a blend of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles. In the 19th century, most offices moved to the new town hall. The Ratusz is famous for its astronomical clock from 1580. The 66 metre high tower is the entrance to the city museum.
The Ratusz is home to two museums as well as some restaurants. By visiting them, you can get an idea of how the Ratusz looked like when it was fully in use.
The old town hall is *the* landmark of Wroclaw and arguably one of the most beautiful medieval/early Renaissance buildings at all. The oldest parts date back to the 13th century but it got its final shape in the 16th century. Nowadays it hosts the City Museum and restaurants.
You get the perfect photo from the southeastern corner of Rynek: view of the gothic eastern facade with the astronomical clock from 1580, the magnificent oriel at the corner and finally the beautiful southern facade with an amazing variety of medieval sandstone embossments. Right below its oriel in the middle is the entrance to one of Wroclaw's best known and traditional restaurants, Piwnica Swidnicka.
The entrance to the City Museum is on the western side of the old town hall.
Opening hours and days:
Wednesday to Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm
I didn't have time to visit this museum, so unfortunately no opinion. According to the guide books etc. it must be worth the time, though.
This is the largest and most famous building at Market Square. First version of this building was erected in 13th century, than for over 300 years it was many times rebuilded, before it get its final shape around year 1615. Today it is the home of Municipal Museum and Piwnica Swidnicka (Swidnicka Cellar) often advertised as the oldest restaurant in Europe. Piwnica Swidnicka is located in the oldest part of the building and its age is estimated to be over 730 years. If you decide to visit Swidnicka Cellar and taste great beer there - watch sculpture above main entrance - "Husband and Wife". It shows drunk man coming back home and his angry wife with wooden shoe in her hand (check my photo number four).
The Town Hall is the most outstanding building in the market square. Work started in 1327 and took almost 2 centuries to complete. Work continued on the tower and decoration for another century. The astronomical clock was added in 1580. The Town Hall survived relatively unscathed during WW2 with little damage, unlike the rest of the market square. The Museum of City Art is also located in Town Hall.
This is one of the most magnificent gems of the lay Gothic architecture in Central-Eastern Europa.
On the Eastern Wall there are the astronomical clock from 1580 year. This side of the Main Square is the most populer motive on the post cards from Wroclaw.
On the right in the yellow building there is a very good and not expensive vegetarian restaurant "Vega".
The Gothic Town Hall was gradually buil from 1290 A.D. to 1504 A.D., and rebuilt in the beginning of 17th century. Its facades are decorated with much sculpture. Three richly decorated bay-windows, windows framing with rows of sculpture figutes placed between them and original borders full of fantastic animals and personages.
The Town Hall is perhaps the most beautiful building in town. It has been landmark of Wroclaw for over 700 years. In the first centuries it was a small one-storey building which has been enlarged several times. Especially during Wrocalws Golden Age, in the 15th century, huge parts were added in Late Gothic style. The tower from the late 15th century towers 66 metres high.
Now, we are moving to the Rynek, the most beautiful in Poland !
Symbol of Wroclaw for 700 plus years, The Town Hall owes its beginnings to a Tartar sacking. Originally a simple affair, the Hall was added to over the centuries until it fully reflected Wroclaw's position as an important European trading center.
The photo is the City Hall, raised in 13th century.
It's the city's town hall and it's located right in the middle of the main square (rynek). This building is part of a larger block of buildings: it's so big that 3 alleys run through it. Walking along them it's very quuiet and peaceful: one has the feeling of having left the hustle-and-bustle of the city behind. The town hall itself is a very suggestive building on the southern side of the block. It`s built partly in Gothic style and partly in Reneissance style, since it took nearly two centuries to complete and decorate. Next to it stands an amazing bell tower. Some interesting details of the Town Hall are the 1580 astronomical clock on the facade, the pregierz (medieval whipping post where they carried out public floggings) in front of it, and the curious bear fountain on the right side of it.
The town hall was built between 1327 and 1559. It is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in this part of Europe. In the middle there is an astronomical clock. Inside the town hall you will also find a historical museum.
My friend made a point of showing me the whipping post where public floggings used to be held in Medieval times.
This lovely piece of architecture stands right in the middle of Old Town Market Square. Its history dates back to 1290.
Presently it hosts Historical Museum.