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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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.... more
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... more
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... more
Wroclaw is located in Northern Silesia on the river Odra.
It was founded in X centaury as the headquesters of Polish bishopric. And it was originally determined by influence of 3 cultures - polish,......
If I were to say which of the cities seen by me is the most beautiful, the choice would be very hard. For many years I was in love with Budapest ( in times when the world behind the 'iron curtain' was...
If you plan to pay a visit to Wroclaw and wish a local guide accompanying you on journey through the city's history and architecture, please contact me. I would be very happy to show you...