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 originate from medieval times what we see today is a re-construction after it was devastated in World War 2. It has to be said that you would hardly know it thanks, in large part, to the re-settlers from Lviv.
The Rynek will probably be the first thing you visit in Wroclaw, and quite possibly the last.
Walking around Rynek (Market Square) you will see a bronze statue of Malay Bear (The Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus). It's a copy made in 1998 by sculpturer R. Zamorski.
The orginal statue was made by Moritz Geyger in 1904. Unfortunately it disappeared before 1945.
Moritz Geyger a well known German sculpturer was invited by Academy of Belle Arts. After he had given a lecture he went to the Market Square. The heat was scorching that day. He could not find any fountain with drinking water to quench his thirst. After visiting the city hall he promissed himself to make a fountain for the city. He kept the promiss. After three years he made a statue in his atelier in Berlin and let it bring to the city on the Oder river.
The bear made by Geyger had two other brothers. The first one is in the ZOO of Berlin and the other one was made for the Brown University in Providence (Rode Island) in 1932.
The square was constructed in 13th century. It is one of the most beautiful market squares in Poland, exemplifying many architectural styles. It was severly damaged during the WWII and reconstructed by the Polish authorities.
The Rynek ("market square") has been the main cultural and trading centre of Wrocław since the 13th century, just after the invasion of the Tatars. It is one of the most enjoyable places of the city, thanks to the Gothic Ratusz (see following tip) and, even more, thanks to the colourful and decorated Renaissance houses and palaces that border all the sides of the Rynek. Do not forget to look for the Gryphons' house (see tip)!
You can see more (and better) photos in this travelogue.
The Rynek (market square) is the heart of Wroclaw and probably the most popular attraction itself. It is one of the largest in Europe, the second largest in Poland (after Krakow) and was constructed between 1214 and 1232. In 2000, it was pedestrianized, giving it today's flair. Among the sights on the Rynek, the most popular are the Ratusz (town hall) and St. Elizabeth's church.
Many buildings were destroyed or at least damaged during WWII. One could guess that the two modern buildings at one of the corners, which do not fit at all into the Rynek, are constructed after the war. However, they are Bauhaus buildings standing there since the 1920s. By the way, the name Rynek has its origin in the word “ring”, owing it to its shape around the buildings in the middle.
The nightlife centre of Wroclaw is the Rynek (Main Square). I have spent many nights sitting at on outdoor cafe or bar, taking in the sights, people watching, hearing gypsy music playing in the backgroud while watching some art students perform a fire acrobatics show a few meters away from me. The Rynek is packed every night, regardless whether its a weekend or weekday. Filled with colourful peopla, its beautifully lit up at night.
The Rynek is the central market square of Wroclaw.
To me it made a German Hanzestadt impression with the coloured fronts of the typical houses.
In the center of the square is the former City Hall with 2 small streets.
Some of the old housed around the square have names like:
Hansel and Gretel
The Blue Sun
The Golden Dog
The Golden Jug
The Seven Electors
The square was contructed between 1214 and 1232.
Between 1996 and 2000 the square was repaved and made traffic free; ever since it's a pedestrians heaven.
Rynek, the market square in the old town, is the focal point, the core of the city. It is lined with patrician townhouses from past centuries - reconstructed after destruction in 1945. Their beautiful facades were restored to the finest.
Particularly impressive is the facade of the house No. 8 on the western front of the Rynek: It is the "House of the Elector Dukes". Giacomo Scianzi created the frescos depicting the seven Elector Dukes and Emperor Leopold I. in 1672. The adjoining house to the left is the only one that doesn't fit into they style of the Rynek: Built in the 1920s in Bauhaus style it hosts bank offices since 1931.
Right in the centre of the square you find the town hall which is probably the most impressive building and landmark of Wroclaw. See separate tip.
Christmas market opened in the beginning of December. Market is not huge but I found my Christmas presents from there. There were something for everyone: fairytale forest for kids and e.g. mulled wine for adults. From market stands I found jewellery, different kind of handcrafts and Polish highland cheese which is by the way very salty…and good!
This is number one place to see during your Wroclaw trip ! Rynek is like a heart of Wroclaw - here locals gather to shop, dine, date and have fun. City's slogan 'The Meeting Place' is the best description for this place.
Rynek was laid out in the 13th Century, after the city was razed to the ground by Mongols. Since all those years ago the Square has maintained its size and shape, although the houses that line every side were constructed and reconstructed with each passing century and hence represent many styles from Gothic to Art Nouveau. During World War II almost all buildings have been destroyed, so what you can see today is 20th century reconstructions. The general consensus is that reconstruction was successful and Wroclaw's Old Market Square has never looked as resplendent as it does today.
Wroclaw's Market Square is 2nd largest (after Krakow) and one of the most attractive places in Poland.
The Rynek (market square) is the 2nd largest in Poland (after Krakow) and according to the books is 208m x 173m -- it's dominated by the Ratusz (Town Hall) which is a beautiful building, it took nearly 200 years to complete (1327-1504). The Ratusz houses the city's Historical Museum (open Wed-Fri 11am to 4pm -- Sat 11am to 5pm -- Sun 10am to 6pm).
Lots of cafes, restaurants and bars surround the Rynek so you won't be short of refreshment as you sit and watch the world go by.
Hauses in the Main Square - Jas and Malgosia ( Johnny and Margaret). The houses are connected with an arch wich a Latin sentence " Death is the gate to life". After the gate is situated the St. Elisabeth Church. In Jas there are now the studio of painter and graphic artist Eugeniusz Get-Stankiewicz. In Malgosia there are the residence of Towarzystwo Milosnikow Wroclawia ( The Society of Wroclaw`s Amateurs. Inside is too a pub, there come many students.
The Main Square, or 'Rynek' as it is called in Polish, was laid out way back in the mists of time, in the 13th Century, after the city was razed to the ground by marauding Mongols. Since all those years ago the Square has maintained its size and shape, although the grand houses that line every side were constructed and reconstructed with each passing century and hence represent every style from Gothic to Art Nouveau.
In actual fact, owing to the almost total destruction of the Market Square in World War II, all of the buildings which you now see are 20th Century reconstructions of their predecessors - painstakingly brought back to life by the Poles after they inherited the city in the wake of the war. The general consensus is that 'they done good', and Wroclaw's Market Square has never looked as resplendent as it does today.
The Market Square has been the heart of the city for centuries. It is second only in size to the one in Krakow. In the centre of the square is a block of buildings so large that they have 3 internal streets. The other thing that you only notice from an aerial view is for some reason, the block of buildings in the centre of the square is offset within the main square. The most impressive building in the square is the gothic town hall with its astronomical clock. There are numerous restaurants with outdoor seating around the square, artists, wood carvers and horse carriages. There are numerous buildings around the perimeter of the square with interesting facades and histories.
The Main Square was built after Tartars' attack in 1241 and is the second as far as its sizes are concerned Square in Poland. It is surrounded by old tenement-houses. In centre of the Main Square there are the Town Hall.
On the Main Square there are many cafes, restaurants and clubs. In summer can you take a seat in one of cafe gardens. There are every time many people. You can see a lot of street artists, they sing, play......
There you can see often too the fotography exhibitions about the history of the city and region or other cultural events.