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More about Wroclaw

With just over 700, 000 inhabitants, Wroclaw has often been likened to Prague, with its innumerable spires which dominate its skyline. It is considered the economical, cultural and intellectual capital of Lower Silesia, of southwestern Poland. It is conveniently located a mere 160 kilometers (99 miles) from Germany and about the same distance from the Czech Republic. Situated upon River Oder, Wroclaw is an exceptional city comprised of 12 islands which are linked by 127 bridges, putting it right there in competition with canal cities like Amsterdam, Venice and St. Petersburg.

The passage of time has seen Wroclaw change it name five times, witness four regimes, and endure the hardships of fascism and communism. It has seen a difficult and dramatic past, the story if which is ably told through its many unmissable sights. Its medieval roots are evident in its sacral architecture - amongst the most beautiful buildings in all of Europe. The Lepolsine Hall, at the University of Wroclaw was built in the 17th century and is prime example of the baroque influences in architecture. Nature enthusiasts will be charmed by the lush and scenic parks, like the Szczytnicki Park in the city center which contains over 370 species of tress and shrubs and a Japanese garden.

The city is also a vibrant cultural center. Marked with a continuous series of artistic events throughout the year, Wroclaw is host to the internationally acknowledged musical festival, Wratislavia Cantans. It's theatres like the Opera House, various clubs and museums and galleries provide year-round exhibitions and events, which are sure to interest the art buff.

But that's not all. If you're interested in partying and pub crawling, Wroclaw will not disappoint. Most pubs and bars are centered around the old town square where you can enjoy a drink and soak in night scene.

In short, Wroclaw has something to offer to everyone and that's why is should not be missing from you're itinerary if you're visiting Poland or Central Europe.


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