Wrocław (somewhat counterintuitively pronounced 'vrots-waf') is the fourth largest city in Poland, located in the south-west of the country, at 70km from the Polish-Czech border and 140km from the Polish-German border. The city lies at the heart of the historical region of Silesia and has a population of 632,000.
Wrocław is a city with a long and interesting history. That history begins somewhere in the 10th century under the name of Vratislavia, founded at the point where two ancient trade routes intersected (the north-south Amber Road and the east-west Via Regia). In the centuries that followed it would be assaulted by the Mongols - in 1241 - and at some point or another came to be ruled by Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, Germany and of course Poland. Its German past is most recent, as up until the conclusion of the Second World War, it was the capital of Prussian Lower Silesia under the name of Breslau.
So, what to do in this historical city? Well, he Stare Miasto (old town) with at its heart the picturesque and colorful Rynek Square is a good place to start your explorations from. This is the core of tourist activity, and on this square you will find the 14th century Gothic Town Hall, and in the surrounding area you will find a number of interesting churches, museums and parks.
Head to the river from here and you arrive at Ostrów Tumski, the oldest part of the city. This is a group of islands on the Oder river and feature the city's cathedral (which you can ascend for magnificent views over the city) as well as several other old churches, houses and gardens. But just the scenery of the islands and the bridges - mirrorring the likes of Amsterdam, Bruges or dare we say it, Venice? - is the real attraction here.
Oh and for those looking for something else, check out the Japanese Garden, Botanical Garden, or views from the 212 meter high Wrocław Sky Tower. And did we mention the restaurant and nightlife scene is surprisingly varied? [Review by travelindicator]
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- Wroclaw is a city in Poland. It has a population of 632,067, is situated at an altitude of 384ft and the best airport to fly into is WRO (Copernicus Airport, Wroclaw)
- The main spoken language here is Polish, and the average English skill is intermediate
- The currency used in Poland is the Polish zloty (PLN)
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