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Wroclaw, the heart of Lower Silesia region in Poland, is easy to fall in love with. The city delights with stunning architecture, cultural sights and events as well as its’ welcoming ambiance. It’s constantly getting more popular among travellers who are attracted by the diversity of experiences waiting here – the titles such as the European Capital of Culture 2016 and European Best Destination 2018 only prove the city is a must-visit spot on the map of the region.
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Throughout the centuries the city was influenced by different European religions and cultures that combined together created an extensive and unique heritage. Visitors can easily trace the past following the architecture of all styles – from the stunning gothic Town Hall, baroque building of the University to above-ground anti-aircraft shelters emblazoned in the city skyline reminding of the Second World War period.
Old Town and Wroclaw Market Square
The Market Square is one of the most remarkable spots in the city. Surrounded with colourful buildings and crowds-attracting restaurants and cafes is the vivid centre of the social life in the city. Multiple historic buildings located here such as New and Old Town Halls in the centre of the square. Going further from the main square visitors can enjoy the key sights of the Old Town – Opera house, Royal Palace, Market Hall and numerous churches and monasteries of different religions.
The city of bridges
Wroclaw city moat is one of the rare examples of structures of this type still in use today. But it’s not the only reason the city is often referred to as the Venice of the north. Wroclaw has hundreds of bridges and footbridges connecting different parts of the city and making it really pleasant to walk around.
Houses holding hands
With over eight thousand historic tenement houses, Wroclaw has one of the biggest concentration of such buildings in Poland and Europe itself. They represent various styles from XIX and beginning of XX centuries. However, the most renown are probably two much older ones. The medieval houses located in the corner of Market Square and affectionately named Hansel and Gretel (Polish: Jaś i Małgosia) refer to popular Brothers Grimm story about a little brother and sister lost in the woods. Two small buildings that seem to hide between the splendid architecture of the main market are connected by an arcade that makes the buildings remind of two children holding hands.
The path of Wroclaw dwarfs
That’s not the end of fairy tales-inspired attractions of Wroclaw. Visitors can follow the whole itinerary marked by dwarf figurines spread all over the city. The sight-seeing combined with “hunting” for dwarfs is considered one of the most popular tourist attractions. There are even dedicated mobile apps and brochures helping to find them all. Such support might be necessary, especially as from the beginning of the movement in 2005 there are over 350 dwarfs at the moment and their number is still growing. Don’t forget to find Florianek – the first chimney sweeper among Wroclaw dwarfs – who, according to the legend, makes everyone happy.
Ostrów Tumski is the oldest, historic part of the city that is often visited by tourists, full of monuments, museums and beautiful vegetation, which you can admire in the Botanical Garden. One of the most romantic places of Ostrów Tumski is the Tumski Bridge, also known as the Bridge of Lovers. This is one of the few places where time flows slower. Gas lanterns, shining at night, romantic corners inspire lazy, leisure walks.
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