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    Wroclaw – a brief overview

    An idyllic riverside city with a huge array of cultural influences, Wrocław is an easy city to love. Blessed with some of Poland’s finest architecture and with access to some stunning countryside, the capital of Lower Silesia has fast become one of Eastern Europe’s most important emerging cities.

    Grab a late-night beer, take in a show at one of a number of excellent theatres or simply marvel at the ageing Gothic churches. The tourist hordes may prefer Warsaw and Krakow, but Poland’s fourth largest city is a winning alternative for more intrepid travellers.

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    Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall)

    Ulica Wystawowa 1
    51-618 Wrocław
    Poland
    Tel: +48 71 347 5150
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu and Sun 1000-1900 (May-Aug)
    Fri-Sat 1000-2000 (May-Aug)
    Mon-Fri 1000-1800 (Sep-Apr)
    Sat-Sun 0900-1700 (Sep-Apr)

    UNESCO-protected, this stunning auditorium was opened in 1913 to commemorate 100 years since the defeat of Napoleon’s occupying forces. Take in a concert or simply visit to admire the vast, high-vaulted dome. The Discovery Centre exhibition does a great job of explaining the building’s history.

    Rynek

    Rynek
    Wrocław
    Poland
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    Second in size only to Warsaw’s market square, Rynek is likely the first place you’ll end up when you visit Wrocław. It dates back to the 13th century and as such is comprised of an abundance of different architecture. The Town Hall at the centre is the main attraction.

    Ostrów Tumski

    Ostrów Tumski
    Wrocław
    Poland
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    Ostrów Tumski, or cathedral island, is the oldest part of Wrocław and is stuffed with architectural gems. Churches are obviously at its heart, but its bridges and streets are worth getting lost in. This is one of Poland’s most beautiful places.

    Cathedral of St John the Baptist

    Plac Katedralny
    50-329 Wrocław
    Poland
    Tel: +48 71 322 2574
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1630
    Sun 1400-1600

    The main church at the heart of Ostrów Tumski. This Gothic church was built over 300 years from the 1240s and retains its brilliance despite being largely ruined during WWII. The tower offers wonderful, citywide views.

    Most Piaskowy

    Most Piaskowy
    Wrocław
    Poland
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    Wrocław’s oldest bridge is the gateway into Ostrów Tumski. Dating from 1861, it’s a great place to stop and admire the nearby buildings before taking a leisurely stroll around the cathedral island.

    Church of the Holy Cross

    Plac Kościelny
    50-329 Wrocław
    Poland
    Tel: +48 71 322 2574
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    Opening times:
    Various

    One of Ostrów Tumski’s most obvious buildings, the towering Church of the Holy Cross is a unique place. It houses two churches over two different levels, with a sweeping staircase acting as a grand entrance.

    White Stork Synagogue

    Ulica Włodkowica 7
    50-072 Wrocław
    Poland
    Tel: +48 71 343 6401
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1600
    Sun 1100-1600

    Renovated in 2010, this is the only synagogue in Wrocław that wasn’t destroyed during Nazi occupation. The early-19th-century building was a key site for the city’s thousands of Jews and remains the most important place of worship for the community that remains in Wrocław.

    National Museum

    Plac Powstańców Warszawy 5
    50-153 Wrocław
    Poland
    Tel: +48 71 343 5643
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    Opening times:
    Tue 1000-1700 (last Tue of the month only)
    Wed-Fri and Sun 1000-1700 (Apr-Sep)
    Sat 1000-1800 (Apr-Sep)
    Wed-Fri 1000-1600 (Oct-Mar)
    Sat-Sun 1000-1700 (Oct-Mar)

    It’s very easy to lose a day in this museum, which plays home to fine art from the city’s medieval past, as well as more contemporary paintings. Religious works feature heavily, as do nationalist and Silesian pieces.

    Racławice Panorama

    Ulica Purkyniego 11
    50-155 Wrocław
    Poland
    Tel: +48 71 344 1661
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700 (mid-Apr to Sep)
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700 (Oct)
    Tue-Sun 0900-1600 (Nov to mid-Apr)

    This amazing, 360-degree painting is Wrocław’s hottest cultural attraction. It depicts the Battle of Racławice in 1794, during which locals rose up and defeated the occupying Russian army. It’s a huge source of local and national pride.

    Church of Saints Vincent and James

    Plac Biskupa Nankiera 15
    50-140 Wrocław
    Poland
    Tel: +48 71 343 9477
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    Wrocław’s largest church has a history dating back to the early 13th century. The Gothic exterior is every bit as impressive as its soaring interior, and the building remains one of the most important Catholic institutions in Poland.

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    Country overview

    One of Europe’s most underrated countries, Poland offers a huge amount for travellers of all stripes, from the wild scenery of its mountainous south, with its great skiing and hiking, to the stunning Old Towns of Cracow, Zamość and Gdańsk, and the wilderness of the Białowieża National Park and the Great Masurian Lakes in the country’s north. Poland’s scenic beauty is as varied as it is extraordinary.

    The Baltic coast has some excellent sandy beaches, as well as the Słowiński National Park with its ethereal forests, bogs and sand dunes. The Cracow-Wielun Upland with its limestone areas, caves and medieval castles is another highlight, while perhaps most beautiful area of all is around the Carpathian Mountains in the far south.

    Geography

    Poland shares borders to the east and northeast with Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, to the south with the Czech Republic and Slovakia and to the west with Germany. To the north lies the Baltic Sea. The Baltic coast provides almost 525km (325 miles) of sandy beaches, bays and steep cliffs; between Gdańsk, and the port city of Szczecin to the west there are many seaside towns offering unpolluted water and some fine beaches, with sunbeds and umbrellas available for hire. These sand and gravel deposits also form the shifting dunes of Słowiński National Park, the sand bars of Hel and the Vistula Lagoon.

    Northern Poland is dominated by lakes, islands and wooded hills joined by many rivers and canals. The Masurian Lake District to the northeast is a patchwork of lakes and forests with Lake Hańcza, the deepest lake in Poland, located here. The longest river, the 1,090km (675 mile) Vistula, or Wisła, rises in the Tatra mountains and empties into the Baltic, cutting a wide valley between the capital, Warsaw in the heart of the country, to Gdańsk on the coast.

    The rest of the country rises slowly to the Sudety mountains, which run along the border with the Czech Republic, and the Tatra mountains, which separate Poland from Slovakia.

    To the west, the River Oder, with Szczecin at its mouth, forms the northwest border with Germany.

    Poland counts almost two dozen national parks, covering an area of 3,200 sq km (1,235 sq miles), and including the oldest, Białowieża National Park, east of Warsaw on the border with Belarus, and one of the largest, Bieszczady National Park, part of the Carpathian mountain range. These parks are home to European bison (the largest mammal in Europe), brown bears, lynx, wolves and even some wild horses. And Białowieża contains a fragment of the forest that once covered Europe prehistoric times, with some oaks dating back half a millennium. Polish forests are largely pine though, accounting for two-thirds of the total.

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    Key facts

    Population: 38383809

    Population Density (per sq km): 123

    Capital: Warsaw.

    Language

    Polish is the official language. There are a few small German-speaking communities primarily in the southwest. English and, increasingly less so, Russian are also spoken. French is also popular.

    Currency

    Złoty (PLN; symbol zł) = 100 groszy. Notes are in denominations of zł200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. The coins are in denominations of zł5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 groszy. Poland is required under the terms of its accession to the European Union in 2004 to adopt the Euro as its national currency sometime in the future but this is not expected to happen for at least three years.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz; continental plugs with two round pins.

    General business opening hours

    Most offices in major industries open Mon-Fri 0830-1700. Government offices are open Mon-Fri 0830-1630. A few independent businesses may open on Saturday morning.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    National Day: 3. May 2016
    Ascension Day: 15. May 2016
    Corpus Christi: 26. May 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Independence Day: 11. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    Second Day of Christmas: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    National Day: 3. May 2017
    Ascension Day: 4. June 2017
    Corpus Christi: 15. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Independence Day: 11. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    Second Day of Christmas: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Wroclaw

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    Wrocław can get raucous after dark and while there are plenty of tacky bars you may want to avoid, there are a good handful that are worth heading to after dinner.

    Clubs are also good value and keep kicking well into the early hours.

    Mleczarnia

    Ulica Włodkowica 5
    50-072 Wrocław
    Poland
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    An excellent pub with a great courtyard, attracting a cool and diverse crowd – perfect for summer drinking.

    Bar La Terazza

    Hotel Monopol, Ulica Heleny Modrzejewskiej 2
    50-071 Wrocław
    Poland
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    The terrace bar in the swanky Hotel Monopol has stunning views and an even better drinks list.

    Gradient

    Plac Solny 16
    50-221 Wrocław
    Poland
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    One for true night owls, Gradient plays banging tunes until there are only a few left standing.

    Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo

    Ulica Kazimierza Wielkiego 39
    50-077 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Wrocław’s hottest brewpub, this is the ultimate destination for beer fanatics.

    Niebo Cafe

    Ruska 51
    50-001 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Head here for live music from local acts and a friendly atmosphere.

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    Restaurants in Wroclaw

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    As with other key Polish cities, Wrocław’s food scene is blossoming. Sure, you can get classic Polish dishes featuring dumplings and rich meats, but there are ever more international spots where you can grab a bite.

    Prices are all very reasonable, wherever you go.

    Bernard

    Rynek 35
    50-102 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Price: Expensive

    Highly rated by locals and tourists, Bernard serves top-end international cuisine in a swish setting.

    Restauracja Przystan

    Ulica Księcia Witolda 2
    50-202 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Price: Expensive

    This Mediterranean restaurant fills up quickly thanks to pretty views of the River Odra.

    Wine and Olives

    Plac Wolności 7
    50-071 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Price: Moderate

    Stunning Greek and Mediterranean food with an impressive wine list and great atmosphere.

    Pod Fredra

    Rynek - Ratusz 1
    50-116 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Price: Moderate

    Found in the Town Hall, this is the best spot to eat Polish food in Wrocław.

    Piec Na Szewskiej

    Ulica Szewska 44-46
    50-139 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Price: Cheap

    The place to come for pizza, which is beautifully prepared, with a focus on veggie and vegan options.

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    Jazz Nad Odrą

    26 April – 1 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Entertaining jazz fans for over 50 years, this is one of Poland’s oldest festivals. World-renowned jazz artists fly into Wrocław to take part in jam sessions, solo performances and big-band shows. There’s also a competition for up-and-coming musicians and vocalists under 35 years old.

    Port Literacki

    1 – 30 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    This three-day literary festival attracts an impressive line-up of international and Polish authors and poets, and packs in a terrific programme of readings, poetry competitions, art and music. Readers also have the chance to listen to and engage in vigorous debates on the role of literature in today’s world.

    Non Sola Scripta

    1 June – 31 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Kościół Świętego Krzyża na Ostrowie Tumskim (Church of the Holy Cross)

    Leading Polish and international musicians perform a series of fantastic organ concerts throughout each summer. Concerts take place every Sunday evening from late June to late August, with singers and other instrumentalists often accompanying the organists, while poetry readings and improvisation add to the occasion.

    Wrocław Good Beer Festival (Wrocławski Festiwal Dobrego Piwa)

    9 – 12 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Wrocław Stadium Esplanade

    A seriously hopping celebration, Wrocław’s international beer fest spans three days over the second weekend in May. Polish, Czech and Belgian beers top the menu, but there are plenty of craft ales from across Europe among the 70-plus labels, plus live music and tasty food.

    New Horizons International Film Festival

    21 – 31 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Hundreds of industry professionals mingle at this prestigious festival, which typically screens around 350 films from 50 countries across 10 or 11 days. Over 100,000 fans head to the cinema to enjoy star-studded premieres and a carefully curated selection of boundary-pushing, often unconventional movies.

    Buskerbus: International Festival of Street Art

    1 – 31 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Rynek (Market Square) and Pub Włodkowica 21.

    Fire swallowing, juggling, acrobatics, magicians and dance are just a few of the 50-odd busking acts to entertain crowds in this travelling festival. The Buskerbus stops off at three or four Polish cities each summer, with a three-day stint in Wrocław’s Market Square.

    Wratislavia Cantans

    1 – 30 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Vocal music is the star of this classical music festival, which has been wowing audiences for the best part of 50 years. World-famous musicians, conductors and ensembles perform an outstanding mix of solo recitals and choral works encompassing both well-known and newly commissioned works.

    Dialog Wrocław: International Theatre Festival

    17 – 24 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Serious and funny, moving and thought-provoking: the eclectic assortment of plays performed at this well-respected theatrical festival draws huge, curious audiences each autumn. Theatre groups from across Europe stage world-class productions in a mixture of languages. Ideas and conversations ensue in off-stage debates and panel discussions.

    Wrocław Christmas Market

    20 November – 22 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Rynek (Market Square)

    Dinky wooden houses dot Wrocław’s market square, crammed with everything from handmade leather goods and felt bags to amber jewellery and beautiful wooden toys. Edible goodies including gingerbread hearts, roasted chestnuts and fresh cookies entice shoppers’ stomachs, while kids are enchanted by a dwarf’s house and fairytale forest.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Wroclaw

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    Wrocław is chock-full of good-value hotel rooms. Moderate, business-style accommodation abounds, although those really looking to save can find plenty of decent, locally run small establishments.

    You can enjoy 5-star luxury at knockdown prices too.

    Platinum Palace

    Ulica Powstańców Śląskich 204
    53-140 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Category: Expensive

    As the name suggests, this is one of Wrocław’s fancier pads, housed in an opulent building with wonderful rooms and great amenities.

    Art Hotel

    Ulica Kielbaśnicza 20
    50-110 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Category: Expensive

    Antique furniture and old-world charm make this city centre hotel a real winner.

    Dwór Polski

    Ulica Kielbasnicza 2
    50-108 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Category: Moderate

    Set in a gorgeous townhouse, this traditional hotel has plush rooms and a good restaurant.

    Cilantro Bed and Breakfast

    Ulica Pomorska 32/26-29
    50-218 Wrocław
    Poland
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    Category: Cheap

    This cosy bed and breakfast only has nine rooms, but offers tasteful décor and a great breakfast.

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    Climate & best time to visit Poland

    Poland’s climate is temperate with warm (often very hot) summers, crisp, sunny autumns and cold winters. Snow covers the mountainous area in the south of Poland (mid-December to April). Rain falls throughout the year. The most pleasant times to visit Poland are late spring and early summer (mid-May-June) and late summer and early autumn (September and October), when it’s still warm but unlikely to be too hot and the crowds of tourists have either not arrived yet or already gone home.

    The added advantages are that you’ll hit the asparagus season in late season and hiking is at its best in early autumn.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +48

    Telephone

    You can buy telephone cards from post offices, newspaper kiosks and hotel receptions for both domestic and international calls.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies; most of the country is covered. You can buy local SIM cards once in Poland and use them in unlocked GSM handsets, with top-ups available at phone shops, newspaper kiosks and some ATMs.

    Internet

    There are many internet cafés in cities and Wi-Fi is available in hotels, hostels and cafés and plenty of other public spaces.

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    Shopping in Wroclaw

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    Key Areas

    Wrocław is something of a shoppers’ paradise. Head to the streets around Rynek to snap up souvenirs, or make for Jatki, a cool street selling cutting-edge art. Ulica Świdnicka and Ulica Oławska are great for window shopping.

    Markets

    If you go to one market in Wrocław, make it Hala Targowa. This amazing covered market was designed by Max Berg, the man who built the city’s Centennial Hall. Downstairs is all about fresh local produce, a foodie’s paradise. Upstairs you can find odd knick-knacks, great for unique presents.

    Shopping Centres

    The city centre’s malls, including Arkady (ulica Powstańców Śląskich 2-4) and Renoma (ulica Świdnicka 40), play home to the best international fashion brands. However, real shopaholics should take the ride out to Magnolia Park (ulica Legnicka 58), with designer stores and plenty of other attractions to keep non-shoppers entertained.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Poles are friendly, industrious people and foreigners are usually made very welcome. There are vast contrasts between urban and rural life and the Polish peasantry is very religious and conservative, maintaining a traditional lifestyle. Roman Catholicism plays an important role in daily life and criticism or jokes about religion are not appreciated, despite the general good humour of the people.

    Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting; an older man will often kiss a woman’s hand.

    Normal courtesies are observed when visiting private homes, and it is customary to bring flowers, preferably in odd numbers. Fairly conservative casual wear is the most suitable attire, but dress should be formal when specified for entertaining in the evening or in a smart restaurant. Smoking is banned in public places, including railway stations, restaurants and bars.

    Photography

    Military installations including border points should not be photographed.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated, and while relatively safe may cause mild abdominal upsets. Do not drink water from rivers or lakes even if they look pristinely clean as it may contain bacteria or viruses that can bring on diarrhoea and vomiting. Make use of the public wells for better tasting water; bottled water is available everywhere. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

    Two words of caution – a lot of dishes in Polish cuisine are stuffed or wrapped. Avoid them at a cafeteria or buffet if they look like they have outlasted their shelf life. Also, Poles can be big drinkers and vodka is the national drink. You definitely won’t be able to keep up with your fellow drinkers for long. Go easy and either miss a few turns or sip your drink in stages. Otherwise count on the mother of all hangovers and an upset stomach the next day.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Another one is against tick-borne encephalitis. This is spread by small insects that burrow under the skin and in recent years has become a common problem in parts of central and eastern Europe. Encephalitis is a serious infection of the brain, and vaccination is advised particularly for campers and hikers. Anyone who is considering spending a lot of time outdoors in affected areas should consider getting the jab before they leave home. Two inoculations of the vaccine will protect the recipient for a year while three doses provide protection for up to three years.

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    Visa & Immigration

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