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Tour of Wroclaw, Poland

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Wroclaw (pronounced Vrot-swav) is the main city of the region of Lower Silesia, in south-western Poland. Over the centuries, because of its southwestern location close to the German & Austrian borders, the city has been part of Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, and for many centuries, Germany under the name Breslau.

After World War II, Wroclaw became part of Poland under the terms of the Potsdam Conference.

The currency in Poland is the Zloty, 1 pound = about 5 Zloty. Beer Prices . Currency Converter.

Flight times from UK Airports to Wroclaw are about 2 hours 30 min.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Wroclaw Copernicus Airport and Bristol . Cork . Dublin . East Midlands . Glasgow . Liverpool . London/Stanstead . Shannon .

For information on other airlines that fly to Wroclaw Copernicus Airport, as well as International Airlines, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernicus_Airport_Wroclaw.

Wroclaw Copernicus Airport , is situated in Strachowice, 8 miles west of the centre of town. The airport was opened in the 30s as a small German airbase. Google Map.

The inexpensive 406 Bus runs between Wroclaw Airport and Wroclaw Central Railway/Bus Station taking about 20 minutes, running 2 an hour.

Inexpensive Taxis also run when requested or Airport transfers can be booked through the website www.wroclawtransfers.com for about 23 Euros.

Car Hire Companies at Wroclaw Airport.

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The Market Square is situated in the centre of Wroclaw, about 1.2 miles north of the main Railway/Bus Station.

This is the centre of the Old Town, popular for shopping and dining.

The Main Square, or 'Rynek', was laid out in the 1200s, after the city was ruined by the Mongols. Although the Square has maintained its original layout, the impressive houses around it were built and rebuilt over the following centuries from Gothic to Art Nouveau styles.

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Wroclaw City Hall is situated in the Market Square.

The historic City Hall was built in 1300s Brick Gothic style.

The Town Hall is the main building in the Market Square, and for centuries, the most important building in the city.

John Paul II has visited the City Hall.

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The University of Wroclaw is situated about 0.7 miles north of the Market Square.

King Vladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary signed the foundation deed for this university on 20th July 1505.

The university grew most in the late 1800s, when it was known as the University of Breslau.

Poles had become a minority during to Germanisation of Wroclaw, with Polish students only making up about 10% of students by 1871.

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As Germany turned to Nazism during the 1930s, Polish students would be beaten by NSDAP members if they spoke Polish. In 1939, all Polish students were prevented from entering the university.

The German professors left the city in January 1945, after Germany were defeated in the Second World War, 6 years after they had declared Poles would never use the university again.

Many of the buildings were partially destroyed during war. The following years saw the Soviet Union place the university under the control of the People's Republic of Poland. The German population in the area was then encouraged to relocate to Germany.

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Panorama Raclawicka is situated about 0.7 miles northeast of the Market Square.

This building holds a huge painting 120 metres x 15 metres, showing the victory of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, when he led a group of regulars and peasant volunteers, to a victory over the Russian Army at the battle of Raclawice 4th April 1794.

The painting was designed to give visitors the impression they are at the battle.

www.panoramaraclawicka.pl . Google Map / Reviews.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is situated about 1 mile northeast of the Market Square.

This is a gothic church with neogothic additions, the fourth church to have been built on the site, wih the first church built in the 900s.

The first cathedral was destroyed around 1030, leading to a larger Roman cathedral being built at the times of Casimir I. A fire on 9th June 1759, caused so much damage, it took 150 years to repair.

The cathedral was again almost destroyed during the siege of the city by the Red Army in 1945.

Reconstruction of the main building took until 1951, and the towers were restored in 1991.

The cathedral holds the largest organ in Poland, once the largest organ in the world.

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The Wroclaw Botanical Garden is situated about 1.2 miles northeast of the Market Square.

The gardens were created from 1811 to 1816 as a scientific experiment. They have since become a popular attraction for locals and visitors to the city.

The gardens hold cactus and palm houses, aquariums, plant shop with a cafe, and a large pond with scenic bridges.

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Hala Ludowa Exibition Hall is situated about 2.5 miles east of the Market Square.

This is huge concrete exhibition hall built when Wroclaw was the German city of Breslau, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of defeating Napoleon in the Battle of Leipzig 16-19 October 1813.

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The hall is 295,000 cubic metres, 42 metres high, with a 23 metre dome.

Now known as The Centennial Hall or People's Hall, it is used for hosting special events such as trade exhibitions and concerts.

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The Japanese Garden is situated about 2.5 miles east of the Market Square, next to the Hala Ludowa Exibition Hall.

The gardens were built for the 1913 World Fair in Wroclaw. It was designed by Count Fritz von Hochberg, a fan of Japanese culture.

The gardens were renovated in 1994 with the help of Japanese professionals from the city of Nagoya.

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The City Zoological Garden is situated about 2.5 miles east of the Market Square, next to the Hala Ludowa Exibition Hall..

The Zoo was originally built in 1865, the oldest zoo in Poland.

The zoo has the largest collection of animals in Poland, with about 600 different species.

www.wroclaw-life.com/wroclaw/zoo. Google Map / Reviews.

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The Dwarfs of Wroclaw began appearing in August 2005. The dwarfs are connected to the Orange Alternative movement from 1982. At that time, funny looking dwarfs were painted as graffiti over anti-Communist slogans.

The dwarfs seen today are statues / sculpted by Tomasz Moczek, a graduate of the local Fine Arts Academy.

Ksia'z Castle is situated by the town of Walbrzych, 43 miles southwest of Wroclaw.

This is the third largest castle in Poland, one of the largest castles in Europe.

The earliest parts of the castle are from the 1200s, built for Bolko I. The castle has been severely damaged and rebuilt many times over the centuries.

In 1941, the castle was taken over by the Nazis and again severely damaged. After the war, the Red Army was accused of causing further damage to the building.

Restoration work began in 1952, restoring the building to its former grandeur.

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Auschwitz was the largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps. Its is situated in Poland about 35 miles west of Krakow, 140 miles southeast of Wroclaw. The camp took its name from the nearby town of Oswiecim.

Following the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Oswiecim was taken over by Nazi Germany and renamed Auschwitz, the town's German name.

Tours can be booked from Wroclaw, though Krakow and Katowice are closer.

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For more information on Wroclaw, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wroclaw.

For tours of Wroclaw and the area, visit: www.wroclawtraveltours.com

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