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Market Square from above

Wrocław[1] (Polish: Wrocław, pronounced Vrots-swaf; also known by its German and English name Breslau until 1945) is the largest city and capital of Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland. Wroclaw is also one of the historic capitals of Silesia. Wrocław played as a host city during the Euro 2012 Championship, and is slated to become the 2016 European Capital of Culture [2]. With a population close to 630,000 and a metropolitan figure well over a million, Wrocław is the fourth largest city in Poland, and is among one of the republic's major manufacturing, banking, industrial, tourist and cultural centers.

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Boroughs[edit]

Wrocław is divided into five administrative boroughs. Most of the city's main tourist attractions are located directly in the center, though several major points of interest can be found further afield.

Boroughs of Wrocław
Stare Miasto (Rynek, Town Hall, Salt Square, St. Elizabeth's Church, St. Maria Magdalena Church, Panorama Racławicka, Park Juliusza Słowackiego, National Museum in Wrocław, Museum of Architecture.)
The commercial and tourist core of the city, the highly picturesque Stare Miasto (or Old Town) offers an array of attractions and cultural events, making it easily the central focal point for any visit to Wrocław.
Śródmieście (Most Tumski, Ostrów Tumski, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Botanical Garden, Wyspa Słodowa, Centennial Hall, Wrocław Fountain, Park Szczytnicki, Japanese Garden, Wrocław Zoo.)
The main feature of the Śródmieście borough is Ostrów Tumski, a collection of picturesque islands making up the historical heart of the city. Away from Ostrów Tumski's cobblestone streets and island parks are grand boulevards, stately apartments and mansions, and an array of sites.
Psie Pole
The northern borough of Wrocław is a mixture of residential and industrial buildings.
Krzyki (Wrocław Główny, Dworzec autobusowy, Park Południowy, Sky Tower.)
A mostly residential area south of the central core, Krzyki is home to many of the city's key rail and bus transportation centers, as well as features one of Poland's tallest structures.
Fabryczna (Park Tysiąclecia, Municipal Stadium, Wrocław-Copernicus Airport.)
The western area of the city, known originally as an industrial area, is today a quiet district. Wrocław's main sports stadium, as well as its international airport, are found in this borough.

Understand[edit]

Wrocław is the largest and most important city in southwestern Poland, situated within the historic province of Lower Silesia. The city boasts fascinating architecture, many rivers, islands, bridges, and a lively metropolitan cultural scene. Like many cities in Central Europe, Wroclaw carries a troubled past, having seen outright violence and devastation throughout its long history. Prior to the Second World War, Wroclaw (Breslau in German) was the capital of the German province of Prussian Lower Silesia. Wrocław was largely destroyed due to a devastating siege at the war's end, as the Red Army encircled the Nazi-declared "fortress city" during the Soviet push into Germany. The region was annexed by Poland at the war's conclusion following the Allies's decision to move the German-Polish border westward to the Oder-Neisse Line. In the decades to follow, reconstructions and renovations throughout Wrocław have wonderfully restored the city to its former glory, and can be counted among one of the urban highlights of both Poland and Central Europe. As Poland rushes headlong into further integration with the rest of Europe, now is the time to visit before the tourist hordes (and high prices) arrive. Wrocław's international profile as a business and tourist center is currently on the rise, with a number Japanese and Korean businessmen and families now calling the city home. Additionally, a small yet growing Italian community congregating in the Little Italy neighborhood in the Old Town has grown considerably in recent years.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Wrocław is served by Wrocław–Copernicus Airport [3] (WRO). The airlines that fly into the city include Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Poland's national carrier LOT together with it's daughter company Eurolot. Additional low cost airlines flying to and from Wrocław include Germanwings, Ryanair and Wizz Air. Domestic flights connect Wrocław with Warszawa, Gdańsk and Lublin.

A bus 406 operates from the airport terminal building to central Wrocław between 5 AM and 11 PM every 20 minutes. There is also a night bus 249 available. A journey planner JakDojadę can be helpful to check bus schedule. Single-ride ticket from Wroclaw Airport to the city center costs 3.00 PLN (or 1.50 PLN for students or ISIC/EURO 26 Holders).

Alternative airports to reach Wrocław are Poznań International Airport (POZ) or Katowice International Airport (KTW). Katowice is situated approx. 200 km east of Wrocław and its airport is serving more destinations. From the airport, take the PKM Katowice bus (26 PLN) to the Katowice train station and then continue with a train or an express bus to Wrocław.

By train[edit]

Wrocław Główny at night.

Wrocław Główny, the city's main train station, serves as a major hub in the Polish rail network, with many daily trains arriving from and departing to all major Polish cities (route planner [4]). There are about 10 daily departures to Warsaw. Travel time varies from five hours by a InterCity train and up to almost seven hours with a TLK (fast) train. Many trains to Poznań also originate here, from where travel to Warsaw or Berlin is also possible. Several trains a day also go to Kraków. There are also international connections to Hamburg (via Berlin), Prague, Dresden, Kiev (via Lviv) and Budapest. Wrocław Główny is also a major departure and arrival point for smaller cities and towns throughout Lower Silesia.

By bus[edit]

Wrocław is a stop on the Eurolines [5] international coach network. All international and national buses stop at the PKS Centrum station which is located directly behind the main train station. The actual timetable can be found on [6] (click "Odjazdy autobusów z Dworca Centralnego PKS").

PolskiBus operates routes to Berlin, Katowice, Prague and Warsaw (via Łódź). Tickets are only available online [7], but traveling with them is comfortable. Buses are brand new and free WiFi is available on-board. Tickets are cheap when bought in advance. One-way tickets are available from 1 zł (plus 1 for reservation).

There are many fast and comfortable buses to Kraków run by Link-bus [8] with on-line prices starting from 15 zł (up to 40 zł when you buy last minute). They fast grow is largely helped by poor railway infrastructure management and endless modernization on the line along.

Another company that rides to Kraków and back (with a stop in Katowice) is Lajkonik [9]. Three runs everyday each direction. One way ticket is 43 zł (and there are some small discounts for students).

You can also use check bus connections here [10] and for many of them you can buy tickets on-line.

By car[edit]

Wrocław is located next to the A4 motorway, Poland's main southern car artery. The A4 motorway links the metropolis to further cities to the west, including Dresden across the border, as well as Opole, Katowice, Kraków and Rzeszów to the east. The A8 motorway acts as a western bypass of Wrocław, continued onward by the S8 expressway that will eventually connect the city to Łódź by 2015. From the south, Wrocław is accessed by DK8, a slow national road that feeds into the Czech Republic.

Get around[edit]

The centre of Wrocław is completely navigable on foot, though the city has an excellent public transport system with excellent access to the suburbs and outlying attraction. This is helped by 60 bus lines and 25 tram lines. For much of the decade, large areas of Wroclaw were closed closed for extensive road works and renovations, and some continue to this day. Travelers could potentially expect diversions, and journey times in and out of the city have increased especially at peak times and a few tram lines have been diverted or removed from service temporarily.

By bus or tram[edit]

Public transport in Wrocław is handled by Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne Sp. z o.o. we Wrocławiu, better known under its abbreviation MPK Wrocław [11]. MPK buses are colored yellow and red (after the city's official colors) and its tram fleet colored white and blue.

Tickets[edit]

Tickets for municipal buses and trams are sold in lots of places. Look for Ruch kiosks, post offices. You should be able to buy them in most newspaper stores also. In the city centre, visitors can find a variety of modern ticket machines offering all types of fares. [12]. In every bus and tram there should be a ticket machine installed also [13]. Payment on these machines can be made by credit or debit card (Visa/Master Card/American Express). Watch out, Maestro is not accepted! You must validate your ticket (also a period one) on board, or face a 120zł fine if caught by an inspector (100zł if paid within 7 days).

One of the modern Škoda models in Wrocław's tram fleet.

Ticket prices: There are two types of tickets (prices: normal fare/discounted fare):

One ride tickets: for normal lines 3.00zł/1.50zł, for express or night bus - 3.20zł/1.60zł. These tickets are not time-based or route-based - you must pay each time you enter a different vehicle.

Period tickets: 30-minutes - 3.00zł/1.50zł, 60-minutes - 4.40zł/2.20zł, 90-minutes - 6.00zł/3.00zł, 24-hours - 11.00zł/5.50zł, 48-hours - 20.00zł/10.00zł, 72-hours - 26.00zł/13.00zł.

If you travel with large bags (such as backpacks) you must buy a 1.50zł ticket for the bag.

If your stay will be longer check the Urbancard offer [14].

Route numbers[edit]

  • 0-24, 31-33 — trams
  • 70-79 — temporary trams
  • A,C,D,E,K,N — express lines (ticket costs 3,20zł)
  • 100-149 — normal buses
  • 3xx — normal buses, peak hours only
  • 4xx — accelerated buses
  • 6xx — suburban buses
  • 7xx — temporary buses
  • 240-259 — night buses (ticket costs 3,20zł)

By taxi[edit]

  • List of Taxi companies [15].

See[edit][add listing]

Wroclaw Cathedral
  • The Rynek, or central square, is the architectural centre-point of Wroclaw, and its most obvious attraction. It is one of the biggest town squares in Europe, and is lined on all sides with photogenic and interesting buildings. Centre of tourist life, place where tourists drink beer (especially in well-known Spiż pub).
    Wroclaw Town Hall
    • Town Hall, ul. Sukiennice 14, south side of the Rynek, open 11am-5pm (closed Monday), admission 4zł. It now serves as the Museum of City Art [16]. Construction of the town hall began in the 14th century. The building features stunning Gothic interiors.
  • Salt Square pl. Solny, formerly salt market, now flower market.
  • Ostrów Tumski, a group of islands on the Oder River with Cathedral, many old churches and a few hundred year old buildings. For those who would have romantic evening, walking through mystery brick stoned streets and Tumski bridge is a MUST. It is complete with hand-lit oil lamps lit nightly.
    • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, ul. Katedralna, open 10am-6pm (closed Sundays), admission 4zł, tower admission 5zł. Dating from the 13th century, featuring stunning architecture and the largest church organ in Poland. Has elevator to the top, so this is the one to go to if you can't climb. Good river and city views from this one.
  • St. Elizabeth's Church, ul. Elżbiety 1, open 9am-4pm (1pm-4pm Sundays), tower admission (no lift) 5zł. On the northeast side of the Rynek, this is a large and imposing medieval building with a 90m high tower with spectacular views over the old town.
  • St. Maria Magdalena Church The big church a block south of the Rynek, you can also climb this tower for 5 zł. Between the two towers, there is a small bridge known as the Penances Bridge, where you can walk along and enjoy the cityrama. Views are great, but if you can only do one, St Elizabeth is probably the one to do. However, the bridge makes a good story to tell people at home.
  • The Centennial Hall [17], a historic building, constructed by architect Max Berg in 1911-1913, when the city was part of the German Empire. As an early landmark of reinforced concrete architecture, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.
    The Centennial Hall
    • The Wrocław Fountain [18], a multimedia fountain located within in the Pergola next to Centennial Hall in Wrocław. The one hectare fountain incorporates about 300 jets to create a screen of water for animation display. There are also 800 lights. When frozen in winter, the fountain is a 4700 square meter ice skating rink.
    • Wroclaw Aiguille - a distinctive object placed close to the Centennial Hall.
Wroclaw Japanese Garden
  • Park Szczytnicki, East-central Wrocław. The largest and oldest park in the city, spanning over a few kilometers, it's a common place for walks. Becomes incredibly colorful in autumn and should not be missed if you travel there in late September or October. The Centennial Hall (listed above) is a good entry point to the park.
    • Japanese Garden [19], a part of Park Szczytnicki, open 9am-7pm April - October, admission 4zł. A remainder from the 'World Expo' of 1913 held in Wrocław, this is a large landscaped garden restored post-flooding with the assistance of the Japanese government. Beautiful and well worth a visit.
  • Park Południowy - south park, ul. Powstancow Slaskich. The most visited park in Wroclaw, both by locals and tourists. Planned in the end of XIX century as landscape park it features beautiful lawns and picturesque pond with swans.
  • Sky Tower [20], completed in 2012, this 212 meter-high office and apartment building is among one of the tallest buildings in Poland and in Central Europe. For between 14 zł to 5 zł, visitors can ascend up its high speed elevator to the 49th floor to see excellent views of the city and the surrounding region.
  • Eastern Park (pl: Park Wschodni) on the bank of Oława river is a masterpiece of design, but left forgotten for decades. After few years of restoration it's now a true gem especially worth visiting in April when wetland flowers are blooming or autumn when vegetation turns into picturesque blend of reds, yellows and gold. As it borders semi-wild forests and has plenty of water, you may even watch swans taking care of their nests just few meters from the walking path.
  • Synagogue "Under the White Stork", ul. Włodkowica, 19th century synagogue in the "District of four religions".
  • Botanical Garden, ul. Sienkiewicza, one of the oldest and richest botanical gardens in Poland. Admission 5 zl.
  • Promenade - beautifull place for long walks along old town moat with lots of trees, parks and Partyzantow hill with view over the old town.
  • Wrocław Główny or Central Station, ul. Pilsudskiego. Considered the most beautiful railway station in all of Poland, Wrocław Główny was built in the mid-19th century in a mixture of English Victorian and Arabic-tinged architecture. The station was beautifully restored in 2012.

Museums[edit]

  • Panorama Racławicka [21], ul. Purkyniego 11, open 9:30am-5pm (Tuesday-Sunday), admission 25 zł (student and family discounts apply). Perhaps the most-visited tourist site in Wrocław, it consists of a large canvas painting wrapped around a viewing rotunda. It creates a 360 degree view of the Battle of Racławice (1794) between Russian troops and Polish insurrectionists. The battle was a victory for the Poles, however the Russians ultimately won the war. Visits are conducted in tour groups roughly every half-hour and foreign-language audio guides are available.
A view of Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island).
  • City Museum of Wrocław [22] has several subsidiaries:
    • Town Hall Museum of City Art [23]
    • Museum of Archeology [24] and Military Museum [25] in Arsenal, ul. Cieszynskiego 9.
    • Historical Museum in the Royal Palace, [26], ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 35
  • National Museum in Wrocław [27], pl. Powstańców Warszawy 5, open 10am-4pm (closed Monday), admission 15zł. Features a large collection of Polish art. since 2011 there is a new Gallery of Contemporary Art in the attic.
  • Wrocław Contemporary Museum [28], pl. Strzegomski 2a, open Mon. 10-12, Tu. closed, Wed.-Sun. 12-20. Admission 10 zł, reduced 5, Thu free. Until 2016, the museum is located temporarily in a World War II-era air-raid shelter. Contemporary art, photography, also a club and a cafeteria with nice views.
  • Museum of Architecture [29], ul. Bernardyńska 5. Mon. closed, Wed. free. Tickets 10 zł, reduced 7 zł. Museum is located in a 15th century post-Bernardine Gothic buildings - St Bernardine of Sienna Church and a monastic quadrangle with a garden.
  • Ethnographic Museum, [30], ul. Traugutta 111/113. Mo. closed, Sat. free. Located in the former summer Palace of Wrocław Bishops. Collection concentrates on folk art.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Opera Wrocławska [31], ul. Świdnicka 35.
  • Music Theatre Capitol [32], ul. J. Piłsudskiego 72.
  • Polski Theatre [33], ul. Zapolskiej 3
  • Współczesny Theatre (Contemporary Theatre) [34], ul. Rzeźnicza 12.
  • Wrocław Philharmonic [35], ul. Piłsudskiego 19 - different kinds of concerts: symphonic, choral, early music, jazz, popular music.
  • Go to the rope park on Opatowicka island, Opatowicka Wyspa Przygody.
  • Hunt for the city's 160+ gnomes and dwarves. [36]

Festivals[edit]

Festival of Good Beer (Festiwal Dobrego Piwa) - takes place each year on the second weekend of May, it takes three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Nowe Horyzonty (New Horizons) - International Film Festival. Best Film Festival in Poland. Ten days of films, concerts and exhibitions. End of July [37]

The Sky Tower overlooking the Wrocław skyline.

Dialog Festival - International Theatre Festival. October [38]

International Festival Wratislavia Cantans - oratorio and cantata music in Wroclaw's historical venues. September [39]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Thanks to the influx of Italian immigrants in recent years, Wrocław boasts many authentic pizzerias and Italian related dining options, along with other eateries offering regular Polish cuisine. Japanese and Korean newcomers to Wrocław have also added Korean barbecue and sushi to the provincial capital's long list of eateries.

Budget[edit]

Pierożek, Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 20 (next to the Casino, close to the Scandic Hotel) - according to many Wroclavians, the best pierogi in Wrocław, priced at about 10 zł for a small portion (you may need to order two if you're hungry). Try pierogi ruskie (with potatoes and cottage cheese) with kefir and barszcz (borscht) and nalesnik (pancakes) to experience what real Polish pierogi ought to taste like. The place is small and basic, you may need to wait for a seat, but the food is top-notch.

Zupa, Szewska 24/26 (behind the building) - new and trendy soup bar with options for vegetarians/vegans. Good if you want to just eat and go. Prices 7-15 zl.

Sawara, pl. Solidarności 1. Not strictly polish cuisine (it's turkish), but very tasty and cheap. Try "zestaw falafel" or "mtabal". Prices 4-25 zl.

Cultural note: the "bars" listed below are in fact self-service canteens, known as milk bars (bar mleczny), offering inexpensive and traditional Polish meals. They are a gastronomic and cultural experience. They should be open even on national holidays. Expect short queues.

Bar Miś, 48 Kuźnicza Street, 700 ft. north of Rynek (Market Place or central square). M-F 7-18 and Sa 8-17. Offers an ample and diversified menu, including meat-based dishes. Students, staff and professors of the University of Wroclaw usually eat there, together with homeless people, elderly and pensioners. After entering go to the cash desk (at the left corner) and order your meal (Polish only). Turn right, go to the food counter and handle your receipt to the person serving the meals. Mains 1.50-4.50 zl.

Bar Bazylia, Kuźnicza Street / corner of Universytecki Square, 300 ft. after bar "Miś", inside the building of University's Law Department. Very clean and fast service. Offers a more stylish ambient. Mains 3-9 zl.

Bar Mewa, Dubois Street, 7 minutes walk north from Rynek through University Main Building and Pomorski Bridge. M-F 8-18, Sa & Su 9-16. The cheapest. Offers some dishes only at specific hours: pierogi - 13:00, pancakes - 14:00, pierogi with cabbage - 15:00, potato pancakes - 16:00. You pay directly at the food delivery counter (Polish only). This is one of the cheapest places to eat, where 4-5zl (1 EUR) will fill your stomach with delicious, varied food.

Mid-range[edit]

Abrams' Tower - Resto Bar and Wine Shop (also formerly known as Baszta and La luz), 14 Krainskiego Street. Both the first wine bar and multi-ethnic kitchen in Wroclaw, with delicious food influenced mainly by Mexican but also a unique menu of "Global Tapas", Thai, Indian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, Italian and other dishes, relying on authentic preparation and ingredients. Their Mexican selection is on the level of high caliber Tex-Mex cuisine, including fresh cilantro (coriander), imported corn tortillas, jalapenos and chipotles. Yet prices are very reasonable. They also serve a wonderful selection of quality wines. Situated inside a 13th century tower, it's a bit hidden in a courtyard behind old buildings made in the socialist times but a rare jewel worth the effort to find, an alternative to the crowded city's market square. The first floor has a decor of illuminated wine bottles and ethnic music is also played from Caribbean to gypsy to acid jazz and Latin rhythms. Lounge sofa seating with big fluffy pillows lining the walls, antique furniture and candles everywhere, lends a very comfortable homey atmosphere. Food is served until late evening and while cigarettes are not allowed, shisha is available on the bar floor, the staff friendly and English speaking.

Amalfi, Wiezienna Street. The only place in southwestern Poland serving authentic thin-slice Italian pizza from a proper, scorching-hot wood oven. Tastes just like in Rome. About 15 zl for a pizza for one person. The owners are Italian.

Wines and olives, pl. Wolności - traditional greek/mediterranean cuisine with high quality food and amazing wine. Prices 15-90 zl.

Nalanda, pl. Kosciuszki. Restaurant mixed with bookstore, vegetarian food, prices 20-50 zl.

Gruzińskie Chaczapuri, Mikolaja Street (nearly adjacent to Market Square), a budding franchise originating from Krakow, serves Georgian food (khachapuri). Try "lawasz z adżapsandałem" (dough filled with a tasty mix of tomatoes, bell peppers, aubergines, garlic and goat cheese) for about 15 zl.

Mexico Bar, Rzeźnicza Street. A favorite of many Wroclavians. As long as you are willing to eat a somewhat modified version of Mexican cuisine, you should enjoy the large, rich portions at Mexico Bar. You might want to order the "hot" (na ostro) version of your dish, as the regular dishes are surprisingly mild. This is a small, popular place, so you may have to wait for your seat at the bar.

Monsieur Cafe, Więzienna 31. A cosy cafe with simple light wood furniture and tables standing right in the middle of the small street in the summer. Decent tapas served on wooden boards, coffee and inexpensive prosecco. A starter plus some sparkling wine or cider cost around 25 zl per person.

  • Masala Grill & Bar, ul. Kuźnicza 3 (close to the main square), +48 71 302 69 49, [40]. 11AM-midnight. An Indian restaurant. The restaurant is air conditioned, has a seating capacity of 110 and is child friendly. The cuisine is Indian keeping European tastes in mind. The Xpress Lunch combo is a favourite and very reasonably priced with a free soft drink. The main menu has a wide variety of dishes to choose from including soups, salads, starters, Tandoori Grill, special Indian curries, fragrant basmati rice and Indian bread (naan). The bar at the restaurant specializes in a wide variety of eye-catching cocktails and mocktails.  edit
  • Le Bistrot Parisien (French restaurant in Wrocław), ul. Nożownicza I D, [41]. Small place, genuine French cuisine, good for dates.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Świdnicka cellar[42] - Supposedly the oldest restaurant in Europe. Some people say "If you haven't been to Świdnicka cellar, you haven't been to Wrocław".

Radisson Hotel. Next to Panorama Racławicka.

Pod papugami. At Rynek, next to Spiż Cellar (see above). Offers good meals and a good selection of salads.

  • Novocaina, Rynek 13, +48 (71) 3436915, [43]. Organic-based pizza and pasta dishes. Reservations are necessary, but can be made a day in advance through their website.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Rozrusznik, ul. Cybulskiego (go from city centre through Pomorski bridge, after crossing the river first street to the left). Probably the best coffee in the city - they really know how to do it. Forget Starbucks. Prices 5-20 zl.

One of the city's many iconic dwarf statues.

There's quite a significant number of different clubs and pubs in Wroclaw. Most of them are located in the centre of the old town, many good ones however, are situated a few crossings from the Town Square, not within its very borders. The Town Square mostly contains some not very specific, quite expensive restaurants, although it is definitely needed to mention the Spiż Cellar, an interesting mini-brewery with a few tasty kinds of locally made beer and a unique interior design. There are also two discos quite popular among fans of house/techno music - Daytona and Związki. However, pub-wanderers, who want to meet interesting people and/or get involved in some discussions will probably enjoy places situated in some less obvious locations than right in the Town Square. Good examples of such places are:

Mleczarnia (pronounced 'Mletcharnya'), [44], ul. Włodkowica 5 - a bit further from the Town Square but still not too far, near the main courthouse in a quiet street - quite a large pub occupying the basement and ground level of an old fin-de-siecle building. It has unique dark, cozy, wooden interiors and a specific atmosphere. Music played is quite specific and varied - among the styles played are: Jewish music, jazz, progressive rock, film music and others. There are often some cultural events, like discussion clubs or film projections taking place in the basement. They also have a hostel in that same building.

Bezseność (Insomnia), [45], ul. Ruska 51, upstairs. Concerts, film screenings. Popular place.

Setka, [46], ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 50A, on the corner. Supposedly PRL (Communist) style, well - kitschy. But open 24/7 with cheap alcohol (4 PLN for a glass of beer or shot of vodka) and good meals.

There are also clubs dedicated especially to rock music fans, in Wrocław. Among the most popular are:

Od Zmierzchu do Świtu (From Dusk till Dawn), [47], ul. Krupnicza 15 - located opposite the main courthouse in a basement. You can regularly hear live music there. On Wednesdays there are concerts of young rock bands, and on Thursdays, jam sessions featuring a bunch of resident performers are commom. Their level varies from great to moderate. On Fridays and Saturdays there are rock parties with a DJ.

There's also plenty of other clubs and pubs in Wroclaw. It's a great adventure to explore them as most have their own specific style and atmosphere.

Beer[edit]

  • Spiż [48] Cellar - see how to brew beer and how delicious it tastes.
  • Beer gardens on the main square in the summer.
  • Świdnicka cellar[49] - Supposedly the oldest restaurant in Europe. Some people say "If you haven't been to Świdnicka cellar, you haven't been to Wrocław".

PRICES:

  • Beer 0,5 l: 4-7 PLN in bars, 2-4 PLN in shops
  • Wine glass: 7-12 PLN
  • Vodka shot: 4-7 PLN

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Alien Hostel, ul. Sienkiewicza 31, '''PL +48 519 115 075, EN and DE: +48 781 180 911''' (), [50]. English, German and Polish speaking staff. From 50 PLN, no dorms.  edit
  • Boogie Hostel, ul. Ruska 35, +48 71 342 44 72 (), [51]. Offer you cheap accommodation in comfortable conditions in the very centre of Wrocław. You are welcome to choose from 19 and very spacious but cosy rooms both private (for 1, 2, 3 or 4 people), as well as for many people (8 or 10).  edit
  • Dom Wrocławski, ul. Milicka 42, +48 71 352 90 20 (), [52]. Offer you cheap accommodation in comfortable conditions in Wrocław. Free WiFi. from 109 PLN for double room.  edit
  • Flower Power Hostel, al. Lipowa 15/2, +48 71 794 98 68 (), [53]. Eco. Located in a '20s villa in a quiet area not far from the center. Very friendly and helpful English speaking staff. Bicycles for hire (10 zł per day). Well equipped kitchen and common room with travel literature. Pets welcome. 40 zł dorm bed.  edit
  • * Grampa's Hostel, pl. Św Macieja 2/1, +48 71 787 84 44 (), [54]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:30. Great value for money! Good location with connections to everywhere in the city. Free Breakfast, Free High Speed Wifi, Laundry. Hostel with big fully equipped kitchen and big common room. Friendly English speaking staff + lots of social events and nice people. 35 zł dorm bed.  edit
  • HiWay Hostel [55]. Price form: 35 zł (8 bedded dorm). Apparently the smallest hostel in Wroclaw. Comfortable facilities, WiFi, Internet, free breakfast, laundry, friendly staff. Only few minutes walk from Ostrow Tumski and Panorama Raclawicka. About 15 minutes from the Main Square.
  • Hostel Babel, [56]. Located within a stone's throw of the old city, just around the corner from the train station. Sheets, lockers and Internet are provided. There is a media lounge where you can watch DVD movies and play video games. Formerly called The Stranger Hostel. Dorm bed from 45 zl.  edit
  • International Youth Hostels
  • The One Hostel, Rynek 30, +48 71 337 2402 (), [59]. Elegant hostel in the centre (on the Main Square). Dorm beds from 40 zł.  edit
  • Chopper Hostel, Kotlarska 42, +48 71 344 3781 (), [60]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Biker friendly hostel in the centre of Wroclaw. Dorm beds from 35 PLN.  edit
  • U Szermierzy, ul. Zygmunta Krasińskiego 30b (By the large brown doors under the 'U Szermierzy' sign is an intercom; enter '55' and the receptionist will buzz you in. Walk directly ahead (through a large corridor and a second identical set of large brown doors) into the courtyard, where you will see the hostel entrance straight ahead.), +48 71 343 49 89, [61]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 10:00. Treading the line between hostel and cheap hotel, "U Szermierzy" has 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bed rooms, the more expensive ones equipped with en suites and televisions. Dilapidated but clean, and less than 1 km from the Old Town Market. Free parking available, enter via ul. Generała Romualda Traugutta, 150m east of the intersection with ul. Zygmunta Krasińskiego. Free Wi-Fi internet access. single from 70 zł, double with bathroom and shower 90 zł. (51.1062,17.0441) edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Qubus Hotel Wrocław [62]- Four-star hotel located in the heart of the city, near a beautiful Market Square. There is also a fitness centre with body-building gym, sauna, jacuzzi and swimming pool.
  • Hotel System [63] is one of the newest hotels in Wroclaw, conveniently situated close to the city centre but at the same time not far from major roads, (E67 8 Wroclaw - Warsaw, and E261 5 Wroclaw - Poznan).
  • Scandic Wrocław [64] is the first hotel in Poland managed by the most popular Scandinavian hotel chain, ideally situated in the very centre of Wrocław, close to the Old Town and to the Railway Station, easily accesible from the A4 highway.
  • Nowa Apartments Wrocław [65] two, modern high-standard flats that can accommodate 4 persons each, 10 minutes on foot to city square - located on Nowa Street. Exceptional concept for providing accommodation (flats names are Enzo and Muza), good prices for good quality. Enjoy.

Splurge[edit]

  • Art Hotel [66] is the best hotel in Wrocław in 2005 according to "Forbes".
  • Hotel Monopol [67] Located in the very centre of the city. Room prices are generally around 250 zł for a single room and 400 zł for a double room. The hotel is located next door to the recently restored opera house.

Stay Safe[edit]

Wrocław, like most of Poland, is a very safe city, with violent crime very rare. However, visitors should exercise standard caution and safeguard your valuables, especially around crowded places such as in Market Square. In pubs and clubs, never leave your belongings unattended. In the case of an emergency, people can dial the all-purpose emergency number 112 on their phone. For a better specification of the kind of emergency service you are requesting, people may also dial 999 for an ambulance, 998 for a fire emergency, or 997 for the police.

Cope[edit]

A panorama of central Wrocław.

As international tourism has not quite hit Wrocław yet, English is not as universally spoken as in the tourist areas of Kraków, yet normal tourists will still be able to get around and pantomime. English can be widely understood by many younger Polish below the ages of 30. Older Poles may potentially have some knowledge of Russian and also German. Around Więzienna Street in the heart of the Old Town, Italian can often be heard. The easiest way around any language troubles is to know at least a few basic Polish phrases, which is greatly appreciated by Vratislavians.

Get out[edit]

  • Swidnica - an interesting old town, home to the UNESCO Heritage Peace Church.
  • Bolesławiec - some 100 km (60 mi) away, the town serves as the home to Poland's porcelain industry, with a nearby Kliczków Castle [68] converted to a hotel.
  • Jawor - an UNESCO Heritage Peace Church.
  • Jelenia Góra - a town of hot springs only twenty minutes away from the mountains.


Routes through Wrocław
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