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Wrocław

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Sunset over Wrocław

Wrocław (pronounced Wrots-waf) is the largest city in the Dolnośląskie region in Poland.

Understand

Wrocław is largely an undiscovered gem, boasting fascinating architecture, many rivers and bridges, and a lively and metropolitan cultural scene. It is a city with a troubled past, having seen much violence and devestation, and was almost completely destroyed in World War 2. However, it has been brilliantly restored and can now be counted amongst the highlights of Poland, and the entire central European region. 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.

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By plane

Wrocław is served by an international airport. LOT fly here from Warsaw, Frankfurt and Munich. SAS fly here from Copenhagen. From March 2005, Ryanair will fly here from London Stansted, with fares from £15 one-way all-inclusive.

From the airport, bus 406 operates from the terminal building to central Wrocław.

By train

Wrocław is a major destination in the Polish rail network, with several trains a day to all large Polish cities.

By bus

Wrocław is a stop on the Eurolines international coach network.

Get around

The centre of Wrocław is navigable on foot, but the feature has an excellent public-transport system for access to the suburbs and outlying attractions. The city has 60 bus lines and 25 tram lines. To use the system, you must buy a ticket before you board from a ticket machine or any shop with a sign saying "Ruch". Tickets cost 1.80zł, students (with ISIC identification) pay half. You must validate your ticket on board, or face a 70zł fine if caught by an inspector.

See

  • The Rynek, or central square, is the archictural centre-point of Wrocław, 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.
  • Town Hall, ul. Sukiennice 14, south side of the Rynek, open 11am-5pm (closed Monday), admission 4zł.

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