Wroclaw Tourist Information and Tourism

(Wroclaw, Silesia, Poland)

Aerial picture of the cityscapePoland's fourth-largest city after Warsaw, Lodz and Krakow, Wroclaw is a major cultural and educational centre with no less than ten universities, accommodating more than 100,000 students. Wroclaw lies within south-western Poland and the lower Silesia region, featuring a series of islands, more than 100 bridges and many pretty parklands lining the banks of the Oder (Odra) River.

Wroclaw is a hugely appealing historic city with a number of medieval features dating back around 1000 years, and yet it manages to successfully embrace the modern Poland of today. With such a large student population, a lively nightlife appeals to younger tourists visiting Wroclaw, while the swanky restaurants, theatres and opera house offer something a little more cultured.

Also widely considered to be a major Polish financial centre and second only to Warsaw, Wroclaw oozes tourism appeal and features a good Tourist Information Centre and Cultural Information Centre, both of which are to be found on the central Old Market Square, better known as simply the Rynek.

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Wroclaw Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Begin your sightseeing in Wroclaw by taking a stroll around the central Rynek, which is surrounded by many beautiful buildings and busy restaurants, whose outside tables fill much of the square during the sunny Polish summer months. The Ostrow Tumski Island is another spot to look for top tourist attractions, being home to a number of breathtaking churches, such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Those looking for a spot of green in Wroclaw will find the Botanical Gardens and the beautiful oriental Japanese Gardens within the Szczytnicki Park a must. However, it is the enormous circular painting in the Raclawice Panorama that draws the biggest crowds. More information about Wroclaw Tourist Attractions and Landmarks.

Picture of Wroclaw's Old Market Square's colourful architectureOffering plenty of insightful and interesting history about Wroclaw, the city's museums are plentiful. The National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe) boasts an exceptional collection of Silesian art and also contains numerous medieval stone sculptures. Many local Polish artists choose to exhibit their works at Wroclaw's Awangarda Art Gallery, with the central Museum of Burgher Art also being of note and worth visiting for its magnificent architecture alone. Also of interest are museums covering the topics of architecture, archaeology, ethnography and the Polish military. More information about Wroclaw Museums and Art Galleries.

With Poland being such a large and spreading country, visitors will find it necessary to travel far and wide if they wish to reach the popular tourist destinations of Krakow and Warsaw. However, close to home, the small and inviting town of Trzebnica contains an impressive Cistercian Abbey, while Mount Sleza offers some breathtaking countryside views if you are prepared to hike to the top. More information about Wroclaw Attractions Nearby.

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