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Ratusz Wrocławski

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  • Day44

    Warsaw to Wroclaw

    October 15, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Anne reporting (Maurice continues to be a lazy bastard).

    And we are off again. Our trip to Wroclaw should take about 3 1/2 hours via the motorway. Maurice is going to have trouble getting back to travelling the 100km speed limit when we get home. We stopped at a little village along the way to stretch the legs and have a little lunch. Gnocchi and chicken with a side of slaw ( I know 😮 but it actually worked) and yes I gave the Italian another shot. Hopefully no hiccups. We got to Wroclaw around 2.30 and located the motel (best western) but it took us about 4 goes to get onto the street. It’s a bit like driving in Victoria - trams everywhere and if you want to turn left you need to get into the tram line...it took us a couple of go’s to finally work it all out and then closed our eyes and hoped for the best 😎😎. Booked in and we were off exploring. We are a 2 minute walk to the old town and double WOW - what a hidden gem Wroclaw is. The buildings and square.....just magnificent. We climbed a church tower and got some amazing views of the city. We have attached a photo of the folk story behind the bridge - only wished we had that hanging up in our house when we had teenagers. We had dinner in the square - shared a pizza and gelato (I know - lots of trust in the Italians). We went for a walk along the river just as the lights were turning on and came across a church. They were in the middle of mass but we stayed a couple of minutes to take in the surroundings. The entire roof was painted - a little like a Michelangelo, just beautiful. As I said, a magical place and definitely one to put on your to visit list.Read more

  • Day13

    Market Square, Wrocław

    September 20, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_Square,_Wrocław

    The Market Square, Wrocław (Polish: Rynek we Wrocławiu, German: Großer Ring zu Breslau) is a medieval market square in Wrocław, in southwestern Poland. The square is rectangular with the dimensions 213 by 178 metres (699 ft × 584 ft) and now serves as a pedestrian zone. It is one of the largest market squares in Europe, with the largest two city halls in the country.

    The buildings around the square are built according to different styles: the middle part (German: Tritt) of the ring is occupied by a block of buildings consisting of the Old City Hall, the New City Hall as well as numerous citizens' houses. The market square is an urban ensemble with the two diagonally contiguous areas - the Salt Market and the square in front of St. Elisabeth's Church. Eleven streets lead to the market: two to each corner, two narrow lanes and an opened outside square, Kurzy Targ "Chicken Market".

    The market was founded according to Magdeburg law as early as the rule of Polish Duke Henry I the Bearded between 1214 and 1232. Over time, the patricians' houses appeared and by the middle of the 14th century they had formed a closed construction with the limits of the plots defined.

    In the 19th century the square was connected to the tram lines, at first a horse-drawn system, but after 1892 electric.

    During World War II, the market square was damaged, however, most of the buildings remained intact and were carefully restored.

    Through to the end of the 1970s, vehicles were able to drive through along an east–west axis. Between 1996 and 2000 the square was resurfaced, while the east side, the last to be accessible to cars, was pedestrianised.

    There are now 60 numbered plots on the market square, with some buildings occupying several. The limits of the plots often follow lines different from those first laid out since estates were often merged and divided in the late Middle Ages. Each property has a traditional name, usually associated with the coat of arms visible on the facade or related to the history of the house itself, for instance Under the Griffins, Under the Blue Sun and Old Town Hall (tenement house, which collects the city council before the construction of the first town hall; now there is a McDonald).

    Buildings on the middle square

    Market Square in 1900, then called Breslauer Ring

    Wrocław Old City Hall in 1945
    The inner block stands with an alignment which varies by 7° from that of the outline of the square and surrounding street plan. The reason for this variation has not been established conclusively.

    A prominent element of the block is the late-Gothic Old City Hall, located on its southern side. The structure is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks, particularly for its distinctive eastern facade. To the Old Town Hall is adjacent New Town Hall, built in the years 1860-1864.

    At the turn of the 19th and 20th century, two-thirds of buildings in the middle of the square, were demolished and replaced by offices and retail establishments designed in Historicism and Modern styles.

    During the World War II although much of the city was destroyed or damaged, the market did not suffer much damage. The square was restored according to the way it looked in the late 18th century, using Baroque and Classicism styles.[1]

    In the buildings on the middle square there are three parallel small streets (Sukiennice, Przejście Żelaźnicze, Przejście Garncarskie) and one perpendicular to them (Zaułek Jerzego Grotowskiego).

    East side
    The east side was historically known as the "Green Pipe Side" (German: Grüne-Rohr-Seite), referring to the verdigris on the copper gutters and downpipes. Its name in Polish is Strona Zielonej Trzciny ("Green Reed Side"). Opposite the main facade of the Town Hall, the east side comprises the houses no. 29 through 41. Notable buildings include the old Barasch Brothers' Department Store, now Feniks Department Store (street no. 29-41).

    West side
    In 1931, on the west side of the Market Square, at location tenement houses 9 to 11, Germans built (designed by Heinrich Rump), arousing controversy to this day a high office building (now the headquarters of Bank Zachodni WBK, formerly the seat of MPK Wrocław).
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  • Day90

    Breslau

    October 4, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Ein Stück Familiengeschichte

  • Day18

    Breslau und seine Zwerge

    August 14, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Mit den Zwergenrädern auf Zwergenbesuch:

    Die Forscher der zwergischen Genealogie haben eine Chronik der Zwerge gefunden, in der sie eine erstaunende Notiz fanden: der erste Zwerg, der auf der Erde gesichtet wurde, erschien auf Wrocławer Boden! Niemand weiß, woher er kommt, aber genau hier in Niederschlesien beschloss er sich niederzulassen. Im Laufe der Jahre wuchs die Familie Papa Zwergs und an der Oder nahm die Zahl der kämpferischen, mutigen und starken Zwerge zu. Erst viele Jahre später tauchten in der Siedlung Menschen auf. Zum Glück durchlief alles ohne Konflikte und Streit um Macht und Einflüsse. Groß und Klein gefielen einander direkt sehr gut und begannen mit gemeinsamen Kräften die Stadt zu bauen, in der sie zusammen wohnen sollten. Nach Jahren, zur Ehre der großen Anstrengungen, die die Zwerge in den Bau der wichtigsten Denkmäler der Altstadt investierten, benannten die Bewohner die Stadtviertel nach ihren Namen. Und so kommt Biskupin vom Biskupik (Bischofswalde), Sępolno (Zimpel) vom Sępik, Szczepin (Tschepine) vom Szczepik, Oporów (Opperau) vom Opornik usw. …

    Also, wenn euch irgendwann jemand fragen sollte, wie der älteste Wrocławer heißt, antwortet Ihr ohne nachzudenken: Papa Zwerg!

    Die wahre Geschichte?
    Die politische Oppositionsbewegung „Orange Alternative“ hatte in den 1980er Jahren mit spontanen Aktionen (zum Beispiel Demonstrationen im Zwergenkostüm) Kritik am kommunistischen Regime in Polen geübt und einen gusseisernen Zwerg („Papa Zwerg“) in der Breslauer Altstadt aufgestellt. Das Zwergenmotiv geht sicher auf das Vorbild der um 1969 bis 1974 aktiven niederländischen Kabouterbewegung zurück, die ebenfalls spielerisch-subversiv den Mythos von den listigen und hilfreichen Zwergen aufgegriffen hatten.
    2001 tauchten dann die ersten Zwerge auf. Seit 2004 werden sie einheitlich als 30 cm hohe Figuren gegossen. Inzwischen sind es über 600 geworden.
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  • Day18

    Breslauer Kirchen

    August 14, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Genaugenommen nur zwei Kirchen haben wir in Dietrich Bonhoeffers Geburtsstadt (die ihn mit einem Denkmal ehrt) angeschaut.
    Die Sache mit dem Generalablass würde dem Protestanten jedoch arg aufstoßen......

  • Day3

    Dinner die III - Greco

    July 9, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Wie der Name schon sagt, war es am dritten Abend ein Grieche dem wir unsere Aufwartung gemacht haben. Es gab solides Essen was sich jedoch nicht durch Kreativität auszeichnet. Für Breslau zudem relativ teuer.

  • Day4

    Happy New Year

    December 31, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Zum Jahreswechsel sind wir kreuz und quer durch die Innenstadt. Wir waren in der Shot Bar, in der schicken Cocktailbar nur wenige Schritte von den Shots entfernt und bei einem Italiener zum Dinner (es war zugegeben nicht mehr viel frei ohne Reservierung). Den Jahreswechsel haben wir dann mit tausenden Anderen auf dem Rynek eingeleitet. 🤗Read more

  • Day2

    Il Rynek (piazza del Municipio)

    January 4, 2016 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ -9 °C

    La grande piazza del Mercato (Rynek) di Breslavia è da secoli il punto centrale della vita economica della città polacca, nonché una delle piazze più belle e grandi d’Europa.
    Qui domina senza ombra di dubbio la sagoma gotica del Municipio, un capolavoro dell’arte gotica costituito da tre edifici edificati con facciata a mattoncini rossi.
    Il Rynek è circondato da bellissimi palazzi borghesi, tra i quali spiccano quello “All’insegna di Sette Elettori” e quello “All’insegna del Sole d’Oro“. Molto particolare la coppia di piccoli edifici nell’angolo a nord-ovest che gli abitanti di Breslavia chiamano Jaś e Małgosia (Hänsel e Gretel), due vecchi edifici medievale uniti da una porta che per molti secoli ha svolto il compito di ingresso al cimitero (da notare la targa Mors est ianua vitae, “La morte è la porta della vita“). Accanto al Rynek c’è la piccola Plac Solny, la Piazza del Sale, che per molti secoli è stato il luogo per la vendita del sale ma che oggi ospita un mercato di fiori (sempre, in ogni giorno dell’anno, senza interruzione).
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ratusz Wrocławski, Ratusz Wroclawski, Hôtel de Ville de Wrocław

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