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Wrocław

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  • Day278

    Wonderful Wroclaw, Poland

    June 8, 2017 in Poland

    Back in the most beautiful country in Europe. I never made it to Wroclaw my first time in Poland but I'm sure glad I made it here now. It's so magical. A little known fact about Wroclaw is that it's home to a population of ancient gnomes. They all have their own names, professions and stories and there are more that 320 in the city. In the 80's an anti communist performing group staged a demonstration dressed up as gnomes ran around the city in warm underwear protesting. The city is a hidden jewel and I'm so glad that there aren't many tourists so far. I got in at 17:00 and wandered for two hours. The nice guy at the hostel gave me a tip on a good local place to eat. I found it but they only took cash and I hadn't exchanged money yet. The Odra River runs all around the town and there are three bridges and five islands. Apparently it's known as the second Venice in Europe; except for the rancid smell of the canals. Wroclaw is also a huge vegan and beer city and very proud of it. It was formerly a Czech and then German city. A lot o famous people lived here, one in particular was the infamous Red Baron ( Charles Scultz composed his books about him). This place has great vibe. I looked at real estate and a three bedroom apartment in the old town is $79k. Hmm, got me thinking.Read more

  • Day279

    Wrapping up in Wroclaw

    June 9, 2017 in Poland

    Well so much for the hidden jewel. I wanted to book an extra night and the nice girl at reception said the town is booked for the weekend. Wow. The temperature hit 27 today and I had to hide out from 13:00-15:00 hours. Smokin hot. I did leave early in the morning for four hours and walked the different islands, caught the locals market and then the old square. One of the islands is called cathedral island and is solely churches. It has beautiful gardens and is the only island with gas lanterns where a man lights the lanterns every night at dusk. I browsed through some local galleries and the artists are really inspiring here. Dinner was at Kurna Chata where I had mushroom and cabbage perogies. They were deep fried and much different than the one's I had in Warsaw. So yummy and each region has a different way of preparing them. My total meal with a beer came to $7.50. Such a great value in Poland. I was in the lookout for gnomes today and was thrilled finding some cute interesting ones. A stage was being set up for the folk festival featuring groups for all over Poland and the Ukraine. Watching the dancers was beautiful.Read more

  • Day156

    Wrocław, Poland

    October 9, 2017 in Poland

    I didn’t think it’d get this cold in Autumn but it’s colder here than NZ in the middle of winter!!! Nevertheless, I can easily say that I love Wrocław, cold and all! Karina and I travelled here from Dresden and checked into a hostel close to the city centre. My first impression was of the Main Square at 11pm and although it had a few characters that made me raise an eyebrow, it was simply beautiful. The lights hit the old city buildings perfectly and the square took several turns to a bigger square which made it quite interesting! I had my first Zapikanka from a convenience store and it was quite tasty. The next day Karina and I joined a free walking tour of the Old Town and Jewish Quarter. It was super interesting to hear about how Poland had been held by five different governments - Polish, Germans, Russians, Czechs and Austrians - and it’s not until you come to Poland that you realise how long they’ve had to fight for Independence, outside of WWII. In Wrocław specifically, the City is known as the city of Dwarfs - I had no idea why until it was explained that the dwarf is a symbol of anti-communism and it was really fun walking through the city spotting these little statues all over the place. I enjoyed some of Karina’s favorite traditional Polish cuisine including Periogi (similar to dumplings), bigos (hunters stew), kopytka (potato/gnocchi like dumplings) and white borscht soup (sour but creamy soup - not a fan). The best part of Poland which I didn’t know are their sweets and treats are amazing!! Perfect for my sweet tooth but not my waistline unfortunately... Fresh triangular doughnuts filled with every flavor you can think of line the streets and even the most controlled individual couldn’t say no. I devoured a raspberry flavoured one and it was just as good as you could imagine! They also have mouthwatering chocolates - wafers, fudges and caramel nut bars in particular. I’ve stocked up on a small collection to bring back to NZ, but no guarantees they’ll last the return trip. Another thing I loved about Wrocław was the florist shops that are open 24/7 and apparently they get great business throughout the night, particularly from men buying their wives and girlfriends flowers after a big night out. I wasn’t sure what to think of Wrocław or Poland before I arrived but I can say this is one of my favourite cities (yes I have about 100 favourite cities now) but it’s definitely worth remembering and has so much to offer!Read more

  • Day252

    Day 253: Centennial Hall & Wroclaw

    October 25, 2017 in Poland

    Settled into our apartment no problems last night, and got up ready to face the day. Our apartment is absolutely beautiful by the way, the most modern and fanciest place we've stayed in by quite some distance. Great finishings, nice modern touches etc. Almost like being back in our home in Crows Nest - it even has some exposed bricks!

    First stop today was Wroclaw's only UNESCO site, the Centennial Hall. This is a large multi-purpose hall that was finished in 1913. Remembering that this area of Poland is slightly Germanic and was at the time part of the German empire, the building was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Napoleon's defeat by the Prussians at the Battle of Leipzig. It was also one of the first major buildings in the world to use reinforced concrete.

    We wandered around outside, checking it out from each angle. There's a large park on one side with an enormous "multimedia" fountain which has lights, angled jets, mist sprays, music and so on. It was playing Ride of the Valkyries as we walked past which seemed rather appropriate.

    Had hoped to go inside and check it out, since it's still actively used for things like sporting events, concerts etc. As it turned out, it was actively being used today for a careers fair for Polish uni students, so we did what normal people would do and registered for the fair to get in! The girl seemed rather startled when she mis-heard my date of birth as 1991 and I corrected her to 1981! How many years of working experience do you have? Uh, about 20 I guess. Oh, so more than five? Yes :)

    Lots of people inside, both students and recruiters alike. We probably stuck out like sore thumbs but whatever! Got our filming done and headed back outside.

    Dropped the car off at the apartment again and walked the 10 or so minutes into the old town. It was almost completely destroyed at the end of WW2 so it's not as old or picturesque as Krakow, but still quite nice. Lots of brightly painted buildings and ornately decorated ones too. Enormous central square with a Renaissance-era town hall.

    One cool little touch are these small bronze gnome statues scattered around the city. They're all interesting, some a little cheeky. Originally from the Polish resistance movement in the 1980s, the trend has been kept alive and the city adds more every year. Managed to find a few on our wander around!

    Had some lunch at a Thai restaurant where we reviewed other tourist options for Wroclaw. It seemed like if we weren't going to check out the main few cathedrals, the other highlights were the Centennial Hall and the main square, both of which we'd accomplished before lunch!

    So we wandered around a few more side-streets, enjoyed a couple of other squares and some street art, then headed home where we relaxed and did work for the rest of the day.

    Headed out in the evening to a semi-trendy bar with good food and drinks; seemed quite popular with the after-work crowd.
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  • Day1

    Schönes Breslau!

    May 13 in Poland

    Kurz entschlossen nach Polen und es hat sich definitiv gelohnt. Ab Cottbus mit dem Kulturzug in knapp 3h nach Breslau/Wroclaw. Das Wetter ist ein Traum, das vorab gemietete Apartment direkt am Marktplatz. Und hier tobt das Leben! Tolle Restaurants und Bars, eine entspannte Atmosphäre. Natürlich gibt es auch für Kulturliebhaber viel zu sehen, aber da reichen 2 Tage nicht aus. Das wird also nicht das letzte Mal in Breslau gewesen sein, also bis demnächst 😁.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Wrocław, Wroclaw, Breslau, فروتسواف, Vroslav, Горад Вроцлаў, Вроцлав, ڤرۆتسواف, Vratislav, Βρότσλαβ, Vroclavo, Breslavia, وروتسواف, ורוצלב, Wrócław, WRO, ヴロツワフ, ვროცლავი, 브로츠와프, Vratislavia, Vroclavas, Vroclava, व्रोत्सवाफ, وروسلاو, Vroclav, Brassel, Wrocłow, விராத்ஸ்சாஃப், Vroklave, วรอตสวัฟ, Wroklaw, ברעסלוי, 弗罗茨瓦夫

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