Wroclaw – the melting pot of nations

In Wroclaw, artistic masterpieces of all times, decadent and cosmopolitan architecture and the spirit of a small town go hand in hand, right in the very centre of Europe. Meandering through the city, the River Oder is spanned by one hundred bridges and dotted with a dozen islands. One of them is known as Ostrow Tumski. The earliest foundations of Wroclaw were erected there over 1000 years ago. Throughout centuries, the city belonged to Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Germany and Poland. Protestant, RomanCatholic and Jewish cemeteries are evidence of the cities patched history.

Wroclaw is an important centre of higher learning and culture, a city teeming with youthful vigour and the home to many foreign visitors. The Old Town Market Square once was at the junction of old European trading routes. Its architecture reflects the patchwork of architectural styles from different epochs. The monumental Gothic Town Hall is now a busy cultural centre. The people of Wroclaw know about the good life. The Market Square is lined with manyexcellent restaurants, including the highly reputed Swidnicka where beer always tastes better!

Among many cultural events organised in Wroclaw, the most highly acclaimed and internationally wellknown is the Wratislavia Cantans International Oratorio & Cantata Festival. The Aula Leopoldinum at the Wroclaw University, with its elaborate stucco works, sculptures, paintings and frescoes, is the most magnificent Baroque interior in the whole of the city.

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