Wroclaw – a magical city

Wroclaw was once described as "the holy blossom of Europe, a beautiful gem among cities", and has always been a bone of contention, changing hands many times throughout its long history. In the past, Wroclaw has belonged to Poles, Czechs, Austrians, Hungarians and Germans. Settlers here have included Walloons, Jews, Italians and Ruthenians. The mixture of many different religions and cultures, while troublesome at times, has also contributed a lot to the city.

Wroclaw lies in the middle of the Silesian Lowland, where the Oder River branches out to form 12 islands. The city is spanned by more than . Seen from the deck of a tour boat, Wroclaw looks like a city on the water.