Wroclaw is the capital of the Silesian region of southwestern Poland. The city's history is a long one, and, owing to its proximity to both Germany and the Czech Republic, has changed ownership over the course of centuries and maintained a multi-ethnic population and strong German influence.
Much of Wroclaw was destroyed during WWII, so many of its historic monuments have had to be reconstructed. Its Main Market Square includes a 14th century town hall and a history museum. Cathedral Island, or Ostrow Tumski, the oldest part of Wroclaw, is a major point of interest, with many religious structures and gas lighting to illuminate the streets.
If the weather refuses to cooperate while you're sightseeing in Wroclaw, Wroclaw has plenty of museums to keep you occupied until the sun comes out again. Besides the Historical Museum of Wroclaw, you can visit several other museums: the Wroclaw National Museum which houses art; the Museum of Architecture; the Archdiocesan Museum that showcases medieval art from the area; the Museum of Post and Telecommunications, which tells the history of Poland's postal system; the Ethnographic Museum; and the Museum of Archeology.
Wroclaw World Heritage Sites:
Wroclaw's Centennial Hall has been designated a World Heritage Site for its architecturally innovative design. Though not located in Wroclaw, another World Heritage Site is close - the Peace Churches in Swidnica and Jawor.
Wroclaw's dwarfs are an unexpected element to city squares and streets. These statues, each one unique, create a sense of fun for people touring Wroclaw, who see how many dwarfs they can spot. The number of dwarfs in Wroclaw grows every year, and maps of the dwarfs' locations serve visitors who want to go dwarf hunting.
Events in Wroclaw:
Wroclaw's calendar of events is similar to that of other Polish cities. The Wroclaw Christmas market lights up the old town area every year, while Juwenalia and Wianki give people an excuse to party in summer. In fall, a Day of Kindness and a Dwarf Festival are celebrated in Wroclaw.
Getting To and Around Wroclaw:
Wroclaw is served by an international airport, but it's also possible to reach Wroclaw by train. Within Wroclaw, buses, taxis, and trams will get you to where you need to go.