Overlooking the waters of the Oder River for over a thousand years, the city is unique in that it has 12 islands and 112 bridges. Bearing the traces of the Czech, German and Polish rule, the present-day city of Wrocław is a true European melting pot. Please visit the official Wrocław travel portal for more information.

Magnificent manor houses, churches, the university and a whole gamut of Nobel Prize winners are all witnesses of the town’s past and present splendor. Ostrów Tumski, once an island on the Oder, recalls the earliest period of Wrocław’s history. Its soaring Medieval churches tower over the Old Town which stretches on the other side of the river. The Old Town is the focal point of city life, with the busy Wrocław Market Hall (Hala Targowa), countless banks and office buildings and, amid all of them, the splendid Wrocław Opera.

Constructed out of reinforced concrete, the Centennial Hall (Hala Stulecia) is a groundbreaking work in the history of world architecture. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, it is a well-deserved object of local pride. Its dome, rising over 75 ft high, is topped by a lantern whose lighthouse-like housing is constructed of steel and glass. Since 2009, the Hall has had an extraordinary neighbor: one of Europe’s largest multimedia fountains with synchronized water, sound and light shows. The Centennial Hall often serves as the venue for the Opera, as it allows for staging large-scale shows with top performers.

Another exceptional site is the Racławice Panorama, a monumental cycloramic painting depicting the 1794 battle between Poles and Russians forces. The decorations and lighting effects used in the oval room, where the 375 ft. by 50 ft., painting is exhibited, create a 3-D panoramic view.

Small figurines of dwarves are a charming decorative landmark of Wrocław. Their number has been continually growing, as tours are being organized to see them all, and even guidebooks are devoted to these memorable creations.

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