Wroclaw Journals

Silesia's Cinderella City

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A June 2007 trip to Wroclaw by captain oddsocks

At the Sweet Blueberry Photo, Wroclaw, Poland More Photos
Quote: Rebuilt from WWII ashes and freed from communist-era drudgery, Wroclaw’s jewels are polished and the city is ready to dance on the international stage.

Silesia's Cinderella City

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Overview

Town hall gables Photo, Wroclaw, Poland
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As the main city of the ancient region of Silesia, Wroclaw has always been home to the area’s most important institutions and has a remarkable inheritance of historic churches, cathedrals, and secular buildings. As the seat of the Silesian bishopric and a university Wroclaw is a centre for culture and the arts, and oozes that thoughtful but energetic air that pervades all great cities of learning.The other invaluable inheritance of Wroclaw has been the Polish cultural wealth of the old city of Lwow. At the end of WWII the liberators of Poland were the Red Army and in the post-war redrawing of borders, the Ukraine and White Russia expanded westwards to encompass large chunks of formerly Pol...Read More

Babel Hostel Wroclaw

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Hotel | "Stranger Hostel"

Babel Hostel Wroclaw Photo, Wroclaw, Poland
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The Stranger Hostel is the original of Wroclaw’s four backpackers’ hostels, and if you arrive at the train station with a bag as heavy as the one I was (foolishly) carrying, it’s also the best-located. Diagonally across the intersection from the train station carpark, I was there within five minutes of my train’s arrival.The entry to the building that houses the hostel is freshly and brightly painted and a beautiful old wooden staircase leads you to the second floor and hostel reception. Check-in was friendly, quick and efficient and included a free map and a tour of the hostel facilities ...Read More

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Babel Hostel Wroclaw
Ul. Kollataja 16/3
Wroclaw, Poland 50-007
48 71 342 02 50

Mleczarnia Café

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Restaurant

Mleczarnia Café Photo, Wroclaw, Poland
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The Mleczarnia café is a fantastic place. If you’re in Wroclaw, you simply MUST search it out and have a drink there.And search you will. For one thing there’s no sign. Another problem is that some of the locals don’t even seem to be sure where it is. I’d already heard of the cafe and had its address written down. When I asked a Wroclaw local about the best places for coffee though, it came up in the conversation. Actually he first recommended two chain stores close to the main square, Coffee Heaven and Coffee Republic. They’re a bit in the mould of Starbucks and not really my cup of tea. When I pressed the question further, he said “Oh no I don’t go there myself, my friends and I go to Mlecza...Read More

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Mleczarnia Café
Ul Wlodkowica 5
Wroclaw, Poland

Pod Słodką Borówką

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Restaurant | "Pod Słodką Borówką"

At the Sweet Blueberry Photo, Wroclaw, Poland
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You’ll probably want to have a drink at one of the cafes on the square while you’re in Wroclaw and Pod Słodką Borówką seems like as good a place as any. I was first attracted by the comfy-looking outdoor area and by the name. With a moniker like Under the Sweet Blueberry, there had to be cakes in there somewhere. And sure enough, the first thing you see when you walk in is a thickly stocked glass fronted cake cabinet. Sponges, tarts and slices, chocolate, cream, and raspberries. Table for one, thanks!Actually I didn’t have to ask for a table. I decided to sit indoors after all, because it was much emptier than the terrace area on the square and there were some loud Engli...Read More

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The Gnomes of Wroclaw

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Attraction

Whooooa! Photo, Wroclaw, Poland
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The Gnomes of Wroclaw are comic little bronze sculptures that brighten up your day whenever you stumble across them.The work of local artist Tomasz Moczek, the gnomes are scattered across the old town in some unlikely places. The first one I chanced across was fat papa gnome off to the side of the pedestrian tunnel on busy Swidnicka Ul. and a little further on were the two fellows that became my favourites. Along Swidnicka there is a row of granite balls of uncertain purpose. They’re quite decorative but I’m sure they also act as some kind of traffic barrier along the mostly pedestrian street. I guess the gnomes are unconvinced too, because two of them have decided to roll one of the grani...Read More

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Rynek and Plac Solny

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Attraction | "Rynek"

Rynek and Plac Solny Photo, Wroclaw, Poland
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The enormous main market square ('Rynek' in Polish) of Wroclaw is one of the city’s main attractions. The greater town hall complex that occupies the centre of the square is almost as big as an entire city block and the actual town hall itself is a fantastic creation of Gothic turrets, spires, and gargoyles. The outside edge of the square is ringed by colourful old townhouses with steep gables and many of the restaurants, cafes and bars have busy outdoor terraces that add a lively festive atmosphere.The red-brick town hall took centuries to construct and the tale of this is told in the varying architectural styles. The oldest sections are pure early Gothic; plain and functional brick surfa...Read More

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Rynek and Plac Solny
city centre
Wroclaw, Poland