First time in Wrocław – Krzysztof Gonciarz

Krzysztof Gonciarz first time in Wrocław

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Krzysztof Gonciarz is a polish journalist, traveller and books writer. He is also one of the most popular polish vloger. His main channel on Youtube has more than 700 000 subscribers. At November 2016 he Was for the first time in Wrocław and in this article we can reconstruct his path.

At the begining Krzysztof went to the city centre. He visited market square and university buildings. He was really charmed about architecture in Wrocław, especially the old churches and historical monuments like Hala Targowa, National Museum or Public Library.

National Museum in Wrocław

In Wrocław next to old buildings stands fresh ones like for example National Forum of Music. Krzysztof also noticed this. It’s a consequence of tragic flood in 1997 year which destroyed bigger part of the city. This is why in Wrocław old and new buildings neighbouring.

He didin’t miss cult places like Wrocław’s neons or Ostrów Tumski – historical complex of Christian buildings with traditional lamp which the lightkeeper light up every evening by hand. Unfortunately he was late to bought tickets to see Panorama Racławicka which is the biggest (15 × 114 meter) cycloramic painting in Poland and mandatory object to visit when you are first time in Wrocław.

One thing always attract attention of tourists visiting Wrocław. The Wrocław’s Dwarfs which more than three hundreds are scattered around the city. Try to find each of them and then you can tell you know this city. Maybe some day Krzysztof will accept challenge like this, but he didin’t for his first time in Wrocław. Enjoy the video and necessarily visit Wrocław city!

Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw

Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw

Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw- what is there to see?

Revival of the Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw can be observed since the beginning of the transformation in 1989. After the painful events of World War II and the years of negligence during the communism time, finally the Jewish communities are again becoming a part of city life.

White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw

The White Stork Synagogue

The beating heart of the Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw is around the White Stork Synagogue, on Włodkowica street. Synagogue is situated in the city center, in the Quarter of Four Temples. It is the place of religious worship and cultural events. Thanks to the efforts of Jewish Community and Foundation Bente Kahan synagogue was rebuilt after the years of neglect and destruction. The effects of that process can be seen in the film below.

In 2005 the Center of Jewish Culture and Education was established. First of all it significantly impacted the cultural life of the community and the city as well. There are a lot of cultural  events, concerts, workshops open to general public. Simcha- Festival of the Jewish Culture is one of the most important events organised by the community. Synagogue welcomes visitors and tours are free of charge, in addition it also offers guided tours of old Jewish Wroclaw

Senior Club and Jewish Primary School are among the institution working for the community.  For those interested in the Jewish cuisine, there is CIŻ Cafe nearby, where you can try amazing coffee and especially tasty kosher food. There is also a Kosher Canteen, serving traditional Polish and Jewish kosher food.  Between 12 and 13.30  Monday to Friday there is a possibility to eat two course meal for around 15 PLN.

  • ul. Włodkowica 7
  • www.wroclaw.jewish.org.pl
  • Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 10-17; Fri: 10 – 16; Sat: closed; Sun: 11 -16
  • Tickets: Free admission

Jewish Cemeteries

There are two Jewish cemeteries in Wroclaw, the Old and the New one.

Old Jewish Cemetery (Museum of Cemetery Art) on Ślężna Street, is the part of the City Museum Of Wroclaw. Place is yet the only graveside from the turn of the 19th and 20th century, preserved in Wroclaw.  Cemetery is also a beautiful testament of the strength of the pre- war Wroclaw’s (Breslau) Jewish community. The place is a unique and original composition of the grave sculptures and small architecture, influenced by the middle ages, art nouveau, modernism and religious symbols. There are 12 thousand tombstones located in the museum, some of the famous people. Most noteworthy names are Ferdinand Lassalle, Ferdinand Cohn, wife of Fritz Haber or parents of Edith Stein. The cemetery is a beautiful place for a walk, especially thanks to the greenery surrounding the tombstones.

  • ul. Ślężna 37/39
  • Opening hours: Mon- Sun: 10-18;
  • Tickets: 7- 20 PLN

The New Cemetery is on Lotnicza street and the Jewish Community in Wroclaw takes care about it. Established in 1902 to fulfill the needs of the growing community, the place is not so new as the name would suggest. Paul Erlich, a rather famous architect from Breslau, designed the cemetery.  Most of the cemetery undergoes the restoration at the moment, as large parts of it are a safety hazard. Therefore the state of the cemetery today is a chilling reminder of what the Jewish community had once been before the time of persecution by Nazi and then years of neglect in PRL.  Nevertheless the visitors can still enjoy the beauty of this place.

  • ul. Lotnicza 52
  • Opening hours: Wed: 14 – 17; Sun: 9 – 13;
  • Tickets: 8 PLN

To conclude…

Although small in numbers, Jewish community plays significant role in the city spectrum. Getting to know history and culture of Jewish community, makes it consequently easier to learn and understand the city’s history and culture. So enjoy!

 

Wroclaw it is a place for everyone

Wroclaw it is a place for everyone

Wroclaw is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland.

During World War II he was turned into ruins. Thanks to the efforts of conservators, many monuments have managed to restore the former splendor. No wonder that today the capital of Lower Silesia is visited by a lot of tourists not only from the country, but also from abroad.

Wroclaw is a city that is very friendly to memories. It is here that you can find a museum almost completely covered with ivy, here you can leave the house on a Sunday morning and come across people full of passion. Suffice it to say that something is always happening here. With such a market structure, with so many pubs, clubs, galleries and corners – you will always find something for yourself. Wroclaw in which a variety of attractions awaits tourists. It also has an excellent accommodation base, which includes not only expensive and luxurious hotels, but also comfortably furnished rooms in hostels.

Everyone will find something for themselves in Wroclaw

Wrocław is vibrant and is definitely a city of young people. Reserve yourself with three hours to enter each side street and for coffee in a few places, because it’s really worth it to give a look and maybe even get lost in it. Once you look at the market, you can go for a walk along the moat, which is able to calm down the city noise for you. If you want a bit of peace, Park Południowy or the Japanese Garden are perfect for you, where you can rest and regenerate after a hard party. And if you want to have more fun, then in the evening, look at the Niepolda Passage, where the night will certainly consume you. Wroclaw it is a place for everyone.
Places which you must see:
  • Wroclaw market square,
  • Cathedral Island,
  • Grunwald bridge, 
  • National museum,
  • Ossolineum,
  • Wroclaw puppet theater,
  • Cathedral of St. Vincent and St. James
  • Centennial Hall.

Bridges in Wroclaw city

Bridges in Wroclaw

Wroclaw is forth largest city in Poland. Wroclaw is also one of the most stunning place in Poland. A thriving multicultural centre, Wroclaw is home to a growing student with a student population of over 130.000. Wrocław is a university city  making it one of the most youthful cities in the country. Main focus of this article is to point that bridges in Wroclaw are most characteristic to the city.

Before World War II, there were 303 footbridges and bridges in Wroclaw. Now there is much less but still the city have the larger number bridges in Poland. Wroclaw is situated on 12 islands connected by 112 bridges – is often referred to as ‘’Lower Silesian Venice.’’ Nowadays taking into account modern criteria i.e. all the river bridges, canal bridges, footbridges over the railway tracks and the streets, there are about 220 of them. In this post I would like to bring it closer three bridges which are interesting for me.

Będziński – one of the bridges in Wroclaw

Rędziński bridge is longest and highest bridge in Wroclaw and also in Poland. The bridge is 612 meters long and 122 meters high. Prof. Jan Biliszczuk was the main constructor of the bridge – lecturer at the Wrocław University of Technology. The first cars crossed the bridge in the summer 2011.

Grunwaldzki Bridge in Wroclaw

most Grunwaldzki
photo of Most Grunwaldzki by Peter Balcerzak

The Grunwaldzki bridge is the most famous bridge in Wroclaw. The bridge was created in the years 1908-1910 and was designed by Richard Pluddemann. The bridge is 112,5 meters long and 18 meters wide. A new technology was used in its construction. The ceremonial opening of the bridge took place in 1910.

Milenijny Bridge in Wroclaw

The bridge was build in 2002-2004. The author of the bridge design is Piotr Wanecki and the leading designer Marek Jagiełło. The Bridge is 25,12 meters wide and 923,5 meters long.