Ostrow Tumski – in the footsteps of the old town

Ostrow Tumski

Wrocław is famous not only for its many bridges

But also for its magnificent architecture and historic sites. One of them is Ostrow Tumski, which is the oldest historic part of Wrocław. Interestingly, a well-known Polish astronomer Mikołaj Kopernik lived there for several years.

Ostrow Tumski

impresses with its views, cathedrals, and a great place for walks along the Oder.

  • Legends say that Wrocław originates from Ostrow Tumski due to its location in the area of ​​crossings on the Oder.
  • Interestingly, there is a Gothic archcathedral on it. John the Baptist, called the “mother of churches” of Lower Silesia.
  • Rebuilt after the II World War, it impresses and at the same time is a great vantage point for Wrocław.
  • Gothic chapels, rich decorations and unique architecture intrigue and attract not only tourists.

The Archdiocesan Museumin Wroclaw

Is the oldest museum in Wrocław, deserves an interest. The collections contain the most valuable and the most beautiful mementos of sacred art.

Immediately next to Ostrow Tumski, there is the Wroclaw Botanical Garden, where you can admire the magnificent vegetation and specially prepared exhibitions. It is a great place for walks on warm and sunny days.

Ostrow Tumski is one of the few places in this large and noisy city, where time flows much slower. He is known for being in love with the Tumski Bridge, where for many years there are padlocks with confessions and declarations of love.

There you can also admire gas lanterns, running the entire length of the route from the Tumski Bridge to the cathedral. Every night the lighthouse lights 91 gas lanterns, which makes it a unique and fairy-tale place.

Ostrow Tumski – tourist must see in Wroclaw

Is characterized by many wonderful places, attracting both tourists and residents. In its area there are magnificent cathedrals, a museum, as well as a characteristic bridge and a walking path along the Oder. At the Odra we also have the opportunity to sail by boat and spend our free time on the green areas or the newly built square on the other side of the shore. An interesting fact may be the fact that next to it there are the most popular in Wroclaw “Polish lody” about which taste and exceptionally long queues are already circulating legends on the Internet.

3 must-see places when experiencing Wroclaw on a budget

must-see places in Wroclaw

Cheap cost, worth to explore.

3 must-see places in Wroclaw that everyone can afford.

If you already collected a number of Dwarfs pictures and stocked up some pierogi into your travel bag then get ready to explore the next 3 must-see places in Wroclaw! These time we will try to find a car your grandpa drove in  Topach Automotive museum, will strike up new acquaintances at Sladova Island and finally, we will take noir style shots at Neon Side.

Topach Automotive museum

The atmosphere of the exposition will dive you into the times when the automotive industry had its own unique character. In this museum, you may find some cars, which these days become a classic and weren’t available to a general public some decades ago.

Now it’s possible for everyone to touch the history of the era of Polish motoring. Pioneer construction of the thirties, such as the legendary Sokół 1000, Fiat 508 from the Polish assembly. And for the luxury lovers – one of the largest collections in Poland of Rolls & Royce and Bentley cars.

This museum is located in the yard of adorable polish castle Topach.

Open hours :

Sat. – Sund. / 10:00 – 17:00

Entrance – 12 zl.

Just simply click to see the way how you can get there

from the Down Town >> The public transport and schedules

The way to the Topach takes approximately 45 min. by 2 buses from Rynek

Slodowa Island

This is small islet on the Oder River. The place is most known by its mystical power to attract a dozen of youngers. People are coming here to take a rest, to eat, to drink something they bring and to meet with their friends. But here even strangers are easily becoming pals while singing together nearby the random guy with a guitar. You should definitely get there. And don’t be shy to strike up a conversation with a good company. Everybody is usually very friendly and open there.

The way to Slodova Island takes approximately 12 min. by walk from Rynek.

Neon Side

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And finally, another significant nook is a real godsend for photographers and any kind of neon noir art fans. Historical neons are coming alive in the deep evening. Most noteworthy, that exactly in these yard dozen years ago were existed a company which was producing the unique neon lights for the different business.  Thanks to the enthusiasts and active locals this history is still alive in its luminous words.

In addition some ideas for neo noir photos:

The way to the Neon Side takes approx 7 min. by walk from Rynek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw

best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw

Trying to find the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw?

It might be a difficult task. The city – Capital of Culture 2016 – is well known for its cultural offers. From museums, concerts, galleries to film festivals – there is plenty to choose from. So much that sometimes you can get lost. Below is my subjective guide to make it a bit easier to choose from.

 

Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

MWW – Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

Museum promotes and popularize local and progressive contemporary art. It is also a place where regular debates, lectures and conferences take place.  MWW focuses on education and social programs targeted at the residents of Wrocław. MWW is located in an air-raid shelter built for civilians in 1942. There is free admission on Thursday and also all permanent exhibitions are free of charge.

MWW

  • pl. Strzegomski 2A
  • www.muzeumwspolczesne.pl
  • Opening hours: Mon: 10 – 18; Tue: closed; Wed – Sun: 12 – 20
  • Tickets: 5 and 10 PLN; Family ticket 15 PLN
History Center Zajezdnia

History Centre Zajezdnia

Zajezdnia is another best place to visit in Wroclaw. Museum is located in the old tram depot, that played a significant role in Solidarity movement strikes in the 80.  It houses the exhibition that is devoted to postwar history of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. Especially the use of modern technologies, multimedia presentation, attractive and engaging content makes Zajezdnia another must see place in the city.

Centrum Historii Zajezdnia

  • ul. Grabiszyńska 184
  • www.zajezdnia.org
  • Opening hours: Mon: closed; Tues -Thurs: 9 -17; Fri – Sun: 10 – 18
  • Tickets: 5 and 10 PLN; Family ticket: 25 PLN
White Stork Synanogogue

White Stork Synagogue

Synagogue has been built in the same place as the old tavern called “Under the White Stork” and takes its name from it. The place is now the center for the Jewish Community in Wroclaw. There are a lot of cultural  events, concerts, workshops open to general public. Synagogue is open to visitors and tours are free of charge, in addition it also offers guided tours of old Jewish Wroclaw as well as possibility to try kosher food in the nearby Cafe Ciż.

Synagoga pod Białym Bocianem

  • 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
BWA Awangarda Gallery

BWA Awangarda Gallery

The gallery presents contemporary art, but also deals with publishing, educational and promotional activities. Most of all its exhibitions are often a commentary to the current political and social events. Gallery is located less than couple of minutes walk from the market square, in the old Hatzfeld’s Palace, which remains were preserved after WW2 as the “living ruin”. In addition to free admission on every Wednesdays gallery offers free tours at 5pm on Wednesday and any other day for group bigger than 6pax.

BWA Galeria Awanagarda

  • ul. Wita Stwosza 32
  • www.bwa.wroc.pl
  • Opening hours: Tues, Thurs – Sun: 11 – 18; Wed: 12 – 20
  • Tickets: 4 and 8 PLN, Wednesday Free
New Horizons Cinema

New Horizons Cinema

First of all it is the biggest cinema in Poland that presents artistic films. Furthermore is the host for the biggest film festival in Poland: T- Mobile New Horizons. Apart from focusing on presenting artistic films,New Horizons offers film educational projects, opera transmissions, cinematic reviews and festivals, exhibitions and finally special events like joga or family morning cinema.  Furthermore the place also has a cafe, bistro and bookshop. As a result it is a one of the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw.

Nowe Horyzonty

  • ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 19A- 21
  • www.kinonh.pl
  • Opening hours: 8 – 23
  • Tickets: between 10 – 27 PLN

Wroclaw’s culture is so rich and diverse mainly due to its complicated history. And while it’s easy to just stay around the strict city center, there is so much more to encounter if you just try to use another route. Hopefully my recommendations will help you choose and as a result you will have a fantastic time. So enjoy the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw.

 

 

Visit Wroclaw – one day

Visit Wroclaw – one day

When You visit Wroclav and You want see the most important monuments in Wrocław – I invite You to travel with delightful travellers. This video is sightseeing trip in Wrocław.  Spend one day in Wrocław with delightful travellers! What we will see?

1. The University of Wrocław

It’ s not only the University also we can see the amazing viev of the all city. Beautiful, blue doors’re entrance into the University and perfect place to take a picture – Cheeeesseeeeeee 🙂

2. Cathedral Island- Ostrów Tumski

So let’s go to cathedral island – it’s the oldest part of the city of Wrocław.  Tumski bridge is a bridge over the north branch of the Oder river. So many padlocks, why? Because it’s Lovers Bridge. Unfortunately in the future the lock must be dismantled.

3. Wrocław Cathedral

When we’re  still  in “Cathedral Island” we must see Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Wrocław.  1315 it’s very important date for cathedral because Ostrów Tumski was sold the church. All history about the church You can listen under:

Now we’re going to old town. In Wrocław find You so many restaurants, cafe, coffe-house and pubs because in Lover of Silesia live a lot of young people. It’s time to something eat! Let’s going to Vinyl! Delicious coffe and really good sandwiches.

4. Market Square

You visit Wroclaw in only one day we must go faster!  🙂 Music, colours of building, church, crowds and beautiful old architecture – it’s market square and the heart of pedestrian zone. This is obligatory poiunt our travel when we spend only one day in Wrocław. Now it’s time for polish beer and dinner in the market square.

Tip: Find a place where’s a lot of pepole – there will be a great food!

Enjoy!