Of all the surprises that Poland can boast of, Wrocław is undoubtedly the most striking, effortlessly capturing the heart of all its guests.
With 120 bridges connecting the 12 islands that make up the city, a magical atmosphere and natural charm infuses this "Polish Venice". You are, so to speak, spontaneously transported into a fairytale when, in the early morning, you stroll through the quiet streets around its magnificent town hall.
A Polish neo-Gothic jewel, this 13th century monument envelops the senses in a medieval ambiance, offering a glimpse of the treasures that encompass Wrocław. Just like the church of St. Mary Magdalene and its portal dating from the 12th century, the city is a hymn to Polish history sung with grandiosity by the towers of Wrocław's cathedral. Just as Gothic in style as the town hall, the building shines in the heart of the city with its two towers, standing 300 feet tall and providing a dreamlike vision after dark.
A city of heritage, Wrocław is also a city of culture and knowledge as its imposing university is inclined to prove. Reflecting elegantly across the Oder River, the sophistication and richness of this prestigious, 600-year-old establishment is bewitching. With the Aula Leopoldina, and its opulent gilding and woodwork probably providing the best evidence of this.
However, the city puts its erudite side to use in sometimes surprising styles like the conference center and the 23-meter dome, or the panorama of Raclawice. With its fresco measuring 1800 m², this museum reflects the very city itself: dizzying and hypnotic. A sweet confusion of the senses that will be happily aroused as you stroll around its various historic districts, in order to appreciate the charms of the local lifestyle, clutching a pączki (a delicious donut) in your hand.