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Botanic Garden

The Botanical Garden in Wrocław was founded in 1811 by F. Heyde and H.F. Link, who also served as the first directors. The garden was built on the site of the demolished city fortifications in the northern part of Ostrów Tumski, and the buried branch of the Odra River, which previously separated the island from the rest of the city.

In 1945, during the siege of the city – “Festung Breslau” by the Red Army, the collection of greenhouse plants and 50% of the tree stand of the Garden were completely destroyed in connection with the hostilities carried out in the city. During the occupation of the city, the Germans set up anti-aircraft artillery positions in the botanical garden, it was also the place where they took air supply drops, there is also evidence that they built numerous shelters with ammunition. Even in the 1950s, during a thorough cleaning of the garden pond, a considerable war-time arsenal was found at the bottom.

W 1945, podczas oblężenia miasta – “Festung Breslau” przez Armię Czerwoną, w związku z prowadzonymi działaniami wojennymi na terytorium miasta całkowitemu zniszczeniu uległa kolekcja roślin szklarniowych i w 50%  drzewostan Ogrodu. W trakcie okupacji miasta Niemcy ustawili stanowiska artylerii przeciwlotniczej w ogrodzie botanicznym, było to również miejsce w którym przyjmowali lotnicze zrzuty zaopatrzenia, istnieją również dowody na to, że zbudowali liczne schrony z amunicją. Jeszcze w latach 50. podczas gruntownego czyszczenia ogrodowego stawu znaleziono na dnie pokaźny arsenał z czasów wojny.

The garden is open daily from April 5 to October 31.

Cash desks are open in the following hours:

in April: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm;
from May to August: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm;
in September: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm;
in October: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Price list - Botanical Garden

The basic tickets and their prices are presented below:

normal ticket – PLN 20
reduced ticket – PLN 10
Ticket: Family Plus Wrocław card / Big Family card nationwide (at least 3 eligible persons) – PLN 15
ticket: Family Plus Wrocław card / Big Family card nationwide (individual ticket) – PLN 5
personal seasonal ticket – PLN 250

Who is entitled to discount tickets:

students (excluding schools for adults)
students up to 26 years of age (except for students of the University of Wrocław and students taking internships or classes with their tutors in the Garden)
PhD students (except for students of the University of Wrocław and students taking internships or classes with their tutors in the Garden)
people with moderate and mild disabilities
seniors from 65 years of age
employees of the University of Wrocław

Free admission is granted to:

persons with a valid ID issued by the Botanical Garden
disabled people together with a guardian and a guide dog for the disabled person
children up to 3 years of age
teachers guiding the group (for 12 participants, one admission free for the guardian)
guides leading the group
students of the University of Wrocław and students of other universities in the Garden of internships or classes with a tutor
PhD students of the University of Wrocław and PhD students of other universities attending internships or classes with a tutor in the Garden
employees of the Faculty of Biological Sciences upon presentation of an authorizing document (document confirming employment, ID or ID issued by the Botanical Garden)

It is also worth getting acquainted with the events that take place in the Botanical Garden, this whole year – 2021, is the year of honey plants, so the events will usually be about such topics.
Below are the first few events since the garden was opened.

April 5, 2021 – Opening of the Botanical Garden
April 11, 2021 – Wroclaw Magnolia Festival
April 24, 2021 – Art workshop “Awakening”
1 – 30 May 2021- Garden Dinopark
17-30 May 2021 – Colorful balconies and terraces
June 12, 2021 – Art workshop “Colors and contrasts”
June 13, 2021 – Climbers – a walk with a specialist
June 20, 2021 – Świętojański fair

http://www.ogrodbotaniczny.wroclaw.pl/dzialy.html

In the garden, we can walk through one of the garden sections listed below, the entire tour takes at least 2 hours if we want to see all the parts of the garden listed below.

Ground ornamental plants – this is the part of the garden located in its western part. Plants in the garden are characterized by a variety of colors and varieties, and so you can see, among others, a collection of 30 varieties of hyacinths – Hyacinthus, narcissus – Narcissus, 80 varieties, irises – Iris, 250, and peonies – Paeonia, 120. In the summer, 200 varieties of daylilies blooms – Hemerocallis . It is rich in plants from different parts of the world.
Systematics – This section includes herbaceous plants as well as trees, shrubs and shrubs that can develop and winter in our climatic conditions. It is worth noting that they are presented in a layout that reflects their natural kinship, according to Adolf Engler’s system.

The arboretum – it is part of the garden that defines the collection of trees, shrubs and shrubs. The Wrocław Botanical Garden has 30 types of conifers (gymnosperms) and 308 types of deciduous trees (angiosperms cluster). Trees and shrubs are distributed throughout the Garden, and in 2002 their collection consisted of 2,937 taxa. Particularly noteworthy are the fossilized tree trunk of the genus Walchia, 3.4 m high, about 270 million years old, and the fossil trunks of original coniferous trees.
Alpinarium – in this part of the garden there are about 1500 species and varieties of cultivated rock plants, this part was established in the second half of the 19th century to create a place for rock vegetation. We find here the vegetation of the mountains of various parts of the world, such as: Central and Southern Europe, East Asia, Asia Minor and Central, the Caucasus, the Americas and New Zealand.
Water, mud and aquarium plants – In its open space there is a eutrophic pond (a remnant of one of the arms of the Odra River) of a similar nature. Rush plants grow on the banks: sticks, iris, calamus, reeds up to 5 m high,
Greenhouse plants – this part of the garden consists of succulents and tropical plants. Tropical plants are divided into 3 greenhouses: the National Collection of the Bromeliaceae Family, plants of the “tropical forest floor” and plants grown using the hydroponic method, exhibited in the largest greenhouse.

Plant didactics and morphology – in this section you can learn about the structure of flowers and the methods of their pollination, types of fruit and methods of dispersing seeds, various types of inflorescences, shoots, leaves, roots and life forms of plants.
Climbers – are presented on an area of ​​0.8 ha, with the use of natural supports – deciduous trees, conifers, shrubs, and artificial supports. The presented collection currently includes 240 species and varieties of climbing plants and is the largest in the country.
Documentation department – The task of this department is to determine the correct names of plant taxa and related information regarding systematic affiliation, synonyms, life form, geographical distribution, threat category, species protection, and in the case of cultivars – the breeder’s name and the year of obtaining the variety, parental forms and distinctive features
Panorama of nature – in this part we will travel through the history of plants, including a saw palmetto leaf, “petrified forest”, elements of a whale skeleton, a mammoth blow, a woolly rhinoceros skull, and finally basalt tools, the so-called fists, typical of the Lower Paleolithic culture.

Puppet theater

Puppet theater in Wroclaw

The Puppet Theater in Wroclaw is a place known not only to small audiences but also to adults. This place has been in operation since 1946 when the puppet and drama theater opened, but it wasn’t until 1964 that he took over the construction of the former merchant’s house in pl Tetralny under the leadership of Stanisław Stapf. The building was shared with the Polish-Soviet Friendship Society, and in 1993 the mayor of Wroclaw donated the entire building to the theater.

Since 1967 the theater has had a special section for adults called Mała Stage dla Dorosłych (Small Adult Stage). It became known through the triptych The Phenomenon of Power, which included the performances of Kafka’s Trial, Witkacy’s Gyubal Whazar and Goethe’s Faust.

On the other hand, the Theater for Children runs the Children’s Artists Academy project, which educates the youngest viewers.

Unfortunately, all theatrical performances are currently being canceled due to restrictions related to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Please see the theater website for more details

In the puppet theater, all organized performances are divided into 3 age categories:

0.5 – 5 years
5-10 years
Teenagers and adults

Teatr Lalek we Wroclawiu

In addition to the general subdivision, each individual performance has an age limit or recommendation for viewers so we can be sure that our toddler will only see the age-appropriate scenes and that we will not be bored with fairy tales when we go to the show. Some performances are signed in sign language. Look for the appropriate stamp next to it.

There are also puppet theater workshops for children that you can register online. The following types of workshops take place in the Wroclaw Puppet Theater:

The Laboratory for Pedagogy of Teatr-1 set up at the puppet theater aims to carry out pedagogical and theatrical activities. The studio is located in two spacious, renovated rooms adapted to the workshop activity rooms on level -1 of the theater building

The name of the workshop can pique your curiosity. It shows both locations but also reflects the principles of operation of this place.

– Cheers:

The studio tries not to discriminate against potential workshop participants. It is intended to involve people with sensory, motor and intellectual disorders, senior citizens and residents of small towns in the joint theater activity.

– take a child’s perspective:

This is not a place where adults rule and children must submit. Here is a place for discussions on an equal footing.

– minimalism:

We focus on human, not material, capital. When we create art, we rely on cheap materials and often give everyday objects a second life.

A space for workshops is reserved for:

Target group organization office

widownia@teatrlalek.wroclaw.pl

71 335 49/11/12/49

The classic Zwinger (i.e. the building that now houses the puppet theater) was designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans in 1767 as the Association of the Poultry Brotherhood, which gave way to the seat of the Union of Christian Merchants in 1880. In 1892 Zwinger was demolished in connection with plans to expand what is now Teatralna Street and mark Teatralny Square. However, the merchants managed to reach an agreement with the city, they received compensation for the demolished seat and announced a competition for a new building.

Today’s theater building was built in the neo-baroque style according to the design of the winners of the competition – Paul Kieschke and Richard Bielenberg – in the years 1892-1894 and expanded 1905-1909 according to an earlier design by Albert Grau. On the east side of the building, a spacious terrace connects it with the promenade along the moat in the direction of today’s old town garden (formerly Copernicus Park) and the pannier bastion on a hill that is now known as Partyzantów Hill.

Just before World War II, the beautiful neo-baroque interiors were rebuilt in accordance with the architectural style of the Third Reich. After the war, the building became the seat of the Polish-Soviet Friendship Society and – from 1965 – the Chochlik State Puppet Theater. Only in 1999 the city authorities agreed to give the building over to the theater. At that time, the interior of the building was rebuilt, adapting it to the needs of the new host. Six years later, the sandstone covering the façade was renovated. In 2006, a fountain with dwarfs, designed by Paweł Pawlak, was erected in front of the entrance to the building. In 2010, the park adjacent to the theater was restored in the style of a pre-war municipal garden.

Child free in the puppet theater

The puppet theater has performances dedicated to adults only, which is why it is a special zone called child-free. The repertoire includes the following performances:

MAPETS – who saw it?
CALM
MONUMENT
Kazio Sponge TALK SHOW
SAM or preparation for family life
Ashes accumulate in the middle of the sun
MOSCOW
We encourage all adult readers to watch these dedicated performances.

World puppet show day

Szczytnicki Park

Szczytnicki Park is one of the largest parks in Wrocław, covering an area of approximately 100 hectares. It is situated east of the Old Oder. It is located in the former village of Szczytniki, which was incorporated into the city of Wrocław in 1868. Currently, the park has a landscape character and great dendrological value (about 400 species of plants).

In the 16th century, the village of Szczytniki located in this place was divided into Nowe and Stare Szczytniki. The forest in Stare Szczytniki was popular among the inhabitants of Wrocław already in the middle of the 18th century. In 1783, Fryderyk Ludwik Hohenlohe, who was the commander of the Wrocław garrison, founded one of the first English-style parks on the whole European continent here.

During the siege of the city in 1806, the park was completely devastated by Napoleon’s soldiers. Fortunately, however, it was rebuilt after the war.
Since 1833, the park has been the site of horse races that were organized until 1907. The horse racing track was located in the place where the Centennial Hall is now located. Interestingly, the shape of the pergola faithfully reflects the shape of the former racing track.

There is also a Japanese Garden in Szczytnicki Park, which was established in 1909–1912 in connection with the Centennial Exhibition of 1913 held in the Centennial Hall. The garden was designed by the Japanese gardener Mankichi Arai. Unfortunately, most of the details giving the garden the Japanese style were removed after the exhibition. Only in 1994 with the cooperation of the Japanese embassy, prof. Ikuya Nishikawa and Nagoya gardeners began restoring the garden to its Japanese character. After this reconstruction, it was unfortunately destroyed during the millennium flood in 1997. The Japanese named the garden Hakkoen, ie the white-red garden.

In the Szczytnicki Park, you can see the wooden church of Saint John of Nepomuk from the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. It was moved to Wrocław only in 1913. There is a monolithic stone cross next to the church, which was moved in the 1970s from Muchobór Wielki.

Interestingly, it was very loud about the intimate wooden building at the end of the 1950s. It turned out that for two years it was a thieves’ hollow, hidden in it, stolen from the National Museum in Wrocław, paintings by, among others, Matejko, Kossak and Gierymski.

The church is open to visitors on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and it can be visited with a guide at 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Park-szczytnicki we Wroclawiu

Historical buildings in the Szczytnicki Park in Wroclaw

Spire in Wrocław - Szczytnicki Park

The Spire is a steel monument built in 1948 according to a design by S. Hempel as the main feature of the Recovered Territories Exhibition. It is composed of a 70 m high tapered lower part supported on three supports (rib structure) and a 30 m high upper part (tubular structure). It has been one of the architectural symbols of Wrocław for half a century. The facility is located near the Szczytnicki Park in Wrocław

Memorial stone of Wilhelm Ludwig Eduard von Hohenlohe (does not exist)

The memorial stone of Wilhelm Ludwig Eduard von Hohenlohe (does not exist) was the park tombstone of a two-month-old child, who died in 1790, which was erected by the owners of the Ducal Garden. It stood until 1945 in the area of Kopernika and Dickstein Streets. According to a local legend, he commemorated the accidental death of 10-year-old William at the hand of his father during a hunt.

King Frederick William II's column in Sczytnicki Park

King Frederick William II’s Column is the first wooden monument erected in the Ducal Garden between 1786 and 1789, modeled on the ancient Trajan’s Column, with a sculpture of the ruler and a viewing terrace at the top. After a fire in 1806, it was rebuilt from brick. In the 60s of the 19th century it was accentuated with a surrounding park path. The column is the only preserved element of the architectural and sculptural design of the Ducal Garden.

Ludwik Fintelmann's memorial stone in the Szczytnicki Park

The Ludwik Fintelmann Memorial Stone is an erratic boulder with an inscription that was removed after 1945. It was placed in 1879 under the Fintelmann Oak.

Memorial stone of Emperor Wilhelm I (does not exist) in Szczytnicki Park

The memorial stone of Emperor William I (does not exist) was a stone with an inscription commemorating the Emperor’s stay at the Wrocław horse races in 1882. It was placed in 1883 near the horse racing track, in the park from al. Mickiewicz.

Statue of Diana in Szczytnicki Park (not preserved)

The statue of Diana (not preserved) was a sculpture by E. Seger erected in 1898 at the intersection of Mickiewicza and Wróblewskiego Streets on an oval square surrounded by alpine vegetation and boulders imitating a mountain landscape. The work showed the figure of a hunting goddess with hunting dogs. It was removed after 1945.

The Centennial Stone in the Szczytnicki Park

The Centennial Stone is one of the six commemorative columns erected on the occasion of the turn of the century in 1900/1901 on the border of the city at that time. One of the three surviving after 1945, Granite, in the form of a column with a quadrilateral top and with bas-relief elements of the coat of arms of Wrocław, resembles medieval pillar chapels.

Monument to Frederick von Schiller in the Szczytnicki Park

Monument to Frederick von Schiller, German poet and dramatist, erected in 1995. It is a reconstructed monument made on the centenary of Schiller’s death – May 9, 1905 The design of the monument was prepared by Felix Henry. The granite monument and the marble bust of the poet (a copy of the Weimar monument by Heinrich von Dannecker) were completely destroyed in 1945. The base of the reconstructed conical plinth of the bust was supplemented with a plaque with the inscription: “All People will be brothers – Alla Manschen werden Brüder”.

Monument to Joseph von Eichendorff

The statue of Joseph von Eichendorff was erected in 1911. The bronze figure of the poet was removed after 1945. The pedestal with two reliefs has survived to this day.

Capitol musical theater in Wroclaw

Capitol musical theater in Wroclaw, it is such a recognizable place that the tram stop called “Arkady Capitol” is the only one that is sung to refer to the character of this place. However, it is not a very old place, as it was established only in 2004 and became famous very quickly. However, it is worth noting that this place was not built in this place from scratch, because in 1955 the “Lower Silesian Operetta” was established here, and the tradition was continued by three more places of this type: “Musical Theater”, “Wrocław Operetta” and ” Musical Theater – Wrocław Operetta “until the present Capitol is established.

https://www.teatr-capitol.pl/
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The very name of the place comes from the cinema-theater operating in pre-war Wrocław at today’s 67 Piłsudskiego Street. It was built in 1929 according to the design of the German architect Friedrich Lipp. The building consisted of 3 parts: the administrative part, the hotel and the most important part – the auditorium. As a result of World War II, the building suffered significant damage, but its most important part was preserved and in 1946 the building was reopened as Kino Śląsk, the largest cinema in Poland, by the way.

The return to the tradition of musical theater took place on March 21, 1955, when he staged the operetta “Zemsta Nietoperza” by Johann Strauss. The building of the Wrocław Opera was used for this purpose until 1964, when the theater was moved to an earlier building in which performances were staged alternately with films played in the cinema.

The building itself suffered again during the 1997 flood of the millennium and again required a major overhaul.

The name Capitol used today was reverted in 2004.

The building currently used by the theater underwent a major renovation in 2013, extending the previously standing building with 4 thousand. m2 to as much as 18,000 m2. The big stage – the main stage of the theater has changed dramatically. Before the reconstruction, it could accommodate 672 spectators, after the expansion, this number increased by 63 seats, and, if necessary, by 27 additional seats on the stage. A novelty was the creation of a rotating stage with a diameter of 7 m and 4 stage trapdoors with a depth of 3.9 m. The backstage was enlarged from 3.5 m to 17 m (left) and from 4 m to 8.5 m (right). The roof was also raised to 21 m.

As you can see, in order to offer viewers an even better experience during performances, the building has undergone a thorough renovation, becoming very modern and adapted to a new dimension of performances.

Interestingly, the official opening of the new building was inaugurated with the premiere of The Master and Margarita according to the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov on September 28, 2013.

Capitol Wrocław - Stage Songs Review

It is the Capitol theater that has been the producer of the Actors’ Song Review since 2006, the festival has been organized in Wrocław since 1976, during the festival there is a series of concerts and musical performances as well as the Actor’s Song Interpretation competition.

This year, the 41st Stage Song Festival will be held on June 11-20, 2021 to be exact.

At the moment, the program of this event is not known yet, it will appear in May, then the sale of tickets will also start. However, now you can buy the gadgets of this event, such as socks, mugs, masks, bags and T-shirts.

Capitol - scenes

The events that you will go to the Capitol for can take place on one of 4 stages: Big stage, pressure stage, restaurant stage, backyard.

Ticket prices vary depending on the selected show, but usually oscillate around 25 – 110 PLN. Tickets must be purchased at the ticket office, which is open from 12-19 from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays when performances are held.

The theater offers a reduced fare for tickets for:

students,
students,
PhD students,
retirees,
pensioners
holders of the OK stamp (Cultural Bond) on the card of the Municipal Public Library in Wrocław.

Gift vouchers are also available for sale.

Gift Gold ticket – PLN 100 for one person

Silver Gift ticket – PLN 50 for one person – for any performance except the Big Stage.

They can be purchased at the Capitolu ticket office or online. They are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Opera in Wroclaw

The Opera in Wroclaw is a unique place that attracts thousands of people every year. It is visited not only by tourists tempted by its beautiful view, but also by the inhabitants of Wrocław. Art amateurs from all over the world also come to the opera. The Wrocław Opera is a unique place that everyone should visit at least once in their life. Its baroque interior is breathtaking. Why is it still worth it? You can learn more about the opera in Wrocław from this article:

The Wrocław Opera is a very interesting place, not only because of its artistic but also architectural values. It is located in close proximity to the market square, which makes it an easily accessible tourist attraction for hikers. It can also be said that it lies in a certain kind of artistic line with the Puppet Theater and the National Forum of Music. We also highly recommend both of these places. Below you can find information about the history and current activity of the Wrocław Opera.

Opera-wroclaw
www.kochamwroclaw.pl

Wrocław Opera, as the name suggests, presents opera performances, but not only that, we can also go to ballet and symphonic concerts! The repertoire of the opera includes both classic and special performances. The permanent repertoire includes:

Opera in Wrocław

Ballet in Wrocław

The ballet section of the Wrocław opera includes both Polish and foreign artists, stars permanently performing in Wrocław and guest artists.

Wroclaw Opera - building

The building of the Municipal Theater was built at 35 Świdnicka Street in the years 1839–1841. The architect Carl Ferdinand Langhans was responsible for the design of this building. His design assumed a modern stage and an audience of approximately 1,600 seats.

Unfortunately, however, the interior of the building was damaged in two fires 2 in 1865 and in 1871. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the building was rebuilt during the renovation. On the basis of a new design by Karl Schmidt, the auditorium and the superstage were raised, a painting pavilion was built and the exterior was decorated with paintings. An addition that has survived to this day, but in a slightly changed form, are sculptures of muses standing on the edge of the roof.

In the very richly decorated interior, most of the decorations from the nineteenth century have been preserved, mainly the area gilded with real gold, which is about 10,000 square meters, crystal mirrors with an area of 200 square meters, and the imperial box. As you can see in the opera house, everyone will have the opportunity to see themselves, if not in a mirror, but in a gilded surface.

The City Theater in Wrocław – 1727 – 1795

The Royal Theater in Wrocław – 1795 – turn of the 19th / 20th century

Opera in Wrocław – turn of the 19th / 20th centuries – 1944

Lower Silesian Opera – 1945 -1949

Opera Wrocław – 1949 – 2000

Lower Silesian Opera – 2000 – 2005

Wrocław Opera – since 2005, from today

As you can see, the Opera changed its name several times, which was also related to the place where the performances were currently staged and the nature of its activity.

Tickets - Wrocław Opera

Tickets to the Wrocław Opera can be purchased both at the ticket offices and via the website of the opera. It is also possible to book tickets by contacting us by phone: +48 71 370 88 80.

Prices depend on the type of seat, and you can choose between sitting and standing. Prices start from PLN 30 and usually end at PLN 140.

 

The opera’s box office is open in the following hours:

– Monday – Saturday – 12:00 – 19:00

– Sunday – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The opera house also offers various tariffs – reduced and regular tickets are available.

Discount tickets are available to:

– students upon presentation of a school ID

– students up to 26 years of age upon presentation of the student ID

– pensioners

– people over 70 years of age

– people with a disability certificate

– holders of the Large Family Card

Interesting information may be the fact that all tickets purchased for performances of the Wrocław Opera can be returned. So we do not have to worry, if we have an event, or if our plans change, as long as it happens at least 7 days before the planned date of the performance (not counting the day of the performance), we may receive a refund of the costs incurred. They are returned in the same form in which we made the payment – i.e. if we purchased the tickets at the ticket office, we have to go to the ticket office and we will receive a cash refund / or a return to the card. If, on the other hand, we bought tickets online, the Payu company is entitled to the return.

For all those who have changed their plans but still want to see the performance, we have good news, tickets can be exchanged for a different date of the same performance or for a different performance with a possible surcharge depending on the prices.

Wroclaw for the weekend – Walk around Ostrów Tumski

Wroclaw for the weekend is a great idea to break away from your daily routine. Ostrów Tumski is the oldest and historic part of Wrocław. It is very often visited by the inhabitants of this city because it is a beautifully restored place and is conducive to long walks. In this part of the city there are many monuments that you can admire while taking a walk during your stay.

The establishment of Ostrów Tumski dates back to the 10th century. It was inhabited by the Piasts. From the beginning, there were many religious buildings in this area. The cathedral was built in the 11th century. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during the Czech invasion in 1037. The one we admire today was built at the end of the 11th century and enlarged in the 16th century. It is one of the oldest religious buildings in Wrocław. It is the showcase of Ostrów Tumski.

During the Second World War, 70% of it was destroyed, and its reconstruction lasted until the 1990s.

Tumski Bridge

This bridge is also known as the lovers’ bridge. It is 52 meters high and 6 meters wide. It is located between Ostrów Tumski and Wyspa Piaskowa. It is the first place that leads to the oldest part of Wrocław. In the evening, the bridge is climatically lit by many gas lanterns that are lit by a lighthouse keeper every day. The atmosphere is conducive to romantic walks. You can feel the magical atmosphere of this place.

St. Martin is located in the former prince’s castle. Legend has it that Czesław Odrowąż prayed in this church to save the city during the Tatar invasion in 1241.

Initially, it was supposed to be a church in which masses were to be held in the upper part, and the lower part of the building was to be a tomb. Unfortunately, it was an idea that could not be implemented because a second church was built next to it and the work was stopped.

This church was destroyed many times. After the Second World War, the rebuilding of this place took years.

It is worth knowing that at the church of St. Martin, there is a monument to Pope John XXIII. The monument shows the Pope standing on a pedestal in liturgical vestments with his right hand outstretched in a gesture of blessing. There is an inscription Pacem in terris on the pedestal, which means peace on earth. It is the only monument to this Pope in Poland.

The Archdiocese Museum is the oldest museum facility in Wrocław. The museum houses numerous monuments of sacred art, half a thousand books, and about six thousand relics, mainly from Romanesque and Gothic art. In addition to the exhibition, the museum organizes concerts of Wrocław instrumental and vocal ensembles from the “Music among monuments” series, lectures and radio and TV programs on the history of the church, sacred art and church holidays. Every year, meetings of city guides are held here.

In the museum you can admire, among others: the painting Fri “Madonna under the Fir Tree” by Lucas Cranach, painting entitled “Christ in the pressing plant”, stone sculptures, e.g. St. John the Baptist from 1160 and wooden sculptures, including the Risen Christ from 1380.

Muzeum

Ostrów Tumski is located in the north-east of the Wrocław market square. It is located on the other side of the Odra River. You can get to Ostrów Tumski by the following trams: 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 23.

If you have booked accommodation in BatogoSpot Tumski, Ostów Tumski can be reached on foot. Below we present the way from the apartment to Ostrów Tumski.

St. Nepomuk

St. John of Nepomuk was honored with the monument in 1732, and it was commissioned by the Cathedral Chapter. The monument is placed on the church square between the church of St. Cross and the Collegiate Church. Legend has it that the artist creating the monument immortalized the image of his newborn son among the cherubim that surround the saint.

Trips to the mountains from Wroclaw!

Trips to the mountains from Wrocław!

Wycieczki-w-gory

Trips to the mountains are very popular. The capital of Lower Silesia is less than 2 hours drive from the mountains. This is a close distance, especially for people who came on a trip to the mountains from other parts of Poland or the world. The entire southern border of Poland is covered with mountain ranges. Karkonosze deserve special attention, it is one of the most beautiful Polish ranges. However, being in Wrocław, we have quite a choice. Therefore, in this article I will propose a few places worth visiting in the form of day trips. If you like adventure you will surely find something for yourself! Trips to the mountains.

Trips to the mountains - Giant Mountains

The Karkonosze Mountains is the highest mountain range of the Sudetes, with interesting rock formations, waterfalls and many other attractions. The Karkonosze Mountains is a mountain range that lies on the border of two countries, Poland and the Czech Republic. Taking advantage of the fact that both countries belong to the Schengen zone, you can move freely in the Giant Mountains along both border zones. Checks are rare, but it is worth taking an identity document with you.

Drive - Trips to the mountains

The easiest and most convenient way to get to Karkonosze is by car. However, for all those who are not motoring enthusiasts, we have an alternative solution, which is rail. To get to Karkonosze by train, you need to get off at the Wrocław Główny station (in the city center) and get off at Szklarska Poręba Górna station. The journey takes approximately 3 hours.

Tickets - Trips to the mountains

Railway Tickets can be purchased in several ways, the most convenient is the mobile application or directly through the PKP website (https://bilkom.pl/), it is often also possible to buy a ticket on the Train from a machine or from a Conductor. The ticket can also be purchased at the ticket office at the station

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Hostels in the Giant Mountains

There are many shelters in the Karkonosze Mountains, we have listed the most interesting ones. It is worth visiting them for regional delicacies such as pancakes or dumplings with forest blueberries, traditional Polish cuisine or game dishes. In some hostels it is possible to book accommodation, but if you decide to do so during a trip to the mountains, you should do it well in advance due to the regulations on covid-19.

Hostels in the Karkonosze Mountains are divided into two types. The first are shelters that belong to PTTK, the second are other private commercial shelters. The latter type of shelter is, for example, a shelter and a snowball restaurant, and we advise against this type of shelter. The prices are very high there due to the lack of competition and the quality is relatively low. Shelters under the management of PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society) have their own atmosphere, they are usually old wooden, several hundred years old houses built in hard-to-reach places on the slopes of the mountains. When we go inside we can smell the wood. Prices in PTTK hostels result from high costs of transporting goods upwards. In some places you have to bring them on your own, in others with quads. When visiting hostels, we recommend trying the local cuisine, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Waterfalls in the Giant Mountains

On the Polish side of the Karkonosze Mountains there are 3 magnificent waterfalls: Szklarki Waterfall, Kamieńczyk Waterfall and Waterfall in Podgórna. These are the three largest waterfalls in Lower Silesia, from a dozen to even thirty meters high. They are located in various parts of the Karkonosze Mountains, so while on a trip in the mountains, it is worth seeing at least one of them. There are many streams and other smaller waterfalls in the Giant Mountains, but they are not as spectacular as these three.

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How to prepare for trips to the Mountains

When going on a trip to the mountains, you should take with you a few things that may be useful on the route and perhaps save your life, or at least save a lot of time, effort and frustration, below is a list of useful things on the trail with a brief overview.

How to prepare for trips to the Mountains

Good shoes are essential during a trip to the mountains, remember that you will most likely cover the entire distance on foot, when you are at the top you will not have too many options to shorten the route or give up. Good shoes are essential when hiking in the mountains!

If you are already on the route you need to know which way you want to go. In the Karkonosze Mountains, most of the hiking trails are well marked, you will probably find many markings on trees and information boards that will show you the further route of the trip to the mountains. However, it’s always a good idea to have a charged phone with the navigation app with you. If possible, download the offline map, this way you will save battery consumption. If you have not given up your trip to the mountains yet, you will surely need a comfortable backpack in which you can pack a sweatshirt and something to drink, e.g. a bottle of water. Remember that the weather may change during a several-hour trip to the mountains.

The last thing you should think about is cash. In the tourist hostels you will meet along the way, you will be able to buy a drink and something to eat, but there is no certainty that there will be a card or blick payment terminal. Sometimes in the mountains there is no coverage and then such payment methods do not work, so it is worth having some change with you.

The best bakery in Wroclaw

The best bakery in Wroclaw- where to buy bread for breakfast

Bakery in Wroclaw is a very popular term, not only by internet users but also by real bread connoisseurs. Since Wroclaw is a large European city and almost every Pole eats fresh bread for breakfast, we have a wide choice when looking for a Wroclaw bakery. The easiest way to find it is in the center or near the city center. If we start the journey from Bema Street, we can meet many of them.

The BatogoSpot Tumski Apartments are located in the city center next to Bema Square. Therefore, it is important to know that there is a bakery in the immediate vicinity of the rented apartment, where the residents of Wroclaw stand in large queues every day to buy good bread for breakfast.

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Best locations - bakery in Wroclaw

The bakery is located 110 m from the apartment. Just go to the main road (from the Bem side), turn left and go straight all the time. You will pass the “żabka” shop. You have to go straight to the intersection and cross the street at the traffic lights. After 2 minutes you are there 🙂

Address: 4 Bema Square

📞 Telephone: 71 322 48 40

Opening times: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Well-known and popular bakery in Wroclaw

However, if you are looking for a well known bakery with premises all over Poland, Hert Bakery is 100 meters from the apartment. You have to go the same route as to the Bema Square bakery. Immediately after crossing the alleys you will see a bakery.

Address: ul.Sienkiewicz

📞 Telephone: 71 318 85 41

Opening times: 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For questions, please contact us

48 +48 724 319 601

📧 info@batogospot.pl

Year-round attractions in Wroclaw

Year-round attractions attract the attention of not only tourists but also residents. Attractions in Wrocław are really unique, you should visit them for several reasons. If you are looking for, Wrocław is the 5th largest city in Poland and 4th in terms of population. With these sizes, you can be sure that everyone will find some entertainment for themselves. However, if you have planned a longer stay in Wrocław and have already ticked off all the most important attractions of the city, when looking for new inspiration, we invite you to read the article.

We recommend starting your stay in Wrocław with getting to know the history of the city, which will allow you to experience the atmosphere of the city deeper. We have good news for history fans, there are several sightseeing routes, so you can even spend a whole day exploring the city with a guide. Remember, however, that guides’ earnings in this system are based on “tips”, so add an appropriate amount after the trip. Good news for people traveling with non-Polish speakers is the fact that tours are also offered in other languages, depending on the company it is usually: English, German, Spanish.

Sample sightseeing routes:

– Old Town

– Wrocław – step by step, i.e. different topics by day, such as: Wrocław dwarfs, Wrocław Nadodrze, Wrocław castles or Absurdities of the People’s Republic of Poland

– Four Denominations District

– Bridges and islands of Wrocław

– World War II and Jewish Wrocław

We recommend that you have comfortable shoes, water and appropriate clothes.

For all those who do not like to walk so much, or who are just tired of walking, we recommend a guided bicycle tour.
There are 2 routes to choose from, depending on the number of people who sign up for the trip, so you must call to book one day in advance.

In Wrocław, this service is provided by See Wrocław, which offers the possibility of organizing the tour in various languages. Below you can see the itinerary of the tour. For those who prefer to rest while sightseeing, the company also offers guided tours with a melex, during which you can listen to the history while relaxing.

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The Centennial Hall is a unique place not only on the map of Wrocław, but also on the whole of Poland, as it is represented by a monument inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is also not the building itself, but the entire complex where we can spend several hours. The main building was built in the years 1911-13 by the architect Max Berg. All lovers of architecture will probably be interested in the fact that at the time of its construction it was a building with the largest diameter – 67 m – with a reinforced concrete cover, and at the same time it could accommodate up to 10,000 people.

Currently, the hall serves entertainment and sports functions and has a year-round exhibition area. In the building next door – the Four Domes Pavilion, we can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, and we will relax watching a multimedia fountain show and walking under the pergola. If we feel like taking a longer walk, we can visit the Japanese Garden and the Szczytnicki Park.

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The zoo is a suitable attraction all year round due to its closed pavilions. The Wrocław Zoo is the oldest in Poland and the largest in terms of the number of animals on display in Poland. The new Africarium complex also attracts attention, and we must spend several hours visiting it. We wrote more about our zoo in a separate article, so we encourage you to check the guide to Wrocław for more interesting facts about this place.

This Wroclaw Synagogue is a very interesting point on the map of Wroclaw, and a slightly less frequented place, it is worth getting acquainted with its history, which you can learn more about during the tour: “Four Denominations District and Jewish Wroclaw”, by Walkative. It is worth mentioning that admission to the exhibitions is free, so no excuses, you must visit this place. The synagogue itself is located in a very nice alley, which will also be a great place to rest and have lunch or hot chocolate.

White Stork Synagogue sightseeing

OPENING HOURS OF THE SYNAGOGUE UNDER THE WHITE STORK:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday, Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday: closed

The mikveh (ritual bath) and the synagogue cellars are open to visitors on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays from 10:00 – 16:00

Between December and April, the synagogue is open on Fridays from 10:00 to 15:00.

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The highest vantage point in all of Poland – it is located at an altitude of 200 m. This point stands out from the others in the city mainly because it is completely glazed, so we can admire the view of the city regardless of the weather. Such an experience will certainly be more pleasant for people with a fear of heights than open viewpoints such as the one at the cathedral or the church of St. Elizabeth.

Object open:

from Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 21:00 (last entry at 20:40)
from Friday to Saturday 09: 00-22: 00 (last entry at 21:40)
on Sunday 10: 00-22: 00 (last entry at 21:40)
• regular – PLN 18.00
• reduced – PLN 12.00
• children up to 3 years old – free admission

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The Market Hall was built in the years 1906-08 by Richard Pluddemann, built to organize the trade in Wrocław, it serves this function to this day. During the week, you can go here for a little shopping, or to eat dinner or drink delicious coffee. This is a place where fruit is always of the highest quality, even in winter. The structure itself is very interesting – the covering of the Hall, supported in the main nave on reinforced concrete parabolic arches, was an engineering achievement on a global scale.

Hala Targowa opening hours

Object open:

– Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

– Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

– Sunday – closed

Of course, admission to the hall is free.

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The Reise complex is a very mysterious place built during World War II, by the Third Reich occupying this area, it is said that the complex was to be Hitler’s headquarters, although there are many other more or less probable legends. We recommend starting your visit to the adit complex from Walim in the Sowie Mountains Landscape Park, so in addition to the adit, you can also go for a walk on the mountain trails.

When choosing this trip, you should be aware that the temperature in the tunnels is low, so despite the middle of summer, it is worth wearing appropriate clothes to make sightseeing pleasant, and the stay in this temperature takes about 60 minutes. During the entire route, we are under the care of a guide, so don’t worry – no one will get lost. The guide will also show us the history of the place and the entire plan of the complex. Here you can choose an audio-guide in a language other than Polish for foreigners.

The complex itself stretches for many kilometers, and a part of it was to be described in another post, Książ Castle, in which underground tunnels were also built. Another entrance worth recommending is the adit in Osówka.

The facility is open daily:

In the months of October to April:

– from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am, last admission at 4:00 pm,

– Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 am, last admission at 5:00 pm.

In the months of May to September:

– from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am, last admission at 5:00 pm,

– Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 am, last admission at 6:00 pm.

Ticket prices:

Normal – PLN 22
Reduced – PLN 18

With the Large Family Card, a discount on the ticket – PLN 2

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In the vicinity of the drifts described, we can also visit the Grodno castle, located on the Choina mountain, just over an hour from Wrocław. It is a very old structure built by the Silesian Piasts for over 700 years, which is why so many stories about ghosts and other paranormal stories have been accumulated over the centuries. We came back safe, so we think that with a clear conscience we can recommend this attraction not so far from Wrocław. An interesting proposition is also a night tour of the castle, but only for the brave!

Grodno Castle - opening hours

Object open:

In the months of October to April:

– from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., last admission at 4:00 p.m.

– Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., last admission at 5:00 p.m.

In the months of May to September:

– from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00, last admission at 17:00,

– Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., last admission at 6:00 p.m.

Grodno Castle ticket price list

Ticket prices:

– Normal – PLN 24

– Reduced – PLN 19

With the Large Family Card, a ticket discount – PLN 2

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The fortress in Srebrna Góra was erected in 1765-77 according to the design of the Prussian engineer W.L. Regler, it was a defensive structure intended to protect Prussian Silesia. The only test it was subjected to was the siege by Napoleon’s army, which was, however, interrupted by the peace agreement in Tylża.

In addition to visiting the fortress, which takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, we can also go here with a bicycle, because there are many designated bicycle routes.

The Silver Gora Fortress - opening hours

Object open:

In the months of April to October:

– from 10:00 to 18:00, last tour approx. 4:30 PM

In the months of November to March:

– from 10:00 to 17:00, last tour approx. 15:30

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Ticket prices:

– Normal – PLN 25 (with a Big Family Card PLN 21)

– Reduced – PLN 17 (with a Big Family Card PLN 14)

– Family ticket (2 + 2) – PLN 72

Children up to 4 years old – free of charge.

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Fair Wroclaw

Fair Wroclaw

The Wroclaw fair is the city's biggest Christmas attraction

Fairs are one of the biggest attractions in Wrocław. They are held several times a year and last several weeks. The most famous fairs in Wrocław include the Christmas market, which takes place every year in December, and the St. John’s Fair in June. If you are going to the capital of Lower Silesia in these months, you must visit the Fair and feel its atmosphere.

Wroclaw fair will it take place?

Many of you are probably wondering about the fate of the Christmas market in Wroclaw. This is such a turbulent topic that in 2020 the restrictions related to the covid-19 pandemic were changing like in a kaleidoscope. Finally, a few weeks before the fifth event, the fair was canceled. Will the approaching St. John’s Fair be the same? This is a question that may change overnight. Up-to-date information can be found on the website of the responsible ministry.

Tourists visiting the capital of Lower Silesia cannot do without visiting the fair. This event has become one of the city’s greatest attractions. Both residents and tourists visiting Wroclaw are eager to take part in it.

You can spend the whole day at the Fair, so it’s good to book accommodation in the center.

Will the Wroclaw Fair take place?
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The tradition of fairs came to Wroclaw from Bavaria, where they had been held for centuries. Some sources say that the tradition of Christmas markets was started by the holidays of the Austrian emperor Albert, who announced the so-called Weihnachtsmarkt, or the trading day before Christmas. Apparently, this holiday was already celebrated in the 13th century.

Wroclaw fairs are among the best in Europe

Although fairs in Europe are very common, and in Germany alone, they are held in over 100 cities. Few of them are as popular as the one organized in Wroclaw

According to the ranking of several recognized publishers, such as the American “The Huffington Post” and the German daily “Die Welt”, the Wroclaw Fair has been recognized as one of the most beautiful in Europe. Thus, it is compared to events such as the 440-year fair in Strasbourg in France, the famous fair in Frankfurt or in Nuremberg. Although the Wrocław Fair has no such long history, it attracts crowds of visitors.

In the ranking of the German daily “Die Welt”, the Wrocław fair was among the 5 best fairs in Europe. Thus appreciating the combination of the original formula with local customs and traditions. This is a very prestigious distinction for Wroclaw.

What can you see at the market?

The original function of the fairs was to create conditions for trade for the city’s residents, today, despite the fact that there are many stalls with local products, decorations or souvenirs related to the city, the greatest attraction of this event is the atmosphere that arises during its organization. Most people visiting the fair just want to feel this atmosphere, see beautiful decorations, try a few delicacies and enjoy the moment. It is an interesting form of walking.

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Baked chestnuts, pancakes and Kürtöskalács are just some of the delicacies available at the fair. Sometimes it’s really hard to deny yourself. While strolling around the fair, you can also meet the delicacies of Old Polish cuisine, such as bigos from a cauldron or a slice of bread with lard. However, before buying such a meal, it is good to think about whether we will get a better meal at a similar price in a restaurant around the corner. We’ll probably get it, but who could visit the market and not try all these delicacies …

 

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A unique attraction of the Wroclaw fair is mulled wine sold every year in a different mug specially designed for this occasion. There are many enthusiasts who come to the fair only to get another mug for their collection.

Tastes of Wroclaw ...

Thanks to certain extremes, the Wrocław fair has also become a topic of jokes in pop culture. One of the reasons was related to the grilled dishes served at one of the stands. Visitors who were tempted by the smell of grilled delicacies had to pay a few hundred zlotys for a small meal. We recommend our guests to visit a luxurious steak restaurant, where we can get much better grilled dishes for a lower price.

Fairs and the inhabitants of Wrocław

The opinions of the inhabitants of Wrocław about fairs are divided, some are die-hard fans, others look at the fairs with a rather unfavorable eye. Events of this type always generate a lot of noise, which is burdensome for people living in tenement houses around the market square. (There aren’t too many people like that anymore) The fairs are held in the very center of the city, despite the fact that it is an area with no traffic. Getting to the other side of the city is difficult due to the crowds of people visiting it.

However, for several years the city authorities have been limiting the number of available positions, as well as setting the rules for the distribution of positions so that they do not block traffic. Most of Wrocław’s inhabitants decide to visit the fair at least once a year.

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