Wrocław is a city bustling with life at any time of day or night, full of students, dwarves and bridges. Situated on the Oder River and intersected by its branches and canals, it boasts more than a hundred bridges and footbridges that make a visit to Wrocław memorable forever.
Geographically, it lies on the Silesian Lowlands in Central Europe, about 400 km from the Baltic Sea to the south and 40 km from the Sudetes to the north. The capital of Lower Silesia is located almost between the three European capitals, about 350 km from Berlin, 350 km from Warsaw and 300 km from Prague. Wrocław has a population of almost 650,000, making it the fourth largest city in Poland.
The history of the city is over a thousand years old. In various periods Wrocław was part of the Kingdom of Poland, the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Habsburg Monarchy, Prussia and Germany, and its long heritage connects almost all cultures and religions that appeared in Europe. Wrocław became part of Poland again after the end of World War II in 1945 and is with us to this day. More importantly, it has become a strong cultural, educational and industrial centre of the country.
For many years Wrocław has not been an anonymous city for the world. In 1989, 1995 and 2019 Wrocław hosted the European Youth Meeting of the Taizé Community and the Eucharistic Congress in 1997. It was one of the cities organising the European Football Championship in 2012. In 2016, the city held the title of European Capital of Culture and World Book Capital City. Also this year Wrocław hosted the Theatre Olympics, World Bridge Games and European Film Awards. In 2017 Wrocław became the host of the annual IFLA conference and The World Games, during which one could watch, among others, women's lacrosse. In 2019, Wrocław was named the UNESCO City of Literature. And in 2020, it will get full attention of the entire lacrosse world during the European Lacrosse Championships.
As foreigners popularly call it, "Wroclove" is one of the largest university cities in Poland, with nearly 130,000 students studying here at several universities, which means Wrocław never falls asleep. The University of Wrocław has educated 9 Nobel Prize winners within its walls, which proves the high quality of teaching. Thanks to this fact, Wrocław enjoys great interest and is willingly chosen by young people from all over the world who go for semestral or longer student exchanges.
The symbol of Wrocław are dwarves. There are already over 500 figurines depicting these gnomes in the whole city. Usually small, about 30-40 cm high, cast bronze statues can be found in almost every corner of the city. They stand on sidewalks, window sills of tenement houses, they come out from under the ground and even hang on lanterns - you have to be observant to spot them all. That is why a walk along the dwarves' trail has become a nice way of visiting Wrocław and not only the touristic part of it.
Bustling with life, Wrocław offers visitors a whole range of attractions: from the centre with its historic market square and 13th-century Old Town Hall, through medieval sacral buildings on Ostrów Tumski (eng. “Catherdal Island”) with the gothic St. John's Cathedral towering over everything, to one of the first reinforced ferroconcrete structures of the 20th century, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006 - the Centennial Hall, where one of the largest multimedia fountains in Europe is also located. Delving into the narrow streets surrounding the market square you can drink coffee and eat delicious, inexpensive food in one of the several hundred atmospheric restaurants or bars. If you want to dance and get crazy, you can easily go to the partying part of the city or go down to one of the pubs where you can spend unforgettable moments with live music.
Wrocław is also a city of a thousand sports opportunities. You can watch the matches of WKS Śląsk Wrocław playing in the highest football class in Poland, under the same name also the men's basketball section is fighting for the eighteenth national champion title. You can also support handball players, basketball players, rugby players, korfball players, volleyball players and ultimate frisbee players. The Wroclaw Olympic Stadium is dominated by speedway - apart from league matches involving Sparta Wroclaw, there are also FIM Speedway Grand Prix competitions and American football matches. Wrocław is also home to 7-time Polish lacrosse champion Kosynierzy Wrocław, whose players will be seen in the Polish national team at the European Lacrosse Championships from 23 July.
Wrocław is a meeting place, a city that will be difficult to forget. Come and taste the sporting excitement during the European Lacrosse Championships matches. Relax in the shade of old tenement houses in the city centre, have some handmade ice cream on one of the boulevards on the Oder River or have a cup of coffee in one of the charming cafés... Wrocław is worth experiencing, see for yourself.
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