Poland, Wrocław – Former Residence of Prince Vratislav I
Church towers looming above your heads, dwarves at your legs, calm breath of history, quick pulse of European city. And squirrels, squirrels everywhere. This is Wrocław.
Poland’s fourth largest city is only several hundreds of kilometers from Krakow. Its main train station, should you arrive by train, immediately catches your attention. This spacious building combines Art Noveau and other historical styles. Just for couple of zloty you can leave your baggages there and hit the downtown. The city center through which flows the Odra and is guarded by Fosa Miejska, residue of city’s fortification, is only couple of minutes of walk to the north.
Adults as children as well likely notice tiny creatures that lay, stand, or work hard in front of the most important sights in the city as well as stores or Wrocław’s back alleys. This small sculptures (so-called Krasnoludków) are central figures of a popular festival.
Outside the festival there are other interesting cultural events – literature, movies, theatre, or musical (such as Jazz on the Odra in June). From the top of one of the Gothic towers at St John the Baptist’s cathedral you can have a beautiful view of the Odra. The cathedral is also called Wrocławian dome, a 13th century structure on Tumsky Island.
Wrocław was chosen to be European cultural capital of 2016 - for its history, diverse cultural festival or those tiny Wrocławian mascots. Museums, large and small, or galleries are other places which you will find interesting. As in many other European cities Wrocław too offers free entrance to large museums like the City Museum. It holds collections in fields like history, archeology, or military. Other museum free of charge is the Museum of Architecture. There are also several spots where street artists can perform their art such as fabulously looking graffiti.
There are tons of leaflets about city’s sights. You can get these on the Internet, at visitor centers or so. But you probably ask – what about the squirrels? Where are they? Dozens of them are domesticated. Obviously they expect something from you. They live mostly in Szczytnicki park in the east side of the city. The park covers an area of 100 hectares and is one of the largest in Wrocław. Also, you can find there a Japanese garden. The admission is free of charge. Laying there on grass will relieve you for a long, tiresome yet rewarding day.
GPS: 51°06'34.6"N 17°02'31.0"E
Text and photos: Ester Dobiášová
Cracow was Polish capital in past. Now, this city belongs to most beautiful architectonical jewels of Europe. The whole town is respiring with Middle Age, and such impression is stressed even with unusual big number of green surface which is frequently missing in big towns.
Are you about to visit Krakow, Warsaw or the Polish side of the Giant Mountains? Look first at what traditions are here and what you have to do good. Our neighbors have a lot of similar traditions and holidays as we do, and the kitchen is quite similar, but some differences could be found there.
When one hears about Wieliczka, perhaps every one of us will come across the famous salt mine in southern Poland. This city of the same name offers tourists not only the beauty of their underground, but it also pays off to explore what it offers above ground. Before looking into the ancient depths, we walk through the monuments in the streets that remind us of the rich history of this mining town.
The world's unique sight in the south of Poland attracts more than a million tourists to local countryside. The salt world, which has been created for centuries by the mining of salt, has not left us indifferent either. Therefore, let us expose the history and the presence of this extraordinary place in the following lines.
Descend with us to the underground corridors and salt mine chambers, where you can see for yourself the spaces in which salt has been harvested for centuries. Unique space will be surprising especially by the number of original works of art. In the following lines, we are going to admire the attractions along the first half of the tour route.
Summer holidays are an ideal time for family trips, so today we invite you to one of these. Our destination will be the Polish village of Nedeca (Niedzica), located in the Spis region, near the Slovak border in Lesser Poland.
In the coming weeks, we will discover the wonderful natural and cultural attractions of the Duchy of Lesser Poland. Our starting point will be the city of Zakopane, which is also a social center of the whole region.
Enchanted by our past trip to the Gubałówka and Butorowy Wierch mountains, today we set out to explore other breathtaking places in Lesser Poland. This time we head to the village of Poronin, which is located about 7 kilometers from Zakopane.
This time we will set out to explore southern Poland, more precisely the city of Żywiec, which lies at the confluence of the rivers Koszarawa and Soła in the Silesian Voivodeship. We start in a local brewery founded in 1856, which produces one of the most famous beers in Poland.
After visiting the famous brewery, today we will head to the town of Żywiec itself. This city of 30,000 is an ideal starting point for hiking in the Western Beskydy Mountains, it also offers recreation at the picturesque Żywiec Dam and attractive sights with an engaging history.
These days we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. One of the most important milestones in our history is remembered through a visit to the Polish city of Auschwitz, which is located at the mouth of the river Soly to the Vistula in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
In our countries, the Middle Bohemian period is still often perceived as the Dark Age. But it was during these "dark" times that many of our greatest treasures of art created by such masters as Karel Skreta, Jan Blaze Santini Aichl and the Dientzenhofers emerged to light . And the glorious Baroque treasures, which were created during the Thirty Years' War, are also pride in neighboring Poland. Indeed, a piece of today's Poland was part of the Bohemian Crown.
The Broumov region is not one of the places where beautiful monuments can be seen. The Adrspasske rocks nearby are very popular among tourists, where in free days and in good weather are overcrowded. Broumov itself is views as the city at the end of the world.. Already in the charter of of 1213, the area is characterized as a "terrible landscape in the open wilderness" and I believe that some would describe it similarly today.
The largest city of Poland and also the capital of the country. Only sledomly people imagine it an interesting place worthy making a trip. We were very hesitant if to go there at first. It takes 8 hours by train from Prague (for considerable amount of money you can buy a night train). A flight ticket costs around 3000. Eventually, we decided for the cheapest option – a day train ride (a return ticket costs about 1400 Czech crowns).
Krakow - that amazing, charismatic, and historic city is so full of interesting landmarks that to spend only one weekend is almost like not being there at all. Maybe you have already heard that Krakow has been becoming the city of bars. Resutanrats, clubs, candy shops, pijalnie wódky… There is one place next to another all of them being great. Once you get enough refreshed take a look around. The Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, the old Stare Miasto, Rynek Główny, Wawel castle and the cathedral - the most sacred place in Poland. All of these sights on just couple of square kilometers - just enough to get to know it during a weekend.
For we have experience with overcrowded Christmas market in Dresden or Wien, this time we decided to try some less known cities in Germany - Görlitz and Bautzen. I recommend this trip because everything will exceed your expectation. Both cities are close to the border with the Czech Republic. We started in Mlada Boleslav. It took us less than 2 hours to reach downtown Görlitz. Bautzen is only 40 minutes by car further. You can park your car there easily and the Christmas market gets crowded only in the evening.
Rádi byste se prošli podél moře, ale nechce se vám nikam daleko? Pokud ano, máme tu pro vás dnes tip na místo, které je Čechy celkem opomíjeno. Nemusíte jet tisíce kilometrů, nemusíte překonávat svůj strach z létání. Stačí, když sednete do auta a můžete si udělat krásný prodloužený víkend v Kolobrzegu.
Originally Slavic fortified settlement, then castle, today memorial place with a park from where you get the vista of Cesky Tesin, and the Slezske and Moravskoslezske Beskydy.
As the title suggests, the city is located on the Warta river, the third longest river in Poland.
It would be a sin not to return once more to a city such as Poznan. Today, we go here to learn more about the capital of Greater Poland Voivodeship.
We have already discovered some sights in Poznan. This will continue today as we visit this city for the last time.
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