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Introduction

Wroclaw- old town

Wroclaw- old town

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Wroclaw is the capital city of the region of Lower Silesia in southwestern Poland, situated along the Oder river. With around 700,000 inhabitants in the city and over 1 million in the metropolitan area, it's the 4th largest city in the country.

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Neighbourhoods

Wroclaw is dived into 5 boroughs:

  • Stare Miasto (Old Town)
  • Śródmieście (City Centre)
  • Fabryczna (Factory Quarter)
  • Krzyki
  • Psie Pole

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Sights and Activities

  • Rynek (market square) including the 14th century Town Hall
  • Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall) - a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island) with Wrocław Cathedral
  • Panorama Racławicka
  • Plac Grunwaldzki ("Grunwald Square)
  • Kościół Św. Elżbiety ("St. Elisabeth's Church")
  • Wroclaw Palace

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Weather

Wroclaw has a temperate continental climate. Summers last from June to August with average daytime temperatures between 23 and 26º C and nights of 12-15 º C. Winters average around 2-4º C during the day and a few º C below zero at night. Most of the precipitation falls during the warmer summer months, winters are driest (combination of rain and snow), while spring and autumn fall in between those two regarding rainfall.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-1.2 °C0.3 °C8.6 °C13.6 °C19.4 °C22 °C23.8 °C23.9 °C19.1 °C13.8 °C7 °C3.6 °C
Avg Min-7.5 °C-6.6 °C-0.3 °C2.8 °C7.4 °C10.8 °C12.4 °C12 °C8.8 °C4.6 °C0.2 °C-2.4 °C
Rainfall27 mm23 mm30 mm37 mm57 mm79 mm91 mm64 mm51 mm38 mm37 mm34 mm
Rain Days141214111314131212111516

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Getting There

By Plane

Copernicus Airport Wroclaw (WRO) offers a growing number of flights.
Ryanair has flights to/from Alicante, Barcelona-Girona, Bristol, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf (Weeze), East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Rome, Shannon and Stockholm.
Several other airlines serve a few more cities, including Munich, Oslo, Warsaw, Gdansk and Copenhagen.

By Train

Fast trains to Katowice (3 hours) depart every two hours or so. Most continue to Kraków (4.5 hours). There are at least half a dozen fast trains and also three express trains to Warsaw (5-6 hours). Some also stop at Lodz ( around 4 hours) en route. Wroclaw also has regular train links with Poznan (2-2.5 hours, roughly hourly), stopping en route in a few smaller cities like Jelenia Gora and Legnica.
There are also international trains to Hamburg (via Berlin), Prague, Dresden,, Kiev (via Lviv) and Budapest.

By Car

Wroclaw is located just north of the main A4 highway corridor, running from the border with German (close to Legnica) in southeastern direction towards Krakow.

By Bus

Trzebnica (40 minutes), Sobótka (one hour), Swidnica (1½ hours), Lubiaz (1½ hours) and Nysa (2 hours) have no train connections, and thus are best reached by bus. Warsaw (5-6 hours), Poznan (2,5 hours) and Bialystok (7 hours) have regular bus services but trains are more comfortable and convenient.
Eurolines has some international connections. Prague is just 4 hours away.

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Getting Around

By Car

Beware when driving in Wroclaw as cars and trams share the roads in some places.

By Public Transport

Wroclaw has an extensive bus and tram network with a integrated ticketing system (i.e. tickets are the same for both). You buy tickets from machines at major tram stations (cash or card), or on board (card only). You must then punch them on board for them to be valid. Inspectors occasionally check tickets and issue fines. A standard ticket for half an hour's travel costs 3zl.

By Foot

The centre of Wroclaw is compact and is easily navigable on foot. Some parts of the centre are pedestrianised. Be aware if using pedestrian crossings that you can be fined for crossing when the red man is showing.

By Bike

Wroclaw is quite bike-friendly, and there are a number of bicycle lanes throughout the city. There is a city bike rental scheme run by Nextbike which is free for the first 20 minutes, and costs 2zl for 21-60 minutes. Every hour beyond is 4zl. It costs 1zl to register with the scheme.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
A. S. ApartamentsRynek 18/4Apartment-
Akira Bed & BreakfastPlac Strzelecki 28 WrocławGUESTHOUSE86
Avantgarde HostelWroclaw Kosciuszki Street 55Hostel-
Babel HostelKollataja 16/3 WroclawHostel86
Boogie HostelRuska street 35Hostel84
Centrum Hostelul. Sw. Mikolaja 16/17Hostel83
Cinnamon HostelStr. Kazimierza Wielkiego 67Hostel85
Dizzy Daisy HostelPlac Grunwaldzki 63Hostel83
Hostel Europaul. Grabiszynska 61-65 WroclawHostel78
Kolor HostelKuznicza Street 65/5 WROCLAWHostel-
Mleczarnia Hostelul. Wodkowica 5Hostel86
Moon Hostel6-8 Krupnicza St., (entrance from 27 Kazimierza WiHostel85
Nathan's Villa Hostel WroclawUl. Swidnicka 13Hostel-
Piast Hostel98 Pilsudskiego StreetHostel-
Polonia Hotel66 Pilsudskiego Street WroclawHotel-
Royal HostelKazimierza Wielkiego 27 WrocławHostel84
Wroclaw-City-Apartment BiskupiaBiskupia 7 Dluga 16cApartment-
Tu i Teraz HostelKazimierza Wielkiego 15Hostel-
Hostel CinemaK.WIELKIEGO 15Hostel86
Boogie Deluxeul.Bialoskornicza 6Hostel88
Hostel Kosciuszkoul. Kosciuszki 12Hostel77
Hotel Wieniawaul.Gajowicka 130Hotel84
Hotel Podroznikul. Sucha 1/11 (Dworzec PKS)Hotel-
Central Station HostelGwarna 19/9Hostel-
Ale HostelGenerała Tadeusza Kościuszki 55Hostel-
One More Hostelul. Władysława Łokietka 5/2Hostel-
Flower Power Hostelal. Lipowa 15/2Hostel-
Absynt HostelAntoniego 15Hostel80
Green Hostel WroclawMickiewicza 4Hostel85
Friends Hostel & Apartmentsul. Ruska 49HOSTEL86
The OneRynek 30Hostel76
Chopper HostelKotlarska 42Hostel85
Corner HostelSwidnicka Street 13Hostel86
Bemmaul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 15HOSTEL-
24W Eko Strachocinul. Zagrodnicza 16GUESTHOUSE85
Apartment KaszubskaKaszubska 15APARTMENT-
Cheap night stayKraszewskiego 20/28 50-229 WroclawGUESTHOUSE-
Odra River ViewWyszynskiego 144/9APARTMENT-
Stop Wroclawul. Sienkiewcza 31GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel WratislaviaKomuny Paryskiej 19HOSTEL86
Dizzy Daisy Hostel WroclawPlac Grunwaldzki 65HOSTEL-
Grampa's Hostelpl sw Macieja 2/1HOSTEL-
Big City Hostelul. Tęczowa 57 53-601 WrocławHostel-
Friends Fusion ApartmentPlac Solny 6/7 - 9APARTMENT-
24W ApartmentsPlac Solny 14/7APARTMENT-
Babylon Hostel WroclawPlac św. Macieja 21/3bHOSTEL-
MoHo Modern Rooms and ApartmentsGenerala Wladyslawa Sikorskiego 11/1GUESTHOUSE-
24W endHotelul. Sosnowa 34HOTEL-
Loft Hostel WroclawSzybka 6HOSTEL-
Villa Piemonteul. Józefa Mianowskiego 2351-605 WrocławGUESTHOUSE-
Friends Apartment RoyalPlac Solny 8/9 - 7APARTMENT-
24W Przy Stadionieul. TrójkątnaGUESTHOUSE-
AbsyntApartul. Świętego Antoniego 15, 50-073 WrocławAPARTMENT-
Moderion ApartmentRynek 2/1APARTMENT-
Square ApartmentRynek 53/55APARTMENT-
Hostel KombinatŚwidnicka 24/4HOSTEL89
24W Va BeneRynek 51APARTMENT-
24W Apteka 3Rynek 42/43APARTMENT-
24W Solny 3Plac Solny 8/9APARTMENT-
24W Swidnickaul. Swidnicka 8aAPARTMENT-
24W Solny 1Plac Solny 8/9APARTMENT-
Monopol HotelHeleny Modrzejewskiej 2HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 51.1078852
  • Longitude: 17.0385376

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