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wroclaw-01-700-467Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland. It is on the River Oder in the Silesian Lowlands of Central Europe, roughly 350 kilometres (220 mi) from the Baltic Sea to the north and 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the Sudeten Mountains to the south. Wrocław is the historical capital of Silesia and Lower Silesia. Today, it is the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. At various times in history, it has been part of the Kingdom of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian Empire, Prussia, and Germany. It became part of Poland in 1945, as a result of the border changes after the Second World War. The population of Wrocław in 2015 was 635 759 making it the fourth-largest city in Poland.

Wroclaw classified as a global city by GaWC, with the ranking of high sufficiency and living standard. It was among 230 cities in the world in the ranking of the consulting company Mercer — “Best City to Live” in 2015 and the only Polish city in this ranking has been recognized as a city growing at the business center.

In 2016, the city is a European Capital of Culture and the World Book Capital. Also, Wroclaw will host the Theatre Olympics, World Bridge Games and the European Film Awards in 2016, IFLA Annual Conference and World Games in 2017.

Money Advice

Polish currency is called the Zloty (meaning, literally, “golden” or “gold one”). However, many hotels, restaurants and services already accept the European currency. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, you should keep a few gold ones in your pocket.

If you don’t see “ATM” look for a “Bankomat” sign. You’ll have no trouble finding a cash machine around Wroclaw, particularly around the centre of town. Look for them in all the standard spots, with one exception: many gas stations still don’t have one.

Exchange rates can vary drastically even on the same block – so keep your eyes peeled. Avoid the bureaux de change on the tourist trails, and watch out for commissions or sneaky zeros slipped in to the rate. Look for the word “Kantor.”

Travelling to Wroclaw

By air
Wroclaw has its own international airport on Strachowice (Wroclaw, ul Skarzynskiego 36), roughly 12km from the city centre. It’s a bit smaller than those in other Polish cities, but functional nonetheless. Many of routes can be done by Ryanair, Wizzair and other budget airlines.

By car
Wroclaw is very well connected, at least by Polish standards. Three international roads cut through this fair city, the greatest of which is dubbed the A4, meaning you can cruise at top speed in either direction – towards Germany or over towards Krakow in Malopolska.

By rail
Polish trains aren’t exactly the fastest or most modern the world has ever seen. For many, however, arriving by rail is always the way to go… An intercity train to Warsaw, for example, will only take you at least five hours and one to Krakow around four and half. Of course, Poland is not where it all stops: Budapest, Dresden, Hamburg and Prague are all just a few stops away. Find the Dworzec Glowny (Main Train Station) in the south of town on ulica Pilsudskiego. Check our map online for precise location.