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Poland – Wroclaw Fountain – a multimedia musical fountain.

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

The Wroclaw Fountain also known as Wroclaw Multimedia Fountain and Wroclawska Fontanna in Polish, is a multimedia musical fountain and ornamental pond in Wroclaw of Western Poland.

Overview of Wroclaw Fountain

• The Wroclaw Fountain is situated in the historic Wroclaw exhibition ground.
• It is next to the early modernist Centennial Hall.
• It is encircled within the Wroclaw Pergola.
• It was built in 2009.
• It is at present one of the largest operating fountains in Europe.

Multimedia Show
• The fountain is spread over 1 hectare (110,000 sq ft).
• This fountain incorporates over 300 jets.
• These jets are used to create moving-dancing screens of water.
• They are created with music and light.
• With the help of a computerized multimedia program for animated water shows, the fountain shows are created.
• The fountain is illuminated at night by over 800 computer programmed coloured lights.

Ice skating
The Wroclaw Fountain becomes a ice skating rink that covers an area of over 4,700 square metres (51,000 sq ft) when frozen in winter.

Wroclaw Fountain

• It is hung on a left in front of the main entrance to the Centennial Hall.
• This is one of the most magnificent attractions that Wroclaw has to offer.
• It was unveiled on June 4, 2009.
• It was built in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first free elections in post-war Poland.
• Wroclaw fountain is considered the most stunning attractions in the country.
• This is a whiz-bang multimedia fountain of which only a few exist in the world.
• Wroclaw’s new toy projects water up to 40 meters high.
• There is an array of 300 different nozzles.
• They have the ability to rotate, gyrate, pulse.
• They even create a 700 square meter screen of water.
• On which animated projections can be displayed.
• All the while music orchestrates the show through the park’s speakers.
• This is equipped with 800 lights of varying size and power.
• The Wroclaw Fountain even has pyrotechnic capabilities.
• It is equipped with fireworks and lasers that implausibly shoot out of the large semicircle basin next to Hala Ludowa.
• The result is one of the most magnificent, delightful displays of light, sound and water.
• It is very famous with crowds of over 20,000.
• The cost of running this show on a regular basis is enormous/
• One can see it for free from May until the end of October.
• This is daily on the hour from 10:00 to 22:00.
• Performances vary from 3.5 to 18 minutes with a short or long program me of classical music on some hours, and modern music.
• The real stunning shows are after dark on Friday and Saturday.
• This is when the full functionality of the fountain is on display, including lights.
• On visit between November and April one will miss the fountain unfortunately.
• One can still take advantage of the area as the space is transformed into a skating rink for the winter.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland – Wroclaw Old Town: Ostrow Tumski, Market Square

Blogs at wikitravel.org
Blogs at tripadvisor.in
Blogs at wroclaw-life.com
Blogs and reviews at inyourpocket.com

Images and photos of Poland – Wroclaw Old Town: Ostrow Tumski, Market Square

Images at google.com
Images at wikitravel.org
Images at wroclaw-life.com
Images at tripadvisor.com

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