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Poland – Wroclaw Old Town: Ostrow Tumski, Market Square – Part 2

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

Wroclaw is the largest city in the Dolnoslskie Voivodeship in Poland. Wroclaw is a historic capital of Silesia. Wroclaw is a city where football matches during Euro 2012 were played.

St. Elizabeth’s Church

• Opening Hours : 9 am-4 pm (1 pm-4 pm Sundays)
• Tower admission (no lift) – 5z
• This is located on the northeast side of the Rynek.
• This is a large and imposing medieval building.
• It has a 90 m high tower.
• From here there are spectacular views of the old town.

St. Maria Magdalena Church

• The big church is a block south of the Rynek.
• One can also climb this tower for 5 z.
• There is a small bridge between the two towers.
• This bridge is known as the Penances Bridge.
• Here one can walk along and enjoy the city.
• The views are great.

Museums in Wroclaw Old Town

1. Panorama Raclawicka ul. Purkyniego 11
• Opening Hours : 9:30 am-5 pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
• Admission 25 z
• Student and family discounts applicable.
• This is the most-visited tourist site in Wroclaw.
• This consists of a large canvas painting that is wrapped around a viewing rotunda.
• It creates a 360 degree view of the Battle of Raclawice.
• This battle took place in 1794 between Russian troops and Polish insurrectionists.
• The battle was a victory for the Poles.
• The Russians ultimately won the war.
• Visits are conducted in tour groups which is roughly every half-hour.
• There are foreign-language audio guides are available.

2. City Museum of Wroclaw has several subsidiaries
• Town Hall Museum of City Art
• Museum of Archaeology
• Military Museum in Arsenal, ul. Cieszynskiego 9
• Historical Museum in the Royal Palace, ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 35

3. National Museum in Wroc?aw , pl. Powstancow Warszawy 5
• Opening Hours: 10 am-4 pm (closed Monday)
• Admission 15z
• This museum features a large collection of Polish art.
• Since 2011, there is a new Gallery of Contemporary Art in the attic.

4. Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, pl. Strzegomski 2a
• Admission 10 z, Thursday free.
• Until 2016 museum is located temporarily in a WW2 air-raid shelter.
• There is contemporary art, photography, also a club and a cafeteria with nice views.

5. Museum of Architecture, ul. Bernardy?ska 5
• Monday closed and Wednesday free.
• Tickets 10 z, reduced 7 z.
• Museum is located in a 15th century post-Bernardine Gothic buildings
• St Bernardine of Sienna Church and a monastic quadrangle with a garden can also be seen.

6. Ethnographic Museum, ul. Traugutta 111/113
• Monday closed and Saturday free.
• Located in the former summer Palace of Wroclaw Bishops.
• Collection concentrates on folk art.

Different kinds of concerts
• Symphonic
• Choral
• Early music
• Jazz
• Popular music
• Go to the rope park on Opatowicka Island, Opatowicka Wyspa Przygody.

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

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