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Worth seeing

The eventful history of Wroclaw is illustrated by the many historic buildings and breath-taking villas. They are reminders of the former wealth and significance of the city.

Among the city's many sights, the late gothic City Hall stands out as the centre of the painstakingly restored market square. Immediately adjacent is the "Salzring", a once significant market and trading square where visitors and residents can now buy flowers around the clock.

The University with its "Aula Leopoldina", St. Elisabeth Church, and the 1,800 square metre monumental painting "Panorama von Raclawice", for which a rotunda was specially built, should definitely be included in the agenda. No less impressive is the Tudor-style railway station building.

"Cathedral island" is often called the historic cradle of Wroclaw. Here you'll find the cathedral itself, St. Kreuz Church, and Bartholomäus Church, St. Martini Church, Cathedral Bridge and the Archbishop's Palais. The early modernist "Jahrhunderthalle" was the largest reinforced concrete construction in the world when it was built, and its construction was considered revolutionary for a long time. Particularly impressive is the cupola, 23 metres in height and 65 metres across. The world's largest organ at the time was installed for the opening of the hall.

A rather more cheerful attraction are the 150 bronze dwarves scattered all over downtown. A gift from the state capital Wiesbaden for the 25-year anniversary of the twinning welcomes visitors from the window sill of the city's main administration.