Wrocław No.37

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2016 might be winding down, but the European Capital of Culture carousel is still whirling at full speed. The local calendar is brimming with special events catering to every taste; check out What’s On our events calendar and many more on Wroclaw2016. An addition to Wrocław’s already lively cultural scene came with the opening of two new museums: the Four Dome Pavilion housing a selection of 20th- and 21st-century Polish art, and the Pan Tadeusz Museum centred around the original manuscript of the epic poem penned by Adam Mickiewicz. Now you know what to do on a rainy day; if you get lucky with the weather and fall foliage, our suggestion would be to explore the city’s parks and islands on a bike or try a river cruise. If you’re here on November 1st, don’t miss this opportunity to witness graveyards lit up with thousands of candles as Poles descend on relatives’ final resting places during the sombre All Saints’ Day. After that, holiday cheer is right around the corner; Wro’s huge Christmas Fair, which seems to get crazier each year, kicks o on November 18th. Go out, enjoy, and we hope you’ll fall in love with this place as much as we have!

Main Feature: Wałbrzych: City of Treasures Real & Illusory

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 1.50.17 PMIf you heard about the Nazi gold train mania which has been gripping Poland and occasionally making international news, you might have come across the name of Wałbrzych. Well, this quiet town near the Czech border just happens to make a nice day trip from Wro. Check it out!

“Coal, porcelain, possibly long-lost treasure – an hour’s train ride from Wrocław you’ll find small-town Poland with a complicated history.”

Dating back to at least the 12th century, the Lower Silesian town boasts a vast industrial legacy of coal mining, porcelain production, and textile mills; complicated WWII history; and Poland’s third-largest castle. Venture here and you can visit a modern cultural centre located in a converted mine (the Old Mine Science & Art Centre), meander through lavish rooms at Książ Castle, gaze at some fine porcelain in a specially-dedicated museum, hike in the nearby Owl Mountains (Góry Sowie), and take in the atmosphere of small-town Poland, far removed from Wrocław’s cosmopolitan hum (and, for better or worse, many of its comforts).

 

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