A green oasis in the heart of the city, Wrocław Botanical Garden is Poland’s second-oldest green establishment of this type (the oldest one being in Cracow), created alongside the University of Wrocław in 1811. Today, the garden’s 7.5-hectare area features nearly 12,000 different plant species and is one of the most delightful places to stroll and relax in the open air.
Dubbed ‘Silesia in a nutshell’, this is one of Wrocław’s major museums and boasts a vast collection of nearly 200,000 exhibits, including painting and sculptures by well known Polish artists, such as Kossak, or Matejko. It is also known for its unique collections of contemporary art.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Dubbed ‘the mother of all Silesian churches’, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the greatest example of Gothic religious architecture. Meticulously rebuilt after almost complete destruction during the Siege of Breslau (Festung Breslau), its 97-metre tower is now a popular vantage point overlooking the picturesque panorama of the city.
Panorama of the Battle of Racławice
Curated by the National Museum in Wrocław, “The Battle of Racławice” cyclorama was created between 1893 and 1894 by a team of artists led by Jan Styka and Wojciech Kossak. This spectacular oil painting depicts an episode of the Kościuszko Uprising - a victory of Polish insurgents commanded by General Tadeusz Kościuszko over Russian troops.
The focal point of the city, the lively medieval market square, is one of the biggest old-town squares in Europe, and boasts the largest town hall in Poland.