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1 This Publication is co- nanced by the European Union, from the resources of the European Regional Development Fund, as part of The Integrated Regional Operational Programme, entitled The Promotion of the Branded Tourist Products of Lower Silesia. Marshal s Of ce of Lower Silesian Voivodeship

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3 Contents 2. Lower Silesia introduction 4. How to get to Lower Silesia 7. Practical information 11. Lower Silesian metropolis Wroc aw 13. Practical information 20. Sport and recreation 22. Wroc aw by night 23. Must-see sights in Wroc aw 28. Events in Wroc aw 32. Lower Silesian castles and palaces 35. Cistercian abbeys and Marian shrines 39. Lower Silesian underground tunnels and fortifi cations 44. Lower Silesian health resorts Karkonosze Mountains and active tourism 58. Agrotourism and ecotourism 65. Lower Silesian nature 73. Lower Silesia in winter 79. Interesting places in Lower Silesia 89. Lower Silesian monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List 91. Lower Silesian events 100. Tourist Information in Lower Silesia

4 Lower Silesia Lower Silesia a region situated in south-west Poland is ranked among the most beautiful and most attractive Polish and European regions. This is a consequence of the great diversity apparent in almost every aspect of the region from the lay of the land and variety of nature to culture and economy. Lower Silesia displays its uniqueness in this part of Europe due to the merging of cultures and traditions of numerous nations over the centuries. The region, comprising the Silesian Lowland (Nizina l ska), Silesian-Lusatian Lowland (Nizina l sko- u ycka), Sudeten Foothills (Przedgórze Sudeckie) and the Sudeten Mountains, has been a source of temptation for centuries with its beauty and mystery: vast mountain ranges and picturesque dells, crossed by rapid mountain streams whose currents murmur softly within the lowlands. It is a land with nooks of wild nature, abounding with numerous unique plants and animals, but also with beautiful cities and towns proudly displaying magnifi cent centuries-old monuments. The number and importance of the monuments is what distinguishes Lower Silesia from other parts of Poland. The routes of the Piast and Cistercian castles and vanishing professions, the network of underground tourist routes, border castles, monumental palaces, fi sh ponds near to Milicz and Przemków, national parks, nature reserves, rocky labyrinths, rock climbing crags, monuments of industrial architecture and sacral monuments registered on the UNESCO list, most Polish health resorts, ski runs, agrotourist farms for every budget, luxury hotels, opera houses, over a hundred bridges in Wroc aw, precious stone deposits, semiprecious stone deposits and even gold deposits. All of this can be found in Lower Silesia. Lower Silesia, as its name suggests, is a part of Silesia, an old and historic land situated (mostly) on a lowland. Lower Silesia constitutes the south-west part of Poland; in the west it borders on Germany, along the Lusatian Neisse line, and in the south on the Czech Republic; there is here mainly a mountain border running along the peaks of the Sudeten Mountains. The northern outskirts of Lower Silesia run along the vast lowland Lower Sile-

5 sian Forests (Bory Dolno l skie) and picturesque morainic hills, the Trzebnica Embankment (Wa Trzebnicki) and Barycz Valley. The Silesian Lowland stretches from east to west from Opole in the east to ary and aga in the west. The axis of the lowland is the Oder, the second longest river in Poland. The Oder is navigable from Upper Silesia right up to its estuary at the Szczecin Lagoon (Zalew Szczeci ski). But the domineering role in the Lower Silesian landscape is played by the Sudeten Mountains, the mountain chain in the southern part of the region that stretches from the southeast to north-west over a distance of nearly 300 km. Individual ranges of these mountains are characteristic of the diversity and variety of the landscape, and different geological structures. The highest mountain group of the Sudeten Mountains is the Karkonosze, with the nie ka peak at 1603 m above sea level. Together with the Sudeten foothills, the Sudeten Mountains are the most interesting part of Lower Silesia and those most visited by tourists. Forming part of the Sudeten Foothills south and south-west of Wroc aw are the granite Strzelin Hills (Wzgórza Strzeli skie), with the biggest granite quarry in Europe, and the l a Massif (Masyw l y), the mountain group mysteriously emerging among woodless plains of the lowland, with Mt. l a (góra l a) visible from dozens of kilometres away. The climate of the Silesian Lowland is mild, especially at the Oder; there is here the longest summer and the shortest winter in Poland. Winter starts in the Sudeten Mountains in October and may last sometimes into April. There are 12 natural landscape The area of Lower Silesia is km 2. Population The capital city of the province is Wroc aw, the fourth biggest city in Poland. parks, 2 national parks and numerous nature reserves in Lower Silesia. It is a health spot, with 11 health resorts. They are situated in a picturesque area and tempt with their specifi c microclimate and the charm of spa parks. Cities and towns full of historical buildings, magnifi cent churches, castles and magnate manors are testimony to the splendours of the past. There are also numerous industrial monuments here, old mines, adits, dams and strongholds. Over the years Lower Silesia has frequently changed its sovereignty. It has been ruled by Polish dukes from the Piast dynasty, Czech and Prussian kings, and Austrian and German emperors. Also the inhabitants of these lands have continuously changed over the centuries. Signs of human presence from the Palaeolithic period have been found here. Considerable areas of Silesia were inhabited from the beginning of our era by the Celts. The Vandals and Silings too were here, and in the 6th century Slavic tribes arrived. German colonisation began in the period of the rule of the Polish Piasts. As a result of World War 2, the German population had to leave Lower Silesia and was replaced with Poles from different parts of Poland, and in particular from the eastern frontiers lost by Poland. The present Lower Silesia province (województwo dolno l skie) roughly corresponds to its historical borders.

6 How to get to Lower Silesia south-west from the centre. City bus no. 406 runs from the airport to the centre via Wroc aw G ówny train station and PKS coach station (about 25 min). tel tel Offi cial website of the Copernicus Airport in Wroc aw: www. airport.wroclaw.pl BY PLANE Copernicus airport in Wroc aw has connections via Warsaw, Frankfurt (Main) and Munich with all of the more important airports in the world. Wroc aw currently has 12 connections to Warsaw. The plane reaches Warsaw in less than an hour. Most fl ights to Warsaw are operated by ATR and Embraer aeroplanes. Wroc aw airport has regular direct international connections to: Frankfurt, Munich, Dortmund, Dublin, Copenhagen, Brussels, Barcelona, London and several other airports in the UK. The airport also operates numerous international charter airlines. Strachowice airport is situated about 12 km BY TRAIN The railroad network in Lower Silesia is very dense. Unfortunately on many local lines passenger trains no longer run, and the number of train connections has been reduced from year to year. Some highly scenic rail routes are used on occasion to organise tourist excursions. Direct trains from nearly all large towns in Poland and also from Berlin and Hamburg come to the Wroc aw Central Station (Dworzec G ówny). Wroc aw, Legnica, Boles awiec and Zgorzelec also have train connection with Görlitz ( Schmidt and Kowalski trains). The journey on the Intercity train from Wroc aw to Warsaw lasts 4 h 30 min. 4

7 Wroc aw has train connections with nearly all large towns in Poland. Of the two presently operating large train stations in Wroc aw, long-distance connections are operated from the Wroc aw G ówny train station. Wroc aw Nadodrze train station is for passengers embarking and disembarking on the route to Warsaw and ód. From the Wroc aw train station are convenient connections to other cities and towns in the Lower Silesia province: Wa brzych, Jelenia Góra, Legnica and K odzko. It is possible to travel directly by train from Wroc aw (also from Warsaw) to the Lower Silesian health resorts in the K odzko Valley (Kotlina K odzka) Polanica, Duszniki and Kudowa Zdrój as well as to the heart of the Karkonosze Szklarska Por ba. TRAIN INFORMATION Wroc aw - tel , Jelenia Góra - tel Legnica - tel Timetable: www. rozklad.pkp.pl BY COACH The coach station in Wroc aw (Dworzec Centralny PKS) is in the city centre, in the near vicinity of the central train station (Dworzec G ówny, at ul. Sucha). Coaches to all bigger places in the region as well as long-distance coaches to and from bigger Polish cities and towns leave from there. There are numerous private local bus and microbus lines in Wroc aw and other large towns. Coach stations are usually situated in the vicinity of the train stations. The coach connection network to tourist resorts in the Karkonosze, the K odzko Valley and the l a Massif is relatively good, but most coaches do not run at the weekends; especially in the afternoon and in the evening there may be a problem to return home. Children have a 50% discount. Tickets are available at the checkouts in the coach station buildings or, if seats are still free, from the driver. At the PKS Central Coach Station (Dworzec Centralny PKS) in Wroc aw are also stops for international coaches (to Western Europe). These coaches stop in nearly all bigger places in Lower Silesia. Coach information www. rozklady.com.pl, BY CAR Several international roads cross Lower Silesia, including the A4 motorway. The capital city of the region, Wroc aw, is connected with other parts of Poland by several main roads: - A4 motorway to the Polish-German border in Olszyna/Forst (from Krzywa near to Boles awiec as road no. 18) and to Katowice, Kraków (260 km), and further to Lviv, - road no. 8 north-east to Warsaw (340 km) and south to K odzko and Kudowa (115 km), and further south to the Czech Republic, - road no. 5 to Pozna (180 km) and to Strzegom, Kamienna Góra, and further south to the Czech Republic, 5

8 ROAD DISTANCES FROM WROC AW: TO BERLIN 330 KM TO LONDON 1480 KM TO VIENNA 550 KM TO MOSCOW 1590 KM TO PRAGUE 270 KM EXAMPLE FUEL PRICES PER LITRE: 95 OCTANE 4.30 PLN 98 OCTANE 4.40 PLN DIESEL 4.00 PLN CURRENT PRICES: - road no. 94 to Legnica and Opole, - road no. 35 to widnica and Wa brzych, There are convenient road connections from abroad to Lower Silesia: From Germany: from Leipzig and Dresden the A4 motorway, from Berlin and Cottbus motorway no. 15 to the border in Forst. From the Czech Republic: motorway no. 10 from Prague and then road E65 from Liberec, road E67 from Hradec Kralove. Allowed speed for passenger cars in Poland is: within cities and towns 50 km/h, outside the built-up area 90 km/h, on expressways 100 km/h, on motorways 130 km/h. You may be fi ned up to 500 PLN for speeding. Allowed alcohol limit: 0.2 per mill. It is obligatory in Poland to drive with the low beam turned on. Petrol stations selling liquid gas as fuel are marked: LPG-GAZ or Auto-GAZ. Most petrol stations (on main roads in large towns) are open day and night. To park a car in cities and larger towns in the centre is charged from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the case of an accident you should report it to the local police (tel. 997). If you want to obtain compensation, a copy of the police report is essential. Car rental: You can rent a car at the airport in Wroc aw. In the city itself there are also several rental places as well as in bigger places in the region BY WATER You can also get to lower Silesia by water. The Oder is navigable from Racibórz in Upper Silesia to its estuary into the Szczecin Lagoon and to the Baltic Sea. Through the Oder-Havel Canal you can get to Berlin and further through the canals to Rotterdam at the North Sea. River passenger boats as well as ships and sport boats can sail on the Oder. A modern marina, a harbour for tourist and sport boats, is being built in the area of the University Bridge (Most Uniwersytecki) in the centre of Wroc aw. 6

9 Practical information CLIMATE The climate in Lower Silesia is the warmest in Poland. Winters are mild, and summers not very hot, but sometimes there are days in summer that the temperature is over 30 0 C, and in winter 20 0 C below zero. The infl u- ence of the distant Atlantic Ocean is clear here. Winds blow mainly from the west. More rarely there come warm air masses from the Mediterranean Sea and the Azores Islands. The plant growing period in Lower Silesia lasts for 225 days, the longest in Poland; yellow forsythias are blooming here already in March. Successive low pressure systems bringing several-day-long rainy periods and cloudy weather are characteristic. On the Silesian Lowland, in the area of Wroc aw the average temperature in July is nearly 19 0 C, and the average temperature of the coldest month, January, is C. The climate of the Sudeten Mountains and piedmont areas is colder than the lowlands and dependent on the height and shape of the mountain ranges. High in the Karkonosze Mountains, above 1000 m, the average annual temperature is not more than 1 0 C. The most intense rainfall takes place in July, and the annual total is 600 mm. The total precipitation in the mountains reaches 1300 mm. Winters in the lowlands are most often snowless, but in the mountains, in higher parts of the Sudeten, the snow lies for 200 days a year and lasts sometimes until April. The best time to visit Lower Silesia is the spring, starting with mid-april, the whole summer and early autumn, to the end of October. The Sudeten Mountains are in winter a destination for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. WHERE TO EAT The choice of restaurants is huge in bigger cities or towns and in the tourist centres. Many of them serve international multicultural cuisine. The staff usually speaks English and German, and menus are available in those languages. A tip of about 10% or rounding up of the bill is expected. The cheapest place to eat is a milk bar. 7

10 PHARMACIES AND MEDICAL SERVICE Provision of pharmacies is good. Doctor s advice can be obtained in public clinics and hospitals, showing the European insurance card. There are numerous well equipped private clinics and private practices. Emergency service tel. 999, tel. 112 (mobile) Emergency service, first aid Wroc aw, ul. Traugutta 112, Jelenia Góra, ul. Wojska Polskiego 21, Legnica, ul. Bracka 11, Wa brzych, ul. Chrobrego 39 DISABLED Many public buildings and most hotels have facilities for disabled people, e.g. ramps for wheelchairs. In large towns public transport (buses) is adjusted to be used by disabled people on wheelchairs; such buses are marked on the timetable. There are several companies in Lower Silesia that deal with the transport of disabled people. PRESS, RADIO AND TELEVISION Local newspapers bring news concerning the region. In Wroc aw such a newspaper is Polska Gazeta Wroc awska. The all-polish daily paper Gazeta Wyborcza has its local supplements. News about the region in Jelenia Góra is brought among others by the weekly magazine Nowiny Jeleniogórskie, in Wa brzych Tygodnik Wa brzyski, Nowe Wiadomo ci Wa brzyskie and 30 Minut, and in Legnica the weekly magazine Konkrety, Gazeta Piastowska and Express Legnicki. Wroc aw and bigger cities such as Jelenia Góra, Wa brzych and Legnica also have their local radio stations. The local Lower Silesian programme, Polskie Radio Wroc aw, is transmitted on the frequency of 102.3, Wroc aw s programme called Radio RAM on the frequency of Wroc aw television transmits the local Lower Silesian programme in the afternoons and in the evenings on the mutual regional TVP 3 channel. An informational programme bringing news about the region, weather forecasts and current information is called Fakty ; the main edition is broadcast at 6 p.m. The local radio station in Jelenia Góra, Muzyczne Radio, broadcasts on the frequency of Mhz, in Legnica Radio Plus broadcasts on the frequency of Mhz, and stations broadcasting local news in Wa brzych are: Z ote Przeboje on 91.8 Mhz and RMF Max on Mhz. The local TV stations in Wa brzych are: Telewizja Wa brzych, Telewizja Podgórze and DAMI. In Jelenia Góra there is a local TV station, Odra. Cable TV networks operating in cities and towns include numerous foreign stations. Nearly all hotels have satellite TV. Foreign press is available in big EMPIK shops, at some newsagents in Wroc aw at the airport, at the Central Station and in many hotels. 8

11 SHOPPING There are large supermarkets operating in big cities and towns (including well known international chains). They are usually open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., but there are some that are open 24 hours. Small shops are open to 6 p.m., bigger shops to 8 p.m. On Saturdays shops close earlier; general stores are open to 1 p.m. 3 p.m. Fruit and vegetables can be bought in the market halls, at markets and also at street stalls. Some shops and restaurants accept payment in Euro, but the change is given back in zloty (PLN). CITY AND LOCAL TRANSPORT, TAXIS In large towns the public transport is by bus, and in Wroc aw there are also 23 tram lines. In every city or town the ticket prices for the public transport are different. In large towns there are several taxi corporations. Taxis wait for their passengers at the taxi stands, e.g. in front of train stations or hotels. However, the cheapest option is to call the taxi by phone. Taxi corporation numbers can be found e.g. in the local press, and the taxis have their phone numbers placed on the cars. On Sundays and during bank holidays as well as from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the rate is more expensive. Emergency numbers (free connection): Police 997 Fire brigade 998 Ambulance 999 Road assistance 981 Municipal police 998 Emergency numbers from mobile phones (police, fire brigade, ambulance) 112 Polish Telecommunications (TP) city information 9491 TELEPHONES It is possible to connect with the whole world from every phone box. Phone automats are operated by phone card. There are 25, 50 and 100 unit phone cards. They can be bought at the post offi ce, at newsagents and petrol stations. There are also several systems of phone cards enabling cheaper phone calls abroad. These are prepaid types of phone card, e.g. Tele2, Grosik. Mobile phones of all world mobile networks can be used; the mobile phone network covers the whole of Lower Silesia. Emergency numbers for foreign tourists are active in the summer season: , MONEY EXCHANGE The Polish currency is the zloty (PLN). 1 zloty divides into 100 groszy. Money exchange into Polish currency is possible in banks and money exchange places. Some bigger hotels also have their own money exchange counter. Money exchanges are also found in larger shopping centres. Most money exchange places are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Banks are open until 6 p.m. It is possible to exchange money in banks by credit card. In large towns there is a wide network of cash points. They can be operated in English or German. The zloty is an exchangeable currency, and its rate can vary. POST OFFICE Post offi ces are usually open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is a 24h post offi ce in Wroc aw, at Rynek no. 28. TOILETS There are no public toilets in small places, except those at train or coach stations. It is advisable to use toilets in restaurants or pubs; it is charged 1-2 PLN. Toilets are marked, apart from the inscription, with a triangle (for men) and a circle (for ladies). 9

12 ACCOMMODATION The accommodation base is best developed in established tourist destinations. It is most dense in the Karkonosze Mountains, the K odzko Valley and naturally in Wroc aw. It is possible to fi nd appropriate accommodation in these places even without earlier booking. Rooms tend to be booked long in advance in the period of Christmas, New Year Eve, Easter and the long weekends so popular in Poland (sometimes 2-3 times a year the weekend is extended by national holidays). Also in Wroc aw itself, during important events, there may be problems fi nding accommodation. In the Sudeten Mountains, but not only there, the network of agrotourist farms is developing rapidly; their offer is interesting particularly for families planning a longer stay. Rooms can be booked by phone or through the Internet. www. visitsilesia.pl www. hotelspoland.com accommodation in historic buildings, castles and palaces: www. leisure-heritage.com camp sites: shelters: agrotourism: 10

13 Lower Silesian metropolis Wroc aw Wroc aw is the fourth biggest city in Poland, the capital city of the historic Polish district of Lower Silesia, as well as the administrative, cultural, academic and industrial centre - situated in the centre of the Silesian Lowland, on the Wroc aw Plain- on the Oder, into which four large rivers fl ow within the city border O awa, l za, Bystrzyca and Widawa as well as numerous small rivers and streams - mild climate with warm summers (the average temperature in July is 18 C) and short and mostly snowless winters (the average temperature in January is minus 1 C), two big train stations and 20 smaller stations, airport and river harbours on the Oder, machine industry (locomotives, cars, household goods, automatic turning machines), electrotechnical and electronic industry (electric generators, electronic appliances, TV sets), chemical industry (paints and varnishes), pharmaceuticals, non-ferrous metal work and river shipyard. Wroc aw is a major crossroads; several main roads run through the city, including the international E40, E67 and E261. The A4 (E40) motorway runs from the western border of Poland in Zgorzelec (from Dresden) and Olszyna (from Berlin) to the southern ends of the city. It leads further to Kraków and the border with Ukraine. From the motorway exit to the centre is nearly 8 km. The transit roads to Warsaw, Pozna and Zielona Góra run at the moment through the city centre. The Old Town is surrounded by the ring road that is also a part of the road to Pozna, Zielona Góra, Warsaw and Kraków. The Old Market Square (Rynek) together with the adjoining Solny Square and Ruska, w. Miko aja, Odrza ska, Ku nicza, Szewska, O awska and widnicka streets constitutes the historical and shopping centre of the city. The Old Town Square, ul. O awska, part of ul. widnicka and ul. Szewska, is closed to motor traffi c. The busy main road constitutes ul. Marsza ka Pi sudskiego, on which the central train station (Dworzec G ówny), Polish airline offi ce LOT, numerous hotels, shops, restaurants, institutions, the Music Theatre and a concert hall are situated. WROC AW HAS A THOUSAND-YEAR HISTORY Wroc aw was probably one of 15 towns of the Slavic l anie tribe, described in 843 by the Franconian scribe, population of 640 thousand, area of nearly 300 km 2, radio stations and TV stations, Wroc aw daily papers: Gazeta Wroc awska and Wroc aw edition of Gazeta Wyborcza 11

14 the so-called Bavarian Geographer. Wroc aw belonged to the Polish state from about 990 AD. The signifi cance of the city was consolidated in 1000 by establishing thanks to the efforts of Boles aw the Brave the bishopric, one of the fi rst in Poland along with Kraków and Ko obrzeg. The city, situated on the crossing of the trade route from south to north and from east to west, in the vicinity of a convenient passage across the Oder in the area of the present Sand Island (Wyspa Piaskowa) and Ostrów Tumski, later rapidly developed on the left river bank. In the 14th century Wroc aw was, along with Prague, one the biggest cities in central Europe. The Slavic l anie tribe used to have in this place a fortifi ed town. From the end of the 10th century Wroc aw, situated on the crossing of the trade routes, at a convenient passage across the Oder, belonged to the state of the fi rst Polish ruler, Mieszko I. In 1335 Wroc aw, together with Silesia, passed into the Czech reign, and in 1526 fell into the Austrian Habsburgs hands. After Austria lost the war with Prussia in 1741, Wroc aw was for over 200 years under Prussian and German reigns. At the end of WW2, 75% of the the city, announced as a fortress, was destroyed during the 2.5-month long siege by the Red Army. From 6 May 1945 Wroc aw was once again within Polish borders. 12

15 Practical information TRAIN STATIONS Nine train lines run through Wroc aw. There are two major train stations, Wroc aw G ówny and Wroc aw Nadodrze, and more than 20 stations and stops. Wroc aw G ówny train station has connections with all Polish cities and towns: direct to Kraków (4 hours), Pozna (2 hours), Warsaw (4.5 hours), Gdynia (8 hours), hours), Hamburg (9 hours) and Berlin (6 hours). There is also a connection from Wroc aw to the border at Görlitz ( Schmidt and Kowalski trains). Dworzec G ówny (central station) is located at ul. Pi sudskiego, one of the most important streets in the city; here there are several hotels, and nearly opposite the train station is a youth hostel. Rear exits (tunnels) lead to ul. Sucha, where the PKS Central Coach Station can be found. On both sides of the station are taxi stands as well as bus and tram stops. There are here start (and end) stops of all night bus lines. The 19th century building of the Central Train Station (Dworzec G ówny), reconstructed at the beginning of the century, refers in its style to the English castles; the station has a 200-metre hall and fi ve platforms. In the station s hall, apart from restaurants, bars and shops, are also a bookshop, hairdresser, pharmacy and money exchange. Wroc aw Nadodrze Train Station in the north-east part of the city, on Powsta ców Wielkopolskich Square, deals mainly with local traffi c to Ole nica, Kluczbork and Ostrów Wielkopolski. Here stop fast and express trains from Warsaw, ód and Kielce. Information on trains: tel , tel Ticket prices: tel Ticket booking by phone: tel PKS CENTRAL COACH STATION The coach station is located at ul. Sucha 1-11, in the direct vicinity of the Wroc aw G ówny train station. It is possible to get to the coach station from the train station tunnel connecting the platforms by crossing relatively busy ul. Sucha. All long-distance coaches and coaches to dozens of places near Wroc aw leave from there. Here are also stops for international coaches (to Western Europe). PKS coach information: www. rozklady.com.pl, COPERNICUS AIRPORT Copernicus airport in Wroc aw has connections via Warsaw, Frankfurt (Main) and Munich with all major airports in the world. Wroc aw has currently 12 connections to Warsaw. The plane reaches Warsaw in less than an hour. Most fl ights to Warsaw are operated by ATR and Embraer aeroplanes. Wroc aw airport has regular and direct international connections to: Frankfurt, Munich, Dortmund, Dublin, Copenhagen, Brussels, Barcelona, London and several other airports in the UK. The air- 13

16 port also operates numerous international charter airlines. Strachowice airport is situated about 12 km southwest from the centre. City bus no. 406 runs from the airport to the centre via Wroc aw G ówny train station and PKS coach station (about 25 min.). The bus runs every 30 minutes. Ticket (2 z ) can be bought at the newsagent. www. airport.wroclaw.pl LOT Polish Airline Offi ces are in the centre, at ul. Marsza ka Pi sudskiego 36, tel , Wroc aw Airport, ul. Skar y skiego 36, tel CITY TRANSPORT Trams in Wroc aw run 23 lines, buses 53 day lines and 13 night lines. A ticket currently costs 2 z. Tickets are available at newsagents, retail units at the end stops, and on days free of work also from the bus and tram drivers. There are ticket machines at numerous stops. The ticket is valid on the whole length of the line, without time limitation. Immediately after getting on the bus/tram the ticket should be stamped in a special punch that either stamps it or punches it. The ticket is valid only on the bus/tram in which it was stamped. If you change the bus/tram, a new ticket should be stamped. Bus lines are marked with numbers starting from 100. Tickets within the city borders also cost 2 z, and in the zone outside the city 2.60 z. Buses with numbers above 300 run only during rush hours. Buses marked with a number above 400 are fast buses that do not stop at every bus stop. Buses marked with numbers above 600 and 900 (zone buses) go outside the city. Fast bus lines are marked with letters from A to N; tickets for these buses cost 2.80 z. Night buses are marked with numbers above 200 and tickets for these buses also cost 2.80 z. There are timetables at the stops (many of them have their own names), and also schematic routes of the public transport. A ticket for one piece of luggage or an animal costs 1 z. TOURIST TICKETS Municipal Communication Enterprise (MPK) sells oneday, fi ve-day and ten-day tickets that are valid for all normal lines (i.e. not for fast buses) within the city borders. These tickets cost 9 z (one-day ticket), 23 z (fi ve-day ticket) and 40 z (ten-day ticket). It is also possible to buy a ticket that is valid for 30, 60 or 90 days. Tickets are available at newsagents, special ticket sale units or at ticket machines at the stops. www. wroclaw.pl, 14

17 TAXIS The best and cheapest way to order a taxi is by phone. Drive to the client is free. There are over a dozen taxi corporations in Wroc aw. Taxi can of course be caught on the street; and in the vicinity of stations, hotels, at the airport and on the streets taxis wait for passengers at taxi stands that are marked throughout Poland with a blue board with a white taxi inscription on it. Some telephone numbers 96 21, 96 22, 96 23, 96 27, 96 28, 96 61, 96 62, BY CAR IN WROC AW Several roads run through Wroc aw, including international roads. With the exception of the A4 (E40) motorway, running from the Polish western border and further through Opole, Kraków to the eastern border, omitting Wroc aw from the south, all other roads cross the city. The Old Town in Wroc aw is surrounded by the Old Town ring road that is also a part of the routes to Warsaw, Kraków, Pozna and Zielona Góra. Fragments of the downtown ring road running around the city from west and south are open, too. Many roads and streets are being modernised, so driving through the city may sometimes be diffi cult and not always possible according to the planned route. Reports of the local radio stations may be useful, e.g. of the Wroc aw RAM radio 89.8 FM. Information on the situation on roads in Poland electronic card. The machines do not return change. Parking in forbidden places carries the risk of your car being clamped by the municipal police or removal of your car to a special car park. The charges are severe. There are several dozen guarded car parks in the city centre; there are also multi-storey and underground car parks. CAR PARKS IN THE CENTRE MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS at ul. Szewska (at the Old Town ring road) in the Galeria Dominika ska shopping centre (Pl. Dominika ski) UNDERGROUND CAR PARKS Helios cinema (ul. w. Antoniego) Sofitel hotel (ul. Rze nicza) Radisson hotel (ul. Purkyniego) Art hotel (ul. Kie ba nicza) PARKING During weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. there is a charge for parking on the street in Wroc aw city centre. Most often parking ticket machines are used devices in which the fee can be paid in cash, with 0.05 to 5 z coins or by debit with an 15

18 OTHER CAR PARKS IN THE CENTRE at the Opera House (ul. widnicka/ Modrzejewskiej) ul. Ruska/Grabarska at the Wroc aw hotel (ul. Powsta ców l skich) ul. Zieli skiego (at the rail embankment) ul. Pi sudskiego (opposite to NOT) TRAFFIC POLICE The Traffic Department, ul. Hubska 29, tel EMERGENCY ROAD SERVICE tel POST OFFICE Post offi ces are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is a 24h post offi ce in the Old Town, also open on Sundays, at Rynek no. 28 (corner of ul. widnicka). TELEPHONES Area code for Wroc aw 071 To Wroc aw from abroad Directory enquiries Polish Telecommunications (TP) city phone information (booking of tickets for concerts, timetables, booking a table in a restaurant; also in English and German). 16

19 BANKS MONEY EXCHANGE Most banks in Wroc aw have offi ces in the city centre. Banks and money exchange places are usually open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bigger hotels also have their own money exchange places which could be useful e.g. on national holidays when other exchange offi ces are closed. There are many cash points installed on the streets, in department stores and in bank offi ces in the city centre. They are also in all shopping centres. SHOPPING IN WROC AW Shops in our city are usually open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General stores open at 7 a.m., and some even an hour earlier. There are several shops that are open 24h and on Sundays in the centre. On Sundays large supermarkets are open: in the centre, Galeria Dominika ska, Pasa Grunwaldzki, Arkady Wroc awskie; outside the city centre Tesco, Leclerc, Carrefour, Magnolia Park, and large shopping centres on the city outskirts (e.g. Bielany and Korona) there are special free buses running to them from the centre. Their stops can be found at the PKS Central Station among other places. Shopping centres and department stores FENIKS, Rynek 31 PODWALE, ul. Podwale 37/38, ul. widnicka GALERIA DOMINIKA SKA, Pl. Dominika ski EPI MARKET, Centrum Spo ywcze (Grocery Centre), ul. Komandorska 21 CH BOREK ul. Hallera 52 LECLERC ul.trzebnicka TESCO ul. D uga ARKADY WROC AWSKIE ul. Powsta ców l skich PASA GRUNWALDZKI Pl. Grunwaldzki HALA TARGOWA (Market Hall), ul. Piaskowa 15 (vegetables and fruit) MAGNOLIA PARK ul. Legnicka 58 Shopping centres on the city outskirts CENTRUM KORONA ul. Krzywoustego (exit route to Warsaw) CENTRUM BIELANY ul. Czekoladowa (direction of highway to Jelenia Góra) PRESS The biggest Wroc aw daily paper is Polska Gazeta Wroc awska. News from Wroc aw is also carried by the nationwide Gazeta Wyborcza with its Wroc aw supplement. FOREIGN NEWSPAPERS They are available in the centre, in big EMPIK chain bookshops (in the Old Town Square and on Ko ciuszki Square), at newsagents in supermarkets and in some big newsagents called salon prasowy (press salon). RADIO The public Radio Wroc aw broadcasts two programmes: City programme on the frequency of 89.8 Mhz and Regional on Mhz. There are also in Wroc aw several commercial radio stations. TELEVISION There are two local television stations in Wroc aw. The public Wroc aw television broadcasts its programme in the afternoon and in the evening on the regional TVP 3 channel. The informational programme of Wroc aw Television Fakty, bringing news about the region, weather forecasts and current announcements, is broadcast several times a day. The main emission of Fakty is broadcast at 6 p.m. The second local TV station, Telewizja Dolno l ska, is a commercial station. 17

20 WHERE TO SLEEP IN WROC AW There are almost 60 hotels, three youth hostels and two campsites in Wroc aw. Most of them are located in the city centre; most are high standard hotels, but there are also some inexpensive options. Several of them are located near the highway and routes to Kudowa, Kraków and Jelenia Góra, and also on the exit roads to Zielona Góra, Pozna and Warsaw. Six hotels of different class are in the direct neighbourhood of the Wroc aw G ówny train station. There are no pensions in Wroc aw. Several student hostels in student houses are open in summer. Of the three youth hostels, one is located in the historical city centre, on S odowa Island (Malt Island), and the second almost directly opposite the PKP Central Train Station. A large campsite is on Mars Field (Pole Marsowe) at the Olympic Stadium. Information on hotels together with current prices is issued every year by the Lower Silesian Tourist Organisation (Dolno l ska Organizacja Turystyczna). It is possible to get it for free in the Tourist Information Centre or request it to be sent by post. RESTAURANTS, PUBS AND CLUBS There are dozens of restaurants, bars and pubs in the Old Town, including the most venerable and the oldest beer-house in the city (in the Town Hall). Many restaurants offer international cuisine. In summer they vibrate with life until late. Almost all of them have gardens especially those in the Old Town Square are very popular it is possible to observe there while drinking beer crowds of Wroc aw inhabitants and tourists crossing the Old Town Square, as well as mime and juggler shows, and listen to street bands playing for the garden visitors, although these are sometimes a little insistent (offerings to the hat are expected). There are two venerable and well known beer-houses in the Old Town Square: widnicka Cellar ( Piwnica widnicka ) and Spi ; the 18

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