Wroclaw is also called the ‘Venice of Poland’ due to its settlement on several islands in the river Oder, so let’s have a closer look.

Confrontation with the Centennial Hall from 1913

The old city of Wroclaw in Silesia can be followed back in a moving history for more than 1,000 years. Diverse actors played a role during all this time so that the town can profit from diverse influencing cultures and people till today.

Breslau during the Seven Years’ War, 1760, Johann-Gottfried Rüder

Some catastrophies did happen ever again like town fires in medieval times whereas the town has been only wiped out two times by crucial war actions. After the invasion of the Mongolians in 1241 the city was completely plundered and destroyed. But only shortly thereafter the city was again quickly reconstructed by German settlers what was finalized in 1261. Till 1945 the Germans (more precisely the Silesians) remained the formative power in town which’s name was Breslau for more than 700 years.

Postcard featuring nice spots of old Breslau, early 20th century

Breslau’s New Market at the end of WW II in Summer 1945

At the end of World War II the Nazis declared the whole municipal area as a military fortress to be defended by all means. The subsequent house-to-house combat between the German Wehrmacht and the Soviet Red Army ravaged and destroyed large areas of Breslau. Afterwards the city became a double symbol of forced displacements and migration because according an agreement of the Allies first all remaining German citizens had to leave Breslau and Silesia to render place for expatriated Polish people living in Polish areas in the East which were claimed and then finally occupied by the former Sovietunion.

Outlook on the new Capitol Theatre

Impression of the Dome Island

Early morning on Tusk Bridge

The new Polish citizens and residents in town have invested much time and energy in the reconstruction of the destroyed town after the atrocities of the wartimes such creating a new town now named Wroclaw. Today you can admire again a lot of historical buildings from diverse epochs and multiple styles in the old town being really worth a visit.


Gateway in the old town

Dreamy bridge inside the  amazing Botanical Garden

White Stork Synagogue from 19th century

Sculpture and green near the dome

We have just spent 48 hours here in Wroclaw by early July of 2019 and have found so much cultural richness although having seen just a little bit of the Silesian capital, so we really need to return someday again.

Linked to restlessjo:

Jo’s Monday walk : Cosmopolitan Horta


Published by

suburban tracks

I like travelling through the diverse realities and cultures of this world not only as a tourist. Nature, history of ancient sites or creative works are fascinating me however also abandoned places or ordinary things can be just magical and amazing. The multiple aspects and rich diversity of our blue planet need to be however nourished and protected. Please be so kind to respect that all texts, graphics or photos in this blog are protected by copyright. Unless otherwise mentioned by naming the individuali author, creator, designer or photographer all copyrights hold by suburban tracks. This is moreover an AWARD FREE BLOG! Thank you in advance for appreciation and kind understanding. COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED IN GERMAN, FRENCH OR ENGLISH!


  1. What a juxtaposition to see Breslau’s New Market at the end of WW II and what the city looks like today. It’s amazing to see how people recover from wartime destruction, but it would be even more amazing if war didn’t happen at all. Enjoy your holiday, Ulli. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your wise remarks in addition to this post 👍 No picture of the nice and completely reconstructed Rynek / Market here, cause we have only visited it shortly for a dinner and just too crowdy for a relaxed photo of the same. The Polish are real specialists in these distinguished rehabilitation works of old cities, so you can admire this also elsewhere in Poland but especially in the old city of Gdansk at the Baltic Sea. Besides, now also many modern buildings in Wroclaw being erected in the past 20 years. It is indeed a pleasant, busy and varied town 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  2. I’ve walked the river banks of this lovely city a time or two, Ulli, and even lounged in a hammock watching the world go by. I like it very much. Thanks for sharing some of the history. 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. The reconstructed market-hall of Wroclaw was also really impressive and quite colorant. And we were also lucky, a hotel room with direct view on the neighbouring botanical garden 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Not boring in any case, and fortunately today you can pass the German-Polish border without any control usually thanks to the Schengen-Treaty. I hope this really relevant progress in history will continue forever.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Wroclaw is one of my favourite Polish towns. The Rynek is very special. I so enjoyed my time wandering the streets there. I did not know but assumed that the city suffered a lot of damage in the war, but like Gdansk, you would never notice it now.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your kind words and nice comment. Unfortunately I also did not manage to photograph the impressive old train station in Tudor Style, otherwise we would have missed our train back home. We mostly enjoyed the botanical garden however!

      Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.