About Wroclaw

Data aktualizacji: 2022-10-12

Wroclaw is an energetic metropolis in south-western Poland. The rich history where various traditions, cultures and religions are intertwined blends with the modernity of the dynamically growing city. Arrive and see for yourself what an attractive and nice city Wroclaw is.

Wroclaw (a city with county rights) is the capital of the Lower Silesia Province. Situated on the Oder River, it is an exceptional city of 12 islands and 112 bridges. In the heart of the city, strollers are tempted by the Staromiejska Promenade running along the moat and the Botanical Garden situated on Ostrów Tumski. Visitors can admire the green riverside boulevards also from decks of cruise ships and gondolas, which are one of many tourist attractions of Wroclaw. The latter certainly include also fantastic multimedia fountain shows in the Szczytnicki Park.

Wroclaw is a city with a business-friendly climate. The Wroclaw Airport constantly expands its list of flights and the comfort of service, and the railways offer direct connections with Czech, German and Ukrainian cities. It is an important place on the academic map of Poland and a significant business centre where a number of global brands (Nokia, Credit Suisse, PWC, Capgemini, Google) have their centres.

Wroclaw is a place of many interesting conferences, congresses and international events (e.g., The Global Forum, the gala of the European Film Prize).

The capital of Lower Silesia is also an important cultural centre; it is worth visiting the National Museum (including the extraordinary Four Domes Pavilion), divisions of the City Museum of Wroclaw, the Capitol Music Theatre, the Lower Silesia Opera and the National Music Forum.

Other important Wroclaw attractions are the Africarium with animals inhabiting the oceans flooding Africa, and Hydropolis – an amazing presentation concerning the origin and importance of water in the history of the civilisation (the only one of this kind in Poland).

Important events after 1945

  • World Congress of Intellectuals in Defense of Peace (1948)
  • 46th International Eucharistic Congress (1997)
  • Millennium of Wroclaw (2000)
  • Weimar Triangle Summit (2003)
  • European Summit of Regions and Cities (2005)
  • Futurallia International Entrepreneurs' Forum (2006)
  • Eurobasket (2009)
  • Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championship (2010)
  • Global Forum (2010)
  • European Capital of Culture (2011)
  • European Football Championship Euro 2012
  • Volleyball Men’s World Championship (2014)
  • European Capital of Culture (2016 – with the Spanish city of Donostia-San Sebastián)
  • Organiser of The World Games 2017

Location, climatic and environmental conditions

  • Location: the centre of the Silesian Lowland 51 07 ' North latitude 17 02 ' East longitude
  • Number of inhabitants: 638,659 persons (as on 31st December 2019)
  • Total area: 293 km2
  • Highest point of the city: 155 m a.s.l. (Maślice)
  • Lowest point of the city: 105 m a.s.l. (Pracze Odrzańskie)
  • Moderate climate with prevailing ocean currents
  • Total annual precipitation: 620 mm
  • Average annual temperature: 9.10C
  • Maximum temperature: 35.40C
  • Minimum temperature: -21.70C
  • Average cloudiness (in octants): 5.7
  • Average wind speed: 3.1 m/s
  • Length of the Oder River within city limits: 26 km