London Stansted to Wroclaw Airport
Wroclaw is capital of the Lower Silesia region of Poland. This graceful city of islands, gardens, bridges and Gothic spires is becoming a popular Eastern European tourist destination. Wroclaw has had a troubled past and was almost completely devastated during World War Two, but today this rejuvenated city, known as the ‘Polish Venice’, has been magnificently restored and boasts a lively nightlife and wealth of cultural attractions.
Visitors to the city can benefit from the purchase of the Wroclaw Tourist Card available from the tourist information office. The card entitles holders to free admission to the most important attractions, a free river cruise, free public transport within the city and reductions at many restaurants, hotels, theatres and cinemas. The card costs 79PLN for 3 days and 39PLN for one day.
Ryanair operates flights between London Stansted and Wroclaw Airport. The airport is around 10km (6 miles) from Wroclaw city centre. The number 406 bus service from the airport to Wroclaw’s main railway/coach station runs every 20-30 minutes between 5.22am and 10.28pm, and on Sundays every 40 minutes from 6.28am until 10.28pm. The 617 bus service to Lesnica runs 4 times daily and once on Sundays and the 117 service, also to Lesnica, runs once on Sundays. A single ticket for all these bus services costs around 2 PLN (£1 is approximately equal to 4.95 PLN) and the journey time is about 40 minutes. For an up to date timetable visit the website at www.wroclaw.pl. Alternatively Ryanair passengers can also use a Shuttle bus for which a single ticket costs 11 PLN.
Places of interest in Wroclaw include:
- Cathedral Island (Ostrow Tumski). The oldest part of the city, dating back around 1,000 years, occupies the island on the northern side of the River Odra. The 13th century cathedral of St John the Baptist with its Gothic spires dominates the skyline of Ostrow Tumski. Climb the cathedral's tower for a fantastic view of the nearby churches including that of St Mary of the Sands situated on the smaller island of Wyspa Piasek. St Mary's is home to the Chapel of the Blind, Deaf and Dumb whose altar has been adorned with numerous children's toys.
- The Raclawice Panorama. This 114-metre by 15-metre panorama, opened to the public since 1985, depicts the 1794 uprising of peasants against the Russian occupation. Painted between 1893 and 1894, the panorama was damaged by a bomb in 1944 but has since been restored.
- Museums. Wroclaw is home to a number of museums. The National Museum housed in an ivy-clad building displays medieval statues, works by 20th century Polish artists, and 18th and 19th century paintings. The Municipal Museum consists of a number of branches including the History, Archaeological and Armoury museums and houses items relating to the local area such as guns, medals, paintings and historical documents. The Archdiocese Museum dates back to the 19th century and displays a range of religious art works. Wroclaw University houses a number of small museums including the Geological and Mineralogy Museum.