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Wrocław - The Meeting Place

Wrocław, called ‘The Meeting Place’, is a city located where three countries closely bound by history meet. The openness can be clearly seen in the smooth merging of the three cultures: the German one, the Czech one and the Polish one. ‘It’s a kind of meeting place, it’s a city that unifies. It is here where the spiritual traditions of the East and the West meet somehow.’ (John Paul II).

Wrocław - The Venice of the North

Wrocław

Wrocław, the capital of Lower Silesia, is also called "The Venice of the North" due to the fact that, after Amsterdam, Venice and St. Petersburg, it has the biggest number of bridges and footbridges in Europe. Wrocław can be found on the list of the 230 ‘Best Cities to Live In’ around the world in the 2015 ranking of consulting company Mercer. The Guardian newspaper in the UK placed Wrocław among the top ten places worth visiting.

Wrocław - The European Capital of Culture

Wrocław Centennial Hall

Wrocław was chosen by the European Union to become the European Capital of Culture 2016. As a result, during the whole year it presented the cultural life of the city, the region and the state. So far, it has been the second Polish city awarded this title. The first one was Kraków, elected in 2000. It should also be noted that Poland was one of the first signatories of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of World Heritage. Poland is honoured to have as many as 14 objects listed as UNESCO world heritage sites, of which two are located in the Lower Silesia and Wrocław areas.

Wrocław - European Best Destination 2018

Wrocław Centennial Hall

Wrocław was chosen as "European Best Destination 2018", leaving behind 19 trendy destinations including Bilbao (Spain), Colmar (France), Hvar Island (Croatia), Riga (Latvia), Milan (Italy), and Athens (Greece). European Best Destination is an international organisation promoting culture and tourism in Europe. Thanks to the extensive cooperation with many tourist agencies and the interest in the competition from the world's media, winning in this competition is a great honour.

Landmarks and tourism

Wrocław gnome

Notable landmarks include the 10th century Cathedral, the Centennial Hall from 1913 (one of the UNESCO world heritage sites), and the distinctive architecture of the Town Hall and Market Square. Wrocław is also host to the Racławice Panorama, a 114m-long cycloramic painting from 1894, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Racławice. In recent years Wrocław has also become well-known for its “little people” or “dwarves”: small figurines scattered across the city streets which were first conceived as part of the city’s anti-communist movement in 2005. These now number more than 350, and can be located with the help of a dedicated tourist map. Wrocław Zoo, close to our congress venue, is the oldest zoo in Poland, and the third largest zoological gardens in the world in terms of the number of species on display. In summertime, large numbers of visitors are attracted at night to Wrocław’s “Multimedia Fountain” close to the Centennial Hall. This is one of the largest operating fountains in Europe, and stages dramatic light shows set to music. We will have the opportunity to visit this spectacle as part of the congress social programme.

Find lots more information about Wrocław at www.visitwroclaw.eu