The feeling of excitement builds up as I gets off the train. I was impressed and mesmerised by the Wrocław Glowny building. It felt like a castle with those two tower dominating the glowing yellow building. I even asked myself am I in a wonderland? Like a fairytale land, a mystical atmosphere slowly spreading in the air.
Wrocław is the fourth largest city in Poland. Commonly known by its German name Breslau. Mistakenly pronounced by English speaking people “Rock law” but local pronounced it “Vrots-swaf”.
Shortly after I checked-in to my accommodation. I planned to check out the Rynek. I was so curious and excited to go for my usual meandering with a map at hand I was good to go. In a little while I was greeted by the grandeur of the Town Hall, a brick building façade stands out in the middle of the market square. I instantly fell inlove with this place, such a perfect place for a romantic getaway. It’s a shame I’m travelling solo this time, but I make sure on my next visit I will be travelling with my travelling buddy. As I dawdle around the main square at my own pace, admiringly examining every cornerstone of each building. Those dark red brickwork laid perfectly, the colourful rows of houses/establishment sourounding the square.
To my surprise I came across to a little bronze figurines. A gnome and it’s one of a local tourist attractions, like a mushroom sproutted and scattered round the city. It has been a symbol to commemorate the freedom from communism. I can’t stop clicking my camera in every angle, with these little creatures.
As I continue to walk around the square, a pink building caught the corner of my eye. Towards the northwest of the square. There’s something mystic about the place. A pretty tenement building built in 16 and 18th century. Locally known the Hansel and Gretrel with the connecting arch way that inscribed a Latin means “Death is the gate to life”. Now a days it serves as studio and souvenir shop respectively.
As darkness sets in it’s a good time for a night photography stroll. So I headed towards the cathedral island locally known Ostrow Tumski it was suggested by local and assured me I will gonna love the place. As I stroll along the cobbled streets I see more of gnome. Felt like in a sleeping beauty world with these gnomes around me.
As I crossed the bridge , I noticed a stunning building with spheres. Following the footpath along the river bank, it’s a good spot to start my photography stroll. To my surprise as I continue my walk there’s this pretty green bridge connecting to the island. With the grandeur of the Cathedral in the backdrop as it welcomes you to the island and what a stunning view of the River Odra to complete the scene. There was still light when I got there, so I decided go to a café to pass time and waited a bit until it’s darker.
After my nice cappuccino and a piece of cake, the lights on the streets and building was on. The place looks spectacular at night. A magical feeling and atmosphere strolling around the island. What a great time to end perfect day.
To complete my fairy tale adventure it’s time for a castle visit. So on the following day,I went for a day trip to Ksiąz Castle locally known” Zamek Ksiąz” . I catched the train towards Wałbrzych. From the train station take a taxi or a bus to the castle. I took the taxi for convenience. The impressive castle sat on a top of a hill was built in Baroque,Rocco and Gothic architectural style. The picturesque setting overlooking the Pelcznica River, it is right in the middle of a protected park owned by Ksiąz landscape park. It has been claimed that the castle was excavated to become a sojourn for Adolph Hitler. There’s a legend behind this castle, it has a vast underground tunnel. It was once a nazis underground factory using a force labour. In recent days they claimed that they found a nazi gold buried there, that hoards 300 tons of gold and precious stone gems but up to now this lies a mystery.
On my last day, I did my usual photography stroll. I bump into the rotunda building, a funny looking round building where the Raclawice Panorama was exhibited. A painting depicting the Battle of Racławice.
After the visit I crossed the road leading to a small concrete hill. On the base it appeared like a derelict brick building. I continued my wander, what a great surprise awaiting for me. A beautiful view overlooking the River Odra and the cathedral island. If your looking for best view, I guarantee this is the place to go.
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