A Short Visit to Wrocław, Poland

Being a native of Poland (specifically Łódź), I was happy to book a return visit to my homeland.  I haven’t been back for many years, and it being a work trip I didn’t have much time for sightseeing.  I flew to Wrocław via Frankfurt, and while at the Frankfurt airport I had the chance to stretch my legs so I took my camera along. They have a great kids area complete with a plane and a soft rubber floor.  I didn’t have the twins with me, so they couldn’t enjoy playing pilots.  Click any photo to enlarge.

I also got my first glimpse of the new Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in the world.  I actually saw many of them so Frankfurt must be a hub for these monsters.  It’s an impressive machine.

I spent my week in Lubin, Poland and unfortunately have just one photo to share.  I took this at a park near the Astone Hotel on a cold and foggy morning.  The toned black and white conversion was done in Silver Efex Pro.

Lubin, Poland : Moody Morning : 2015-02-13

 

The night before my flight home, I did have a few hours to spend walking around Wrocław.   It was late so I was unable to enter any of the fantastic cathedrals and churches in the city (I am fond of these places: 1, 2).  It was also very cold and I was poorly prepared for the elements :)  Regardless, I did get a few photos from this beautiful city.  Next time I intend to spend more time there.

First, just a quick shot as I was on my way to the city square (Rynek).

Wrocław, Poland : Church near Rynek : 2015-02-08

St. Elizabeth’s Church / Kościół Garnizonowy pw. Św. Elżbiety

A quick stroll through the city square, very beautiful and not something I find in my home town of Vancouver :)

Wrocław, Poland : Rynek / Market Square : 2015-02-08

City Square Wroclaw / Rynek we Wrocławiu

Wrocław, Poland : Rynek / Market Square 2 : 2015-02-08

City Square Wroclaw / Rynek we Wrocławiu

As you may notice, it’s now dark.  I may have stopped for a pint, maybe.  Below is a photo of the University of Wroclaw with the River Odra in the foreground.

 

 

Wrocław, Poland : Wrocław University At Night : 2015-02-13

University of Wrocław / Uniwersytet Wrocławski

My chilly walk continued and I was treated with a great view of the Cathedral Island (cathedral right and church of the Holy Cross [Kościół Świętego Krzyża], left).

Wrocław, Poland : Cathedral of St. John the Baptist At Night : 2015-02-13

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist / Archikatedra św. Jana Chrzciciela

Getting to Cathedral Island meant crossing the Tumski Bridge (Most Tumski).  From WikipediaTumski Bridge is also called Lovers Bridge, Cathedral Bridge or Green Bridge. It’s a place of enamoured tradition for lovers. The bridge is full of padlocks which lovers leave to cherish their feelings. An important part of the ceremony is to throw the key into the Odra river.

 

Wrocław, Poland : Tumski Bridge / Lovers Bridge : 2015-02-13

Tumski Bridge / Most Tumski

Now on Cathedral Island, the Church of the Holy Cross.

Wrocław, Poland : Kolegiata Świętego Krzyża i św. Bartłomieja we Wrocławiu : 2015-02-13

Church of the Holy Cross / Kościół Świętego Krzyża

At the side of the big Cathedral.  Very sorry I was unable to go inside.

Wrocław, Poland : Cathedral of St. John the Baptist At Night 2 : 2015-02-13

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Now off Cathedral Island, I took a few photos of the National Museum.  Such great architecture, I spent some time here.

Wrocław, Poland : National Museum : 2015-02-13

National Museum / Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu

Wrocław, Poland : National Museum Black & White 2 : 2015-02-13

National Museum / Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu

 

 

Wrocław, Poland : National Museum Black & White : 2015-02-13

National Museum / Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu

Looking back towards Cathedral Island, I took one more shot before heading back to my hotel cold and happy.

Wrocław, Poland : Cathedral of St. John the Baptist At Night 3 : 2015-02-13

Cathedral Island, Wroclaw