I love Ryanair. Plenty of people will disagree with me. And that’s fine. But when I fly Ryanair I’m not looking for customer service or any sort of luxury. I am looking for cheap flights that will get me somewhere I want to visit. Or somewhere I didn’t know I wanted to visit.
Recently I was searching through Ryanair’s website and stumbled upon one of their deals flying out of Stockholm. Well, close to Stockholm at least. You know how flying Ryanair works. Anyway, after a few of the fees that are always tacked on, I managed to fly round trip from Stockholm to Wroclaw, Poland for 93 SEK.
Before this trip, I had never been to Wroclaw. Not to mention Poland. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even know where Wroclaw was. For 93 SEK I couldn’t resist.
And I was pleasantly surprised. I found a hostel just a couple of blocks away from the main square of Wroclaw. Smack dab in the middle of Old Town. Which actually isn’t so old.
Wroclaw was one of the last cities to capitulate under Nazi rule during World War II. Because of this, it took a beating. The city was destroyed. In fact, 70% of the city was destroyed. And Old Town took even more of a beating with 90% being damaged.
As Poland rebuilt, most of the focus was on Warsaw, leaving Wroclaw to fend for itself. And fend it did. Today the city is filled with history, culture, and a thriving university.
During the rebuilding process though, Wroclaw was not rebuilt to look as it had just prior to WWII. Instead, it was rebuilt in the Baroque style which once dominated years prior to the German rule. Walking through town you would think it is one of the best preserved examples of old Baroque style architecture in Europe. It’s all a faÃ§ade though. Literally.
Because the rebuilding process actually focused on communist buildings. The fronts of the buildings are the only part that took the Baroque architecture to heart. What looks to be a well preserved Old Town was really built in the years following the end of WWII.
While the Old Town of Wroclaw might not actually be that old, a visit to the city is well worth it.
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