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Living in Wroclaw?

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Wroclaw at a Glance

Living in Wroclaw

Wroclaw features the charm of the bustling Krakow, but in a somewhat more manageable way. Pronounced ‘VRAHTS-wahv’, it is situated on the river Odra and is an exciting hub for expats. As the fourth largest city in Poland, expats planning life in Wroclaw can look forward to a rich culture.

Culture and Leisure in Wroclaw

Any expatriate considering life in Wroclaw will undoubtedly be impressed by the diversity that the city can offer with regards to culture and Polish heritage. In fact, in 2016 the city of Wroclaw will be the World Book Capital and the European Capital of Culture, as well as will host the European Film Awards.

The oldest part of the city of Wroclaw is Ostrow Tumski, upon which the Wroclaw Cathedral has been built. Surrounding this is the Main Market Square, dating back to the 13th century. Other markets of interest include Salt Square, which is now a flower market.

The Wroclaw Zoo is the oldest zoo in Poland, as well as being the largest in terms of the range of animal species it houses. For other fun days out, the Olympic Stadium and Municipal Stadium are recognizable attractions to sports fans, and the Multimedia Fountain within the center of the city creates attractive night time water shows and color displays that are not to be missed. With five swimming pools/centers, half a dozen shopping malls, and a 5D cinema in the Magnolia Park shopping center, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The city is famous for the large number of nightclubs and pubs.

Education in Wroclaw

Arguably one of the most important factors expats with families will consider when moving to Wroclaw is education. There are seven schools all within central Wroclaw, and as within any city the quality varies.

The International High School of Wroclaw is a new high school with Polish and English as teaching languages, which is a great way to combine what may be your native language with the native tongue of your new home. Finally there is also the private British International School, which is ideal for expats in that they accept entrants all year round.

The University of Wroclaw (formerly Schlesische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität) features around 30,000 students, and has educated over 100,000 graduates since 1945.

Transportation in Wroclaw

The A4 motorway is to the south of Wroclaw, which provides the city with fantastic transport links. You can easily connect with Krakow, or travel further east to Ukraine and Berlin. The A8 motorway circulates the west and north of the city to connect with the A4, so having a car is really an essential way to get around.

If you do not drive, however, there are 22 tram lines and many bus lines to help you get to wherever you wish to visit. Wroclaw has an international airport, which hosts the travel companies Ryanair and Germanwings, amongst others.

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