Culture in Wroclaw
It was in Wroclaw that one of Poland's most cultured and cosmopolitan cities was reborn. Tens of thousands of people from Lwow resettled here in 1945. They took with them as much of their cultural heritage as was possible. At the same time, leading figures from Lwow's Jan Casimir University set about recreating Wroclaw's university from the ruins.
As it is, the city that you'll find today is one of Poland's most vibrant. It's a delightfully picturesque place where hip contemporary art galleries can be visited alongside nostalgic relics from old Lwow. The coming of democracy in 1989 ushered in a fresh spirit of enterprise; and there's a palpable spirit of optimism in the city.
Art lovers have a host of museums and churches to choose from, not forgetting some tremendous festivals each year. Spring chickens can shake it up at the Jazz on the Odra Festival, which draws stars from across the globe. Another international smash is Wratislavia Cantans which sees some of the world's top vocalists come together for a superlative celebration of the art of song.
Likewise, the extensive collections of the National Museum offer plenty of diversions for culture vultures, whilst the Raclawice Panorama is an attraction in itself. This legendary treasure was moved lock, stock and barrel from Lwow in the wake of the Second World War. A sentimental favourite for Poles, it's a swashbuckling blast from the past that celebrates a historic eighteenth century clash with the invading Russians. A must if you've got a soft-spot for nostalgia.