Wroclaw/Breslau trip

So long folks – it’s been almost a month since I posted, so it’s high time I pop in and do an update.

I’ve been in Poland for three weeks now and life’s been good, though the weather has not been merciful. It snowed a little here in my town, which was awesome, but today I wake up and it’s this weird mixture of snow on the ground and rain on the windows and I’m not quite sure what it’s meant to be so I’m just sitting at home enjoying lofi music for the first time in forever and, obviously, typing. I did a bit of French duolingo – finally – and enjoyed delicious Polish apples I got at Polomarket yesterday. (Polomarket stan forever).

Re the post title, Wrocław and Breslau are the same thing, it’s just Wrocław’s the Polish name for the city and Breslau’s the German name. I went there on Tuesday morning and returned on Wednesday afternoon, in time to eat the rest of my brother’s belated birthday cake and celebrate both Women’s Day and my dad’s birthday (he’s super old, will be turning 70 in too small of a number of years). Well, the celebrations were not elaborate, but let’s just say I celebrated them internally. Or maybe I didn’t. If I did that internally, how would you ever know?

I’ve got to head to the post office before it closes today but before I go, please have this little description of my trip, and a small selection of photos. The weather, again, was not too great, as it was cloudy the whole time, and cold. But Wrocław’s far enough away and I’d not been there since 2007, so I needed to document the things I (a) had not, and (b) would not have paid attention to back when I was 10 years old.

Proper post starts here

All in all, over the 24 hours in Wroclaw I visited:

  • National Museum in Wrocław,
  • Museum of Architecture in Wrocław (the only museum of this kind in Poland),
  • Plac Grunwaldzki, the home to four residential towers designed by Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak in 1967-1970 and constructed in 1970-1973,
  • The site of WUWA – Wohnen und Werkraum Ausstellung, in English meaning Living and Work Space Exhibition, organised in 1929 by the Silesian branch of Deutscher Werkbund (see more here: https://culture.pl/pl/wideo/drugie-zycie-osiedla-wuwa-we-wroclawiu-wideo). It consists of buildings that were built very quickly for that exhibition, and are still functioning, mostly fulfilling their original function, which is residential.

Below you’ll find the photos of Plac Grunwaldzki residential towers, snapshots from the WUWA site, and a few other buildings I encountered that I found interesting, including the three yellow residential blocks which I entitled “Zbyszko Trzy Cytryny” (Zbyszko Three Lemons, which is the name of a popular fizzy lemon-flavoured drink sold in Poland). I think it’s rather quite witty.

Published by kotersey

Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a First in geography, and from the University of Brighton with a Master's in history of design and material culture. Probably drinking iced coffee and thinking about buildings.

2 thoughts on “Wroclaw/Breslau trip

  1. I’m going to have to check these out next time I’m in Wrocław. I’ve actually never delved into the architecture of Wrocław before. My good friend lives really close by those buildings, so now I’m bummed I didn’t notice them the last time I was there.

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    1. There are so many things I missed because I didn’t know about them/where they were and was kicking myself for it hahaha. I live pretty far from Wroclaw so I don’t know its architecture very well either, but over time the same things appear over and over so I had to finally make a trip. Do visit, though I recommend going when it’s less cold and maybe even sunny and there is greenery around and not just old snow haha. xx


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