The Island City

GAVIN HELLIER/ROBERT HARDING

NO TWO HORSE TOWN: A picturesque square in Wroclaw offers transports of delight

In its 1,000-year history Wroclaw, the capital of the southwestern Polish province of Lower Silesia, has had no fewer than four rulers and five names. Founded at the turn of the first millennium Wrotizla, as it was first known, received city status in 1241. It was renamed Wretslaw when the Bohemians claimed it in 1335, Presslaw under Habsburg rule in 1526, and Breslau when it belonged to Prussia, and then Germany, from 1741 to 1945, when it was returned to Poland.

Almost 60 years later, Wroclaw and its visitors are finding much to appreciate in the multicultural history...

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