The oldest preserved written mention of Wroclaw comes up from the year 1000. The historical capital of Lower Silesia is the main city of the Wrocław agglomeration. It is the seat of the Lower Silesia regional authorities as well as of the authorities of district of Wroclaw. With its location near the Oder and its four tributaries, Wrocław ranks as a fifth European city (after Hamburg, Amsterdam, Venice and St. Petersburg) in terms of the number of various bridges. Numerous tourists, including many foreigners are attracted to Wrocław thanks to its various monuments and sites such as the gothic Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski), a Centennial Hall (Hala Stulecia), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, modernist department stores, more than 8,000 historic buildings, one of the oldest town halls in Poland. In its basement you can find the oldest (built in the fourteenth century) restaurant in Europe (Piwnica Świdnicka).
Many of visitors - mostly from Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Russia – are studying at universities and higher schools in Wroclaw - the third academic center in the country. The city attracts many investors and foreign companies, including corporations, banks, IT and high-tech companies (i.e. Wrocław Technology Park ) or pharmaceutical industry. Wroclaw is the seat of Wroclaw Research Centre EIT + (with itslaboratories ongeological analysisof unconventional resources).And finally, Wrocław is the city of artists and activists, full of vibrant independent culture, orientated on promotion of solidarity, multiculturalism, openness, respect and mutual cooperation, with its Four Temples District (including the unique White Stork Synagogue ), Nadodrze with its preserved nineteenth-century tenement houses, PrzedmieścieOławskie, Art Cafe Kalambur where you can dance until dawn and the alternative Reanimation Culture Centre.
Wrocław hosted the World Congress of Intellectuals for Peace (1948), the Eucharistic Congress (1997), the Men's European Basketball Championship (1963 and 2009), the Women's European Volleyball Championship (2009), the Men's European Football Championship (2012), the World Weightlifting Championship (2013), the Men's Volleyball World Cup (2014), it will host the Men's European Handball Championship (2016) and the World Games (2017). Wrocław is going to be the European Capital of Culture (2016), the World Capital of Books (2016), and will host the European Film Awards (2016).
Twin cities of Wrocław: Araucaria (Brazil), Breda (the Netherlands), Charlotte (the USA), Dresden (Germany), Grodno (Belarus), Guadalajara (Mexico), Hradec Králové (the Czech Republic), Kaunas (Lithuania), Lviv (Ukraine), Ramat Gan (Israel), Toronto (Canada), Lille (France), Wiesbaden (Germany), Vienne department (France).
List of consular offices currently operating in Wrocław
• Consulate General of Germany
• Consulate of Austria
• Consulate of Brazil
• Consulate of Bulgaria
• Consulate of Chile
• Consulate of the Czech Republic
• Consulate of Denmark
• Philippine Consulate
• Consulate of the Netherlands
• Consulate of Mexico
• Consulate of the Slovak Republic
• Consulate of Sweden
• Consulate of Ukraine
• Consulate of the United Kingdom
• Consular Agency of France
The official website of the city: www.wroclaw.pl