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Venice of Poland
This undiscovered gem in southwestern Poland was given its nickname because of the maze of islands and bridges that make up this small but sassy city.
Many may know Wroclaw by its former German name of Breslau. Wroclaw certainly has a troubled past as it has gone under five different names, been passed between four countries and was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. It has come out of this past to create an identity with a colorful culture and plenty of atmosphere to match so its exploding popularity comes as no surprise. The city is a collection of fascinating architecture, several Gothic churches, 130 bridges crossing scenic waterways, 12 islands and a number of lush riverside parks.
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The local government has shown an aggressive desire to return the city to its pre-war heyday, and an extensive program of restoration and regeneration has seen the town emerge as Poland's most exciting city. Wroclaw has a compact city center so all of its highlights can easily be navigated on foot. Its square is the second largest medieval market square in Europe and its character is unmistakable as it is lined with color buildings and buzzing with lively cafes and restaurants. The city has a lively and metropolitan culture scene and since it is a university town you will find a vibrant nightlife.