Planning a Trip
Wroclaw lies on the main four-lane highway (A4) linking the German border with the city of Kraków, so getting here from Germany or Kraków is easy. The stretch from Kraków to Katowice will cost a toll of 6.50zl ($2.85/£1.75) but is well worth the money. Rail and bus links are good between Wroclaw and major Polish towns and cities. The train and bus stations are situated together, about 2km (1 1/4 miles) south of the central city. The main train station, Glówny, is a spooky-looking multiturreted castle and a tourist site in its own right. To get to town from the station, walk 15 minutes or take a taxi.
You'll find yourself doing a lot of walking. The Old Town is relatively small and closed off to cars. Outside of the Old Town, tram and bus lines are extensive. Tickets cost 2.40zl ($1.05/65p), 2.80zl ($1.20/75p) for night buses, and are available from vending machines around town or newspaper kiosks. As for taxis, dishonest drivers have sometimes been a problem. Never get into an unlicensed taxi; use reputable firms when possible. MPT Radio Taxi (tel. 071/91-91) and Lux (tel. 071/96-23) are two of the best.
Wroclaw's helpful tourist information center is situated at Rynek 14 (tel. 071/344-31-11; www.wroclaw-info.pl; daily 9am-9pm, 8pm in winter). In addition to the usual services of handing out maps and selling postcards, the staff can help arrange tours of the city, book hotel and restaurant reservations, help to sort out bus and train tickets, and even rent bikes. The office is also a good source of cultural information. To see what's on, pick up a free copy of The Visitor, updated every 2 months, at the tourist information office.