Japanese Garden is located in the Szczytnicki Park, near Centennial Hall (Hala Ludowa). It is one of the few traces of the World Exhibition of 1913. Japanese experts, present there since 1996 made sure that all details correspond to the original Japanese garden art.
It became an unique place in this part of the world, demonstrating a real piece of Japanese culture.
The best time to visit is spring or autumn, due to spectacular view of colors of plants and flowers. Garden is opened daily from 1st of April till 31st of October from 9.00 till 19.00. There is a small entry charge.
Amongst five Polish cities (Gdańsk, Lublin, Katowice, Warsaw and Wrocław) Wrocław turned out to be the best and took the trophy along with San Sebastian city from Spain.
Now it is a huge chance for the city, for entire Lower Silesia region and country to promote Polish cultural life, events and tradition itself. The title gives a huge advantage for the city, its citizens and tourists.
For one whole year Wroclaw will become a cultural capital of Europe. That will bring many international and national festivals, concerts, conferences and many other cultural and artistic projects which will be in the middle of attention of people of Wroclaw, region of Lower Silesia, Poland and the entire Europe.
Iglica (means “spire” or “needle”) is a monument, a needle-like located in Wroclaw, just in front of Centennial Hall. Initially it was 106 meters tall, now, after renovation the top 10 meters were removed.
It was built in 1948, by Polish Communists for an exhibition to celebrate receiving the control over the “Regained Territories” after World War II.
The location was chosen by purpose, to take away the attention from the Centennial Hall built by Germans.
Originally Iglica was topped by shield of mirrors rotating and giving it a look of umbrella. At night it was giving amazing light effects. Just before the official inauguration the construction was destroyed by lightnings. The remnants were removed after few months by two climbing enthusiasts. They used still unknown in Poland these days sub sequences technique using ropes and loops, now widely used to overcome the vertical walls.The climbing took them more than 24h plus 6h of dismantling.
Iglica was renovated in the past in horizontal position, in 1964 and 1979.
There were few interesting events happening During the martial law, a man climbed up and hanged the banner of banned union Solidarity (NSZZ Solidarność). In 2007, Iglica turned into Europe’s highest Christmas tree. At the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, a group of members from association “Young Wroclaw”hanged the Tibetan flag, in solidarity with people from Tibet persecuted by Chinese authorities.
Small Iglica on Plac Solny:
You can find the second, much smaller Iglica set in the central of Plac Solny (Salt Square), just next to market square. It was placed there in 1996.
Walking around Szczytnicki Park you will be surprised by finding a small beautiful wooden church just in the middle, behind Pergola area and nearby to Japanese Garden.
It is St. John of Nepomuk church, built at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Designer and artist who created it is unknown.
The church was moved to Szczytnicki Park in 1913 from Kędzierzyn. During the installation in new place the walls were exchanged and arcades reconstructed.
Again it was renovated in 1966.
It is definitely a nice place to see while having a walk in the park. Unfortunately there is no option of seeing the interior but still it is worth visiting it and look at it from outside.
Pergola in Wroclaw is built in the shape of half an ellipse. It was constructed in the early twentieth century around the pound with the fountain in the similar shape. It is located at the north-east side of Centennial Hall in east part of the city, in front of exhibition pavilion.
Pergola contains two rows of concrete pillars topped with grating on which you can spot vines. The length of Pergola is around 640 meters and it has in total 750 concrete pillars (still have to count to check if its true!)
The pound surrounded by Pergola is another interesting thing! During the summer, every single day you can watch amazing shows of the multi-media Fountain eqquipped with 300 jets, using lights and sound effects. For a change during the winter time, you can equip yourself in skates and go there for ice-skating as it is turned into ice rink.
It is a perfect place for Sunday walk with your family and friends. You can sit in the nearby cafeteria with the view on Pergola pond. Have a beer and grilled sausage in one of the bar located next to it.
Beside that in the vicinity of Pergola there is Japanese Garden along with the Szczytnicki Park.
How to get there?
As it is pretty out of the city, take a bus or tram (145, 146, 0, 1, 2, 10) and get out on the stop HALA STULECIA. Pergola is located just behind it.
You can also take a bicycle and have a nice ride within the park.
Do Wroclaw have a sculpture of a horse?
Another incredible installation that you should not miss is the HORSE located on Szewska street. I have spotted it one day from the tram and next time I decided to jump out and have a closer look what is it all about.
I really liked the idea and I guess you will find it interesting.
As one of the author says: “Cause its a friend of people!” Apart from that in the past it was an often visitor on Szewska street.
The sculpture does not present the real horse. It is a multi-elemnent composition of a horse with a rider’s torso and additional, few pair of legs.
This is another example of the art presence in urban space that Wroclaw as a city is promoting and doing descent job.
How can you find the Horse?
The horse is located on Szewska Street where it cross with Wita Stwosza. You can simply walk from Market Square. You can also spot it while passing with tram number 6 and 7, on your right hand side.