Wroclaw

'Poland's Venice'

more than a year ago
Built upon twelve islands the city of Wrocław is surrounded by rivers and canals. No-one seems to agree on an exact figure, but you’ll find approximately 130 bridges within the city boundaries, a figure that only four other European cities can beat (Hamburg, Venice, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg).

Though not Wrocław’s most beautiful bridge (that honour arguably goes to Most Tumski - the pedestrianised, padlock-covered bridge leading into Ostrów Tumski, C-2), the daddy of them all has to be Most Grunwaldzki (H-3) - Poland’s longest suspension bridge at 112 metres. Completed in 1910 and opened by Emperor Wilhelm II himself, according to local legend the chief engineer committed suicide on the eve of its unveiling, convinced that the structure would collapse. Instead the ‘Imperial Bridge’ managed to even survive Festung Breslau intact enough to be restored and re-opened shortly after the war with only minor changes (the removal of Prussian design motifs like the helmets at the top of the pilings).

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