The Independent: 48 hours in Wroclaw

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(The Independent) – ​As European Capital of Culture, this Polish city has plenty of treats in store, says Simon Calder.

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Winter is easing its grip on this fascinating city in south-west Poland – and Wroclaw’s status as European Capital of Culture makes this the ideal year to visit, with a wide range of events (wroclaw2016.pl). Besides the current cultural surge, the capital of Lower Silesia has an architectural repertoire that fills a spectrum from Silicon Valley to Stalingrad.

As German-held Breslau, the city suffered widespread destruction in the Second World War. It was the unrestored post-war cityscapes that persuaded Steven Spielberg to choose Wroclaw as a location for his Oscar-winning Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, as a stand-in for East Berlin in 1960.

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