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Never been there but it´s supposed to be a nice looking city, especially for a place that lost 70% of it´s buildings during the WW2. It´s a relatively popular party place among Poles and a lot of people go there during the summer to have a night out. Not sure of the pricing but generally all food/beverages are very cheap in Poland with alcohol being no expectation (at least if you know where to look).

 

It was picked as one of the 4 host cities for Euro 2012, even being picked over cities like Kraków (scandalous decision in my opinion). Could be fun checking out the stadium building site, Klitschko and Adamek are scheduled to box there in September.

 

edit: http://www.wroclaw-life.com/wroclaw/nightlife

 

A nice site in English with various information

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I was there about five years ago. The central bit around the town hall has a few bars around it. They're okay, but a bit samey after the first couple of days. Once you go out of the green-zone in the middle, it gets a bit grim and bit less English speaking. The Casino was good, I met some guy who played alongside Albert at Anderlecht; it was unbelievably back-streets and seedy, and I became rather paranoid once I started winning.

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Ah just realized,  you are going to see the Śląsk Wrocław - Dundee Europa League qualifying match. They were quite lucky to get finish 2nd with only 13 wins in 30 games and there isn´t much quality in the side....or anywhere in the league for that matter. The 36 year old Tomasz Frankowski finished as the league´s top scorer, says all you need to know about it´s strength.

 

Wrocław haven´t played in the European league for over 20 years and their stadium only holds ~8.5k people (Wrocław has a population of 630k) so the atmosphere should be lively. Have a nice trip and be sure to stay away from those hooligans  :aww:

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What the hell... just realized that Poland´s third group stage game in Euro 2012 will be played in Wrocław. The first two game are played in Warsaw and then the third one is played 300km away in Wrocław, what´s the deal with that like. Guess it works out ok for me tough as it´s really hard finding a hotel in Warsaw during this time and the price per night is crazy, got a relative in Warsaw that I can crash at (saving at least 500-800 pounds if I stay there for 5 nights). Then after the second group game I'll just travel to Wrocław and get a hotel there for the remainder of the trip, should be much easier finding a place to stay at in Wrocław.

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What the hell... just realized that Poland´s third group stage game in Euro 2012 will be played in Wrocław. The first two game are played in Warsaw and then the third one is played 300km away in Wrocław, what´s the deal with that like. Guess it works out ok for me tough as it´s really hard finding a hotel in Warsaw during this time and the price per night is crazy, got a relative in Warsaw that I can crash at (saving at least 500-800 pounds if I stay there for 5 nights). Then after the second group game I'll just travel to Wrocław and get a hotel there for the remainder of the trip, should be much easier finding a place to stay at in Wrocław.

 

Did you get any tickets? I applied without success, but same happened for Wimbledon and the Olympics. I must be cursed!

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A shame that, what kind of tickets did you apply for? I managed to get myself 2x "Follow your team (group stage)" passes, meaning I'll be able to watch all of Poland´s games in the group stages, including the opening game of the tournament.

 

I wouldn´t want to get drawn into groups B or D. In group D the matches are played in Kiev and Donetsk, the distance between the two being 700km.  Group B is played in Kharkiv and Lviv, the distance between those is 1000km. Don´t know the reasons but looking at the map Donetsk and Kharkiv are next to each other and Kiev-Lviv is a much shorter travel as well so I'm not sure why those cities aren´t paired up instead.

 

If your team gets drawn as B3 you´d have to play your first game in Lviv then travel 1000km to watch the next game in Kharkiv and finally travel back to Lviv to watch the final game.  Similary D4 plays Donetsk-Kiev-Donetsk, seems a bit daft.

 

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Yeah, I should have done the same, but I was gonna with family, had a chew on getting people to agree. So we decided to apply for the first two games in Warsaw, as I've got family there, and then see where England were at and try to get across there, even without tickets.

 

Still thinking of going across just for the craic, and my cousin in Poland keeps entering every competition at her work for me!

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Yeah, I should have done the same, but I was gonna with family, had a chew on getting people to agree. So we decided to apply for the first two games in Warsaw, as I've got family there, and then see where England were at and try to get across there, even without tickets.

 

Still thinking of going across just for the craic, and my cousin in Poland keeps entering every competition at her work for me!

 

Yea, if you had applied for "Follow your team (England)" passes you would have had good chances of getting tickets as I can´t imagine there being that many that apply for tickets full 18 months before the tourney (England wasn´t even in the top 5 of countries that applied for tickets).

In total there were 12.1 million ticket applications for the tournament (at the very least ~4-5m from Poland) so the chances of getting tickets were quite slim. There will be another lottery at the end of the year with tickets that the lottery winners didn´t decide to purchase + unsold tickets so you might get lucky there. The odds on getting tickets to England´s matches will probably be decent, don´t think there is any chance of getting ticket for Poland´s matches. I'm the only one in my family that got tickets and pretty much everyone applied.

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I just had a look at the Wroclaw Pocket Guide.

 

"Wroclaw bars are flexible - no matter what the official closing times are, most will stay open until the last customer has crawled out".

 

They've obviously never had Scottish people in Wroclaw before then.  That convention will last about two days from when we arrive before the authorities order a rethink.

 

I arrive on the thursday morning.  I'll be lying in a pool of my own pish by Friday teatime.

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