March 17: Wroclaw/Poland

Wroclaw/Poland – in the “City of dwarfs”

What crosses your mind when you think of Poland? Everyone knows it, but almost nobody connects it with colourful houses, dwarfs and Cinderella. We have discovered all of this and more during the five days of our Erasmus+ – trip in March 2017 to the capital of Lower Silesian in Western Poland: Wroclaw. The aim was – like in the former meetings – to create a tourism brochure for young tourists.

In the city centre of Wroclaw, you can find approx. 400 of the famous Wroclaw dwarfs which symbolize a political event: In the 80s, the resistance movement “orange alternative” lined up the first dwarf as a symbol for their critic against the communist regime. While we looked for the dwarfs and took photos with them, we discovered the city in a ludic way.

Another highlight was the bird watching in the famous landscape park of Baryzc, which is called “Polish Cinderella”: Once you have been there, you fall in love with it! In this huge area, there are more ponds than mainland and a lot of rare birds and fish.

We also explored the “Hydropolis”, a place where diverse multimedia technologies serve one purpose – to show water from various fascinating perspectives. It was only opened in 2015 in Wroclaw – really spectacular! In an open-air museum near Opole, we tried traditional Polish egg painting techniques as well as glass painting. It was quite difficult, but we had a lot of fun. In the matter of food, Poland can even keep up with the USA: In a traditional Polish restaurant, we tried “Pierogi” (filled dumplings), a typical Polish dish. The portions were clearly bigger than our stomachs could take.

Back in Wroclaw, we tested our skills in “Korfball”, a sport that is represented in the “World Games” taking place in Wroclaw in July 2017. In addition to that, we were taught Polish dances by our Polish hosts.

The “G5-Summit” of this meeting dealt with “Eco tourism and the ‘jungle’ of eco labels”. At the end, the students signed a “Charta” to promise their commitment to a more sustainable tourism.

After all these visits and experiences, we were able to create a tourism brochure to attract young people to Wroclaw and its surroundings. In multinational teams and with the help of experts, we designed a wonderful brochure that was given to the local tourist offices.