The most recent addition to Wrocław's skyline is impossible to overlook. Total height is 212 metres. It was actually supposed to be even taller, more than 250 metres, but the economical crisis in 2008 caused a slight reduction of plans.
The Skytower was completed in 2012 and is the tallest building not only in Wrocław but in the whole of Poland, at least concerning the height up to the roof (the Culture Palace in Warsaw is taller, but only because of the antenna on top - this is important to Wroclawians).
I hear from local friends that among Wrocławians the tower has a nickname which should not be said aloud; use your imagination...
The investor behind it is one of the richest people in the country, Leszek Czarnecki. This for the lovers of superlatives! Some apartments are still available, so if you are looking for a home with a view and have money to blow…
The Skytower is a city of its own for about 4.000 people - one could spend a whole life in there without ever leaving it.
The tower contains luxury apartments. The „sail“ serves as office buildings. The lower parts contain a shopping mall, doctors studios, fitness club and just about everything. There is even a jogging trail on the roof for daily exercise.
Note the sculpture outside the main entrance, entitled „Profile of Time“. The sign says Dalí; and it is a genuine Dalí indeed.
The 49th floor at the top of Skytower is a public viewpoint which offers a fantastic view of the city. The fast lift takes you to the top in about 50 seconds, something like one second per floor. I have only been up at midday - it must also be impressive at sunset and at night. The view covers not the full round, because the observation deck is located in the „cut off“ top part, but about 270° in total. It is all indoors behind solid glass. The windowpanes go down to the floor, so people with a fear of heights may need a bit of courage.
On a clear day, and since I stayed fo four weeks I was able to pick a day with fine weather, the view is fabulous. It feels like standing on top of the world, with the whole city and surrounding landscape spread out at your feet. The air was clear enough to take zoom photos of individual buildings in the old town and by the river, a couple of kilometres away.
Opening hours: Time slots are given from 9.00 (Sunday: 10.00) to 21.30, every 30 minutes.
Entrance fee (as in 2017):
on weekdays: adults 12 PLN, kids and concessions 8 PLN
on weekends: adults 16 PLN, kids and concessions 10 PLN
Time slots: Tickets are sold for time slots every 30 minutes. You then have half an hour in total to enjoy the view including the lift ride up and down. They are strict, there is no staying behind on the observation deck to extend your stay.
There are 50 tickets available for every time slot. So you may not necessarily be able to go up immediately. Plan enough time. You can go shopping in the mall and have a coffee and snack (only American style coffee bars, unfortunately), or buy a ticket for a later time in the day and come back.
Punctuality: Be at the lift a few minutes before your time slot. Late comers will not be taken up any more. Reservations are possible for groups only (see website), not for individuals!
Getting there: Tram 2, 6, 7, 14, 17, 20, 24 to „Wielka“ - no need to look for stop names, though, as this tram stop is next to the tower and you have to try really hard to miss this building.
Some zoom views taken from the observation deck
View towards Ostrów Tumski
Churches, churches, churches
View to the mountains
Castle of Justice