In the war's aftermath, Breslau was annexed by Poland and renamed to its former Polish name, Wrocław.
The city's German majority was subsequently expelled, replaced by Poles, some of whom had been previously expelled from areas of eastern Poland now annexed by the Soviet Union.
In the post-war communist years, Wrocław was painstakingly rebuilt and rejuvenated, removing most traces of the previous German inhabitants.
Despite the communists providing a degree a comfort and renewed economic productivity, agitation against the regime remained just below the surface.
Most of the city's main tourist attractions are located directly in the center, though several major points of interest can be found further afield.
Old Town (Stare Miasto) (Market Square, Town Hall, Salt Square, St. Mary Magdalena's Church, Racławicka Panorama, National Museum in Wrocław, Museum of Architecture.)The commercial and tourist heart of the city, the highly picturesque Old Town (Stare Miasto) offers an array of attractions and cultural events, making it easily the central focal point for any visit to Wrocław.
In 1526, the city was absorbed into the Austrian Habsburg monarchy.
Having largely converted to Protestantism during the Reformation, Breslau was targeted by the Catholic Habsburgs during the Counter-Reformation after the Thirty Years War.
German immigration grew to such heights that they soon outnumbered the city's Slavic population, gaining power in the city council and renaming the town Breslau.The city is also known for its high quality of life.Wrocław is historically divided into five boroughs.The resulting grueling siege resulted in mass destruction for infrastructure, buildings, and people alike.The last major city in the Third Reich to surrender to the Allies, Breslau capitulated on , after nearly 100,000 civilian and military deaths.