Oława Tourism, Poland

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Oława [ɔˈwava] (German: ) is a town in south-western Poland with 31,078 inhabitants (2005). It is situated in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (from 1975–1998 it was in the former Wrocław Voivodeship). It is the seat of Oława County, and also of the smaller administrative district of Gmina Oława (although it is not part of the territory of the latter, as the town is an urban gmina in its own right). Oława began to develop during the early 12th century at a site that was protected by the rivers Oder and Oława. It was first mentioned as Oloua in a document of 1149 confirming its donation to the abbey of St. Vincent in Wrocław. In 1206 Oława became one of the residence towns of the dukes of the Silesian Piast dynasty, who also granted Oława the status of a town in 1234. During its history Oława was destroyed completely three times. In 1241 it was destroyed during the Mongol invasion of Europe, in 1448 by the Hussites, and again in 1634 during the Thirty Years' War. After the Polish King Casimir III had renounced his rights on Silesia with the contract of Trenčín in 1335, Silesia became until 1806 a part of the Holy Roman Empire as a Bohemian fief. In 1526, when the Habsburgs gained the Bohemian crown, Silesia came under Austrian sovereignty. In 1527 with the Reformation High German language came in use and with it the first usage of the version of the town's name("Ohlau") is reported . After the death of the last Silesian Piast duke George IV William of Legnica in 1675, Ohlau ceased to be a residence town. Together with most of Silesia, the town became part of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1741.The 18th and 19th centuries were a period of economic growth and Ohlau became well known as a centre of tobacco-growing. Ethnic Polish traditions and population also remained strong in the area, with a large influx of people from nearby Congress Poland. In 1842 a railroad between Ohlau and Breslau, the first in Silesia, was opened. The historic town of Ohlau did not suffer any damage during World War I, because there were no fightings in Silesia. However, in World War II about 60% of the town was destroyed. On 2 September 1939, one Polish PZL.23 Karaś bomber (scout) plane did bomb a German factory within the city in the first attack on German territory during the war. Oława became a garrison town of the Red Army Northern Group of Forces and remained so until 1992.


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Facts and Stats for Oława*

  • Pollution Statistics in Oława

    Know the pollution level of Oława before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 69.55 (High)
    • Water Pollution 32.14 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 42 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 42.35 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 37.24 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 52.83 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 29 (Low)
  • Oława: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Oława for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Oława.

    • Burglary and Theft 33.16 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.68 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 29.74 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 48.4 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 34.31 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 38.59 (Low)
    • Attacks 38.3 (Low)
    • Drug offense 37.11 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 78.46 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50.79 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.54 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 41.84 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50.79 (Moderate)
  • Living in Oława - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Oława is 140.94 (High)

    • Safety Index 61.24 (High)
    • Climate Index 78.03 (High)
    • Pollution Index 61.19 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.09 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 45.14 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 60.57 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.92 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 78.38 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Oława

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Oława

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.19 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 78.47 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 70.21 USD

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