The People’s Hall (Hala Ludowa) was constructed according to the plans of architect Max Berg in 1911–1913, when the city was part of the German Empire.
The hall was originally called the “Centennial Hall” and was built as part of the celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig, where King Frederick William III of Prussia called upon the Prussian and German people to rise up against Napoleon’s occupation. Napoleon was defeated at Leipzig in October of 1813.
In 1948, a 106 m (348 ft) high needle-like metal sculpture called Iglica was set up in front of it. The strange industrial-looking flagpole is exactly as you would picture a structure created by communist era designers.
For the highlight of our visit, our tour driver took us out via the long curved pergola to view the famous pond which spouts jets of water high into the air to the accompaniment of orchestra music. It is a lovely site to watch and we enjoyed the water concert for several minutes, but we were not alone. People were relaxing on the grass and benches, children and young couples played in the water at the edges of the pond and everyone was enjoying the stunning day.
Learn more about visiting or attending a performance at The People's Hall in Wroclaw.