10 things to do in Wroclaw


Maybe Wroclaw isn’t the first city you think of when visiting Poland, but you should! This student city is filled with interesting buildings, cute little dwarfs and colorful street art. These are the 10 things to do in Wroclaw. 

Whether it’s the colorful city center, academic life and innovation, architecture or gnomes that make you want to visit Wroclaw, I can assure you there’s something to do for everybody! Wroclaw was one of the biggest surprises for me when I visited Poland in 2015 and since then I haven’t heard a single bad thing about this stunning Polish city. Curious to see what you can do there? Let’s take a look!

 

10 THINGS TO DO IN WROCLAW

 

1.Explore the old market square

Many Polish cities have beautifully colored market squares where tourism is usually concentrated. Wroclaw is no exception and although it’s a very busy part of town, there’s absolutely no need to avoid it. The market square houses many interesting and attractive buildings, such as the town hall. Also, it’s a great place to get a beer, or two.

 

2.Fall in love with cathedral island

Romantic and beautiful are just some words to describe this place. Especially at night, when the entire thing is lit, the island because a feast for the eyes! Did you know the street lighting is not electrical and therefore lit by hand? When you come at sundown you’ll have the chance of meeting the man who does that every single night!

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wroclaw

 

3.Follow the gnomes

Not just great when you have kids. The gnome statues – that are scattered all over the old town – are cute and informative as well. The gnomes were part of a project in the 80’s as a peaceful protest to the communist regime. Nowadays you can find many of them in the most unusual places. The thing I like most about them is the fact that they have different poses, making it really easy to guess the history behind buildings and other objects in the old town.

 

4.Watch the students go to class

Wroclaw is a student hotspot! Many faculties are scattered all over this student city and you will find some exceptionally beautiful ones in the city center. However, some faculties had some trouble getting their students from one place to the other in between classes so they built a cable cart system between two of them. I must say it was one of my favorite things to see in Wroclaw as it is quite unusual and funny.

 

5.Visit one of the many parks

Visiting the many green spots in Central Europe are my favorite thing to escape the hectic city life. Wroclaw has many stunning parks that you can visit when you want to chill out. In the center of the city, you’ll find ‘islands’, each for a different purpose. On of the most popular islands – Slodowa – is particularly popular with the students of Wroclaw as it is the only place in the city where officials won’t bother you when you drink in public. The rest of Wroclaw is pretty strict when it comes to consuming alcohol outside.

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6.See the neon signs

This isn’t the first time I’m speaking of this incredible collection of communist neon signs. You can find a lot of them in Wroclaw. However, these ones are my favorite!

Address: Ruska 46C

 

7.Look at street art

As you might’ve discovered, I’m quite the street art nut. Wroclaw has been a little piece of paradise for me because of its colorful murals and graffiti art displayed throughout the city. Some of the most beautiful and iconic pieces can be found next to the neon signs and around Wroclaw’s islands. Murals sometimes cover up entire buildings and symbolize recent and historical events and topics.

 

8.Have a look at the Centennial Hall

This building – also called the people’s hall –  is on the UNESCO heritage list and was designed by Max Berg and built in 1913. The hall has a huge dome that measures 65m in diameters. Although it took some getting used to, the building is now a proud part of Wroclaw.

 

9.Visit the Japanese garden

A beautiful part of the oh so incredible botanical garden. This Japanese garden is a feast for the eyes. You can visit it during opening hours and I think it’s an absolute must do when visiting Wroclaw!

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Communists got creative on this flat.

 

10.Watch the battle of Raclawice

A 114m long painting portraying the 1784 battle between Poland and Russia. The painting – which took over 9 months to finish – was made to celebrate the victory of the battle. The multidimensional painting was hidden during the Soviet period and is now back in Wroclaw for us to admire.

 

Where to sleep in Wroclaw

 

Over to you!

Wroclaw was a real surprise to me! What about YOU? I know that 10 things aren’t enough to cover this amazing city but this way you’ll be able to scratch Wroclaw’s surface in a fun way! You can find more things to do in Wroclaw over at my friends from Culture.pl.

Feel free to add stuff (or ask me questions) by leaving a comment below!

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Sara
    May 21, 2015 at 18:57

    Great article! I have been to Wroclaw a long time ago and just for a very short visit. Looks like it is time to go back, get deeper in that beautiful city and refresh the memory 🙂

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 25, 2015 at 11:51

      Thank you, Sara! What is your favorite memory of Wroclaw?

  • Reply
    Nic from Roaming Renegades
    May 22, 2015 at 17:22

    We fell in love with Poland last year and really can’t wait to explore more of the country next year. Looks like a beautiful city, have to add it to the list. Thanks!

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 25, 2015 at 11:52

      We happen to like a lot of the same countries, don’t we? 😀 I hope you will have a blast revisiting Poland. I’m jealous for sure!

    • Reply
      Anna
      May 29, 2015 at 19:46

      So if you want to see more Poland come to Olsztyn. This region is called the region of thousand Lakes as there is over 1000 lakes around 🙂 Besides the city and nearby towns are also really beautiful….lakes, forests and new technology together…amazing

      • Reply
        The Brave Dame
        May 31, 2015 at 12:59

        That sounds wonderful! Some people told me about it when I was in Poland but unfortunately I didn’t have time to go there. I’m putting together a fall trip, so I’m putting it on the list. Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dionne
    May 22, 2015 at 19:32

    Wauw! Love it! Prachtige kleurrijke foto’s!

  • Reply
    alison abbott
    May 22, 2015 at 22:52

    Looks like Wroclaw has a lot to offer and is a bit off the beaten path. I especially like the street art.

  • Reply
    Liese
    May 25, 2015 at 09:09

    Ooh, super leuk! Wroclaw staat (ongeveer bijna zeker) op de planning bij mij, deze zomer! Dus deze tips zijn super handig. En nu ben ik echt helemaal excited om op rondreis door Polen te gaan 🙂

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 25, 2015 at 10:30

      Oh wat leuk, Liese! Zeker doen, deze stad. Zelden zo’n fijne sfeer meegemaakt! Ga je er ook over bloggen? 🙂

  • Reply
    maja
    June 5, 2015 at 13:44

    Hello there! 🙂

    If you like the street art and murals I would like to suggest Katowice city. It is the south part of Poland, Silesia region. Maybe it’s not the most touristic and beautiful city in Poland but if you like industrial ambient and see some street art you should go there.
    Check this out:
    http://katowicestreetartfestival.pl/artysci/

    If you don’t like big cities you should go to south part of this region to Beskidy mountains and on the way to there you can also check my small town Pszczyna 🙂
    http://www.zamek-pszczyna.pl/?q=node

    Have fun wherever you go!!!!!

    Peace 🙂

  • Reply
    marta
    September 29, 2015 at 21:50

    I recommmend checking out Four Denominations District in the center with 4 churches from different religions (nice synagogue). Enjoy a meal/cup of tea in one of the exepcional cafes and restaurants around there, they are awesome!

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      October 22, 2015 at 12:10

      I love that place, Marta! I had lunch at the little cafe on the square in front of the synagogue. Don’t remember the name but it was absolutely lovely!

  • Reply
    Natalia
    November 9, 2016 at 12:30

    Hi Rose! I’m really glad, that you enjoyed visit in my country so much. I’m aware, that Poland (unfortunately) can be seen as sad, grey and boring, but in fact it’s beautiful and full of historical places. It’s really nice, that someone appreciated that! I hope you enjoyed our cuisine as well?I live quite far from Wrocław and that’s why I’ve never been there yet, but that’s definitely on my “to-go” list. Next time you should visit Kraków – I truly LOVE this city! It’s so peaceful and people are so friendly. I like your blog so much for showing us places, that are not so obvious travel destinations. Can I ask you how many languages can you speak?
    PS. Sorry for a mess in this comment, but I wanted to tell you so many things and my fingers don’t follow my thoughts.

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      November 9, 2016 at 12:39

      Hi Natalia! Thanks for your compliments, it’s much appreciated! Glad you like the blog, keep following for more destinations and stories!
      Krakow is so high on my list, you wouldn’t believe 🙂 I predict it will be as awesome as Wroclaw. Hope to visit soon, just as some other places in Poland.

      I’m not great in the language department. Of course I speak Dutch and English, but other than that I can’t seem to get better at my high school French and German and some words of Romanian and Japanese. I should really try to master one of these languages, as well as Spanish. Maybe some day 🙂

  • Reply
    Laureline
    May 12, 2017 at 15:25

    I saw in the comments Anna advising Lodz for Street Art; it’s true, lot of masterpieces ! 🙂
    I would also recommend Gdansk: the city is beautiful and one of his neighborhood (Zaspa) is full of street art (this neighborhood is mostly grey communist buildings, but on each side of the buildings there is street art ! amazing !).
    I did an article with some pictures if you want to have a look : https://www.h-d-s-b.com/single-post/Street-Art-Gdansk

    If you liked Wroclaw, sure you will like Gdansk 🙂

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 20, 2017 at 12:44

      Amazing! Thanks for sharing! Gdansk is incredibly high on my list! When I traveled through Poland I noticed that many cities have beautiful murals on their buildings, I think it’s a great way to decorate those communist blocks.

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