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!
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.
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!
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.
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