Wroclaw’s Old Town, or Rynek, is the beating heart of the city. Once the economic centre, the market square, it has now evolved into the cultural and social bud of Wroclaw. Here you’ll find some of the city’s famous Gnomes, plenty of incredible places to eat and drink and some insta worthy buildings. Despite being nearly destroyed during WWII, today the craftsmanship that restored it in the 15th century is on full display. The city’s key landmark is the stunning Town Hall, an excellent starting point to explore the nearby shops, eateries and colourful flower market, or Plac Solny.
Now this may be a given when exploring a new city, but you want to keep yours peeled in a city like Wroclaw. Aside from the stunning architecture that you’ll no doubt be taking in, be sure to keep a look out for the dwarves, or gnomes, scattered throughout the city. The dwarves originally made an appearance out of protest against communism and disappeared. Today, they’ve made a strong resurgence with over 350 dwarves hidden throughout the city to delight tourists and locals. How many can you discover?
VENICE OF THE NORTH
Known as the ‘Venice of the North’, Wroclaw is a network of islands connected by multiple bridges. So, pack your walking shoes and get exploring! Riverside parks and boats are excellent stops for a drink in the sun. We recommend starting in the old town and making your way out from there – the market square is beautiful and be sure to visit Cathedral Island.
A WALK ALONG THE Oder River and its four tributaries
They don’t call Wroclaw the ‘Venice of the North’ for nothing. As you explore the city, you’ll no doubt encounter its numerous canals and bridges, taking you along the Oder River. Stop for a drink and enjoy the view or get amongst the numerous water based activities on offer!
Wroclaw is home to a truly unique masterpiece. Standing at 15m’s tall and stretching 114, the Panorama Racławicka is truly something to behold. The 19th century panoramic artwork depicts the battle of Racławicka and is immersive, it has a dedicated room all to itself. Make some time for this one, you won’t regret it!
The district of Four Denominations and Mutual Respect
Wroclaw is a multicultural hub in Poland. This is evident in its architecture, its culture and the welcoming attitude of its people. This is exemplified in the District of Four Denominations and Mutual Respect. You’ll find a Synagogue, Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical and Orthodox Church all within a short distance of each other. This sums up the spirit of acceptance in this beautiful city.
The Witches Bridge
Who doesn’t love a good bit of folklore? The Penitential Bridge, according to legend, is known as ‘Witches Bridge’. The story goes that the bridge is haunted by the spirits of young girls who were too reckless in their lives and left getting married till it was too late so now they can’t go to heaven. But, come for the story, stay for the view. Found at the top of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Witches bridge offers the best view of the city!