Hailed the European Capital of Culture in 2006, Wroclaw is the largest city in Western Poland, nestled on the River Oder in the Silesian lowlands. Its turbulent history sets it apart and over the years Wroclaw has been known by a huge variety of names. The result is a city that is culturally diverse and architecturally rich, even if this is largely due to post World War II restoration.
Wroclaw is essentially divided across three distinct districts comprising of the Old Town, Ostrów Tumski, and the Centennial Hall area. Visitors will find a wealth of places to discover and visit whether you’re looking to fill a one day visit or a much longer stay.
Wroclaw is renowned for some little guys who pop up all around the city – the Wroclaw Gnomes. These jovial characters total around 170 and hunting them down can become a treasure hunt in itself. They crop up hiding behind lampposts, under park benches, and snugly in shop windows. They are unique to Wroclaw and make for a fun spotting expedition whether you’re six or sixty.
Wroclaw’s Top things to see:
Wroclaw is a thriving Polish city centred around the three districts of the Old Town, Ostrów Tumski and the Centennial Hall area. Known not only for its friendly gnomes, but also it’s 117 bridges, a wonderful way to explore the sites and areas of Wroclaw is by bike. You can hire a city bike from several places throughout the city.
- Market Square: Most Polish cities centre on the market square, and Wroclaw is no different. Nestled in the Old Town, the surrounding cobbled streets with canals and bridges offer a wonderful place to amble, taking in the sights, as well as relaxing in one of the many cafes. The Market Square is rich with monuments, museums, university buildings, the only surviving Jewish synagogue, and of course, gnomes.
- Ostrów Tumski: The old heart of Wroclaw is the Cathedral Island and well worth a visit.
- Centennial Hall: Over 100 years old, the Centennial Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by beautiful lush parks and gardens. In the nearby gardens you can find the Pergola multimedia fountain, best seen with the colour changing lights at night. Here too you can enjoy free films on Friday evenings in the summer months.