Steeped in rich and turbulent history, Wroclaw is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. If you’re planning on a trip to the charming city, check out these fabulous things to do in Wroclaw.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN WROCLAW
Wander around Rynek
Rynek is a medieval market square in Wroclaw dating back to the 13th century. A 3-month siege took place which lasted until the end of WWII. After significant damage in the war, the square was restored so the colorful buildings are merely replicas of its former beauty. The buildings around the square were built in different styles, ranging from Art Nouveau to Gothic. The Old Town Hall only suffered minor damage, the clock was refurbished and is now open to visitors as the Museum of Bourgeois Art.
Visit Cathedral Island
Ostrów Tumski is the oldest part of Wroclaw dates back to the 11th century. A wealth of Gothic and Baroque architecture can be seen including the Cathedral of John the Baptist, Church of the Holy Cross, St. Giles, and St. Martin Churches, and many more.
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Explore the 100 bridges of Wroclaw
Referred to as the Venice of Poland or the City of 100 Bridges, the river Odra flows around 12 islands upon which Wroclaw is built. Explore the waterways from a different perspective by taking a river cruise, or kayaks for the more adventurous.
The Rędzin Bridge is the most impressive as it is the longest and highest bridge in Poland. The Grunwald Bridge, originally named Imperial Bridge, was constructed between 1908 and 1910 and then reconstructed in 1947 after being damaged in WWII. Tumski Bridge is the Love Lock Bridge that connects Cathedral Island to the mainland of Wroclaw.
Find your zen in the Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden at Szczytnicki Park was created in 1913 for the World Exhibition and has since been reconstructed to include beautiful pagodas, Japanese plants, decorative bridges, tea pavilion, and, of course, the carp in large ponds. All-in-all, this is a perfect place to relax in Wroclaw.
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Find the infamous dwarves
Dwarves were a symbol of the Orange Alternative, an underground Polish protest movement that was fighting with the communist system in the 1980s. Sculptor Tomasz Moczek started the craze of creating small figurines on the streets of Wrocław in August 2005. Now many Polish artists have joined in and you will see dwarves popping up all over the city. There is thought to be around 500 dwarves in Wroclaw, how many can you count?
Watch the Wrocław Multimedia Fountain by Centennial Hall
Located in the Szczytnicki Park, the Centennial Hall was constructed in 1911–1913 and opened on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig. Designed by Max Berg, the Centennial Hall became listed as a UNESCO site in 2006 showing its historical significance to the city of Wroclaw. It is considered a well-sought after venue for large events, conferences, and exhibitions.
Situated in front of the Centennial Hall, Wrocław Multimedia Fountain will not fail to impress. The largest fountain in Poland has 800 lights, 300 water jets, and 3 fire jets in the basin which perform to music in an extravagant performance.
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