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Is This the Prettiest Polish Town? Why You Should Visit Wrocław

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Less Touristy
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While the cities of Kraków and Warsaw are the biggest tourist destinations of Poland, there is another city that should be on your radar: Wrocław (pronounced vrots-wahf). Despite the fact that Wrocław is the largest city in western Poland, its unique charm, magnificent architecture and vibrant colours make it one of Poland’s prettiest destinations.

Why You Should Visit Wrocław:

Wroclaw Market Square

Its market square is one of the most beautiful in all of Europe

The heart of Wrocław is its medieval market square (Rynek), which is one of the largest in Poland and arguably one of the most picturesque in all of Europe. It was almost totally rebuilt after 1945, but is just as beautiful as ever. Lined with colourful townhouses and restaurants, you will find it hard to put your camera away!

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Colourful

It’s colourful

Many of the buildings in Wrocław’s picturesque old town are painted with bright colours that reflect the city’s youthful and creative vibe. As one of the most colourful cities in the world, Wroclaw’s colours bring the city to life, even on the gloomiest winter days.

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Old Town

The Old Town

Wrocław’s Old Town is a winding maze of cobblestoned lanes, church spires and vibrantly coloured buildings. This is the district where you’ll find most of the city’s historical monuments and medieval architecture. If you can, this is the neighbourhood you should consider staying in.

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Cathedral Island

Ostrow Tumski

Ostrow Tumski translates to ‘Cathedral Island’. That’s right, Wrocław has its own island dedicated to religious worship. It’s an easy walk from the Old Town and is home to the most significant Cathedral in the city and one of its most enduring icons: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. If you take a walk down there at dusk, you might be lucky enough to see the lamps being lit by hand, a truly magical experience.

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Hidden Lanes

Get lost in its hidden lanes

Little lanes snake their way all over Wrocław and getting lost in them is one of the greatest pleasures while exploring the city!

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, University

It’s a cultural and intellectual hub

Wrocław is one of the leading academic centres of Poland and is home to a number of universities, the biggest of which is the 300-year-old University of Wroclaw. Students flock to Wrocław not only because of the excellent standard of education it offers, but also because of its vibrant, cultured way of life. Make a plan to stroll around some of the magnificent university buildings and admire the grandeur.

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Food

The hearty, delicious food

Polish food is some of the best in Eastern Europe and a visit to Wrocław will leave you anything but hungry! Be sure to try the famous Polish pierogi (dumplings traditionally stuffed with sauerkraut, potato, ground meat, cheese or fruit) and the bigos (a very traditional hunter’s stew made with sauerkraut and chunks of meat and sausages).

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Gnomes

It’s inhabited by gnomes

Wrocław’s beautiful, colourful architecture isn’t the only reason the city holds some magic. The city isn’t just inhabited by humans, you see. There is also a thriving gnome population! Over 300 gnomes are scattered throughout the city, with more appearing all the time. There’s an interesting history behind the gnome settlement in Wrocław. Back when the city was controlled by the USSR, gnomes slowly began appearing as a sort of subversive calling card of the underground Orange Alternative movement who began to protest against the oppressive conditions with silliness and fun. The gnomes have become a symbol of freedom in Wrocław ever since. Gnome hunting makes for a fun, unique afternoon. They are hidden all over the city. See how many you can spot!

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Less Touristy

It’s less touristy than Poland’s other big cities

Even though Wrocław is western Poland’s largest city, it doesn’t feature on a lot of travellers’ itineraries, who seem to prefer a visit to Warsaw or Kraków instead. It has consequently retained much of its local charm and hospitality. Fewer tourists also mean better travel snaps!

Why You Should Visit Wroclaw, Architecture

The architecture

Although Wrocław was heavily damaged during WWII, it has been beautifully restored and boasts some of the most beautiful medieval architecture in Poland. In particular, the former residences lining the market square are some of the most charming in Poland. Don’t miss a visit to the impressive Gothic-Renaissance Wrcoław Town Hall in the market square.

 Have you been to Wrocław? What are your favourite things about this city?

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  • lovelyforliving@yahoo.de'
    Yvonne
    July 12, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I never thought about going on a holiday to Poland – thanks so much for sharing pictures of this beautiful place!
    Happy travels xx
    Yvonne

  • marta.dyner@gmail.com'
    Marta
    July 12, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    great read- but Wroclaw has never been controlled by the USSR- please correct the history facts

  • rachmotormouth@hotmail.co.uk'
    rachel
    July 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve never seen anywhere so colourful, it’s gorgeous! Definitely one to add to the list!
    Rachel x

  • talia.davis@taliastravels.com'
    Talia
    July 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Gorgeous! Wroclaw was always tentatively on my bucket list, but now it’s firmly set there! I’ll definitely be visiting soon 🙂

  • karmapoliice@gmail.com'
    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    July 12, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    This looks so beautiful! Poland is one of the last countries in Europe I’ve yet to visit which I really need to amend ASAP. Your photos are stunning!

    Tessa

  • bethstumbles@gmail.com'
    Beth Kempster
    July 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I was there for a month last year, and I have to agree, its one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This post gave me some serious nostalgia!
    Theres also Poland’s largest Zoo there too, a must-visit for anyone who enjoys wildlife 🙂

  • mariesu92@gmail.com'
    Marie
    July 12, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Such beautiful colours! Poland is high up on my Europe list, it looks so pretty!

  • suitcaseandsandals@outlook.com'
    Hannah Walter
    July 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I’m really hoping to visit Wroclaw when I finally get the chance to visit Poland. It looks stunning!! The gnomes are so cute, and I love the idea that they symbolised freedom, especially knowing how tough the USSR soldiers were!
    XX

  • escapingessex@outlook.com'
    Escaping Essex
    July 12, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Wroclaw looks absolutely beautiful, I’m taking my first trip to Poland next year, hopefully I’ll be able to visit!

  • antonymccarron@gmail.com'
    Tony
    July 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Would love to visit one day.

  • fotobymada@gmail.com'
    MadaTravels-Blog
    July 12, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I spend there some time, while I was studying 🙂
    Great place, with amazing multicultural history and a lot of fun!

  • michellereimann@gmail.com'
    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    July 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Another destination to add to my bucket list 🙂 Thanks Rachel!

  • tommnmiller@gmail.com'
    Tom Miller
    July 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Beautiful images, quite interesting post. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • vonnydu@hotmail.co.id'
    vonny
    July 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    It looks like every corner is soooo pretty <3

  • holly-cooper@mail.com'
    Holly
    July 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    As always Brooke, a perfect and informative post. Thank you so much for inspiring me every day!

  • magdalena.u.pieniazek@gmail.com'
    Magda
    July 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now but have never dreamt of seeing my city on the blog!!! You’ve made my day. So good to see it through your Australian eyes, especially now that I’m Down Under exploring Melbourne and the rest of the country. Hope you’ve had a nice time in my neighborhood. Can give some tips if you’re planning to return:) Thanks again for bringing my city into the spotlight! I miss you Wrocław!!

  • arnewell@gwu.edu'
    Allison
    July 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Wow, this is incredible! I’ve been dying to go to Poland but have always dismissed Wroclaw in favor of Krakow! Now I know better 🙂

  • marcello.marchioli@gmail.com'
    Marcello
    July 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Wroclaw is an amazing city. I spent two nights here last July and loved it. The old town is beautiful and the beer is strong! The food is wholesome and leaves you feeling very content. The views from St Elizabeth Church Bell Tower are to die for. Also many beautiful parks to wander through and relax in.

  • tiffany@leftbanked.com'
    Tiffany
    July 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    So beautiful! I love the colourful buildings. I definitely want to visit someday!

  • msskay11@gmail.com'
    yasmin
    July 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    beautiful

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