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Wroclaw, a colourful city in Poland.

Wroclaw (pronounced ‘Vrotswarv’ – I think!) was crowned as European Capital of Culture for 2016 and is one of Poland’s most colourful cities. Although Wroclaw was destroyed in large part during the war, it has been restored to become a charming little city.

Wroclaw

Old Town

The best way to explore Wroclaw is to wander through it’s historic cobbled streets, discovering unique places the city has to offer. The Market Square known as Rynek is surrounded by colourful, picturesque town houses and has many cozy bars and restaurants.

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The Old Town Hall 

The Old Town Hall of Wroclaw is a key landmark of the city. Situated in the centre of the Market Square, the 13th century Gothic town hall is also home to a restaurant. The restaurant is located in the caverns underneath the town hall and offers a menu featuring traditional Polish food. It has a wonderful atmosphere, with live music being played and is well worth a visit to dine in a place boasting over 700 years of history.

The Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace was originally home of the Prussian monarchy, it is now where the city museum is housed. It’s so interesting to be able to get an insight into how such a regal building would have looked in the past.
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Ostrow Tumski

Ostrow Tumski, which means Cathedral Island is where the city of Wroclaw began. It was formerly an island in the Oder River and is home to Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, famous for it’s incredible stained glass windows. This is a very peaceful area of the city and totally worth dedicating an afternoon to explore.

Dwarf hunting

In Wroclaw there are over 300 dwarf statues, they are dotted around the city. You could spend hours trying to find them all!

Where to stay

I would recommend staying in Wroclaw’s old town. This is the most central and pretty area of the city, within easy walking distance of all of the attractions.

We stayed at Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town, a 5 star hotel situated only a couple of minutes walk to the Market Square. The hotel is quite strange in that, it seems to share the building with other businesses, visible in the large atrium entrance. However, this doesn’t diminish the understated luxury of the hotel’s lobby and bar.

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Our room was tastefully decorated with a modern twist and a pop of bright colour. We were offered incredible views of the historic buildings on the street, with a ceiling to floor window.

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And I have to say, the bed was literally one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in!

Have you ever visited Wroclaw? Let me know if you have any other recommendations.

xo Gemma

 

I'm Gemma, a travel blogger who is in love with exploring new places. Follow me for tips on how to achieve affordable luxury, travel inspiration and photographs from around the world.

34 Comments

    1. Hi Jenni,

      Yes, you should absolutely go! We went in December, so only a couple of weeks ago. When are you thinking of heading there?
      It was quite cold, but that’s the perfect excuse to dip into a cozy little cafe. It’s also worth noting that it’s super affordable when you are there.

  1. This city definitely tops my list for travel destinations this year! I’ve long been yearning for a trip to Poland, but somehow things always happen that prevent me from a proper travel plan there. Thanks for reminding me of this great destination for 2017!

  2. Wow, this sure makes me miss travelling (harder to do with a little one in tow). But I wasn’t expecting Poland to be this beautiful! It reminds me so much of Netherlands and Belgium, where I lived and travelled extensively. Absolutely gorgeous. Will be adding this to my list. 🙂

  3. I have been hearing so much about Poland lately that I have just added it to my travel list. However, I’ve never heard of Wroclaw. It looks like an absolutely charming little town to explore. I love the little dwarfs!

  4. This is so cool! I’m Polish and haven’t yet been to Poland. I feel like I could learn a lot about myself just from reading this post. What a lovely place! I also love the idea of your travel blog because I get to experience culture and flavor without having to get off the couch! Thanks to you!

  5. I have been to Poland and also heard a lot about places there that I haven;t visit but this one is new for me. Love the hotel you chose. I love staying in places like these where I can feel comfortable.

  6. I would have had no idea just from looking at these pictures that this was Poland. Such pretty buildings, and the colours! I have always wanted to visit Poland and this has made me want to go even more!

  7. Such beautiful photos. It always amazes me how European cities bounced back, rebuilt and moved on since the war. It’s hard to believe that they were destroyed,

  8. I have never been to Poland but the pictures are fantastic! The dwarves for the tourists to find is a nice touch, similar to looking for the name of your favorite celebrities at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Was the 5-star hotel expensive?

    1. Hi Del,

      Poland is an amazing country, hopefully I’ve inspired you to go there 🙂 No, it was not expensive – I think it was around £200 for 3 nights. Although, I must admit it seemed more of a 4* hotel to me, still lovely though.

  9. I had not heard of Wroclaw, but it is such a beautiful town! I can see why it was named the European Capital of Culture. And the dwarf statures are so unique and adorable! I would have fun finding the different statues around the city.

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