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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. 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.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.