A vacation in Poland would not be complete without a visit to Wroclaw, a city with a rich history, stunning architecture and a few whimsical surprises. One of the largest cities in Poland, Wroclaw has stood proudly for centuries, including an incredible recovery after the destruction of World War II. Wroclaw also has the incredible distinction of being nominated as the 2016 European Capital of Culture by the European Union. But you won't have to wait for 2016 to enjoy the beauty of this amazing city. I've shared just a sample of the wonders that abound in this charming place, and like all cities, they begin at its heart, the Market Square.
Wroclaw's Market Square (Rynek)
Founded nearly 800 years ago, Wroclaw's Market Square (called Rynek in Poland) is a bustling medieval market that is surrounded by colorful architecture, fine restaurants, and a staggering
amount of rich Polish history. Market Square is one of the largest markets in all of Europe, offering residents and visitors a variety of shops, bars, and dining.
On any given day, you'll find street performers, live music, and art fairs. Visit the impressive Town Hall, or the gorgeous Wroclaw Fountain. In the evening, the square comes alive with a sparkling nightlife and lively clubs. If you venture out in the winter, you'll find an ice rink, where you can take your skates for a whirl beneath Wroclaw's pastel buildings.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Like the city in which it stands, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Wroclaw has remained strong through wars, destruction, and rebuilding to become a must-see landmark on your visit. Located in the Ostrow Tumski district or Cathedral Island district, this fully-operational church is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Wroclaw. Tours are available during non-worship hours. Visitors can take an elevator up to the observation deck, which will afford you breathtaking views of the city.
One of the best parts of visiting a different city or country is discovering it's unique quirks—and Wroclaw's dwarfs are no exception. The city placed its first dwarf in 2001 as a tribute. Over time, however, the population has mysteriously grown. Today, scattered throughout the city, more than 300 dwarf statues can be found if you look in the right spots — and you can even get a map for the purpose! Whether you want to dedicate an entire day to the hunt, or sprinkle a bit of whimsy into your other activities by searching as you go, Wroclaw's dwarfs are a special treat that makes any visit just a little more magical.
A vacation in Poland offers visitors a wealth of history and beauty, and the city of Wroclaw is certainly no exception. We'd love to share more of this amazing city with you! Contact us today for more details on how you can explore these exciting wonders.