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WroclawPoland

Tour this city on the water in southwest Poland to see fascinating islands, bridges, statues and green spaces.

Wroclaw, known as the “Venice of Poland,” is spread across numerous islands on the Odra River that are connected by dozens of bridges. One of Poland’s prettiest cities, Wroclaw is admired for its medieval architecture, scenic views, green spaces and…gnomes.

Start your visit in the old town’s main square. After World War II, the area was a pile of rubble, but the historic buildings have been restored to colorful Baroque and Renaissance grandeur. Admire the 14th-century town hall housing the Museum of Bourgeois Art. Explore St. Elizabeth's Church, a Gothic building with a 300-foot (91-meter) tower and climb to its observation deck near the top.

For loftier views, take the elevator to the platform of the Sky Tower. At 696 feet (212 meters), this is one of the tallest buildings in Poland, and Wroclaw’s only skyscraper.

One of Wroclaw’s most visited attractions is the Panorama Raclawicka, a large cycloramic painting. The 374-foot-long (114-meter) canvas wraps around a specially built rotunda and depicts an important 18th-century battle.

Look for dozens of diminutive bronze statuettes of gnomes throughout Wroclaw. They commemorate the Orange Alternative, an underground movement that conducted peaceful protests against the Communist regime in the 1980s, painting images of gnomes on walls to mock authorities.

Amble along the city’s canals and cross a bridge to Cathedral Island, where most of Wroclaw’s important religious buildings are located. They include the 13th-century Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. While enjoying Wroclaw’s green spaces, delight in the flowers and waterfalls of the island’s Botanical Gardens.

Stroll through the large urban Szczytnicki Park east of the city center to see its Japanese garden. Nearby is Wroclaw Zoo and a multimedia fountain with water, music and light shows between May and October.

Wroclaw’s city center is easily navigable on foot, but there are also efficient bus and tram networks. The nearest international airport is Nicolaus Copernicus Airport, less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from central Wroclaw. Come to enjoy history, nature views and architecture.

Where to stay in Wroclaw

Wroclaw Town Hall which includes night scenes and a square or plaza

Wroclaw Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(51 area reviews)

Historic sites, art galleries, and museums are just a few things travelers enjoy about Wroclaw Old Town. Check out Wroclaw Market Square or Wroclaw Town Hall while you're exploring the area.

Wroclaw Old Town
Wroclaw Town Hall which includes a square or plaza and street scenes

Wroclaw City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

Wroclaw City Center is known for its cozy coffeehouses, and you can plan a trip to Wroclaw Market Square and Wroclaw SPA Center while you're in town.

Wroclaw City Center
Wroclaw

Stare Miasto

4.5/5Wonderful!(47 area reviews)

Museums, art galleries, and historic sites highlight some of the noteworthy features of Stare Miasto. Make a stop by Wroclaw Market Square or Wroclaw Town Hall while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Stare Miasto
Wroclaw Cathedral showing a church or cathedral and heritage elements

Srodmiescie

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Unique features of Srodmiescie include the river views and gardens. Make a stop by Wroclaw Zoo or Wroclaw Cathedral while you're exploring the area.

Srodmiescie

Top Hotels in Wroclaw

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Monopol Hotel
The Monopol Hotel
5 out of 5
Ul. H. Modrzejewskiej 2, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
The price is ¥11,780 per night

Located in Wroclaw Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quarter of Four Denominations and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Zoo is 2.3 mi (3.7 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (334 reviews)
Fantastic hotel

"A fantastic hotel. Very comfortable bed, good breakfast. Nice spa facilities and wonderful helpful staff. Good location to city centre also."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

The Monopol Hotel
Hotel HP Park Plaza Wroclaw
Hotel HP Park Plaza Wroclaw
4 out of 5
ul. Boleslawa Drobnera 11/13, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
The price is ¥6,018 per night

Located in Srodmiescie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ossolineum and Wroclaw University. Raclawice Panorama is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away. Wrocław Central ...

4.3/5Excellent! (307 reviews)

"The stay was fine and the location a little bit outside of the very centre but extremely close to the river wonderful. The breakfasts were tasty and the choice was good. Unfortunately, even though I had the impression that we had paid for four guests, we got a room which barely fitted three. There ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Hotel HP Park Plaza Wroclaw
Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
5 out of 5
10 Purkyniego Street, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
The price is ¥9,460 per night

Located in Wroclaw City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Slowacki Park and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Zoo is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (877 reviews)
Short stay

"Excellent hotel, polite and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw

Popular places to visit in Wroclaw

Wroclaw Market Square
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Wroclaw Market Square

5/5(61 reviews)

In the heart of Wroclaw, this lively plaza overflows with restaurants, shops, museums and history. Appreciate stunning architecture and mingle with local residents.

Wroclaw Zoo
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Wroclaw Zoo

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Travel all over the world in one day at this modern and popular attraction featuring thousands of species from every corner of the world.

Centennial Hall
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Centennial Hall

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Visit Wrocław’s only UNESCO site and discover the interesting story of its construction and modernist architecture through an exhibit with interactive displays.

Wroclaw University
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Wroclaw University

4.5/5(39 reviews)

A historic academic institution where several Nobel prize winners have studied, this university is best known for its stunning Baroque ceremony hall.

Wroclaw Town Hall
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Wroclaw Town Hall

4.5/5(53 reviews)

The centerpiece of Market Square, this stunning Gothic building is an important part of the city’s cultural heritage, housing an art museum and historic beer cellar.

Quarter of Four Denominations
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Quarter of Four Denominations

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Find out about the history of Wroclaw with a stop at Quarter of Four Denominations. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Wroclaw

Wroclaw Old Town walking tour with private guide (3h)
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Wroclaw Old Town walking tour with private guide (3h)

¥16,631
Per adult
Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Wroclaw
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Wroclaw

¥14,783
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lower Silesia Tour From Wroclaw
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Lower Silesia Tour From Wroclaw

¥14,783
Per adult
Wroclaw in one day City Tour by Electric Car
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Wroclaw in one day City Tour by Electric Car

¥2,267
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Wroclaw: Discover Old Town Small Group Tour
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Wroclaw: Discover Old Town Small Group Tour

¥7,392
Per adult
Wroclaw Private Traditional Polish Food Tour
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Wroclaw Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

¥20,312
Per adult

Reviews of Wroclaw

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 71.68141592920354%
4 - Good
28
4 - Good 24.778761061946902%
3 - Okay
3
3 - Okay 2.6548672566371683%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.8849557522123894%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

FPB

Jan 21, 2020

Our visit to Wroclaw was a fun weekend break. Staying so close to the Market Square allowed easy access to plenty of food and shopping options.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

For travelers it is a must-see city. The penetration of Polish and German culture is very well visible.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2019

Heavy traffic

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

Wroclaw is a city more people should put on their list to visit. A Market Square as spectacular as Krakow’s, but on a slightly more human scale.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

Beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

Janusz

Oct 15, 2019

Nice and friendly city

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