Escape to Wroclaw! Enjoy its history, cafés, and architecture.

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.

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Where to stay in Wroclaw

Wroclaw City Center
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Wroclaw City Center

Monuments, Theaters, Culture

Wroclaw City Center is known for its charming coffeehouses, and you can make a stop by Rynek and Raclawice Panorama while in the area.

Wroclaw Old Town
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Wroclaw Old Town

Monuments, Historical Buildings, Culture

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

Stare Miasto
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Stare Miasto

Theaters, Monuments, Museums

Museums, art galleries, and historic sites highlight some of the noteworthy features of Stare Miasto. Make a stop by Rynek or Raclawice Panorama while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Srodmiescie
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Srodmiescie

Monuments, Islands, Rivers

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

Top Hotels in Wroclaw

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
5 out of 5
10 Purkyniego Street, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
¥8,928/night
Oct 18 - Oct 19
4.4/5Wonderful! (794 reviews)

Located in Wroclaw City Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Slowacki Park and Raclawice Panorama. Wroclaw University and Wroclaw Cathedral are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (794 reviews)

"Not far from market square, and river. Spacious bedroom and bathroom. Quick check in and check out. Only negative was hotel would of charged us 80zl to arrange taxi from airport but we ended up getting an Uber and only cost 26zl"…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
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Korona Hotel Wroclaw Market Square
3 out of 5
2 Olawska, Wroclaw, Województwo dolnoslaskie
¥6,435/night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

Located in Wroclaw City Center, this hotel is steps from St. Mary Magdalene Church and Wroclaw Town Hall. Rynek and Wroclaw Market Square are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

"Great location, clean and friendly staff. Wifi in rooms could be better"…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Korona Hotel Wroclaw Market Square
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wroclaw
5 out of 5
Ul. Podwale 84, Wroclaw
¥9,520/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.5/5Wonderful! (241 reviews)

Located in Wroclaw City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galeria Dominikanska and Raclawice Panorama. Rynek and Wroclaw University are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (241 reviews)

"Quiet, spacious room, nice location for walking the city."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wroclaw

Popular things to do in Wroclaw

Wroclaw University
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Wroclaw University

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

Wroclaw Cathedral
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Wroclaw Cathedral

One of Wroclaw’s most iconic landmarks is a beautiful Gothic structure, and Poland's first brick building, that defines the skyline of Cathedral Island.

Wroclaw Zoo
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Wroclaw Zoo

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

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

Raclawice Panorama
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Raclawice Panorama

This enormous painting of a battle scene is one of Wroclaw's top tourist attractions and an important source of national pride.

Wroclaw Market Square
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Wroclaw Market Square

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

Top activities in Wroclaw

Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Wroclaw
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Wroclaw

¥14,141

Unique and very important place for every human being, despite a race, nationality or religion. A must see point to understand postwar Europe. Auschwitz concentration camp was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers.

Krakow and Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour from Wroclaw
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Krakow and Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour from Wroclaw

¥23,568

Cracow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. It’s traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life. It is a historical capital of Poland.

From Wroclaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Guided Tour
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From Wroclaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Guided Tour

¥9,486

Explore the history of the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps and learn about the history and gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps on a full-day tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau from Wroclaw.

Wroclaw Follow the Gnome Trail Private Tour
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Wroclaw Follow the Gnome Trail Private Tour

¥5,279

Get to know each and every gnome that’s located on the streets of Wroclaw! Follow the Wroclaw gnome trail with a local and knowledgeable guide on this one-of-a-kind Wroclaw walking tour.

Wroclaw in one day City Tour by Electric Car
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Wroclaw in one day City Tour by Electric Car

¥2,168

Discover the city of Wroclaw in a day by us at the designated meeting point! Your professional, English-speaking driver/guides will take you on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric car.

Wroclaw Follow the Gnome Trail Small Group
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Wroclaw Follow the Gnome Trail Small Group

¥7,542

Get to know each and every gnome that’s located on the streets of Wroclaw! Follow the Wroclaw gnome trail with a local and knowledgeable guide on this one-of-a-kind Wroclaw walking tour.