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Wroclaw
Travel Guide

Wroclaw featuring a city and a river or creek

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

The Bridge Wroclaw - MGallery
The Bridge Wroclaw - MGallery
5 out of 5
Plac Katedralny 8, Wroclaw
The price is ¥9,212 per night from May 8 to May 9

Located in Srodmiescie, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wroclaw Cathedral and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Zoo is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Wrocław ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)

"We were originally booked in to revisit the Sofitel in Wroclaw, however it was not opening until the start of August and they recommended this property, which I am glad they did. Although situated a ten minute stroll from the main square, Rynek, it is a nice walk to take. The hotel has a nice beer/champagne ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

The Bridge Wroclaw - MGallery
DB Hotel Wrocław
DB Hotel Wrocław
4 out of 5
Strzegomska 3, Wroclaw
The price is ¥6,120 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in Stare Miasto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quarter of Four Denominations and Wroclaw Market Square. White Stork Synagogue and National Forum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Great litlle break

"During current situation we were worried about cleanliness and food quality. However, hotel was very clean, staff very friendly and very food food buffet. Brand new hotel. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

DB Hotel Wrocław
Hotel ZOO
Hotel ZOO
3.5 out of 5
ul. Wroblewskiego 7, Wroclaw
The price is ¥6,764 per night from May 9 to May 10

Located in Srodmiescie, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centennial Hall and Wroclaw Zoo. Wroclaw Market Square is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (63 reviews)
Great !

"Quiet, new perfect hotel ☺️"…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

Hotel ZOO
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
AVESA Apartments in Sky Tower
AVESA Apartments in Sky Tower
4.5 out of 5
Gwiazdzista 64, Wroclaw
The price is ¥16,620 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Krzyki, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Polish Theatre in Wroclaw and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Philharmonic and Wroclaw Aquapark ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)

"The view of Wroclaw at night was very good. The apartment is good. Although it could use some fresh paint. The reception to this hotel is on the outside of the complex. Street parking is none exiting. You need to park under ground, then go to the reception. What is confusing is that there are 3 businesses ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2018

AVESA Apartments in Sky Tower
Loft House Premium Apartments
Loft House Premium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
ul. Walonska 19, Wroclaw
The price is ¥11,178 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

Located in Krzyki, this spa apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hydropolis and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Zoo is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Wrocław Central ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"I was satisfied. Everything was fine.The appartment was very comfortable and cosy. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Loft House Premium Apartments
Absynt Apartments Old Town Deluxe
Absynt Apartments Old Town Deluxe
4 out of 5
ul Krawiecka 1, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
The price is ¥4,926 per night from May 9 to May 10

Located in Wroclaw City Center, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galeria Dominikanska and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Zoo is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (295 reviews)
Lovely but too bright in room

"The appartment had everything I needed but the rooms are so bright and the property needs to invest in blackout curtains for the windows .... I know this sounds petty but the first night I couldn’t sleep with the amount of light coming in The location is perfect"…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Absynt Apartments Old Town Deluxe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Wroclaw

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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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