WroclawPoland

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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 Town Hall or Wroclaw Market Square 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 Town Hall and Wroclaw Market Square 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 Town Hall or Wroclaw Market Square while you're exploring the neighborhood.

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

Srodmiescie

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 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
Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
5 out of 5
10 Purkyniego Street, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
¥7,947
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Wroclaw City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Slowacki Park, Wroclaw Town Hall, and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Zoo is 1.6 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (856 reviews)

"Very nice business hotel"…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wroclaw
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wroclaw
5 out of 5
Ul. Podwale 84, Wroclaw
¥9,711
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Wroclaw City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galeria Dominikanska and Wroclaw Town Hall. Wroclaw Market Square and Wroclaw ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (278 reviews)

"Great modern hotel with all the amenities you need Central location great rooms and lovely relaxing bar restaurant"…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wroclaw
PURO Wrocław Stare Miasto
PURO Wrocław Stare Miasto
3 out of 5
Ul. Wlodkowica 6, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
¥5,743
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (617 reviews)

"Lovely new hotel and in a great central position. Really modern and has English channels and sports on you’re tv."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

PURO Wrocław Stare Miasto

Popular things to do in Wroclaw

Wroclaw Market Square
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Wroclaw Market Square

5/5(60 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.

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.

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.

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.

Wroclaw Cathedral
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Wroclaw Cathedral

4.5/5(53 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Wroclaw

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

100% of travellers recommend
¥14,287
Per adult
Krakow and Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour from Wroclaw
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Krakow and Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour from Wroclaw

¥23,812
Per adult
Wroclaw in one day City Tour by Electric Car
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Wroclaw in one day City Tour by Electric Car

100% of travellers recommend
¥2,191
Per adult
Breslau Rundfahrt mit Guide - historische Strassenbahn, 2 h Gruppe 1-15 Personen
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Breslau Rundfahrt mit Guide - historische Strassenbahn, 2 h Gruppe 1-15 Personen

¥1,678
Per adult
Forge your skills with professional blacksmith
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Forge your skills with professional blacksmith

¥36,008
Per adult
Breslau Rundfahrt mit professionellem Guide - E-Auto, 2 h, Gruppe 1-12 Personen
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Breslau Rundfahrt mit professionellem Guide - E-Auto, 2 h, Gruppe 1-12 Personen

¥1,601
Per adult

Reviews of Wroclaw

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 71.68141592920354%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 24.778761061946902%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.6548672566371683%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.8849557522123894%
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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