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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

Novotel Wroclaw Centrum
Novotel Wroclaw Centrum
4 out of 5
Powstancow Slaskich 7, Wroclaw
The price is ¥6,955 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Krzyki, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Polish Theatre in Wroclaw and Wroclaw Philharmonic. Wroclaw Opera and National Forum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (214 reviews)
"cleanliness"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Novotel Wroclaw Centrum
Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
5 out of 5
10 Purkyniego Street, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
Fully refundable
The price is ¥7,602 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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! (912 reviews)
"Perfect located hotel"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw
AC Hotel by Marriott Wroclaw
AC Hotel by Marriott Wroclaw
4 out of 5
Pl. Wolnosci 10, Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie
The price is ¥12,090 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 27
Located in Wroclaw City Center, this spa hotel is steps from Quarter of Four Denominations and National Forum of Music. Wroclaw Market Square and Wroclaw Town ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (186 reviews)
"Hotel staff was friendly and Georgian restaurant next door was delicious. It would be better if parking was more discounted. $25 a night for parking is a bit too much."

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

AC Hotel by Marriott Wroclaw
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.
Mała Italia Apartments
Mała Italia Apartments
3.5 out of 5
ul. Falzmanna 18, Wroclaw
The price is ¥3,960 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Psie Pole, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Wspolczesny Theatre, Wroclaw Market Square, and Wroclaw Zoo. Museum of Archeology and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (13 reviews)
"Friendly service, clean apartment, with a balcony and kitchenette, close to grocery stores, not far from the bus terminus, there is also an elevator in the building, I highly recommend it."

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Mała Italia Apartments
Joyinn Aparthotel
Joyinn Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
Wlodkowica 16, Wroclaw
The price is ¥7,774 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Wroclaw City Center, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of White Stork Synagogue and National Forum of Music. Wroclaw University and Raclawice ...
4.3/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
"We booked for 3 people but only got a room for 2 ans ended up on a camp bed for 4 nights"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Joyinn Aparthotel
Absynt Apartments Old Town Deluxe
Absynt Apartments Old Town Deluxe
4 out of 5
ul Krawiecka 1, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
The price is ¥5,147 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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. ...
3.9/5Good! (298 reviews)
"Conveniently located very close to Rynek (5 minutes walk) and old town. Also a shopping center is just across the street. The apartment was OK, and the staff was helpful."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

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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