Located in the south of Poland, about 4 hours from Prague, the city of Wroclaw is known to be one of the most beautiful places in the country, especially if you want to get away for a few days, for a weekend or as part of a complete trip across Poland.
In the following article, we propose you to discover our selection of the best things to see in Wroclaw. What to retrieve a lot of information in order to organize your stay at best.
How to get to Wrocław?
A city of just under 700,000 inhabitants, Wrocław is located in southern Poland. Getting there from Prague will not take you very long. You can actually take the car, bus or train and arrive at your destination within 4 to 5 hours.
From Paris, on the other hand, it is a bit more complicated. We recommend that you fly to Prague or Krakow and then take the bus or train to your destination. The trip could take a good part of the day.
What to visit in Wrocław?
In the rest of this article, we propose you to discover our selection of these 10 must-do activities, these 10 things to do and visit in Wroclaw. A comprehensive, interesting selection that will allow you to cover the whole city.
1. Visit the Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is simply exceptional. We strongly recommend you to visit the market square and the cathedral island.
For those who want to discover more, we invite you to visit Plac Solny and its flower market.
The city center is really amazing, you will find there St. Elizabeth, which is the highest church in the city. You will also find some of the best bars in Wroclaw!
Rynek, the market square of Wrocław measures 3.8 hectares, which makes it one of the largest in Europe. In its center you will find the pillory (next to the town hall) or the Zdrój fountain and the statue of the writer Aleksander Fredro.
It is one of the most popular gathering places for young people, who often meet there before going out to one of the many bars in the city.
3. Ostrów Tumski
Ostrów Tumski is one of the oldest blocks in Wrocław. There are many important monuments here, including the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Holy Cross and the Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew.
Even more impressive is the Archdiocesan Museum, which houses a book known to contain the very first sentence ever written in modern Polish. This document is included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
4. Racławicka Panorama
The Racławicka Panorama is a fresco that stands over 15 meters high and is about 114 meters long. It is a rather impressive establishment that depicts the Battle of Racławice.
Painted between 1893 and 1894, it recounts how the Poles rose up against Russia. We appreciate, moreover, the very specific lighting and the artificial ground giving you the feeling of being in the very heart of the battle!
5. The monument of an anonymous passerby
In the heart of Wrocław you will have the opportunity to admire a sculpture signed by Jerzy Kalina in 1977. The “Monument to an Anonymous Passerby” consists of 14 pieces and is located at the intersection of Piłsudskiego and Świdnicka streets in the very heart of the city center.
No one knows the true meaning of this work of art. For some, it represents the violent way in which the martial law passed in the 1980s drove people to terror, to fear.
6. The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is home to the Wrocław Historical Museum. The museum is very important and represents the history of the city through various exhibitions. One of them is the one entitled “The Millennium of Wrocław”.
As for the royal apartments, they are open to the public. A nice visit that had to be included in our list of must-see activities.
7. The University of Wrocław
As unusual as it may sound, we honestly recommend you to visit the University of Wrocław. It is a beautiful baroque-style building that will not leave you unmoved. It also consists of a former Jesuit college and a Jesuit church.
But that’s not all, far from it. The University of Wrocław is home to the University Museum of Wrocław and the Leopoldinum Hall. There is also the Oratorium Marianum concert hall. In short, this is a place that is a must-see.
8. Wrocław Cathedral
Wrocław Cathedral is a formidable building of Gothic architecture. Its construction dates back to the 13th century. You can of course visit it but also climb to the top of its towers.
The more athletic will opt for the markets while the others will be tempted by the elevator. A cathedral with 21 chapels and a magnificent fresco of the dome of death.
9. The fountains of Wrocław
Would you like to enjoy your evening in Wrocław? Apart from going to one of the best restaurants in the city, we recommend heading in the direction of Szczytnicki Park. There you will find the Wrocławska Fontana Multimedialna (Wrocław Multimedia Fountain).
300 water jets and 800 lights, enough to give you a sumptuous show. These take place every hour. In summer, special programs are also organized. Wonderful shows – geysers, mists and water jets – all enhanced with music.
10. Centennial Hall
The Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall) has been on the Unesco World Heritage List since 2006. Designed by Max Berg, it was officially opened in 1913. It is one of the most important cultural venues in Wrocław.
Conferences, concerts and temporary exhibitions are held here. In short, you will not be disappointed, especially if you are a lover of art and exchange. One of the most iconic and unmissable places in Wrocław.
Where to eat in Wrocław?
Are you looking for a typical restaurant in Wrocław? We propose, through our selection of the best restaurants in the city, to inform you about the 10 nicest establishments, in which to settle, the time of a lunch or a dinner.
Restaurants very well located and above all, suitable for all budgets.
Where to stay in Wrocław?
Are you planning a weekend or 2-3 days in the city? We suggest you discover our selection of the best hotels in Wroclaw.
Quality establishments, very well located, suitable for couples as well as for groups of friends or for people traveling alone.
In short, a selection of the best hotels in Wroclaw for a quality stay.
Visit Wrocław and discover Poland
Wrocław is one of those little-known cities that are worth staying in. Beautiful, it is always very appreciated by travelers who, in the end, consider only one thing: to come back and as soon as possible.
To go further, don’t miss our article on the best bars in Wroclaw. Something to brighten up your evenings in Poland.