20 Best Things To Do And See In Wroclaw Poland

Wroclaw, Poland buildings in old town

Wroclaw is one of Poland’s top destinations. It is a picturesque and vibrant city, filled with cultural and historical treasures, stunning architecture, and plenty of fun activities. Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, a foodie, or an outdoor enthusiast, Wroclaw has something to offer. Here are some of the best things to do in Wroclaw, Poland.

Where is Wroclaw, Poland?

Wroclaw is a city located in the Southwestern part of the country (fairly close to Czech Republic) and it is the capital of the Lower Silesia region. The closest big cities are Poznan, Czestochowa and Lodz. 

Best time to visit Wroclaw, Poland?

Considering the cost of travel, peak season and climate March to May would be the best time to visit the city. Make sure to pack some warm clothes since these months can still be cold and bring some rain. 

After hot and crowded Summer the best time to visit Wroclaw, Poland is early Fall. The days are shorter and colder but there are less tourists and the colors of the season make the city scenery magical.

If you have a chance, visit Wroclaw during December for the unforgettable Christmas experience. The market in the Main Square, full of twinkling lights and spice aromas, will put you in the best festive mood. 

Sunset over Wroclaw Poland

How many days to spend in Wroclaw, Poland?

Luckily all the main city attractions are located within walking distance (if you like to walk) so you don’t need much time to see most of them. Although, what you want to do and see greatly affects how many days you need to spend in Wroclaw. 

Provided that the weather cooperates, you will be able to experience most of the main attractions in one day. However, if you want to properly immerse yourself into the city vibe three or four full days should be ideal. 

Where to stay in Wroclaw? 

Unarguably the Market Square is the best location to stay during your trip to Wroclaw, Poland. It is the most happening place in the city and many of the main attractions are located nearby. Discover all hotels in Wroclaw here. 

We stayed in a modern newly renovated Wyndham Hotel right next to the main market. The room was spacious and breakfast buffet was tasty with many options to choose from. We loved the location as plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes were just around the corner. 

Other hotels worth checking out:

Korona Hotel Wroclaw Market Square – an accommodation with modern design in the heart of the city

Puro Wroclaw Stare Miasto – elegantly designed 4-star hotel located less than 10 minutes walking distance from the main square

Where to eat in Wroclaw?

Here is a list of places that we personally tried and can truly recommend. You can also check out an additional blog post including more information about each place, dishes and photos here.

  • Ato Ramen
  • Bez Lukru (vegan paradise)
  • Bulka z maslem (great place for breakfast)
  • Umami 
  • Blossome (instaworthy cafe on the main square with amazing coffee and matcha)
  • Vinyl
  • Mercado Tapas 

What to do and see in Wroclaw, Poland?

Market Square 

The Market Square in Wroclaw is the heart of the city and one of the largest squares in Europe. It is surrounded by beautiful historical buildings, cafes, and restaurants.

Visitors can enjoy live music, street performances, and seasonal markets. The square is also home to the Gothic-style Old Town Hall, which houses a museum and the oldest medieval basement restaurant in Europe. 

Wroclaw Town Hall

The Wroclaw Town Hall, located in the Market Square, is a beautiful Gothic-style building and one of the main landmarks in the city. It took 250 years to build it starting in the 13th century. Today, it holds civil and cultural events and houses a museum with exhibits of the history of Wroclaw. A spacious basement restaurant, Piwnica Swidnicka, can also be found there.

Plac Solny 

Plac Solny, also known as Salt Square, is a charming square located in the heart of the city. It was once the center of the salt trade in Wroclaw and is now a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Visitors can browse through the many flower stalls, souvenir shops, and cafes that surround the square. It is especially beautiful in the spring and summer when the flowers are in full bloom. The square also features a beautiful fountain that was built in 1997. 

Plac Solny Wroclaw

Cathedral of St. Mary 

The Cathedral of St. Mary, established in the 13th century, is one of the most impressive Gothic-style cathedrals in Poland. It is located close to the central market square. Visitors can admire the beautiful stained-glass windows, intricate sculptures, and ornate altars. 

The two towers are connected by the famous bridge called Witches’ Bridge. It is said that the bridge was used to identify witches in medieval times. If the witch fell to her death while crossing the bridge she was liberated. If a witch made it to the end without falling then the devil must have helped her. That resulted in the witch being burned at the stake. 

The bridge holds also another name: The Bridge of Penitence. A legend associated with this names tells a story about a beautiful but lazy girl, Tekla. She used to seduce men but never got married, She also avoided any housekeeping. As a punishment her father cursed her and she was sent to sweep the bridge for the rest of her life. After many years, a young witch named Martyna joined her to help with work. One day while Tekla was sleeping Martyna flew down on a broom to the market square where she was granted one wish after helping a wizard in need. She wished to free Tekla from her fate. Since that time the bridge became a place for mothers to take their disobedient daughters in order to scare them. 

You can climb the stairs to the bridge to admire beautiful panoramic views of the Wroclaw’s Old Town (ticket costs 12 PLN per adult).

Psie Budy Street 

Psie Budy Street is a narrow street located in the heart of the city. It is known for its colorful charming buildings lined up in a row. Great location to rent a room for your stay (200m from the main square market) and amazing opportunity for moody photography. 

Museum of the University of Wroclaw 

The Museum of the University of Wroclaw is located on the Odra riverbank in the University’s main building and it is designed by Christoph Tausch in Baroque style. The architectural structure, splendid decor and paintings make the museum the most valuable Baroque monument in Poland as well as Central and Eastern Europe. 

The museum consists of the following historical halls:  

Aula Leopoldinum – the biggest and the most representative room of the main building. It is the only fully equipped late Baroque place in Poland. 

Oratorium Marianum – built in the years 1728 -1741 as a convent chapel with Baroque decor and furnishing. Today the interior serves as a Music Hall. 

Mathematical Tower – with a viewing terrace at 42 meters is the former  Astronomical Observatory designed in 1791. 

And three exhibition rooms: Roman Longchamps de Berier Hall, Stean Banach Hall and Pillar Hall. 

Ossolineum Institute

The Ossolineum Institute is a research library and museum that was founded in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1817. Today, it is located in Wroclaw and boasts a collection of over 2 million volumes of books, manuscripts, and other historical documents. The library’s impressive collections cover a wide range of subjects including history, art, literature, music, philosophy, and much more. The institute is also home to several museums, including the Museum of the Ossolineum, which houses a fascinating collection of historical artifacts and works of art.

Tumski Bridge

Tumski Bridge is a beautiful pedestrian bridge that spans the Odra River and connects the two oldest parts of Wroclaw: the Cathedral Island and the Sand Island. The bridge is a popular spot for romantic walks and is a great place to enjoy the stunning views of the city and the river. It is also a popular spot for taking pictures and watching the sunset. Be sure to check out the love locks attached to the bridge’s railings, as they make for a great photo opportunity.

Ostrow Tumski

Ostrow Tumski is a historic district located on the Cathedral Island in Wroclaw. It is one of the oldest parts of the city and is home to some of Wroclaw’s most impressive religious buildings, including the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Ostrow Tumski is also home to several museums, including the Archdiocesan Museum and the Museum Natural History. Take a stroll through the quiet streets and admire the beautiful architecture and rich history of this charming district.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a beautiful Gothic and Neo-Gothic style church located in Ostrow Tumski. The cathedral was built in the 14th century and is one of the most important religious buildings in Wroclaw. Its impressive architecture features a stunning vaulted ceiling, intricate stained glass windows, and an impressive baroque organ. Visitors can climb the cathedral’s tower for a panoramic view of Wroclaw’s skyline and the surrounding area.

Gnome Hunt

Wroclaw is known for its famous gnome statues, which are scattered throughout the city. There are over 350 of these whimsical little creatures hidden in various corners of Wroclaw, and finding them has become a popular activity for tourists.

You can pick up a map of the gnomes’ locations at the tourist information center and embark on a fun scavenger hunt to find as many as you can.

National Museum

The National Museum in Wroclaw, established in 1947, is one of the largest and most important museums in Poland. The museum’s impressive collections cover over 200,000 artifacts representing all the artistic disciplines, from medieval Silesian sculpture in stone and wood, Polish and European paintings, as well as contemporary and modernist sculptures, drawings and prints, to extensive collection of historical artistic craftsmanship, and finally multitude of books and documents. Some of the highlights of the museum’s collection include works by Polish artists such as Jan Matejko and Jacek Malczewski.

Tower of the Garrison Church in Wroclaw

The Tower of the Garrison Church is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Wroclaw. It was built in the 17th century as part of a larger complex that served as military barracks. The tower itself is 63 meters high and offers breathtaking views of the city. You can climb up to the top of the tower using a spiral staircase, which is a bit narrow and steep, but definitely worth the effort (tickets cost 15 PLN per adult).

Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Wroclaw’s Old Town, the Odra River, and the surrounding areas. It’s a perfect spot to take some memorable photos and admire the city’s beauty from above.

View from Tower of the Garrison Church in Wroclaw Poland

Jas i Malgosia

Jas i Malgosia, Hansel and Gretel Houses, are two Gothic tenements located in the heart of Wroclaw’s Old Town. These beautifully designed buildings hold a dark legend. Behind the arch, that connects both houses, used to be a church cemetery. At the place there were 21 apprentices buried under the pavement slabs in a humiliating way because of their disobedience. Today Malgosia has been a site of the Wroclaw Enthusiasts Society for 65 years, souvenir store and intimate Drink Bar. Jas in not available for wider viewing. 

Raclawice Panorama

The Raclawice Panorama is a massive painting that depicts the Battle of Raclawice, which took place during the Kosciuszko Uprising in 1794. The painting, which measures 15 meters in height and 114 meters in width, is one of the largest panoramic paintings in Europe.

The painting was created by a team of Polish artists in the late 19th century and is housed in a purpose-built rotunda in the city center. Visitors can take a guided tour of the painting, which includes a multimedia presentation that provides background information on the battle and the painting’s creation.

The rotunda also has a museum that showcases artifacts from the Kosciuszko Uprising, as well as a gift shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs.

Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in architecture and history. It was built in 1913 as part of the celebrations of the city’s 100th anniversary of the defeat of Napoleon’s army. The hall is one of the largest reinforced concrete structures in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designed by the famous German architect Max Berg and features a unique dome shape that was revolutionary for its time. The hall has hosted many cultural and sporting events over the years, including concerts, exhibitions, and sports competitions. It’s a perfect place to explore the city’s history and culture and to take some impressive photos.

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Wroclaw, the second oldest after Krakow, is a paradise for nature lovers. The garden, which is located close to Ostrow Tumski, is home to over 12,000 species of plants from all over the world. The garden covers an area of 7.5 hectares and is open to the public every day.

The Botanical Garden is divided into several sections, including the Tropical and Subtropical Section, the Alpine Section, the Peat-Bog Section, the Systematic Section, and the Rock Garden. The garden also has several greenhouses that house exotic plants, such as cacti, palms, and orchids.

Apart from the plants, the garden is also home to several bird species, making it an ideal location for bird watching. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic in the garden, or take a walk around the peaceful surroundings.

Wroclaw ZOO

The Wroclaw ZOO, the oldest zoo in Poland, is a popular attraction for families visiting the city. The zoo, which is located in the eastern part of the city, is home to over 10,500 animals from more than 1,132 species covering 82 acres.

The place is divided into several sections, including the African Savannah, the South American Rainforest, the Arctic Tundra, and the Australian Outback. It also has a children’s zoo where kids can interact with animals, a mini aquarium, and a butterfly pavilion.

One of the highlights of the zoo is the Afrykarium, which is a massive oceanarium that showcases marine life from the African coast. Visitors can also enjoy a ride on the zoo’s train or take a stroll around the beautiful gardens.

Ksiaz Castle

Ksiaz Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Poland and a must-visit attraction for history buffs. The castle, which is located in the town of Walbrzych, about 50 kilometers from Wroclaw, was built in the 13th century and has a rich history.

The castle has been owned by several noble families over the years, including the Hochberg family, who owned it for over 400 years. During World War II, the castle was taken over by the Nazis, who used it as headquarters for their operations in the region.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the castle’s interior, which includes many beautifully decorated rooms, a library, and a chapel. The castle also has a beautiful garden, which is open to the public during the summer months.

Church of Peace, Swidnica

The Church of Peace in Swidnica is a stunning example of Baroque architecture and a true masterpiece of wooden church building. It was constructed in the 17th century by the followers of the Protestant faith, who had limited resources to build places of worship. As a result, they came up with an ingenious solution – using wood instead of stone. The Church of Peace in Swidnica is one of the largest wooden churches in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its interior is decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, paintings, and sculptures, which create a truly unique and awe-inspiring atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this gem of architecture and art during your visit to Wroclaw.

Wroclaw is a city that has something to offer for everyone. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or nature, there are plenty of things to see and do in this beautiful city. From the colorful Market Square and the impressive Wroclaw Town Hall to the peaceful Botanical Garden and the majestic Ksiaz Castle, Wroclaw has a wealth of attractions that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages.

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