Vibrant Wrocław has one of the prettiest old town squares in Poland, but beyond the city’s central tourist spot, there is a neverending list of things to see and do. The city is enjoying a tourism boom and can no longer be classed as “up and coming” since it has already arrived! Yes, Wrocław is here. But where do you start? Check out this list, and once you’ve worked your way through our suggestions, you can check out the top 20 attractions, so you won’t get bored of this city in a hurry.
Wrocław, Ratusz Staromiejski | Dawid Galus
Understand Wrocław’s gnomes
Too many tourists simply go and find some of the famous Wrocław gnomes, take some photos, grab a selfie, then leave. But there is a great history to be discovered here. These gnomes are one of the quirkiest things you could see in a European city, so pick up a guidebook from the local tourist information centre and get to know the reasons behind why the gnomes are in Wroclaw.
If you only have a few days in Wrocław, you won’t have time to see all the pubs and bars at your leisure. Thankfully, there is a cool Wrocław pub crawl you can join, which helps you cram in a lot of pubs in a short space of time. Be sure to include the PRL pub in the Stary Rynek (Old Town Square), one of the best communist-style pubs in Poland.
The local football team here is Śląsk Wrocław, and they play in a massive venue which hosted Euro 2012 championships. Śląsk Wrocław currently play in the Polish Ekstraklasa (top division). The stadium has a capacity of 42, 771, and the team has won the Polish League twice and been three-time runners-up. So head to the stadium and be on the lookout for ticket availability.
Watch the light display at the Multimedia Fountains
One of Wrocław’s pure gems is the light display at the Multimedia Fountains. From May until the end of September, the display begins just after dark. The light display is accompanied by different styles of music and attracts huge crowds on clear summer nights. Bear in mind that there is less happening at the Multimedia Fountain in the winter due to the high costs to run them and the lack of tourists in colder months.
Admire the city’s best painting: Panorama Racławicka
The Panorama Racławicka is a masterpiece painting depicting the Battle of Racławice, which occurred during the Kościuszko Uprising of 1794. It is a massive 19th-century painting, 15 metres high with a width of 114 metres. It sits in a room of its own, so go and admire it!
Walk to the top of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Wrocław is blessed with lots of churches, the most famous of which is probably the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist. Construction began back in 1244, and officially this was the first brick building in Poland. You can head to the top on the lift, but that would be cheating! Test your stamina by taking the stairs. You’ll be rewarded with scintillating views from the top, where there is also a small exhibition to accompany the fantastic views.
If the pub crawl isn’t for you, perhaps a mouth-watering food tour might be more up your street. Wrocław has an excellent food tour which lasts three hours and will have you trying as much Polish food as you can. As a bonus, the tour also features a walking tour of Wroclaw with an expert guide, and you get to sample up to 10 Polish classics in four eateries all frequented by local residents.
Did you know that Wrocław boasts the third biggest zoo in the world? It is home to over 10,000 animals representing around 1,132 species. It is also the oldest zoo in Poland, and you can feed Asian elephants here.