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Why Visit Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw is the gem of Poland waiting to be discovered on your next journey. Being one of the oldest cities in the country, it is full of exceptional architecture and historical heritage along every step you take on its streets. Wroclaw is traversed by the Oder River and has over a hundred bridges as well as 12 islands, which is why the city is sometimes called the Venice of Poland.

Start your Wroclaw tour at the island of Ostrow Tumski, considered to be the oldest part of the city. Home to one of the most important monuments of architecture in Wroclaw, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the area is also known as the Cathedral Island.

The imposing Gothic landmark features a medieval portal and a beautiful altarpiece, as well as the largest organ in entire Poland. The cathedral is an essential part of the city's landscape along with its sky-crossing towers providing breathtaking views over Wroclaw. In addition to that, on Ostrow Tumski you can still see a lamplighter walking around at dusk, igniting the city's street lamps!

Another crucial part of Wroclaw sightseeing is the old town, full of beautiful canals, narrow streets, and even gnomes! Bearing historical significance in the city, gnomes have become the symbol and possibly the main attraction of Wroclaw. It is believed that there are over 400 of them scattered around town, making it quite a mission to spot them all, however, there are maps and even apps to help you find the most popular ones.

While on the hunt, make sure to admire the authentic architectural heritage as well, such as the University buildings and churches in the area. Don't miss the chance to also stroll around Rynek, the postcard-like Market Square in the heart of the old town.

There are numerous other wonderful places worth exploring in the city, such as The District of Mutual Respect, The White Stork Synagogue or The Centennial Hall, which is actually listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best Things to Do in Wroclaw, Poland

  • Traverse the Ostrow Tumski island
  • Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • Take a picture with one of the many Wroclaw gnome statues
 

However, Wroclaw travel cannot be completed without visiting the Museum of Burgher Art, situated in the Town Hall dating back to the 13th century. Delve into the history and culture of the area by admiring its exhibitions on display, as well as the one-of-a-kind exterior! Visit Wroclaw to get acquainted with one of the most unique places in Poland and don't forget to look out for gnomes!

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