Wroclaw in western Poland is one of the country’s oldest and largest cities and has firmly earned its place as one of the great Eastern Europe cities. Bursting with history, tradition and culture as well as beautiful gardens and parks, Wroclaw is a truly fantastic city break.
Head to Rynek, one of the prettiest market squares in Poland consisting of colourful buildings and terraced restaurants. The entire Old Town is bursting with fantastic architecture and culture, you could spend days unearthing its treasures; one thing you can’t miss is the magnificent and eye-catching Town Hall. From here take the short walk to the equally picturesque Cathedral Island where you can admire its bridges and beautiful botanical garden. The imposing Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a must-see here so venture inside Poland’s first brick building and marvel at its stunning altarpiece, stained glass and panoramic views of the city from one of its twin towers.
As with many Polish cities, Wroclaw has faced a turbulent history, in fact it may just be the most turbulent of all and there is evidence of this as you explore, including the Royal Palace which houses the City Museum of Wroclaw which tells the story of “1000 years of Wroclaw”. As you wander through this incredible city, you are bound to spot a number of the 350 humorous Wroclaw Dwarf statues or the fascinating disappearing and reappearing figures of the Anonymous Pedestrians. Both are said to symbolise the city’s fight against the communist regime.
With such tradition and heritage it may be easy to think that this is all that the city has to offer but Wroclaw is also a contemporary city with fantastic modernist architecture, vibrant nightlife and superb modern Polish cuisine. The Centennial Hall was seen as one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century and if you are travelling during the summer do not miss the spectacular multimedia fountain show close by.
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