Things to see in Wroclaw

by mbogda

If you came to Wroclaw with no plans yet, below you’ll find the list of top things to see in Wroclaw

Wroclaw Old town

One of the most popular things to see in Wroclaw is the Wroclaw Old Town. It was located in the XIIIth century, and until now is the heart of the city. It was partially destroyed during the Second World War, and the reconstruction that took place afterwards did not cover all the buildings. Rynek (the main square) is the centre of the Wroclaw Old Town. This is the third-largest city square in Poland, and the most valuable building is the old City Hall. A good place to see the whole Rynek is St. Elizabeth Church – its tower may be climbed and offers a great view to the Old Town.

Things to see in Wroclaw - Wroclaw Old Town
Wroclaw Old Town

Things to see in Wroclaw – Panorama Raclawicka

This is one of the most famous Polish painting, and probably the only one designed to be viewed in 360-degree panorama. It shows the Battle of Raclawice during one of the Polish Uprising against Russia. To see Panorama Raclawicka you need to book your ticket well in advance, but it’s worth it, as this is one of the special things to see in Wroclaw – not to be seen anywhere else.

Things to see in Wroclaw - Panorama Raclawicka
Panorama Raclawicka in Wroclaw

Ostrow Tumski

If you’ve read our articles about Poznan, you’ll be familiar with this name. Don’t be confused, both Poznan and Wroclaw have Ostrow Tumski, and in both cases this is important part of the city. Ostrow Tumski is the oldest part of Wroclaw. It used to be an island (“ostrow” means “island” in old Polish), but is not anymore. The most important buildings in Ostrow Tumski are churches: St. John the Baptist Archicatedral – believed to be the first gothic church in Poland, St. Idzi’s Church – the oldest church in Wroclaw that still exist. Other place worth visiting is botanic garden belonging to the University of Wroclaw. If you happen to be in Ostrow Tumski in the evening, look around. You may find the lighter-man – who walks around and sets gas street lamps on fire.

Wroclaw - Ostrow Tumski
Ostrow Tumski

Wrocław’s dwarfs

During the communist era, Wroclaw was the centre of the “Pomaranczowa Alternatywa” (Orange Alternative) movement. Its main purpose was to oppose communist restrictions but to do it in a witty or absurd way. One of them was painting the image of the dwarf on a paint spot covering anti-communism slogans. The painted dwarf soon became one of the symbols of the movement. The first figures of dwarf appeared in Wroclaw in 2005. Then new dwarfs – including private or commercial – were put in the streets of Wroclaw. Now more than 600 figures of dwarfs appeared in the city, and each year about 50-100 are added. So each year there are more interesting things to see in Wroclaw streets.

Wroclaw Dwarfs
Wroclaw Dwarfs

Hydropolis

Hydropolis is a modern, multimedial museum dedicated to water located in a 19th century underground water reservoir. There are 7 thematic zones in Hydropolis, including exploration of the depth, life in the oceans and what water is being used for by people. It is a great place to come to and spent 2-3 hours, not only for children but for the whole family.

Things to see in Wroclaw - Hydropolis
Wroclaw Hydropolis

Wroclaw Zoo

Wroclaw Zoo is the oldest Zoo in Poland. It was opened in 1865, when Wroclaw was ruled by Germany, and except for two periods of closure, works until today. In 2014 a new part of Wroclaw Zoo was open – Afrykarium, which presents animals living in Africa – both on land and in water. This is the only place like that in Poland.

Wroclaw Zoo
Wroclaw Zoo
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