1. Rynek (Market Square)
Market Square is the very heart and soul of Wroclaw, sitting at the old town’s very center. After WWII, they completely rebuilt and restored the old town. The best time to visit is at Christmas time, when festive markets, twinkling lights, and the smells of Christmas spices are everywhere!
2. Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene
The Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene sits close to the main market square and is just one of the many amazing churches in this area. However, the red-brick cathedral has one defining and fear-testing feature: an open-air bridge between the two 72-meter towers.
It’s said that the bridge (Witches Bridge) was used to identify witches in medieval times. If the witch fell to her death while crossing the bridge, she would be liberated. However, if she made it to the end without falling, she would be assumed guilty and burnt at the stake; not much of a choice!
Climb the tower to reach the bridge, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views over Wroclaw. Not only that, but there are also some of the famous gnomes! Note: for those with a fear of heights, the bridge is 46 meters above the ground
Opening Times: 10 AM – 6 PM every day
Entrance Fee: 8 ZL (1.8 EUR)
3. Go on a Gnome Hunt
Find hundreds of dwarf sculptures throughout the city: A unique thing to do in Wroclaw. In the ’80s, an anti-communist movement protested against the Soviet government using the dwarf as their symbol.
In 2001, a decade after the end of the Soviet Union, the first dwarf sculpture was made to memorialize the movement. Now, there are over 300 dwarfs to be found around the city. Download a map with locations and spend a sunny day in Wroclaw on a gnome treasure hunt. It’s a great way to see the city too!
4. Tumski Bridge
Wroclaw’s most romantic spot is the 19th-century lovelock bridge of Tumski that connects Cathedral Island with Piaskowa Island. It is covered with padlocks from couples who sealed their love. It’s a beautiful place to admire both sides of the river and read the sweet love notes engraved on the padlocks.
Tip: Take some time to wander along the Oder River, discovering over 100 bridges and more than 20 small islands. It’s no wonder that Wroclaw is thought of as the Venice of the north!
5. Botanical Gardens – Lovely place to visit in Wroclaw
Once on Cathedral Island, visit the stunning Botanical Gardens, a beautiful place with ponds, bridges, and luscious plant life. The Wroclaw University set it up as a place for students and researchers to analyze rare plant life. Come here to admire flora and fauna, or enjoy some peace during a busy day of sightseeing.
6. Cathedral Island (Ostrow Tumski)
Cathedral Island (Polish name: Ostrow Tumski) is the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. It’s really enjoyable to walk around here. The main city Cathedral of St John the Baptist is located on the island, with its two majestic spires. Additionally, there is an elevator that takes you to the top.
The Famous Lamplighter
At night, Cathedral Island really is the most romantic, atmospheric part of the city. The whole island is illuminated with the original gas street lighting. What’s more, the lamplighter, dressed in his fashioned cape and hat, still comes every night to light the 103 street lamps in the district manually.
7. Hydropolis – Interactive museum to visit in Wroclaw
The Hydropolis is an awesome exhibit with various interactive installations that show the importance of water. Learn about the underwater world, the impact of climate change, and so much more! Hydropolis shows how water is provided in Wroclaw and explains more about the flood of 1997 (the biggest flood in the city’s history that claimed the lives of 55 people).
Entrance Fee: 27 ZL for adults (6.8 USD)
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday, 9 AM – 6 PM. Weekends 10 AM – 8 PM. Expect to spend 2-3 hours to see Hydropolis.
But the real eye-catcher is its interior! The church’s entire ceiling is decorated with stunning (and enormous) paintings that have been preserved perfectly. Make the church as part of a tour whilst visit also visiting Ksiaz Castle.
Getting To & Around Wroclaw
Wroclaw is really small, so you can walk between the sights in a very short amount of time. If you want to take the tram out to Hydropolis, you can buy tickets at the machines in the tram/bus stops or at newsagents.
Where to Stay in Wroclaw
Wroclaw is a fairly small city, so you can stay in most places and be close to all the best things to do. For the best of everything, stay in the Old Town, where all the most beautiful buildings are located.
The Korona Hotel sits within the Market Square, at the heart of Wroclaw. Modern and sleek rooms lie within the walls of a beautiful 15th-century building, complete with beautiful views of the old town.