Poland is generally an increasingly popular destination for city trips, whether it’s Poznan, Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk or Wroclaw. I’ll show the unusual sights Wroclaw has to offer!
Wroclaw sights: 10 tips for a city trip
Unfortunately, Poland in November is not particularly inviting weather-wise, it is often already freezing cold. Nevertheless Wroclaw If you want to have a good time even in colder temperatures (and enjoy the fact that the city is not as crowded with tourists as it is in summer): 10 sights that make Wroclaw so beautiful in winter!
#1 Rynek – the marketplace
As in many Polish cities, the Rynek, the market square, is the center and heart of the old town. There are numerous pubs here and in the evening there is always something going on. Wroclaw has a big university with many students living here, so there are many cheap bars and pubs and a lively nightlife. There are also many good restaurants everywhere.
#2 Krasnale: The Wroclaw Dwarfs
They are scattered all over the city: Little bronze dwarfs, just 30 centimeters tall, in amusing scenes or telling a funny story. They steal ice cream cones from ice cream parlors, take a siesta in front of restaurants with a full belly, or withdraw money from ATMs. And new, bolder ones keep popping up. There are now over 600 in the city!
Originally from the anti-communist movement, the dwarfs are now a landmark of the city. The Krasnale, as the Wroclawian dwarves are called in Polish, even have their own website, where you can also learn more about the interesting background story.
#3 Lookout tower of the Elisabeth church
Situated almost on the Rynek, it is only a stone’s throw from the market square to St. Elizabeth’s Church. For just five zloty (about €1.25), you can get a fantastic view of the city from the tower of St. Elizabeth’s Church. However, the tower is open only from April to October.
#4 Time Travel at the Museum of Games and Computers
Probably younger generations won’t remember a lot of the exhibits here. Or it really feels like a museum with dusty, old things from a distant time.
But I’m a child of the eighties and I was immediately hooked at the sight of Gameboys, Super Mario &Co. in the Museum of Games and Computer in Wroclaw. Best of all, you can try out most consoles and games as you please and play as much as you like.
#5 Kolejkowo: Wroclaw in miniature format
Around the corner from the Games Museum is Kolejkowo. Kolejkowo is a miniature world with railroads and shows an entertaining recreation of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. Originally designed more for children, but we had fun there as well. The figures and landscapes are designed down to the smallest detail. And the amount of work people put in here is impressive!
#6 Vegan delicacies in Wroclaw
The fact that you can eat well in Poland is no longer a secret. Only vegetarians and vegans sometimes have a hard time with the hearty Polish cuisine with lots of sausage and meat. However, in cities like Wroclaw with a lot of young people, the options for vegans have improved a lot. There are more and more good vegetarian or even vegan restaurants and the quality is really good. A vegan paradise is, for example, the Vega on two floors on the market square Rynek. (Tip: Sit upstairs, it’s more comfortable!).
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Perhaps one reason why vegetarian dishes are so popular in Poland, despite many hearty meat dishes, are the bar mlecznys, or milk bars, from the socialist era. Milk bars were canteen-like eateries that served mainly home-cooked vegetarian meals for little money. Milk bars used to be on every corner instead of privately-owned restaurants, and now the milk bars of those days are experiencing a renaissance. So be on the lookout for milk bars!
#7 Market life in Hala Targowa
The Market Hall Hala Targowa is a nice place to visit even in winter. Here you can find all kinds of things: Flowers, fruits, vegetables, food and on the upper floor household goods and handicrafts at small prices. Architecturally worth seeing is the roof construction in shape of a ship. Of course, you can also eat well and cheap at Hala Targowa, and there’s even a milk bar here. Definitely worth a visit!
#8 Georgian food in Wroclaw
Not only Polish cuisine is delicious, there is plenty more to explore in Wroclaw. By chance we ended up at Chinkalnia with real Georgian cuisine. I have heard many good things about Georgia, including Georgian cuisine, and at Chinkalnia I was not disappointed. Not only did it taste really good, the really attentive service provided a complete introduction to Georgian food culture! This was the perfect preparation for my trip to Tbilisi I took later: Travel Guide Tbilisi
#9 Coffee culture in Wroclaw
It’s cold outside, so what could be better than hopping from café to café? Not a problem in Wroclaw. A few of my favorites: Charlotte – Located in the middle of the student district of Wroclaw, in a courtyard that totally reminded me of the Hackesche Höfe in Berlin with the beautiful tiles. French-inspired, the place serves freshly baked bread and fragrant croissants all day, served with homemade chocolate creams and jams. Yum! And perfect for a second breakfast. You’ll feel like in the middle of Paris!
Chocolate Lounge E.Wedel – E.Wedel is something like the Polish Lindt Chocolate: fine chocolate and pralinés. The Café am Rynek has everything a chocolate lover’s heart desires. Be sure to try the pralinés!
Giselle – Small cozy café with Parisian flair. Here you can sit for hours with pleasant background music. And the omelets are great!
An alternative guide to Wroclaw
I also always like to travel with a classic guidebook. In this one, Ewa and Mirko give unusual tips off the tourist beaten track. Both also write a blog worth reading with lots of tips about Wroclaw – check it out: WroclawGuide.com
#10 Christmas market
If you come to Wroclaw in December, you can experience the beautiful Christmas market on the Rynek, which has a great atmosphere. Somehow Christmas markets in Poland don’t seem quite so terribly commercialized to me yet.
There are still many small stalls with beautiful handicrafts or treats like the Hungarian Kürtőskalács, which is a kind of Baumkuchen, also called Baumstriezel. These are really tasty when served steaming hot off the spit!
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