Poland is indeed a more and more popular destination for city trips, whether it’s Poznan, Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk or Wroclaw. Unfortunately, Poland is not very inviting in November, the winter is coming and it’s already freezing cold most of the time. I’ll show you how to still have a nice time in Wroclaw at colder temperatures (and enjoy the fact that the city isn’t as full of tourists as in summer). See my tips for you next trip to Wroclaw: 8 things that make Wroclaw look beautiful in winter!
Quick & Dirty
#1 Krasnale: Looking for the cheeky Wroclaw dwarves!
They’re spread all over the city: Little bronze dwarfs, the Krasnale, just 30 centimeters tall, who are up to some nonsense or tell a funny story. Ice cream cones are stolen from ice cream parlours, siesta is held in front of restaurants with a full belly, or money is withdrawn from the bank using a specially constructed dwarf cash dispenser. And every now and then other dwarves ones appear throughout Wroclaw. There are now over 600 in the city!
Born out of the anti-communist movement, the dwarves are now a landmark of the city. The Krasnale, as the Wroclaw dwarves are called in Polish, even have their own website where you can find out more about their interesting background story.
#2 Traveling back in time: The Museum of Games and Computers
Younger generations probably won’t even understand it. To them, it might seem like a museum with dusty, old things from a distant past. But as we were three kids of the eighties, who ended up in the computer games museum, were twelve years old again when we saw Gameboys, Super Mario & Co. And the best: You can try most consoles and games as much as you like.
Next to the games museum is Kolejkowo. Kolejkowo is a miniature world with railways and shows an entertaining replica of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. Primarily designed for children, but after days of early duty in a giggly mood, this was the perfect light entertainment. The figures and landscapes are designed in the smallest detail – something for all ages.
#4 Wroclaw for vegans
It’s no secret that you can eat well almost everywhere in Poland. Only vegetarians and vegans sometimes have a hard time with the heavy Polish cuisine with lots of sausage and meat. In cities like Wroclaw with a younger audience the opportunities for vegetarians and vegans are getting better and better. There are more and more good all-vegetarian or even all-vegan restaurants and the quality is really good. A vegan paradise, for example, is the Vega on two floors directly on the market square Rynek. (Tip: Go upstairs, it’s more comfortable there!).
One reason why vegetarian dishes are so popular in Poland, despite many hearty meat dishes, are the mleczny bars, milk bars, from the socialist era. Milk bars were cafeteria-like restaurants where mainly homemade vegetarian dishes were served for very little money. There used to be milk bars on every corner instead of privately-run restaurants, and now the milk bars of the past are experiencing a renaissance. So look out for milk bars!
#5 Market life in the Hala Targowa
Also in winter, Wroclaw’s market hall is a sight you should visit. Here you’ll find all kinds of things: Flowers, fruit, vegetables, food and on the upper floor household goods and handicrafts at low prices. Architecturally worth seeing is the ship-shaped roof construction. Of course, you can also eat well and cheaply in the Hala Targowa*, and there’s even a milk bar (there you are again! ) here. Make sure you try it!
#6 Culinary journey: Georgian food in Wroclaw
Not only Polish cuisine is delicious, there is a lot more to explore in Wroclaw. By chance, we ended up in a restaurant called Chinkalnia with real Georgian cuisine. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Georgia, also about Georgian cuisine, and I haven’t been disappointed in Chinkalnia. It tasted really good and our really thoughtful waiter also provided a complete introduction to Georgian food culture! Very interesting!
#7 Coffee culture in Wroclaw
It’s cold outside, what could be more obvious than jumping from café to café? Not a problem in Wroclaw. The city is filled with cosy cafés! A few of my favourites:
Charlotte – Located in the middle of Wroclaw’s student quarter, in a courtyard with beautiful tiles that reminded me of the Hackesche Höfe in Berlin. With a French touch, there are freshly baked bread and tasty croissants served with homemade chocolate creams and jams. Delicious! And perfect for a second breakfast. The wine bar opens in the early evening – and you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of Paris!
Chocolate Lounge E.Wedel*- E.Wedel is something like the Polish Lindt: fine chocolate and pralines. The Café at the Rynek has everything a chocolate addict may crave. Try the pralines!
Giselle – Small cozy café, again with Parisian flair. Here you can sit for hours with pleasant background music, read a book or just enjoy the afternoon. And the omelettes are great!
#8 Christmas market in Wroclaw and steamy Kürtőskalács
If you come to Wroclaw in December, you will still experience the beautiful Christmas market at Rynek, which is small, but very cosy, as it’s often the case in Poland. Somehow, Christmas markets in Poland don’t seem so horribly commercialized yet.
There are many little huts with beautiful handicrafts or delicacies like the Hungarian Kürtőskalács, which is a kind of a cake. They are really awesome when served steaming warm from the skewer!
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