Dates of stay: Many times between 2008-Present Currently Living (2010-2011)
I sincerely believe that Wroclaw will be hot property in Europe in the coming years. Its rich history coupled with its amazing architecture already draws in tourists from all over the world, but is still not quite yet a household name. Especially considering that the name is hard to pronounce for many (actually pronounced ‘Vrotswaav’). But with so much development going into making this already great city greater, it has a huge amount of promise.
At the time of writing, I have lived in Wroclaw for the last 7 months, and the city has really sunk its teeth into me and made me appreciate what it has to offer.
The main highlight is of course the old town, and the main square (Rynek) which is actually one of the largest market squares in Europe. The mixture of architectural styles and colours that completely surround you give you the sense that you are in a rather special place. There are a number of rivers pouring through the city too. Some like to call Wroclaw a sort of ‘little Venice’, which may be over-exaggerating a bit but in all fairness the main Odra river does snake its way all around the city and there are over 90 connecting bridges.
In the market square, you are merely one of thousands of people strolling through every day. On a hot sunny day, of which there are many, the place is just bustling with people shopping, eating at one of the many outdoor restaurants with fine Polish cuisine on offer and drinking thirst quenching beer at the local brewery (Spiz) right next to the magnificent town hall.
Ostrow Tumski is another must see area. It’s what they call Cathedral Island, and is home to several enormous gothic churches, overshadowed by the grand master of them all, the Katedrale. You can actually climb the Cathedral and get a rather spectacular view over Wroclaw too.
Wroclaw is not short of a fantastic café culture and nightlife, no doubt helped by the university and number of students in the city. Restaurants serve up many delicious Polish delicacies, and you can try many different types of vodka just about anywhere. And if sampling Polish Sausages and Vodka is your thing like it is mine, then you’ll be right at home.
There are many things to see and do in Wroclaw, not all of which I can list here in a short blog. But I highly recommend adding Wroclaw to your itinerary while in Europe, you will not regret it.
Visit sooner rather than later, as it is very cheap while the currency is still the Zloty, so get there while you can before prices change to Euros.
If you want to add any comments or have any questions about Wroclaw, let me know below..
Points to highlight:
Wroclaw is a gem hidden within Poland, and is definitely worth a stop on anybody’s itinerary in Europe. With the impressive sights, history, bustling city streets and fantastic nightlife on offer, Wroclaw is a place that is hard to resist once you’ve had a sneak peek. Go on, you know you want to.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating: 4/5
By: Luke Falkner