How To Have The Perfect Wroclaw City Break
If you're searching for cheap places to visit in Europe, I recommend planning a Wroclaw city break.
The aim of the game today is to convince you to plan a Wroclaw city break. If there's one city I unexpectedly fell in love with during my 3-month trip around Europe, it was Wroclaw (pronounced Vrotswav). I didn't know much about this charming Polish town before my visit. I initially chose it as my next stop in Northern Europe as there was a direct bus from Berlin and I was on a mission to visit more underrated European destinations. This is because of my instant infatuation with Gothenburg.
Well, it's safe to say I was instantly crushing on Wroclaw as well. What's not to love, when it's home to a colourful Old Town, friendly locals and cheap traditional food and drinks. If this city isn't on your radar yet, I highly suggest planning a Wroclaw city break. You only need two full days to see Wroclaw's top tourist attractions. Here are my recommendations for the best things to do during a weekend in Wroclaw.
Solo travel in Wroclaw
Before I arrived in Poland, I was unsure if it was a good destination for solo female travellers. But I needn't have worried, as I found it very easy to navigate Wroclaw. Furthermore, nearly every local I talked to was happy and able to converse in English. The hostel I mentioned is also located just a block from the Old Town, so I felt comfortable walking back there at dusk. All in all, I'd recommend a Wroclaw city break to fellow solo female travellers.
What to pack for a Wroclaw city break
I visited Wroclaw in September and it was already getting cold. The day I arrived, it was in the mid-teens. But then on my last day, it was a refreshing 5C in the morning. All I could think about was how do the locals put up with cold weather for so long! Anyway, if you happen to visit in the shoulder season like me, I recommend packing layers. In the photo below I'm wearing socks and sneakers, jeans, a thermal long-sleeved shirt, a jumper and a pretty lightweight jacket. I honestly should've probably been wearing a beanie as well!
Start your Wroclaw city break with a free walking tour
As always, I began my time in Wroclaw with a free walking tour. It's a very comprehensive tour, as you visit sites like Stare Jatki, the old city prison, the Ossolineum Institute and Gardens (great places to take photos) and Market Hall. We then crossed the bridge and ended on Cathedral Island, outside the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It's one of the best things to do in Wroclaw when you first arrive, so you can decide where you want to spend your time.
Check out Wroclaw Multimedia Fountain and Centennial Hall
The Wroclaw Multimedia Fountain is one of Europe's biggest fountains, with 800 lights and 300 water jets. Located in Szczytnicki Park near Centennial Hall, the fountain's spectacular light, water and music show takes places every day on the hour. While you're in the area, check out Centennial Hall - a concrete masterpiece.
Go gnome hunting
Okay, this has got to be one of the most fun things to do in Wroclaw. There are estimated to be nearly 400 gnomes/dwarf statues located throughout the city. The first dwarf monument was placed on Świdnicka Street in 2001, to commemorate the Orange Alternative, a Polish anti-communist movement from the 1980s. The movement's symbol was, naturally, a dwarf. The gnomes are all different, which is part of the fun. They may be pushing a ball, climbing a lamppost, etc...