I’m not a fan of cities, but Wrocław was too charming to ignore.
It was winter when I first visited the city. The sky might be gloomy, but Wrocław was full of life, art, and magic.
As the sun set in the west, Christmas lights lit up the city with vibrance.
On a sunny winter day, I came back for the free city tour (care of Angloville), which helped me know more about Wrocław and its history.
My favorite part of the tour? Spotting gnomes!
Check out these links if you want to know more about the movement and the gnomes: The Gnome Revolution: ‘Major’ Fydrych & the Orange Alternative, The Orange Alternative: There Is No Freedom without Dwarfs, Gnomenclature: Wrocław’s Gnomes
My favorite place in Wrocław is Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island), the oldest part of the city. You can check out its history here.
One of the best things I encountered in Wrocław is the pathway of history. So fun and interesting to work out the meanings behind the symbols!
After the tour, we had a hearty Polish lunch and drinks for the evening. We went to this candy shop-themed bar called Czupito where they offer shoty (shots) for 5 zł (62 php). There were so many flavors to choose from, and I ended up choosing Lollipop because who doesn’t want a shot with a free lollipop?!
There are various places of interest in Wrocław. Google away and you’ll be fine. There’s free wifi in the city so you don’t have to go to any cafe to do your research.
According to Lonely Planet, Wrocław, Poland’s fourth-largest city, is “not just a pretty face.” “It’s a lively cultural center, with several theaters, major festivals, rampant nightlife, and a large student community.” So, if you’re visiting Poland, make sure to put Wrocław on your list! The vibe, the energy, and the youthfulness of the city will make you feel alive and kicking.
P.S. I visited Wrocław in December 2015 and February 2016.