Wrocław, my beloved Polish city

Market Square - Wrocław

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.

Pathway - Wrocław

Art or anti-art? - Wrocław
Art or anti-art?
Graffiti wall - Wrocław
“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau
One of the interesting sculptures outside the National Museum of Wrocław
One of the interesting sculptures outside the National Museum of Wrocław
City lights and silhouettes - Wrocław
City lights and silhouettes

As the sun set in the west, Christmas lights lit up the city with vibrance.

It's Christmas time in the city... - Wrocław
It’s Christmas time in the city…

Christmas lights - Wrocław

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.

“Never lose your childish innocence.”

My favorite part of the tour? Spotting gnomes!

Trivia: Gnomes are a big part of the city’s history. As a response to the oppression of the communist regime in the 80s, the Orange Alternative moment was launched.
“The thesis is the anti-regime slogan. The anti-thesis is the splotch of paint. And the synthesis is the gnome.” (Major Fydrych)

Check out these links if you want to know more about the movement and the gnomes: The Gnome Revolution: ‘Major’ Fydrych & the Orange AlternativeThe Orange Alternative: There Is No Freedom without DwarfsGnomenclature: 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.

Picturesque, isn’t it?
Tumski Bridge
Magical view

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!

Festung Breslau (Fortress Wrocław): The Siege of 1945
Solidarity (founded in 1980): a Polish trade union that became the first independent labor union in a Soviet-bloc country
In the middle, you can spot the 315-year-old University of Wrocław

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?!

Too overwhelming

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.

You may also like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *