When people think about going to Poland, they often think about visiting the capital, Warsaw, or the ancient capital (and first World Heritage Site), Kraków. But these are not the only fascinating cities to visit in Poland. Poland has many stunning and deeply historic cities to visit - including G'Dansk and Wrocław (pronounced vrots-wahf). Wrocław is a historical city, just north of the Sudeten Mountains, and is the largest city in historical Silesia.
Poland has had a tumultuous history, but as one visits Warsaw today, one can't help but be impressed with how the city was rebuilt (using old paintings) after the war. The main Polish cities all have a very different vibe, and one will be surprised how Wrocław is different from other Polish cities.
What Makes Wrocław A Unique Polish City
Wrocław has an unusual history, for hundreds of years, it was one of the main cities in Germany but became a Polish city after WW2 (as a German city it was called Breslau). But still to say German or Polish doesn't really describe its character as it was the capital city of Silesia - and Silesia always had a distinct identity of its own.
- German City: As a Germany City It was Called Breslau
In Wrocław one can see one of the stunning cities of Poland away from the many tourists of Kraków. It is also a good base to explore the stunning Sudeten Mountains (part of the Carpathian Mountains).
- Population: 650,000 - Metro 1.25 Million
- Located: Southwestern Poland
- Silesia: The Largest City in Historical Silesia
- Pronunciation: vrots-wahf
The history of the city goes back over a thousand years and one can feel its rich history where it has historically been a part of the Kingdom of Poland, the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Kingdom of Hungry, and the Habsburg monarchy of Austria, the Kingdom of Prussia, and finally Germany before becoming Poland today.
Why Visit Wrocław
Today Wrocław is a young city and an important university city in Poland. With over 130,000 it is one of the most youth-oriented cities in Poland and enjoys a great nightlife. The best time to visit Wrocław is later spring or summer - in the later spring the greenery is fresh, and the temperatures are pleasant.
- University Students: Wrocław Has over 130,000 Uni Students
- Literature: Named A UNESCO City of Literature In 2019
- Best Time To Visit: Later Spring or Summer
The old city center of Wrocław is perfectly preserved today, one will see the old city moats, numerous old buildings, 12 river islands, 130 bridges, and stunning parklands. Visit Cathedral Island and see why it is a treat for lovers of Gothic architecture.
Wrocław is not a city one needs to spend a lot of money. As the best way to experience Wrocław is to walk around and admire the buildings, it is one of the cheaper cities in Europe to visit.
- Influences: Wrocław Has Bohemian, Austrian, Prussian, Silesian, and Polish Influences
Things To See In Wrocław
Exploring Wrocław is all about discovering its old town and deep history and feeling the vibe of the city.
- Horse & Carriage Ride: Take A Traditional Horse & Carriage Ride in Wrocław
- National Museum: Discover Silesian Medieval History and Sculptures
- Wrocław Dwarves: Dwarves Are The Symbol of the City And One Will See tiny Bronze Dwarf Statues Everywhere
- Old Town Hall: See The Picturesque Gothic Edifice And One Of the Most Reconsigned Buildings In Wrocław
- Churches: Like Every Other City, Wrocław Has Innumerable Historic Churches and Cathedrals
- Main Square: Set Down for a Coffee or Beer In The Main Square And Soak It All In
- Must-See Landmarks: The Main Market Square, Cathedral Island, the Centennial Hall
One of the city's most eye-catching buildings is the Centennial Hall - and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located a little outside the historic old center.
Wrocław Is Well Connected To Central Europe
The city is idyllically set on the Odra River and is a great option for those wanting to visit another Polish city after the beautiful and historic city of Kraków. The cities are only a 3 or 4-hour train ride away from each other with the trains leaving all the time throughout the day. Poland is very well-connected to other Polish cities by train.
- Get There: By Train From Krakow, Warsaw, Dresden, or Krakow (Or Fly)
Not only from Krakow, but Wrocław is also an easy ride by bus or train from the Czech city of Prague or the beautifully rebuilt German city of Dresden.