Things To Do In Wroclaw
Wroclaw is the capital of Lower Silesia’s Voivodeship and the 4th largest city of Poland built over numerous islands. One of the things to do here during a holiday trip is to see beautiful bridges and its lovely architecture. Attracting several tourists from Germany, the central square has become one of the attractive places in Wroclaw due to its row of colorful buildings. Stretched in the area of 350 kilometers and 40 kilometers from the Baltic Sea and Sudety mountains respectively, to the south, the city is known for its majestic buildings and bronze dwarf creatures. Offering you a well organized, stunning representation of culture, architecture and creation from the 13th century till now, the city is rich in German history that every enthusiastic traveler must pursue to discover.
When To Go:
Wroclaw has really colder temperatures during December and January though winters are not unbearable. June is known as the month with average rainfall while July is the wettest month. On the other hand, there are times in summer when rainfall can occur. The hottest summer months have average high temperature below 90 degree Celsius. Despite the presence of rain at random times, summer is the perfect time to enjoy a vacation to the city. Another lovely point to notice is that festivals in the city go on throughout the year so you will always find lots of things to do and ways to entertain yourself and family during the trip. It is really interesting to enjoy the annual events in Wroclaw. You can enjoy a trip to the city all around the year excluding the months with extreme temperature. Also, you should plan the vacation according to your choice of certain attraction on a particular season. For instance, watching the Odra River covered with snow is possible only in April.
Here is a list of all the things to do while in Wroclaw, Poland…
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
If you are looking for a cathedral that offers you the best panoramic view of the city, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the best place to do so. You need to be quiet during entrance if the Holy Mass is being celebrated in the cathedral. After the mass, you can roam into the cathedral and you will have a good time watching attractive Ostrow Tumski, Hala Sulecia and other churches. The area becomes more interesting in nice weather where you can explore awesome landscapes from the town hall and sky tower.
The interior of the cathedral is something that will touch art lovers deeply; the artistic forms here are majestic and worth watching. Visiting the place in day time is good but if you want to explore it at night, you will be able to discover its stunning lighted architecture. Spot lights, flood lights and gas lamps are ready to illuminate the place after dark. Don’t forget to have the outstanding view from the top. There are various kinds of wall hangings installed there to explain more about the history of this cathedral.
The Japanese Garden is a must place to see for every visitor in the city. Apart from natural elegance and calm environment, you will find the place historically significant also. The small and lovely garden with natural environment offers lots of peace and serenity for those who seek calm and tranquility in the midst of the city. The multi-media fountain adjoining this small garden offers you the chance of watching various water features. This Japanese Garden may seem to look less authentic but it’s really an enjoyable place to visit.
You will not find many people there during the end of the peak season so you can wander freely in the garden to discover rocky areas and plants with big sized leaves. Well-cared and preserved, the garden provides a chance for an exciting visit. Wroclaw zoo is also situated near the garden and offers an opportune time to explore the wild animal life of the city. People who are looking for a sense of calm can sit near the streaming water and find an amazing peace in their mind. Although, you will be charged some entrance fees to enter this garden still the money you pay guarantees you will have a great time while in the famous garden in Wroclaw.
Being one of the best places in Wroclaw, this big Aquapark boasts of an artificial wave and complicated slides. The entrance fee in the Wroclaw Aquapark is inexpensive and it is equipped with lots of swift slides. Apart from several indoor and outdoor entertainment features in the place, the sauna and wellness region of the park is also one of its main attractions. If you are looking for a place for relaxation, you must try the bio-sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and hot stone room with well planned pools, ice machines and cold showers.
A garden with sauna cabins is there to offer you more chances to unwind. Just keep in mind to follow a list of etiquettes. It’s all about following rules and instructions inside the sauna and steam rooms. This is all done to make this place good looking apart from providing a standard level of relaxation and peace. For kids also, there are fantastic deals to explore. Wroclaw Aquapark is a good quality water park and the first of its type in the city. Being decent, modern, and affordable, makes it an enticing place for guests to spend time and have fun.
Multimedia Fountain at Pergola
Finding out a nice place for mental peace and real beauty of nature is not tough in Wroclaw. The Multimedia Fountain at Pergola is really a great place to explore. Despite being smaller, this fountain has its own climate where you should not forget to check out the amazing show. The best thing to know is that every time you visit, you will find new, exciting, and hypnotizing deals programmed for a nice light show.
Simply sitting down on a bench and watching the fountain is already a nice memory to cherish. You will be entertained with the places surrounding the fountain like; the conference center and Japanese Garden. This place is equally entertaining for both families and couples. Music lovers are in awe of the fountain show with music which is played sometimes with the light show. You will find the fountain totally elegant and attractive to see and complements the presence of the building in the background.
Being one of the precious islands of the city, you will have great historical feeling after exploring the Cathedral Island. Tower lovers will find the view filled with magnificent church buildings. Being amazingly atmospheric, this place will let you feel the 17th century’s scenario with its magical small streets and special climate. Even it is lovely to see at night, you will probably miss the lamp lighters.
Time seems to stop by the time you visit this island. You can sit calmly, roam around, feed the ducks, go on a sightseeing tour and discover pristine places around the area. It is loaded with architecture and construction and this place still has a lot to show, tell, and feel about the historical glory of the city. The vibrant environment here attracts people to organize fun events and lovely hangouts every now and then.
Wroclaw Town Hall
Situated at the central region of the town, Wroclaw Town Hall is an impressive destination. This will take about an hour or two to explore the whole building designed as a crowning jewel to the city. Whether you talk about interior and exterior of the building or the collection of Breslau Silver on the first floor of this lovely town hall, the elegance is scattered in every part of the building making it one of the finest examples of Bourgeois Gothic architecture. The form of the building’s design dates back to the 15th century. Public gatherings, ceremonies, events are organized in the Burgher’s Hall while the Alderman’s Hall is secured for deliberations of the Council Chamber and Members of municipality.
Bearing entrance to the city museum, this 21 feet high tower is also known for its historic astronomical clock. From the outside, the town hall is not the kind of building to attract you and even you won’t be sure whether you should enter or not if you don’t know that there is a museum inside.
There is no lack of detailed descriptions in town hall and you will find every keystone and the medieval architecture was designed with great details. The Shooters Room is the place for you to learn more about development of town hall. Forming a part of the Rynek Square, this place makes the market square more impressive. After a tour, you can visit a restaurant, souvenir shop and coffee shop which are all situated around the Wroclaw Town Hall.
Market Square (Rynek)
Bearing an impressive elegance from its exterior appearance, this charming building represents striking architecture. The weather, design and artistic appearance of the (Rynek) Market Square are something that will make you feel like you are wondering in a fairy tale land. It is really a surprising fact that your experience and feelings while roaming here will vary as per the weather and time of the day. It is always a pleasant place to visit in Wroclaw. Especially during the Christmas Season, this place becomes the center of attraction for locals and tourists. If you want to make your trip to the market square memorable, don’t forget to drink mulled wine and eat cotton candies near the fireplace.
Apart from its outstanding market areas, this place becomes vibrant and alive due to the presence of numerous bars and restaurants. The market gets filled with crowd of local people and tourists who gets busy exploring the amazing market zones and lots of festive deals with clean pedestrian streets. A few of the things that you will enjoy here are the rich design of the building, lovely shopping spots and vendors that offer a wide variety of deals. Under the square, a museum is there to offer you the chance of exploring every bit of history about the place. Food zones and delicious eatables to taste here make this place equally special for foodies.
Wroclaw’s Dwarfs is a point of interest in the city with a funny setting and where you should not forget taking your camera with. Everywhere in the city, character dwarfs have been placed while enjoying the benefits of the different facilities. The place adds some enjoyable spice while walking through the city. It may take about a week to explore all of them but it will really offer you pleasure to see new dwarfs every time you walk through various destinations. Always remember to look here and there in search of these funny dwarfs while roaming around the city.
As soon as you enter, you will be able to figure out these lovely creatures adding a magical touch to your trip. You will even feel the desire of finding more and more dwarfs and this will offer you an eye of being an observer temporarily. Mostly, they are situated near and around the leading attractions of the city but you can also find them near banks, monuments and anywhere you have not expected. These unusual bronze dwarf creatures are over 300 in numbers and can be found in strange places also. You can see tourists snapping them madly after finding them.
One thing you should know about Wroclaw is that overnight cruises are not available on this river and it’s tough for old people and handicapped to board the cruises as they will need to step down several steps to reach the river. Alternatively, you can have small boats for which the charge and route alters from time to time. The beginning line for these boats that cruise along the Odra River is at the Piaskowa Island. One thing to notice is the beautiful green islands while you enjoy cruising over the river.
Numerous old and new bridges are there to connect the islands making the situation lovelier. If you are in search of a wonderful, lovely romantic place, the locations around the Odra River are perfect for this purpose. You can enjoy riverboat trips for an hour or two according to your choice. If you want to see the region covered with snow, you should choose the month of April or July to visit there. If you are not interested in boating, you can simply sit on the benches nearby.
Panorama of Reclawice Battle
The Panorama of Reclawice Battle offers you a great ‘must have’ experience because this place represents the cultural history of Wroclaw. A great painting can be seen around the place which is 15 meter high and 114 meter long. The quality of artwork is great from 3D design point of view as well as for the scale of the image. A fake terrain designed on the front of this great artwork gives a deep art sense to creative minded people. Offering you a 3D panoramic appearance that you will definitely want to refocus your eyes on as you view the various parts of the painting.
Although, this stunning artwork is non-human, it is totally successful in explaining the history and cultural glory of the city. Inside the well organized place with dark corridors, you will be asked to keep silence and choose a headset for English audio guide commentary if you don’t understand Polish. You might not like the unattractive building from the outside and won’t expect much from this place but checking out the Polish history inside will be an interesting experience.
Like every other bridge in the European cities, the Tumski Bridge can also be seen with padlocks having names of couples and dates when they fell in love. As per tradition, couples who put up padlocks with their names on the bridge makes their love stronger forever. This offers you a good view to have a photo with your partner. A guy selling padlocks can be found there to provide for this purpose.
Sometimes it is normal to see lovers kissing there to have the luck of eternal love. This magical and romantic destination in Wroclaw is definitely a kind of place offering you the feeling of love in the air. It is a suitable place for walking and spending a romantic eve with your loved one and at the same time you will like to explore this small place that is known for its great history. You can see the street lamps being lit by a man manually if you go for a delightful stroll over the bridge at night.
The Centennial Hall is a special building with outstanding architecture that is worth visiting. The place is impressive not only for the documentary showing the history of this hall but also for the exciting park and great fountain. This amazing hall and great historical architecture can be seen just by paying a few Polish Zlotys as entrance fees.
This modern museum is ornamented with several interesting touch screens and awesome film showing for representation of its historical aspects. Inside this old building, you will appreciate the masterpiece architecture of the ancient times. For its milestone design and amazing architecture, this place has been granted the UNSECO World Heritage Site recognition.
Wroclaw is really a mesmerizing Polish city. You can plan your next holiday trip to the place for an amazing family outing.
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