5 reasons to visit WROCŁAW, poland


poland may not be on the top of every traveler’s list. if it is, people
normally think of kraków and warsaw as the main cities…but there
is a smaller town that should be on your radar: WROCŁAW. 
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this city in western poland (pronounced vrots-wahf)
is largely unknown, but becoming more discovered
for the architecture, colors, & unique charm. we
loved our recent stop through here – and if i haven’t yet
convinced you – here are five reasons you should visit wrocław!

– COLOR & ARCHITECTURE –
you’ll notice right away that the buildings of wrocław’s picturesque
old town are painted with amazing colors that reflect the city’s
whimsical and creative vibe. it will cheer you up the moment
you arrive, no matter the weather! the great color is made
even better by the first-rate renaissance architecture which
has been restored since the town was damaged during WWII.

why to visit wroclaw, poland– POLISH FOOD (DUMPLINGS) –
polish food is cheap and hearty. two good things if you ask us!
beeline it straight for the polish dumplings here. this traditional polish food
is worth coming for alone :) especially in this town, you will find the best.
look for the word pierogarnia and eat there! we recommend the boiled
dumplings instead of baked, as they are more traditionally polish.
get russian style filling with potatoes, cheese, & bacon, basic style
with meats + cabbage, and then of COURSE sweet dumplings
with berries and cream! :) they are so filling and you won’t
believe how inexpensive your dinner bill is.

IMG_9783– THE OLD TOWN / SQUARE –
the medieval market square is one of the most picturesque in all of europe.
it’s not too big, and just how a town square should be – lined with
restaurants, live musicians, flower boxes, and incredible architecture.
you won’t be able to put your camera away here! it has been largely rebuilt
since WWII, but feels very historic & classic. known as rynek, it’s the ideal
place to enjoy an evening. along with the actual square, wrocław’s old town
neighborhood is a winding maze of colorful buildings, cobblestone paths,
and churches. it’s so european feeling, getting lost in the different streets and
exploring the medieval architecture + monuments. this is the best area to stay,
in the sofitel old town right near the st. mary’s church which you can
climb to the top of for the view shown above.

IMG_9701– BLEND OF CULTURES –
though polish culture here is strongest, this town also welcomes a
german influence as it only became part of poland in 1945 after border
changes resulting from WWII. it also boasts other cultural influences since
throughout history it has been part of bohemia, hungary, the austrian
empire, & prussia. this diversity creates a unique blend of culture in this tiny
town. it also has great education and schools, a “cathedral island”
(ostrow tumski), and many interesting sites. 
*fun fact: along with all of
these cultures, wrocław also has a gnome population :) try to spot the
300+ gnomes scattered throughout the city. they actually have some cool history
and are a symbol of freedom, whimsy, and fun during harder times.
gnome hunting makes for a fun afternoon here!

IMG_9762– LESS CROWDED –
lastly, wrocław is worth visiting simply because it’s a bit off the beaten path. we obviously love
all of the popular european cities, but it’s refreshing to go somewhere a little different and see it
for yourself. though wrocław has been discovered more lately, visitors will find a refreshing
amount of locals out in the square, and a slower paced environment with less tourists crowding
the sights. sometimes that makes for the best kind of visit … one that feels more personal to you!

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…so, there are 5 reasons (of many) to put wrocław on your list.
a few more snaps are below from our stop through here!

IMG_2076you know it’s a picturesque place when we’re both taking a picture of each other at once!
IMG_9751even the flowers match the colorful buildings here! ^^
IMG_9729my favorite building in town, right by our hotel ^^
IMG_9768just look at the detail on these buildings! ^^
why to visit wroclaw, poland4cathedral island and the classic polish willow trees everywhere ^^
IMG_9792and, the view from above (only chase got this view, you’ll see why in yesterday’s vlog :).

who is adding wrocław to their list?

see more time in poland HERE.
xo




'5 reasons to visit WROCŁAW, poland' has 7 comments

  1. July 27, 2015 @ 4:35 pm Sarah Livingston

    I love Poland! I would love to hear about how you planned your itinerary for this whirlwind tour, it seems as though the two of you are here, there, and everywhere! Would you be able to share some of the rationale behind your travel destinations , and how you put the whole trip together? Thanks!

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  2. July 27, 2015 @ 5:26 pm Pippa

    You had me at dumplings – the rest was just extra. What a gorgeous little town! I love the toy box houses and the willow trees. It looks straight out a fairytale!

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  3. July 27, 2015 @ 7:38 pm kara

    I have been to this city many many times. I was a flight attendant working private flights there several times over the years. Wonderful city! It has a big college town feel to it. I always enjoyed going there. Your photos are beautiful and just how I remembered.

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  4. July 27, 2015 @ 9:02 pm Katie @ Katie Wanders

    I am in love with those buildings! That color! And those dumplings made me instantly hungry. I laughed at the picture of Chase with the camera AND gopro on the tripod. That is SO Me every trip. thatcher makes fun of me and says I can only use ONE device (sometimes I have the camera, iPhone and Go Pro, its a little excessive!)

    Cheers to loving color and pictures!

    Katie @ Katie Wanders

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  5. July 28, 2015 @ 6:40 am Brittany

    You’re absolutely right that Poland wouldn’t be at the top of Europe list, but these pictures make me question that. Such gorgeous colors and I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of gnome hunting.

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  6. December 10, 2015 @ 2:42 am April

    The most beautiful city in Poland is definitely Wroclaw. I look back it with pleasure thanks to Wratislavia Tour company. The guide excellent, we went on all tours by a nice and comfortable coach.

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  7. December 11, 2015 @ 12:49 am Doris:)

    april, I know this company ! If you want to get to know Wroclaw and Polish cuisine, culture, I advise you to contact Wratislavia Tour. They organized a nice time for me when I’ve been on holidays in Poland this year. The guide was fantastic, he had really great knowledge. Not only from books but it could be noticed that he really loved that city.

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