Poland’s 4th city: my Wroclaw tips

Poland’s 4th city: my Wroclaw tips

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Have you heard of Wroclaw? No, I hadn’t either! It’s a lovely little city though. And a hell of a lot cheaper than flights to other famous European cities in the month of December, when festive-addicts like myself are seeking out Christmas markets for mugs of mulled wine and a covering of snow. One of my Wroclaw tips: Flights were £45 return, versus £200+ for the likes of Vienna and Prague.

3 THINGS YOU REALLY CANNOT MISS:

MARKET SQUARE | very pretty medieval central square that you’ll keep looping back to, bordered by distinctive, colourful buildings. The Old Town Hall is at the heart and plac Solny is a smaller adjoining square. Also check out: the downstairs Beer Hall for a drink, and Giselle bakery for a decent breakfast fuel.

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Market Square’s colourful buildings

ODRA RIVER | a walk to the handful of connecting islands north of Market Square perfectly fills a morning. Tumski Bridge is full of padlocks, which lovers leave to cherish their feelings: funny then that all these padlocks seem big and ugly, and it’s all a little rusty….

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Aerial view of the islands dotted along Odra River
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Big ole clunky testaments of love on Tumski Bridge

BARS | advice from a friend from Wroclaw was that most venues triple as a bar / café / restaurant without any more needed definition. Loved Kawiarnia Literatka, hipster Karavan and cosy Mleczarnia – the latter both South West of the main square.

3 THINGS WORTH A SNOOP:

WROCLAW DWARVES | these little guys are great: keep your eyes peeled throughout the city for 10 inch high sculptures up to all kinds of hijinks. For the uber dwarf-fan use a map to find all 300+.

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A sleepy one
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Hundreds of dwarf statues throughout the streets of Wroclaw

STARY KLASZTOR | or Old Monastery: a very central, studenty music venue where I was lucky enough to catch one of my favourite bands, Lamb, playing.

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Lamb playing at the Old Monastery

CHRISTMAS MARKETS | this was the draw-card for my visit, due to flights being significantly cheaper than the more famous markets in Vienna and Prague. Expect mulled wine, tonnes of sugar-based snacks, plus the usual tat all combined to create a fun festive atmosphere.

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Beautiful giant Christmas tree in Market Square
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Christmas festivities in Wroclaw

3 THINGS TO STEER CLEAR:

EATING | food here was really disappointing! We optimistically tried most rated / recognised establishments like Bernards and La Folie, but don’t rush to either. Pierogarnia Stary Młyn was the ultimate low point in the dry doughy meal league.

RACŁAWICE PANORAMA | intrigued by the significant marketing of what is described as a ‘monumental cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice, during the Kościuszko Uprising’ we walked to this building, and left having looked at some postcards in the gift shop!

WROCŁAW ZOO | basically ran out of things to do over 3 days so strolled to the zoo but didn’t go in. A common theme it seems from this trip. Looked a bit bleak and empty.

1 THING I WISH I’D DONE:

UNIVERSITY | supposedly the interior consists of stunning renaissance architecture, that my friend recommended we see but instead ended up only skirting the lovely building from the outside.

AND KNOW THIS: The oldest restaurant in Europe Piwnica Swidnicka dates back to 1275, and can be found in Wrocław.

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