Updated: Oct 2
Wroclaw is the capital of Lower Silesia province in the western south edge of Poland. With almost 700K people, it's the 4th largest city in the country. In a region rich with natural resources as coal, copper, and stones, the unique location of the town made it a very desirable destination for rulers and invaders throughout history. In the past, the city was under the control of Polish kings and dukes, the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Austrian emperor, the Kingdom of Prussia, and Germany. Following the results of WWII, Wroclaw had become a Polish city again. These vicissitudes of history made Wroclaw a very Colorful, diverse, and multi-culture city.
I explored Wroclaw for four days, and I wish I had more. I walked the city back and forth, trying not to walk the same street twice. Everywhere you go, you'll find surprises: Little dwarves statues are hiding anywhere. So many unique monuments, reviving stories from the past, commemorating critical historical events and people can be located in the city. Just walk and see them. This is a flat city, with almost no ups and downs – Ideal for walking.
The coffee shops and bars are marvelous: each has its unique design, making you feel really blessed for being here. Liat told me she would like to come back for a few days to sit in a coffee shop and work on her research. I agree. I hope we come back soon.
Things you must do in Wroclaw: (1) Eat Pierogi –traditional food of Poland. It's a filled dumpling that comes in different fillings like potatoes, meat, cheese, fruits, and more. Try both the boiled Pierogi and the fried one.
(2) Walk the streets.
(3) Drink Wiśniówka – a sweet Polish liqueur made of cherries and vodka.
(4) Drink Polish Draft beer – Poland enjoys the flourishing of beer brewing. Therefore, you will find some great beers at a low price. Try it.
(5) Take a walk to Cathedral Island – such a charming place.
(6) Explore the beautiful Rynek.
(7) Take at least one guided tour. I'm taking lots of free guided tours when traveling (and always tipping the guides, of course), but I never met excellent tour guides like those in Wroclaw. So I took three different free tours, with three different guides – they were all brilliant and with a lot of knowledge. It was a great learning experience – and I'm recommending it.
(8) Search for dwarves. This is a very cool thing in Wroclaw – hundreds of dwarves are hiding throughout the city, telling the story of the sights they are located in. There are even some apps that can direct you to all of them.