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Top 10 things to do in Wrocław

There’s a lot to see and do in the city. Here’s our list of the Top 10 things to do in Wrocław. Click on the links for further information or to book a tour & buy tickets.

1. Wrocław Dwarfs

They’re referred to in Poland as dwarfs but they’re actually bronze gnomes around 20-30cm tall, which have been appearing in the streets of Wrocław since 2005. Today, there are hundreds of them, almost an invasion and they’ve become a major tourist attraction. You can even get maps and mobile apps to help you find them.

2. Old Town Hall

The 13th century Gothic Old Town Hall stands at the centre of the city’s Market Square and is one of the main landmarks of the city. It’s currently used for civic and cultural events, which are held in its Great Hall and also houses the Museum of Bourgeois Art and a restaurant in the basement. The structure is a mix of architectural styles with both Gothic and Renaissance features. The astronomical clock is made of larch wood and was built in 1580.

3. National Museum

The National Museum is one of Poland’s main branches of the National Museum system. It holds one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the country. You’ll find exhibits of Medieval sculpture on the ground floor in addition to paintings from the region, silverware, ceramics and furnishings. Polish art, primarily 17th century paintings, can be found on the 2nd floor.

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4. Panorama of Racławice

The Racławice Panorama is a monumental (15m x 114m) cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice, during the Kościuszko Uprising and is Wrocław’s pride and joy. It is wrapped around the internal walls of a purpose-built rotunda. The painting took nine artists, nine months to complete and used 750kg of paint. Visits are by guided audio tours, departing every half hour.

Skip-the-Line Panorama Raclawicka, National Museum and Ostrow Tumski tour

5. Church of the Holy Name of Jesus

This Late Baroque-Rococo church is part of Wrocław University and is one of the most picturesque in the city, if not the country. We can thank the Jesuits for this piece of architectural beauty, they built it way back in the 1690s on the site of the former Piast castle. The interior of the church has been painted to imitate marble and contains frescoes & ornate fittings.

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6. Botanical Gardens

You’ll find the Botanical Gardens on Cathedral Island. The gardens were built between 1811 – 1816 and are part of the University of Wrocław. Within the gardens, there is a large selection of plants, sculptures, aquariums, a large pond, bridges, a shop, and a café. The gardens are open from early April until mid-November.

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7. Wrocław Zoo

The Zoo is located on Wróblewskiego Street and is the oldest zoo in the country, opened in 1865. In terms of the number of animal species, it is the third largest zoological garden in the world and the largest in Poland. It is home to about 10,500 animals representing about 1,132 species.

Wroclaw Zoo tickets with private transportation

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8. Hansel & Gretel

One of Wrocław’s favourite photo opportunities, are two charming, skinny tenements known locally as Jaś i Małgosia, better known to German and English speakers as Hansel and Gretel. You’ll find them on the north-western corner of the Market Square. The two fairy tale houses are linked by a baroque archway built in 1728.

9. Church of St Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth’s Church of the Catholic Third Order of Saint Francis is a 14th century Gothic church and one of the most iconic structures of the city’s Old Town panorama. It has a 90m high tower, a triple nave and is by medieval chapels. Inside, you’ll find a mid-15th-century sacramentary and carved medieval choir stalls.

10. Archaeological Museum

This museum is housed inside of the city’s former 15th century Arsenal alongside the Military Museum. Exhibits focus on the period from the Stone Age to the 19th century. You’ll find everyday objects from these times such as tools, ornaments and weapons.

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Top 10 things to do in Toruń

There’s a lot to see and do in the city. Here’s our list of the Top 10 things to do in Toruń. Click on the links for further information or to book a tour & buy tickets.

1. Cathedral of SS John the Baptist & John the Evangelist

A former main parish church of the Old Town of Toruń, this huge Gothic cathedral started life in 1260 but was not completed until the end of the 15th century. There’s a lot to see including painted decorations depicting the Crucifixion and the Last Judgement dating from the 14th century, a 13th century baptismal font (which was supposedly used to baptise Nicolaus Copernicus), a 15th century clock and the Tuba Dei, a massive bell cast in 1500.

2. Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall is a Gothic building created in stages during the 13th & 14th centuries and hasn’t changed much since then with the exception of some later Renaissance additions. The structure is one of the most outstanding examples of medieval city architecture in central Europe. You’ll find a museum there today with exhibits of Gothic art including both paintings and stained glass, local crafts dating from the 17th & 18th centuries and a gallery of Polish art.

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3. Gingerbread Museum

Located in the Old Town, take part in an interactive exhibit where you can learn about the history of Toruń gingerbread and have a go at making your own under the instruction of a gingerbread master.

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4. Teutonic Castle Ruins

The majority of the castle was destroyed during an uprising in 1454, when the local townspeople revolted against the Teutonic Order. During the 1960s excavation work uncovered underground chambers, which have been opened up to visitors. There’s a few things to see other than the ruins.

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5. House under the Star

Embellishing the Old Town Square, the House Under the Star is Baroque house built in the 1200s with a 17th century façade. The stuccoed structure takes its name from the golden star atop the gable that was put there during its facelift in 1697. Inside, you’ll find a small branch of the Regional Museum with exhibits of Asian art including Chinese pottery and Japanese swords.

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6. Medieval Walls

The walls date all the way back to the middle of the 13th century and were extended and reinforced in the late Middle Ages. Today, you can see large portions of the wall, which have been preserved in addition to nine gates and towers, which are still standing.

7. Leaning Tower of Toruń

One of Toruń's most photographed buildings is the crooked tower (leaning tower), whose top and bottom is out of kilter by 1.5m. You’ll find it on the southwest corner of Toruń’s Medieval defences.

8. Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

A popular meeting point located in front of the Town Hall is the statue of Nicolaus Copernicus. The statue is twice life size and stands on a 5m pedestal. It was raised in 1853.

9. New Town Square

The New Town Square isn’t really new considering that it was laid out in 1264. It was once the centre of a separate town with its own town hall; however this was pulled down in the 15th century when the two towns merged. You’ll find a mix of styles ranging from Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical.

10. Cosmopolis Fountain

You’ll find the fountain on the western side of the Old Town next to the university’s Harmonica building. The fountain was switched on in 2008 and is a homage to Copernicus. Its 113 jets plot the orbits of the planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with a taller central jet 5m high representing the sun. The summer light and sound shows between 9pm and midnight are worth seeing.