Forget The Busy Tourist Cities of Poland, Come To Wrocław. Mind The Gnomes!
In the last few years, Wroclaw in western Poland has rapidly hit the radar of travelers. Its vibrant markets, unique museums, charming streets and scrumptious food have drawn tourists away from the usual mainstays of Warsaw and Kraków. When I arrived in June of 2012 to watch Greece play the Czech Republic in the Euro Cup Football Championship, I was immediately drawn to this colorful culture and atmosphere. Even if I wasn’t in the throngs of this massive sporting event, the soul of the city would have still inspired. From museums to funky bridges, water shows to kayaking there are plenty of activities and sights to keep you happily occupied for days.
8 AWESOME ACTIVITIES
Panorama Of The Battle Of Racławice
What an artistic masterpiece! Standing in front of this 19th-century painting which is 15 meters in height and 114 meters in length was incredible. Even cooler is the round room built solely to house it. When you stand in the rooms epicenter you can turn 360 degrees which makes you feel like you are in the battle yourself.
Stroll Through Ostrów Tumski
Cathedral Island as it’s known is the oldest part of Wroclaw and dates back to the 10th century. Its laid-back vibe and quiet streets make it an easy and enjoyable stroll. Walk over Tumski Bridge and add a love lock, or ride an elevator to the top of the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist to admire the views. Make sure to relax with a cocktail at one of the restaurants that surround the Oder River.
View A Wroclaw Water Show
Wander through Szczytnicki Park and take in the Wrocławska Fontanna Multimedialna water, music and light show. Hourly, these beautifully choreographed installations will memorize. If you are lucky to be there during special night shows they also project photos and films on the water.
Eat Traditional Polish Food
Some of the best Eastern European food I have eaten! My favorites were the kiełbasa, stewed beef with dumplings and of course the filling perogies. Every restaurant in Wroclaw has their own variations, so make sure to try the same meals more than twice!
Rent A Kayak
Wroclaw University Museum And The Mathematics Tower
Wroclaw University museum is dedicated to the history of the University. Founded in 1702, the exhibits showcase the scientific works and achievements of its past professors and Nobel Laureates. One of the main draws is The Aula Leopoldina Baroque ceremonial hall with walls completely adorned with paintings and ornamentation. Take a walk up The Mathematics Tower for stunning aerial views of Wroclaw.
Euro Cup 2012
I just want to make some people jealous that I went to a Euro Cup match. All the way from Vancouver!