Read about the city
Wrocław is beautifully situated on the banks of the river Oder as one of Poland's major cultural cities. For centuries, the city has been ruled by changing kingdoms, and it has left its mark on the city's beautiful architecture and exciting history. There is thus a lot to catch up on as a tourist in the city.
The natural place to start is the city's central marketplace, Rynek, where there are countless fine houses and famous buildings with the city's town halls in the center. From the market square the streets lead out into the city center where you can see theaters, museums and churches.
The most important church is Wrocław Cathedral, located on Ostów Tumski, the oldest part of the city. In the old days, the place was an island in the Oder, but one of the river arms has been filled up today. You can see several beautiful churches, buildings, bridges and more at Ostrów Tumski.
There are several exciting things to see in and around Wrocław. If you want to visit other major cities, both Poznań, Łódź and Katowice are close by as opportunities for excursions. You can also go out into nature to, for example, the mountains Giant Mountains with the top Śnieżka, which you can relatively easily go to the top of and enjoy the view from here.
- The New Town Hall/Nowy Ratusz: In Wrocław's large market square you can see both the city's old and new town halls. The latter was built as an extension in the 19th century to the old one. The building is the seat of the city mayor and city council, and there is also a restaurant in the house.
- St Elisabeth Basilica/Basilica Św. Elżbiety: This church is located on Wrocław's Rynek, and with an observation platform at a height of 75 meters/246 feet, the church is an excellent place to see the entire city center from above. The Gothic church dates from the 14th century.
- St Vincent Church/Kościół św. Wincentego: St Vincent Church is the city's Greek Catholic cathedral. The church is Gothic in its architecture, and it was completed in 1256 as part of a Franciscan monastery.
- Sky Tower: Sky Tower is a high-rise building, built from 2007-2012 as one of Poland's tallest buildings. There are offices, homes and a shopping mall in the house, which also has a viewing deck on the 49th floor.
- Wrocław Opera/Opera Wrocławska: This is Wrocław's large opera house, which opened in 1845. Due to fires, the building was partially rebuilt in 1865 and 1871, and today you can still enjoy the beautiful 19th century interior.
- Wrocław Fountain/Wrocławska Fontanna: At Wrocław's large exhibition area you can see this music fountain, where several hundred nozzles send water up to music and fine colors. The fountain can be seen during the summer season.
- The Royal Palace/Pałac Królewski: Pałac Królewski is a city palace, completed in 1717 with architectural inspiration from buildings in Vienna. When Germany annexed Silesia in 1750, Frederick the Great bought the palace, which was expanded in Baroque and Rococo style in the following years. Today, Wrocław's interesting city museum is located here.