Wroclaw

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Wroclaw featuring a city and a river or creek

Tour this city on the water in southwest Poland to see fascinating islands, bridges, statues and green spaces.

Wroclaw, known as the “Venice of Poland,” is spread across numerous islands on the Odra River that are connected by dozens of bridges. One of Poland’s prettiest cities, Wroclaw is admired for its medieval architecture, scenic views, green spaces and…gnomes.

Start your visit in the old town’s main square. After World War II, the area was a pile of rubble, but the historic buildings have been restored to colorful Baroque and Renaissance grandeur. Admire the 14th-century town hall housing the Museum of Bourgeois Art. Explore St. Elizabeth's Church, a Gothic building with a 300-foot (91-meter) tower and climb to its observation deck near the top.

For loftier views, take the elevator to the platform of the Sky Tower. At 696 feet (212 meters), this is one of the tallest buildings in Poland, and Wroclaw’s only skyscraper.

One of Wroclaw’s most visited attractions is the Panorama Raclawicka, a large cycloramic painting. The 374-foot-long (114-meter) canvas wraps around a specially built rotunda and depicts an important 18th-century battle.

Look for dozens of diminutive bronze statuettes of gnomes throughout Wroclaw. They commemorate the Orange Alternative, an underground movement that conducted peaceful protests against the Communist regime in the 1980s, painting images of gnomes on walls to mock authorities.

Amble along the city’s canals and cross a bridge to Cathedral Island, where most of Wroclaw’s important religious buildings are located. They include the 13th-century Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. While enjoying Wroclaw’s green spaces, delight in the flowers and waterfalls of the island’s Botanical Gardens.

Stroll through the large urban Szczytnicki Park east of the city center to see its Japanese garden. Nearby is Wroclaw Zoo and a multimedia fountain with water, music and light shows between May and October.

Wroclaw’s city center is easily navigable on foot, but there are also efficient bus and tram networks. The nearest international airport is Nicolaus Copernicus Airport, less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from central Wroclaw. Come to enjoy history, nature views and architecture.

Where to stay in Wroclaw

Art Hotel
Art Hotel
4 out of 5
ul. Kielbasnicza 20, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
The price is $83 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Wroclaw City Center, this hotel is steps from Wspolczesny Theatre and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Zoo is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away. Wrocław Central ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (286 reviews)
"great experience!"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2021

Art Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wroclaw
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wroclaw
5 out of 5
Ul. Podwale 84, Wroclaw
The price is $87 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Wroclaw City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galeria Dominikanska and Raclawice Panorama. Slowacki Park and National Museum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (325 reviews)
"Excellent place"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wroclaw
The Monopol Hotel
The Monopol Hotel
5 out of 5
Ul. H. Modrzejewskiej 2, Wroclaw, Lower Silesian
The price is $128 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Wroclaw City Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Quarter of Four Denominations, Wroclaw Opera, and Corpus Christi Church. Wroclaw Puppet Theater ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (370 reviews)
"Very friendly staff! The hotel is a very impressive old building, everything looks nice, it is very clean. The room was really big and had a nice bathtub. The Spa area also is really cool and a nice place to relax. All in all I totally can recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

The Monopol Hotel
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COIN Apartamenty Krakowska
COIN Apartamenty Krakowska
3 out of 5
Krakowska 39D, Wroclaw
The price is $43 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Krzyki, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ethnographic Museum and Hydropolis. National Museum and Galeria Dominikanska are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Kind of out of the way but very nice newly renovated apartment. Quick walk to tram line, its 3 km to downtown so thats the best way in with children. However the stop by the hotel does not have ticket machine. You can purchase tickets on the tram but only if you have contactless credit/debit card. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

COIN Apartamenty Krakowska
EXCLUSIVE Aparthotel MARINA
EXCLUSIVE Aparthotel MARINA
3.5 out of 5
ul. Ksiecia Witolda 2, Wroclaw
The price is $86 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Wroclaw City Center, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Słodowa Island and Wroclaw Market Square. Wroclaw Zoo is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (32 reviews)
"Great location Quiet but walking distance to Old town. The apartment was first class"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

EXCLUSIVE Aparthotel MARINA
Aparthotel New Lux
Aparthotel New Lux
3.5 out of 5
Rynek-Ratusz 10, Wroclaw, Województwo dolnoslaskie
The price is $77 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Wroclaw City Center, this aparthotel is steps from Wroclaw Market Square, Wroclaw Town Hall, and St. Elisabeth's Church. St. Mary Magdalene Church ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Great place
"Perfect location, modern and clean."

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Aparthotel New Lux
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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