Are you coming to Wrocław for a weekend and want to visit the most interesting attractions of the capital of Lower Silesia? Although its offer is extremely wide, you can see the most important spots even in just two days!
Wrocław is not one of the largest cities in terms of area, and the majority of the most popular tourist attractions can be found nearby the Market Square and the Old Town. Therefore, you can explore the city on foot during a walk and please your eyes with charming architecture. Despite the fact that 70% of the city was destroyed during the war, the Market Square and its vicinity do not lack old charming tenement houses and other historic buildings.
If you are an enthusiast of beautiful, colourful tenement houses, we recommend starting from the streets adjacent to the Market Square. When it comes to the Market Square itself, do not miss the tenement houses called “Jaś i Małgosia” located by the church. Their story dates back to the Middle Ages, and thanks to renovation work in the 60s we can still admire their charm. As far as architecture is concerned, Świdnicka Street and Teatralny Square are also notable. There, you will find the Wrocław Opera, housed in former Municipal Theatre building, erected in the first half of the 19th century. Nearby, you will find the legendary Hotel Monopol, whose ornamental neo-Baroque façade survived until the 19th century and was carefully restored at the turn of 20th and 21st century.
A few steps away, the Old Town Promenade, a perfect pathway for walks on the bank of a former moat, is situated. It is a very pleasant place where you can rest on a bench in the shadow of old trees. Going along the moat, you will reach Nicolaus Copernicus Park and Wrocław Puppet Theatre. There, it is worth stopping for a second and spending some nice time by the fountain or on the playground with children. And if you continue your walk along the promenade, you will come to the Guerilla Hill. It is a significant place in terms of history – the command defending the Wrocław Stronghold gave their orders from there in 1945. Nowadays, the underground of the structure has been turned into clubs and pubs, whereas on the top you can admire a monumental colonnade and a beautiful sight of the city centre. If you walk down Podwale Street, you will reach Juliusz Słowacki Park, where the famous Racławice Panorama as well as two most important museums in the whole city – the Museum of Architecture and the National Museum – can be found.
In the evening, we recommend going to Ostrów Tumski, the oldest part of Wrocław. It is a charming district beautifully illuminated at night where you can see the gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, erected in the 14th century, and St. Giles church, which is the oldest structure in the entire city (the 20s of the 13th century). What is more, in this district you will also find the most famous bridge in Wrocław – the Tumski Bridge – which is also called the bridge of lovers because of the custom of hanging engraved locks by couples there.