We live in the capital of Lower Silesia for many years, and we love planning one-day trips from Wroclaw. Our city is ideally located – you can go hiking, visit beautiful castles, go to Germany or the Czech Republic, or other well-known polish cities, such as Kraków or Poznań! There are plenty of possibilities.
One day trips from Wroclaw – introduction
We sorted our day trips from Wroclaw proposals based on the type of tourist attraction. If you are visiting Wrocław for the first time, get inspired our list of the best things to do in Wrocław! Don’t forget to start your day strong and visit one of our recommended places with the best breakfast in Wroclaw!
Książ Castle is one of the largest and in our opinion the most beautiful castles in Poland. Its uniqueness is due to the unusual location. The castle was built on the rock, and it is surrounded by dense forest. Inside the castle, there are over 400 beautifully decorated rooms. No wonder then, that it was called the “Pearl of Silesia”. We especially recommend visiting Książ Castle during the Flower Festival in May and the autumn when the leaves of the trees get beautiful, brown and orange, colors.
Once there, visit the castle and a palm house, with or without a guide. Then attend Książ by night tour or visiting the underground. The ticket price depends on the route you choose, so click here and check the latest prices. If you like to attend all the tours, including the night guided tour, stay overnight in one of the modern rooms in the castle. Click here to check the availability.
How to get to Książ castle from Wroclaw
Książ one of our favorite ideas for day trips from Wroclaw. The best way to get to the Książ castle is to take a train from the Wroclaw train station (Wroclaw Glowny) to Wałbrzych Miasto station. The one-way journey takes around 1 hour, and the one-way ticket costs 16 PLN. Then, take bus number 8 and get off at the last stop”Jeździecka – Zamek Książ“, just in front of the castle. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes, and the one-way ticket costs 3.20 PLN.
Czocha Castle is a medieval fortress located in Sucha, and it is one of the most recognizable and the most beautiful of the castles in Poland. In 2012 National Geographic included Czocha in its list of 7 Wonders of Poland. The castle can be visited with a guide throughout the year, except for a few dates listed on the website. The standard entrance fee is 20 PLN.
There is the opportunity to participate in other on-site attractions: tasting mead, visiting the multimedia torture hall, or take part in one of the many cultural and reconstructive festivals. You can also spend the night within the medieval walls and feel the mystery atmosphere on your skin. Accommodation is all the more attractive because the hotel management organizes guided night tours for guests.
How to get to Czocha castle from Wroclaw
- Take a train from Wrocław to Lubań Śląski (2 h 24 min, the train runs approximately every 2 hours, prices start from 26 PLN). Then take the bus PKS Jelenia Góra (29 min, twice a day, ticket: 4-5 PLN). The final stop is Czocha Castle. Click here to see the timetables and prices.
- Take a bus from Wrocław to Gryfów Śląski (2 h 22 min, a bus runs twice a day, ticket price starts from 35 PLN). Then change to the bus PKS Jelenia Góra (25 min, three times a day, ticket: 4-5 PLN). The final stop is Czocha Castle.
Castle in Bolków
Castle in Bolków is one of the most massive castles in Lower Silesia. It is called the pearl of Polish medieval defense architecture. Seemingly, it would seem that there are only ruins, remnants of former glory. But that’s not true. The castle is quite well-preserved and still looks very solid. It is worth entering the castle tower from which there is a lovely view of Bolków and Kaczawskie Mountains. Be aware though that the road to this tower leads through a significant number of wooden and stone steps. Don’t forget to visit the museum to better understand the history of defense architecture in the region.
Several times a year, the castle hosts knights’ tournaments, and once a year, in the summer, Castle Party – the largest dark independent festival in Poland.
How to get to Bolków from Wroclaw
- Take a bus from Wroclaw bus station to Bolków. It runs frequently, and the journey lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. The prices start from 20 PLN.
Bardo is a very picturesque town with less than 3,000 inhabitants. Bardo is pretty small, so it is a great idea to spend there one or even half a day. The town is located in the Bardzkie Mountains and is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the Lower Silesia region.
There are several exciting tourist attractions here. The most important is the Minor Basilica, with the more than 1000-year-old miraculous statue of Mary. It is the oldest wooden statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Poland. Behind the basilica, there is a moving Christmas nativity scene with the elements referring to the everyday life in Bardo. Once in Bardo, take a stroll in the nearby Bardzkie Mountains. On the mountain paths, there are many chapels, a spring, the Way of the Cross, and beautiful viewpoints. Mountain trails are relatively easy.
How to get to Bardo from Wrocław
- Take a train from the Wrocław train station. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes, and trains run every hour. One way trip cost around 18 PLN ($5). Click here to check the timetables.
- Buses to Bardo leave from Wrocław every hour. The journey takes about an hour and a half, and tickets can be bought from 10 PLN ($2.5). Click here to check the timetables and prices.
The Church of Peace (Kościół Pokoju) is the most famous monument of Świdnica. It is one of three objects in Lower Silesia included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is a unique Monument of History, the largest wooden baroque temple in Europe, and one of the seven new wonders of Poland according to “National Geographic”. We were quite skeptical before visiting the church, as we saw many ones around the world, but the beautiful Baroque interior of the building is breathtaking and worth visiting (entrance fee: 12 PLN).
Next, head to the Cathedral of St. Wacław and Stanisław with the highest gothic tower in Poland, visible from almost every corner of the city. Finally, watch Świdnica from above. Go to the Market Square (Rynek) and enter the Town Hall Tower (free entrance). Watch the skyline of the city and colorful tenement houses in Market Square.
How to get to Świdnica from Wrocław
- Take a train from the Wroclaw train station to Świdnica. The journey takes around 1 hour. The prices start at 13,5 PLN. Click here to see the timetables and prices.
Opole is one of the oldest cities in Poland. In our country known primarily from the annual National Festival of Polish Song held every year. The long and turbulent history of the city has left a lot of impressive monuments. Fans of history will surely spend a fascinating day here.
The most important monument of the city is the Piast Tower. You enter the tower with a guide, and at every level, some multimedia visualizations will take you into the medieval world. At the very end, there is a viewing terrace waiting for visitors to enter and compare the modern panorama with the one from the 19th century. For music lovers, we also recommend visiting the Museum of Polish Song and the Opole Amphitheater. Then head to the Bolko Island and sit in the shade of a 400-year-old oak tree, further on the island, there is a large and modern zoological garden – one of the main attractions of the city.
How to get to Opole from Wroclaw
- Take a Flixbus bus from Wroclaw bus station to Opole. It runs at least three times a day, and the journey lasts 1 hour 30 min. The prices start from 5 PLN.
- Take a train from the Wroclaw train station to Opole. The trains run very frequently, and the journey takes from 47 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes depending on the type of train we choose. The prices start at 25 PLN. Click here to see the timetables and prices.
Poznań is one of the oldest cities in Poland. It is known for its colorful architecture, cultural scene, delicious cuisine, and numerous tourist attractions. Don’t miss the Old Market Square where every day at noon two goats twist horns 12 times. The Renaissance town hall is one of the most picturesque places in Poznan.
Visit the Ostrów Tumski, which is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. It is an enclave of peace, and time flows here more slowly. Then head to Stary Browar, which is a center of trade and art created in a former 19th-century brewery. Currently, there are many shops, gardens, clubs, a park, an art center, and a hotel. The must-try in Poznan is St. Martin’s Croissant, made from half-French dough and filled with white poppy seeds, nuts, and dried fruits.
How to get to Poznan from Wroclaw
- Take a Flixbus bus from Wroclaw to Poznan. It runs very frequently, and the journey lasts from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours. The prices start from 15 PLN.
- Take Wroclaw to Poznan train. They run very frequently, and the journey takes from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the type of train we choose. The prices start at 27 PLN. Click here to see the timetables and prices.
Karpacz is a popular place in Lower Silesia that annually attracts over 2 million people who want to relax at the foot of the majestic Karkonosze Mountains. In winter, Karpacz is full of skiers and snowboarders, while when the snow melts, hikers walk along the trails to enjoy the mountain views. If you are planning on a one-day trip to Karpacz and leave Wroclaw early enough, you can try to climb the highest peak of the Karkonosze – Śnieżka.
Our favorite place in Karpacz is the wooden Wang Church built without the use of any nail! It is an 800-year-old Norwegian Protestant temple bought and transferred from Norway to Karpacz by Frederic William IV.
Another exciting place in the city is the Toy Museum with a vast collection of toys. You can also go to a bobsleigh track or a rope park, wander through the main street of Karpacz full of stalls and restaurants and buy some souvenirs, for example, warm woolen socks.
How to get to Karpacz from Wroclaw
- The most convenient way to get to Karpacz is by bus. The one-way journey takes between 2 h 10 min and 2 h 50 min. Click here to check the latest timetable and prices.
Meet the locals on Ślęża mountain. It is located quite close to the city and is one of the most popular weekend goals. You can get to the top by several routes, the easiest and undemanding is the yellow trail, and our favorite, more demanding is the blue trail. If you are using public transport, start your walk from Sobótka town. The trails are well-marked, so you certainly will not get lost.
The story accompanying the mountain is mysterious and exciting. Ages ago, Ślęża was a religious center of the solar cult of the local Slavic tribes, and it is said that one of the chakras constituting the energy center of the Earth may be located here. When you get to the top of the mountain, don’t forget to take a photo with a bear – cult stone sculpture.
How to get to Ślęża from Wroclaw
- The most convenient way to get to Sobótka is by buses which run very frequently. The one-way journey takes less than 1 hour. Click here to check the timetables.
The most convenient option to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau in one day is to book one of the private day trips from Wroclaw. The concentration camps are located near Kraków. They were used by the Nazis as extermination camps during World War II. Over a million men, women, and children lost their lives here or were forced to work in extreme conditions. These concentration camps have since become enduring symbols of the Nazis’ brutal policy of Jewish and minority extermination.
Once there, you will learn about the Holocaust, visit special exhibitions about the people who were imprisoned, and see the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Wroclaw
- The private day trip from Wrocław takes 10 hours, and you can check the latest prices or book the tour here.
Adršpach – Czech Republic
Have you watched the fantasy movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? If so, you will be delighted to visit the real-life locations from the movie in the so-called stony town. You can have a wonderful day admiring beautiful nature reserve, full of breathtaking landscapes, waterfalls, and bizarre rock formations.
At the stony town, you will find several hiking trails with various levels of difficulty. Don’t miss the rock waterfall and emerald lake. Finally, climb the stairs to the viewpoint called the Great Panorama to see the stony town from a different perspective. Don’t leave the Ardspach without trying the local Czech cuisine.
How to get to Adršpach from Wroclaw
- The trip from Wroclaw takes approximately 2 hours by car, and you will arrive at the village Adrspach on the Czech-Polish border. You can also book a private tour here.
- You can get to Adrspach by train, which runs on weekends from Wroclaw. The journey takes 3 hours, and the one-way ticket for an adult costs 24 PLN.
Görlitz – Germany
German city Görlitz together with Polish city Zgorzelec forms a European city. The city is an example of border crossing by people from two nations. During World War II Görlitz was not destroyed so nowadays you can find buildings representing almost every period of the history of architecture. Over 4000 monuments are waiting for you to be discovered!
Görlitz is also a city of towers – you can visit some of them and see the city landscape from above. The most beautiful part of the city is the Old Town with its richly decorated facades and painted ceilings. Don’t forget to cross the bridge on the Nysa Łużycka river and visit Zgorzelec. Our must-see is Daszyńskiego Street.
How to get to Görlitz from Wroclaw
- Take a Flixbus bus from Wroclaw to Zgorzelec and then cross the bridge to get to Görlitz . Bus runs very frequently, and the journey lasts from 2 hours and 20 minutes to 3 hours 10 minutes. The prices start from 10 PLN.
Few words from us
There are plenty of ideas for Wrocław day trips, that’s why our list will grow in the future. Not so long ago there were very convenient flights from Wrocław to Warsaw, but unfortunately Ryanair closed that route a few months ago. It is still possible to make such a trip with the Polish LOT carrier, but such a one-day trip is very costly.
Are you wondering how to get from Wrocław airport to the city center? Read our post with the list of 5 transportation options.
Last but not least – if you’ve been to any exciting place close to Wrocław, be sure to let us know in the comments.
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