Wrocław is the fourth largest city in Poland, located in the southwestern part of the country. If you want to visit a city full of historical monuments and architecture, participate in cultural events, broaden your knowledge about the world, learn more about Poland and Lower Silesia and go for long walks, city of Wrocław is a great choice. We live in Wrocław for years, and we decided to hand-pick a selection of the best things to do in Wrocław in 2020, so you can make sure you get the most of your visit to Wrocław.
List of the Best Things to Do in Wrocław
Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall)
Hala Stulecia is the only building in Wrocław listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also recognized as one of the greatest architectural works of the 20th century. Currently, Hala Stulecia hosts the most important cultural events in Wrocław such as concerts, exhibitions, conferences and fairs throughout the year. Inside the Centennial Hall, there is an interactive Discovery Center, where you can learn more about this amazing building, its history, as well history of Wrocław and Lower Silesia region. The center will be opened again in spring.
Right next to the Centennial Hall there is the charming Pergola, which is one of the favorite walking places of Wrocław. Pergola surrounds the area of the Multimedia Fountain, which is the largest fountain of this type in Poland. The fountain shows take place in the warm season from spring to early autumn and have a special charm after dark.
Why it is worth visiting Centennial Hall in 2020?
In April 2020 Centennial Hall will celebrate the 150th birthday anniversary of its designer Max Berg. On this occasion, you can expect various attractions and several events to be organized to understand better the life of Max Berg and the history of the Hall and Wrocław. In 2020, Hala Stulecia will host several interesting concerts, opera performances, and festivals, including a trance music festival, reggae music festival, and Hip Hop Festival. Read more about the Centennial Hall on the official website.
Where: Wystawowa 1
What to visit:
- Discovery Center and interior of the Hall (available for sightseeing starting spring)
- Fountain (season starts in spring) – free admission
- Pergola – free admission
- Szczytnicki Park – free admission
- Japanese Garden – admission: 8 PLN
Where to stay:
Hotel ZOO – 3* hotel designed in a tropical garden style, located a few steps from the Zoological Garden and Hala Stulecia. Within the area of the ZOO hotel, there is a Jungle restaurant with Asian cuisine, and next to the hotel there is a Biedronka supermarket. Click here to check the availability.
Rynek (Market Square)
Rynek is a Wrocław must-see regardless of the season or year. It is where the heart of the city beats. In the summer the beer gardens burst at the seams and in the winter Rynek hosts the most beautiful Christmas Market in Poland. There are three the most popular landmarks in the Market Square: the pillory located in front of Feniks – the oldest department store in Wrocław, the fountain, and the Aleksander Fredro monument.
In the northwest corner of the Rynek, there are two tiny and charming houses of altarists – guardians of the altar in the nearby St. Elizebeth’s church). They are called Jaś and Małgosia (Hansel and Gretel). Rynek is surrounded by 60 tenements. Have a look at the tenement house at number 5. One of the windows there is painted. Can you guess which one?
There are several great restaurants in Wrocław Market Square. Our favorites are Vega with vegan cuisine, Wok In with Thai cuisine and Bernard with Czech cuisine. Piwnica Świdnicka, one of the oldest gastronomic establishments in Europe, operated until recently in the basement of the Town Hall. We hope it will be opened soon!
Eleven streets lead to Rynek and each of them has its own story and interesting things to see. It is worth going down Więzienna Street, Kuźnicza Street and Świdnicka Street. Right next to Market Square there is a Solny Square, where you can buy fresh flowers 24 hours a day. There is also a Paloma café with delicious coffee!
Why it is worth visiting Rynek in 2020?
It is always a good time to visit Rynek at all seasons. Don’t miss the Christmas Market which will take place in December 2020. From spring till late autumn you can enjoy a cold beer at one of the beer gardens or try polish or international cuisine. In the evening let yourself be carried away by the hot Latino rhythms in the pub Casa de la Musica.
What to visit:
- Pan Tadeusz Museum – admission: 20 PLN
- FeniksDepartment Store – free admission
- Solny Square – free admission
- Old City Hall
- Aleksander Fredro monument
Where to stay:
Aparthotel New Lux – we think that the 4* aparthotel located in the Town Hall, has the most convenient location for sightseeing and exploring the city amongst other hotels in Wrocław. Enjoy your stay in a fully equipped room with a beautiful view. Click here to check the availability
Ostrów Tumski is the oldest and most picturesque part of Wrocław. It is a favorite walking place among locals and tourists. In the center of the island, there is the Archcathedral of St. John the Baptist called “the mother of churches” of Lower Silesia.
The Tumski Bridge between Piaskowa Island and Ostrów is a popular meeting place and tourist attraction. For over a dozen years, couples have been hanging padlocks on the bridge as a symbol of their love. If you have the opportunity to walk around Ostrów in the early evening, you can have a unique opportunity to meet a lighthouse keeper, who wears a black cape and black pants. The lighthouse keeper personally lights gas lamps on the island, and he is very popular among tourists.
Walking around Ostrów Tumski, you can enter one of the small gardens and sit on a bench with a view of the Oder. If you want to relax surrounded by green scenery visit the Botanical Garden. Don’t miss the Archdiocesan Museum full of monuments of sacred art. Among them, you can find the “Book of Henryków” from the 13th-14th century, with the first sentence written in Polish.
Legend about the Dumpling Gate
Near the cathedral, there is a charming Dumpling Gate, which is associated with an interesting legend. The story is about a man who loved his wife’s cooking, especially Silesian dumplings. After her death, he did not eat because of despair. One day the man dreamed of his wife who promised him to provide a daily portion of dumplings, but he is not allowed to eat all, and at the bottom of the pot, there must always be one dumpling. After waking up, the man saw a pot and tried to eat all the dumplings, however, the last dumpling kept escaping back to the pot, and finally escaped to the gate.
What to visit:
- Archcathedral of St. John the Baptist – free admission to the church, observation tower + chapels: 12 PLN
- Tumski Bridge
- Dumpling Gate
- Church of St. Giles – the oldest church in Wrocław – free admission
- Botanical Garden – admission: 15 PLN
Where to stay:
Hotel im. Jana Pawła II – 4* hotel located in the heart of Ostrów Tumski. In the hotel, there is the Katedralna restaurant which serves polish cuisine. Also, guests can relax in the hotel’s sauna. Click here to check the availability
Krasnale (Gnomes of Wrocław)
Time for some fun. Did you know that Wrocław is full of gnomes? There are over 380 dwarfs in Wrocław and you can find them everywhere – on the streets, in front of the most popular buildings in the city or wherever you don’t expect them. Some people say that gnomes are like Pokémon, you can find them all! Dwarfs commemorate the Orange Alternative – a happening movement against the communist authorities in the 1980s.
If you want, you can download a map with all gnomes from the website, or visit the Tourist Information on the Market Square and collect a free map of Wrocław gnomes. On the website, you can find specially designed walking routes on which you will meet cheerful gnomes. You can follow the trail of celebrity gnomes, the culinary trail, the historical trail and much more.
Which gnomes in Wrocław are the most famous ones? Certainly, Papa Dwarf, who is the largest and first dwarf in the family. He lives at Świdnicka Street from 2001. Then, dwarf WrocLovek who lives at Odrzańska Street, near the tenement houses Jaś and Małgosia. He holds a heart symbolizing love for Wrocław. Two dwarfs called Syzyfki are the most popular gnomes in Wrocław. They live at Świdnicka Street. They constantly push the granite ball, but they do the Sisyphean job because one pushes it back and one pushes it forward.
Join the Dwarf Festival organized every September. The event starts with the Great Dwarf Parade. The three-day festival is full of competitions, music and theater performances, and city games.
Wrocław is sometimes called the “City of a hundred bridges” or “Venice of the North”. Wrocław is located on the Oder River, the second-longest river in Poland. It has the largest number of bridges in Poland, and one of the largest number of bridges in Europe. In summer, Oder is filled with ships, yachts, motorboats, and kayaks.
Cruises on the Oder
Cruises on the Oder are one of the most interesting forms of spending free time in the summer. The cruise usually takes 50 minutes and you will be amazed by the beautiful views on the most important Wrocław attractions, from a completely new perspective. One of the stops where you can board the ship is located in Ostrów Tumski.
Beach bars and more
If you love long walks by the riverbank, you can relax strolling along the Dunikowski Boulevard, and enjoy the view of Ostrów Tumski. Visit Słodowa Island, which almost year-round is full of students from various universities in Wrocław, and in the summer you can find there various attractions such as outdoor cinema, concerts, sports activities or dance lessons.
The number of beach bars has been growing in Wrocław for several years. Like mushrooms after rain, urban beaches are formed, headed by the largest artificial city beach in Poland – HotSpot! Beach bar. Beach bars are not only a place where you can sit on the sand, sunbathe and drink a cold drink or grab some lunch from a food truck. In the season, beach bars organize live concerts, parties or family events.
What to visit:
- HotSpot! Beach bar – free admission
- cruise on Oder river: 15 PLN one way
- Dunikowski Boulevard – free admission
- Słodowa island – free admission
Where to stay:
Hotel Tumski – 3* hotel in Wrocław, located on the banks of the Oder river. The hotel offers spectacular views of the river and Ostrów Tumski and in a nearby restaurant, located on the ship, you can enjoy Polish cuisine. Click here to check the availability
Afrykarium and Wroclaw Zoo
Afrykarium is located in the Wrocław Zoo, near Hala Stulecia. It is the only oceanarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the fauna of Africa. There are turtles, colorful fish, hippos, sharks, penguins, crocodiles and many other creatures in Afrykarium. You can spend a whole day visiting both Afrykarium and Zoo. There are so many things to see!
Don’t forget to have a walk around the Wrocław Zoo, as it is a real pleasure. You can see many species of animals from around the world both on the catwalks and in pavilions, and watch the feeding of animals. Wrocław Zoo is the fifth most visited zoo in Europe with a daily entry record of 28,300 people.
Where: Wróblewskiego 1-5
How to get here:
- stop: Centennial Hall or Zoo
- tram 1, 2, 4, 10
- bus 115, 145, 146
Opening hours: Afrykarium and Zoo are opened all year round with no exceptions from 9 am – 6 pm.
Admission: 50 PLN and you are allowed to visit both the Zoological Garden and Afrykarium. Click here to read more about various ticket options and book the ticket online.
Centrum Historii Zajezdnia
Centrum Historii Zajezdnia is one of the newest museums in Wrocław, located in the former bus depot. In addition to temporary presentations, the museum has an interactive and modern exhibition describing the history of Wrocław from 1945 to 2016. The display looks like Wrocław in the 70s, with its streets, a train station, a shop, a kiosk, and a maze. You can also go underground and learn more about the anti-communist opposition.
Where: Grabiszynska 184
How to get here:
- stop: Bzowa (Centrum Zajezdnia)
- tram 4, 5, 11, 14
- bus 126, 134, 602
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday – Wednesday: 9 am – 5 pm
- Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
- Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Admission: 10 PLN
Take the most stunning views of Wrocław, be dazzled by the beautiful Wrocław architecture, nature, and fantastic bridges.
Mostek Pokutnic is the footbridge connecting the towers of the church of Mary Magdalene is located at an altitude of 45 m. According to legend, it is possible to see the souls of young women who, instead of taking care of children and the home, preferred getting out and partying. As a punishment, they have to pass this narrow footbridge. The church of Mary Magdalene is located close to Market Square. You can enter the tower only via stairs.
Admission: 8 PLN
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Viewpoint at the Archcathedral in Ostrów Tumski
Archcathedral viewpoint is located on one of the towers of the Wrocław cathedral in Ostrów Tumski. The 97-meter tower can be reached by elevator from June to September.
Admission: 8 PLN
Opening hours: click here
Tower of the St. Elisabeth’s Church
Tower of the St. Elisabeth’s Church is the most popular viewpoint around Market Square.
Admission: 5 PLN
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 7 pm
The Mathematical Tower
The Mathematical Tower is part of the building of the University of Wrocław. Its terrace is located at an altitude of 42 m and offers beautiful views on the Słodowa Island and the Old Town.
Admission: 10 PLN (ticket includes other attractions within the University)
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Sky Tower is the tallest building in Wrocław. The viewpoint is on the 49th floor and can be reached by elevator in a minute. The views are breathtaking, especially at dusk.
Admission: 18 PLN
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 8:45 am – 8:30 pm, Sunday 9:45 am – 7:30 pm
Where to stay:
Apartamenty Sky Tower Wrocław- you can enjoy unlimited, breathtaking views directly through your window. All apartments have a living area with a TV and a bathroom. Rooms are fully equipped and guests can enjoy all the features in the Sky Tower including a spa, fitness center, and bowling for an additional fee. Click here to check the availability
At Hydropolis you will learn everything about the water. It is an interactive and modern knowledge center where you will learn a lot of interesting facts about water. Among the many exhibits, you can find a water printer, fish models, models of the largest ships in the world or 3 cinema halls, various projections and games. You should dedicate around 2 hours to see all the exhibits. Hydropolis won the 2016 Polish Miracle award from National Geographic Traveler.
Where: Na Grobli 17
How to get here:
- the nearest stops are: Pl. Wróblewskiego or Pl. Zgody
- tram 0L, 0P, 3, 5
- bus 145, 146, N
- Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm (the last admission at 5 pm)
- Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm (the last admission at 7 pm)
Admission: 27 PLN
Day trips from Wrocław
You already know what to do in Wrocław. If you want to discover the Lower Silesia region and find some interesting places to visit near Wrocław, check out our article about our favorite day trips from Wrocław.
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