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7 Reasons Wroclaw Should be your Next City Break

June 4, 2017

7 Reasons Wroclaw Should be your Next City Break

June 4, 2017

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Earlier this year I visited Poland for the first time.

It had never really been a place that was on my radar as somewhere to visit, but it quickly made its way into my list of favourite places I have been to – thanks to the very charming city of Wroclaw.

I’m currently in the middle of my second trip there, so I thought it would be the perfect time to let you guys know why I think you should all visit for your next city break.

7 Reasons you Should Book a Wroclaw City Break

It’s unbelievably cheap

I cannot stress how cheap my first trip to Poland was because honestly, I still don’t quite believe it.

Our flights from Newcastle were £44.00 each with Ryan Air and our Accommodation, booked through Air BnB, was around £65 each for four nights.

Tip: We used a friends Air BnB code to help bring this cost down a little, so if you’re looking to do the same feel free to use my code to knock £30 off your first AirBnB stay ANYWHERE.

On top of that I took just over £200 worth of Zloty (the Polish currency) with me which went A LOT further than I had imagined it ever would.

To put it into perspective here’s a few of the things I bought Wroclaw as a little price comparison:

  • KFC Family Bucket (#sorrynotsorry) for 34zl = £6.88
  • Burger and fries with 3 cocktails in an amazing smokehouse restaurant for 120zl = £24.28
  • A hardback notebook from Flying Tiger for 10zl = £2.02
  • Taxi from the airport to the hotel for 70zl = £14.16
  • Ticket to Wroclaw Zoo for 45zl = £9.10
  • A bottle of 70cl vodka in duty free for 25zl = £5.06
  • Nutella Crepe for 7zl = £1.42

By the end of the trip I had plenty left over, so treated myself to a couple of bits from Sephora.

There’s so much to do

When looking at pictures before our trip I didn’t really think there would be much to do there, but by the time we were halfway through our first day I realised that four days was just not going to be enough.

There’s easily enough to fill an entire week without getting bored including:

  • Old Town and Market Square
  • Dwarf hunting (see below)
  • Wroclaw Zoo
  • Boat tours
  • Exploring the hundreds of bridges in the city
  • Visiting Wroclaw’s five cathedrals
  • Centennial Hall
  • Raclawice Panorama (a huge 360-degree painting of the 1794 battle)
  • St Mary’s Magdalena’s Church and the
  • Royal Palace
  • Wroclaw Town Hall
  • Ostrow Tumski, Cathedral Island and the love lock bridge
  • Punkt Widokowy Sky Tower
  • The Japanese Gardens

When looking at it as a long list it’s easy to see that there is plenty to keep you busy, especially if you want to make time for watching the world go by while enjoying a cocktail (or seven).

Wroclaw

It’s stunningly beautiful

Wroclaw is easily one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited, especially everywhere in the Old Town area. There’s colour architecture, buskers blowing bubbles in the streets, gorgeous restaurants, street artists and craftsmen and an atmosphere that’s impossible to describe. It’s one of those places you have to experience to truly be able to get it, because oh. my. gosh. I was not expecting to love Wroclaw as much as I did.

Since visiting I have spoken to several people that have been and they all agree, Wroclaw is the underdog of city breaks – I’m tellin’ ya.

Dwarf hunting

If you’ve been keeping up with my Wroclaw posts you will have seen that I recently posted one on mine and Ashton’s dwarf hunt.

Basically, there are rumoured to be over 300 tiny dwarfs located across the city of Wroclaw. They originally started as part of an anti-communist movement and following on from some artist installations in 2005, they’ve grown an incredible amount.

Most dwarfs are located outside areas of business, but there are a few that are extra hard to find.

Come to think of it, I actually think the dwarfs may be one of my favourite things about the city.

dwarf hunting

Old Town and the Market Square are incredible

I know I’ve mentioned the Market Square and Old Town a few times now, but it was one of the highlights of the entire trip. Our AirBnB apartment was just off the main square, so we went every single day without fail. It was just so captivating, watching the world go by.

Despite the cold weather and the rain, we sat outside in most of the restaurants we ate in. We got some funny looks but I didn’t care, it was too nice outside and I didn’t want to waste a single second in the square.

It was 2016’s European City of Culture

In 2016 Wroclaw was named the European City of Culture and it’s so easy to see why. After eight years of planning and events, Wroclaw took the crown last year and to celebrate they’ll be hosting the World Games in July this year.

The back story to why Wroclaw is today considered the City of Culture is incredible, as after the Second World War, the city was almost completely rebuilt. There are now only 8,000 historic buildings that survived the war.

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You can be transported back in time

This may sound a little odd – but there was a lot about Wroclaw that felt quite ‘oldy-worldy’. One of my favourite things is that around sundown you can see the Wroclaw lamp lighter walking around the city lighting each light individually with a flame. Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever heard?

So, what are you waiting for! Go book a trip to Wroclaw right now.

Kirsty Leanne

xoxo

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