Wroclaw has so many beautiful church buildings that we have hardly seen the likes of any other city. Here are also a number of magnificent monuments. Perhaps not so strange considering the city’s history and fate over the years. More surprisingly, is it perhaps that you also find some good museums in Wroclaw ? Not least, one such is the newly opened City Museum in the Royal Palace.
The Royal Palace (Palac Królewski) and the City Museum
Wroclaw has refurbished its magnificent royal palace and offers a high-class city museum inside the palace. Here you get a thousand years with Wroclaw. The magnificent building with the beautiful garden, where you should also treat yourself to a trip, was originally owned by Frederik the Great.
Opening hours are from 1000 to 1700 every day, except Mondays which are closed and Sundays which close at 1800. The address is ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 35.
National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe)
The Wroclaw National Museum offers its visitors one of the largest collections of Polish art in one place. This museum is housed in a beautiful 1880s building and houses over 120,000 objects, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, etc. The artworks are from different centuries, including contemporary art. Of the latter, the museum offers a number of world names, such as Józef Szajna. Opening hours are from 1000 – 1700 (1800 on Saturdays) in the summer, but closes one hour earlier from September to March. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The address is Pl. Powstanców Warsaw 5.
Archaeological Museum (Muzeum Archeologiczne)
The Archaeological Museum has a large exhibition showing all types of objects found in and outside Poland, from ancient instruments to more curious finds. The museum is located in a beautiful 15th century building on the street ul. Cieszynskiego 9.
Open weekdays and Saturdays from 1000 to 1700 and Sundays from 1000 to 1800. Closed Mondays.
Museum of Natural History (Muzeum Przyrodnicze)
The Natural History Museum is fun for the whole family, and this edition of Wroclaw is no different. Here are skeletons from prehistoric animals, a variety of stuffed animals, insect collections and much more.
Opening hours are from 0900 to 1500 on weekdays and from 1000 to 1600 on weekends. Mondays closed. The address is ul. Sienkiewicza 21.
The Wroclaw fountain
It is not long since Poland was able to hold free elections. This fountain is both a memorial to this and a celebration of freedom. And it leads us not so little to Märtha and Ari’s use of the word light fountains. The Wroclaw Light Fountain is a real attraction. Everyone loves to see this fountain unfold in all its glory, with 800 candles and thousands of gasping spectators.
You get a taste of the fountain every hour from 1000 to 2200. It all naturally works best when the sun is down! The address is ul. Wystawowa 1, east of downtown Wroclaw.
See the monumental painting of 15 x 240 meters about the Battle of Raclawice. In the Slowacki Park east of the Old Town you will also find the Katyn Monument and much more!
The naked fencer (Fontanna Szermierza)
One of the city’s most photographed monuments is the fencer you will find at the entrance to the University of Wroclaw.
The unveiling happened in 1904 and depicts a gambler who has lost everything except for his card. The monument of the naked man aroused great indignation when it was unveiled, but is now highly treasured.
St. Elizabeth’s Church
This is Wroclaw’s largest church. Yes, not only that, it is also the city’s largest building, despite the church tower now measuring “only” 91 meters, against its original 128 meters. St Elizabeth’s Church is from the 15th century as it now appears, but there have been churches here long before that. Today’s church has been destroyed several times and built up just as often.
The address is ul. Sw. Elzbiety. Open from 0800 to 1800 every day except Sundays where it opens 1300 for visitors.
Cathedral of John the Baptist
This is a Gothic church that with its two church towers is easily recognizable. The cathedral has some of the most beautiful relics of any church in Poland, including the country’s largest organ. In particular, the cathedral was Poland’s first brick building. It was built in 1244. Usually open from 1000 to 1600, if there is no fair. Sundays open from 1400. The address is Pl. Katedralny 18.
Holy Cross Church
This is one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Wroclaw. Not least because of its staircase which is 70 meters high. The church was completed as early as 1295.
The church is open every day. Address: Plac Koscielny.
Feel free to walk to the street ul. Wróblewskiego 1-5 east of Wroclaw where the city’s zoo is located. This is the largest and oldest zoo in Poland. More than 6,000 animals can be found here, including lions, panthers and elephants.
You can get to the zoo by taking trams # 1, 2, 4 or 10. You can also take a ferry to the zoo. Open from 0900 to 1900.
Wroclaw is one of the largest cities in Poland with its approximately 635,000 residents. It is located on the river Oder (Odra). Wroclaw is a safe city, and those who, in their delusion, think it is a security risk to visit Poland’s cities, must think again. Of course, there is crime here as with us, but that you as a tourist should be able to experience something special other than a pocket theft in new and ne, or burglary in the car, is very unlikely.
Like several other cities in this region, Wroclaw has had a number of rulers over the years. There is hardly any other city that can showcase the turmoil of administration and belonging.
Polish piasters, Habsburgs, Austrians, Prussians and Germans, the latter from 1871 to 1945, have all ruled Wroclaw as their own. And they have all given their personal name to the city. So Vratislava, Vracklav, Pretzlav and Bresslau, are all correct historical names for today’s Wroclaw. After World War II, Wroclaw became Polish again and thus the city belongs to Poland to this day.
Several historical events have taken place in Wroclaw, so historically interested tourists have much to look forward to. In 1807 Napoleon took over the city after conquering it from the Prussians. Unfortunately, many medieval walls and fortifications are also destroyed. And in World War II, even more is being destroyed by the city. However, Wroclaw develops further after Napoleon and becomes a greatness in the German Empire. And after World War II, the city is built to shine again. But with the Nazis unfortunately came the great genocide.
Jewish community in Wroclaw
It is difficult to get around the Jews of Wrocklav. The Jewish community in the city can be traced back to the 12th century. With inquisitors and other tormenting spirits almost continuously following, it is almost inexplicable that the Jews have been able to play such a significant role in Wroclaw’s urban development.
By the end of the 19th century, Jews were well integrated into society, and several of them had leading roles in both academic and business life in Wroclaw. Breslau (today’s Wroclaw), which at that time belonged to Germany, had among other things Germany’s second largest synagogue.
The once proud and grand synagogue, like many other synagogues, was destroyed on November 9, 1938 during “Crystal Night,” which is today “visible” through a memorial in the street ul. Lakowa 6.
The old Jewish tomb you can find in ul. Slezna 37 is a strong reminder of the strength of the once powerful Jewish community in Breslau. Here you will find more than 1200 tombstones, many in memory of famous people. Opening hours from 0800 to 1800.
There is also another tomb, ‘The New Jewish Tomb’ located in ul. Lotnicza, northwest of the city. With its 5000 graves, this is one of the largest in Poland.
General about Wroclaw for tourists
As mentioned, Wroclaw is a safe city to travel in. The city is very family friendly, perhaps with the exception of the areas around the Central Station which can be reminiscent of red light districts in the evening.
Prices in Poland have risen in recent years, but our eyes are still very reasonable. It applies to food, drink and everything from local goods. However, international brands are (and of course) just as expensive here, as anywhere else in the world. Taxi is also reasonable, but make sure you see that there is a taximeter that is turned on or that you are agreeing a fixed price that you are comfortable with.
If you are sworn anti-smoker, you will be in trouble in Poland. Namely, it is allowed to smoke at night spots, and it is very common for the restaurants and bars in Wroclaw to have their own zones for smokers. In some places, this zone involves “everywhere”.
You will find tourist information offices on the main square of the Old Town, so to speak where you go to Plac Solny.