A weekend in Wroclaw - what to see, where to stay and eat

Hello fellow travelers!

Today I take you with me through the magical and enchanting streets of Wroclaw (Wroclaw), considered by many to be one of the European capitals of Christmas! Departing from Venice on a comfortable Ryanair direct flight, in only a couple of hours we found ourselves immersed in the magical atmosphere of this Polish city, a real hidden gem in the heart ofEurope.

Once you land in Wrocław, to get to the city center you will simply exit the airport (very small so you will have no problems) and on your right you will see a small bus stop/station that will take you to the city center in about half an hour! You can safely board the bus and make your ticket with the contact less terminal on board, which is very convenient, fast and cheap.

We arrived in the evening, so once we got downtown we found ourselves immersed in a truly fairy-tale landscape! Snow-covered roads and lit by a thousand lights, truly beautiful Christmas decorations, and the sweet smell of cinnamon and spices wafted from the Christmas markets! Being late we immediately headed to a restaurant for dinner, I’ll leave the link here because we really had a great meal: DIM SUM GARDEN.

Finished dinner, given the temperatures (we were below freezing and you know how much I love the cold) we headed back to the hotel and went to bed early so we could start the next day nice and fresh in the early morning! 🙂 I recommend that you choose a hotel/apartment that is fairly central as, although the city is well served by public transportation, temperatures are quite cold in the winter time and we often went back to the hotel to warm up a bit during the day! I’ll leave you the link to theapartment we chose HERE, really very nice and super downtown!

Other recommended hotels:

Grey Panther Apartment in the Heart of Wroclaw

Q17 Apartments

Rynek 45 Apartament

Korona Hotel Wroclaw Market Square

Here is what we visited these days:

Market Square (Rynek): The beating heart of Wroclaw, one of Europe’s largest medieval squares, famous for its colorful buildings and old Gothic Town Hall. It is the perfect place to savor the atmosphere of the city, especially during the Christmas markets.

St. Elizabeth’s Church: One of the oldest and most impressive churches in Wroclaw, located near the Market Square. This magnificent Gothic church is known for its tall tower, at a cost of only 2 euros each to be paid in their local currency in cash, you can climb its 300 steps and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city.

Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski): A quiet island on the Oder River, home to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, a Gothic masterpiece. Stroll through the cobblestone streets for a unique experience, especially at sunset when the gas lanterns are lit by hand.

Wroclaw’s Latarnik: A charming tradition that lives on in the streets of Wroclaw is that of the Latarnik. Every evening at dusk, this historical figure, dressed in traditional clothing, walks the streets of Cathedral Island, manually lighting the gas lanterns that illuminate the streets. A ritual, which adds a touch of magic to the city’s already evocative atmosphere.

Panorama of Racławice: An incredible circular artwork depicting the Battle of Racławice. This panoramic painting offers an immersive experience in Polish history.

University of Wroclaw: Famous for its splendid Leopoldine Hall, the University is a jewel of Baroque architecture, with frescoes and decorations that truly left us breathless. At a cost of 4 euros per person you can visit the 3 rooms inside (there would also have been a visit to the tower but at the time of our visit it was closed for restoration work).

Hala Targowa Market: A great place for those who want to explore local flavors and handicrafts. This historic market offers a wide range of traditional Polish products.

Centennial Hall (Hala Stulecia): AUNESCO World Heritage Site, this modernist building is a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture and hosts events, concerts and fairs.

Gnomes of Wroclaw: A fun treasure hunt to find the small gnome statues scattered around the city, each with its own story and meaning.

Neon Quarter (Neon Side): This quarter offers a unique experience, combining history, art, and urban culture. Strolling through the streets, one can admire a fascinating collection of neon signs that illuminate the area in bright colors, creating a unique atmosphere. It is a perfect place for photography lovers and those looking for a different and artistic corner of the city.

Galeria Dominikańska: This centrally located shopping center offers a wide variety of stores, from international brands to local crafts, making it the ideal place for an afternoon of shopping or simply to shelter from the cold of the winter months. Fabio and I also returned there often because of the cafes there for breakfast or for a simple tea to warm us up in the afternoon!

Given the temperatures I recommend that you dress really well. I have written an article that can help you on recommended clothing in these situations and you can find it here

In terms of payments and local currency, on the other hand, the currency in Poland is the złoty(PLN). You must then exchange your euros at the exchanges in the city in case you want cash in your pocket. We only changed a few euros because they accept credit cards really everywhere. Cash is only needed to pay for entrances to attractions and for small expenses at the Christmas markets.

Finally the time has come to tell you about food friends! We ate really well and I must say also at really fair prices. The local dishes are delicious: we loved the pierogi, which are filled fresh pasta ravioli, both sweet and savory. The local soups I loved especially to warm me up and their desserts that vabbè not even tell you! Ah, if you also cannot be without Asian cuisine, we tried a super one which is DIM SUM GARDEN.

Other recommended restaurants and café bars:


Try all their zuppers that are so good!
Pierogies tasted at HUBERTUS RESTAURACJA
Don't miss the endless variations of cinnamon desserts!

Personally, Fabio Breslau and I loved it! It is a real gem that is definitely worth a visit especially during the Christmas season! The Christmas markets and atmosphere were really enchanting especially in the cathedral area! I remind you she on my Instagram profile you can review all the stories from this trip in the “featured stories Wroclaw.”

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