Krakow and Warsaw have been the most popular destinations in Poland for a long time, but with its unique charm and magnificent architecture Wroclaw is catching up.

There are some good reasons to visit Wroclaw (pronounced “Wrotswa”): Architecture, history, culture and a vibrant nightlife. Throughout centuries the city was influenced by various kingdoms and countries – so the styles vary from richly decorated Baroque over classy Renaissance to earnest Gothic. A storybook for architecture-lovers.

You can just sit on the market square in the Old Town surrounded by those colourful buildings and soak in the special atmosphere. Or you stroll along the cobblestone streets and have a coffee in one of the nice cafés. When the weather is good, Slodowa Island is the place to be – it’s a popular park located north of the old part of the city. Wroclaw is famous for its summer festivals and cultural events.

Probably one of the most curious characteristics: the metal dwarfs spread all over the city. There are more than 300 of them! And did you know that there are more than 100 bridges to walk across? Well, there is a lot more to discover – just come and see yourself.

City Facts

  • Location

    Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland, located on the banks of the river Oder in the Silesian Lowlands of Central Europe.

  • Population

    About 637,000 (in 2016), making it the fourth-largest city in Poland.

  • Size

    293 km²

  • Currency

    Although Poland is part of the EU it still has the Zloty (PLN). One CHF is about 3,85 Zloty (effective: July 2017).

  • Public transport

    Wroclaw is an important traffic junction. It is very well connected to the motorway. Public transport in the city includes bus lines and 22 tram lines. Tickets can be bought at vending machines and also at kiosks.

  • Climate

    Humid continental climate. It is one of the warmest cities in Poland with about 41 sunny days during the year.

  • Best time to visit

    Between April and October. But be prepared for rainy days in June and July. The warmest month is August, the sunniest and driest is September.

  • Good to know

    There is free municipal wi-fi available in over 130 areas across the city like in the Old Town, the Centennial Hall, Aquapark or Racławice Panorama. Signs point to those areas.

  • Nice to know

    Because of the many bridges, Wroclaw is also called "Venice of Poland".

  • Airport

    Wrocław Copernicus Airport is located approx. 10 km away from the city centre.

  • Bus

    Wroclaw offers over 60 bus services during the day and over 10 night services. Line 106 connects the aiport with the Main Railway Station and is departing every 20 minutes. By night it is bus service 206.

  • Taxi

    Instead of the bus you can take a taxi to the city centre, the price starts at CHF 15. Better book in advance and negotiate the price before, drivers at the terminal tend to overcharge clients. TaxiTender or myTaxi are good platforms for reliable and reasonably priced airport transfers.