Pleasant surprises are always welcome on an international trip, particularly in new countries, and Wroclaw, Poland is a lovely surprise indeed. This fascinating town in southwest Poland is stop #2 on our trip, and what an undiscovered gem it is. Neither of us had heard of Wroclaw (pronounced VROTS – wahf) prior to our trip research, but we’re so happy to have found it.
It has a delightful, compact old town which is a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, painted in a color palette made for Autumn. The village is absolutely perfect for walking. The heart of town, for tourists and locals alike, is the market square, also known as the Rynek. Its colorful, photogenic buildings ooze old European charm, and the local university ensures loads of restaurants, and a lively city vibe.
Medieval buildings scattered around Old Town also provide a plentiful source for one of our fancies – architectural details. Sunbursts, golden animals, ancient clocks, coats-of-arms, gargoyles, and the list goes on and on.
And what a surprise to discover that Wroclaw is overrun with gnomes – at least 150 of them. Needless to say, we’ve been searching and snapping away, and you’ll hear much more about these humorous little people. With names like The Snorer, The Traveler, The Dumpling Eater, The Pigeon Fancier, and The Reluctant Flyer, we felt it only proper that our readers get a full report.
One of the primary reasons we travel is to learn. History, culture, and architecture are always high on our list. But this is all just the normal stuff unless we have a little fun to go with it. And Wroclaw is going to be fun.