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Destination inspiration: Wrocław, Poland

Why to go?

The list of things to do in bite-sized Wrocław is endless. For travellers hungry for some culture, the city’s charming Gothic architecture mixes German, Austrian and Hungarian influences – a reflection of the city’s rich past.

The colourful buildings of Market Square

The colourful buildings of Market Square

Colourful in spirit and looks, Wrocław’s bright yellow, green and red façades are interspersed with cobbled streets and grand plazas, such as the bustling 13th-century Market Square. Building buffs will love the colossal, dome-like Centennial Hall and the sandstone Town Hall. No less than 112 bridges connect the city’s 12 islands, while the most famous, Cathedral Island, can trace its foundations back to the 9th century.

Sunset on the River Oder

Sunset on the River Oder

A lively student town, Wrocław has an unmistakable buzz and there’s a constant and jam-packed cultural agenda of shows, concerts and readings. Boutique hotels, tavern-like watering holes and traditional restaurants serving up hearty local cuisine can be found scattered around the old town.

When to go?

A sunny day in Wroclaw's city centre

A sunny day in Wroclaw's city centre

Summertime sees the crowds flock to Poland’s warmest city – so if you want to avoid the queues and the higher prices, head to Wrocław in spring. March and April mark the start of milder weather and the city’s exciting festival season, which packs in literature, music and film spectacles in theatres and parks – and even on the banks of the Oder.

Where to stay?

Art Hotel

Art Hotel

Art Hotel – Wrocław, Poland

Located in Wrocław’s old town, this boutique hotel is close to Market Square, while Cathedral Island is just a 10-minute stroll away. Step inside a sandstone façade and into a complex of buildings that date back to the 16th century. Inside, admire stucco ceilings and friezes, before wandering through a 15th-century portico into the restaurant, influenced by the Lower Silesia region, Italy and Belgium.

Centrum Dikul Hotel

Centrum Dikul Hotel

Centrum Dikul Hotel – Wrocław, Poland

Kick back in your modern room and keep history within easy reach at the smart Centrum Dikul. There’s a terrace and a small spa, and it’s just a short walk from Market Square and the winding streets of the old town. So make a day of it, stock up on the hotel’s much-loved breakfast and head out to explore all that the city has to offer.

The Granary – La Suite Hotel

The Granary – La Suite Hotel

The Granary – La Suite Hotel – Wrocław, Poland

A chic treat, Wrocław’s heritage remains evident in this restored 400-year-old granary building. Booking.com guests love the blend of contemporary rooms with exposed brick walls. Mennicza Fusion restaurant dishes up a delectable blend of cuisine that reflects the mix of European influences found throughout Wrocław.

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