Narrow cobblestone streets with baroque houses leading to grand squares illuminated with hand-lit gas lanterns: a visit to the historic city centre is like a trip back in time. But outside the old city centre lies modern Wrocław. A lively student town with cultural festivals, creative hotbeds and alternative art. Explore the rebellious sister of Krakow.
Wrocław has always been rebellious. Although the prosperous Hanseatic city maintained its independence for a long time, during the Cold War it became a hotbed for anti-communist resistance. The hundreds of bronze gnome statues are silent witnesses to this period. In the 1980s the city became a lively punk scene and many of the music stages and cafés from those days are still popular. Thanks to its history and a young population of 120,000 students, Wrocław is one of the most progressive and cosmopolitan cities in Poland.