If I had to pick a city that most resembled my personality and interests, I’d choose Wrocław. After spending literally 48 hours in Wrocław, just one weekend, I’m already planning to return. That’s how cool Wrocław is.
Do you like craft beer? Wrocław has the most excellent beer by the cask-load. Fancy looking at pretty buildings? Wrocław’s market square is one of the most charming I’ve ever seen. How about quiet rivers? Bloody lovely viewpoints? Epic café and a stellar brunch scene? Relaxing gardens with exotic plants? Independent cinemas? Throw in walkability and dirt cheap prices, that just about sums up the awesomeness that is Wrocław. Oh, and did I mention Wrocław has a Christmas market?!
Yeah, that’s right. Close down the tabs on Kraków and gather around ’cause there’s a new Polish city on the block and someday everyone will want to spend a weekend in Wrocław. Situated in Southwest Poland close to the German and Czechia borders with a growing Italian community, Wrocław has so many great influences that make it a fantastic place to visit.
A weekend in Wrocław is the perfect amount of time to become acquainted with this cosy little city. And because it’s quite small, you won’t feel like you’re rushing around everywhere either! This Wrocław weekend guide covers flights, where to stay in Wrocław, what to eat in Wrocław and exactly what to do in a detailed itinerary. Just chill! I’ve done all the research for you.
Here’s my itinerary on how to spend 48 hours in Wrocław whether you’re visiting for the Wrocław Christmas market or any other time of year for a weekend break.
48 Hours in Wrocław Itinerary
Travel/Flights to Wrocław: How to get there
The flight time from the UK to Wrocław is just over two hours and Ryanair flies to Wrocław from five UK airports. One of those is Manchester which is my nearest airport. And Wrocław isn’t a cheap weekend break just because Poland is a cheap country to visit, flights are a steal. I always search for flight prices on Skyscanner to nab the most inexpensive travel dates and right now I could spend 48 hours in Wrocław this December for just £40 return!
I know Ryanair isn’t the most popular airline, but it is possible to pack for a weekend in Wrocław just using a personal-sized bag so you don’t have to pay any extra fees. My trusty Kanken backpack was more than adequate for a weekend in Wrocław and I also used it as my daypack.
Please note: You’ll find so many different ways of pronouncing Wrocław on the internet, it’s insane. However, after much googling and research, the overwhelming majority of Polish natives I’ve found pronounce it vrots-wahv. The funny ‘ł’ is the ‘ts’ sound. So it’s not row-claw, okay?
Transfers from Wrocław Airport to the City Centre
Using public transport to travel from Wrocław airport to Wrocław city centre is so easy and incredibly cheap (I’ll be saying that a lot). There’s simply no need to splurge on a taxi and the journey only lasts about 30 minutes.
The N. 106 bus leaves just outside Wrocław airport (to the east in the middle of the car park) every 15 minutes and stops multiple times on the way to Wrocław train station (Dworcowa). The service starts operating around 4:30 in the morning and finishes just before 23:00 at night. So the bus runs the majority of the day!
You can buy a ticket using the machine at the bus stop (in English, too) so you don’t have to faff once you’re on the bus. You can pay cash or card at these machines and an adult ticket is 3.40zł (69p) during the day and 3.60zł (73p) at night. An absolute bargain compared to London underground, right?
I always use Google Maps to let me know which stop I need to get off at.
There are trams and buses in Wrocław you can use to travel around Wrocław but there’s really no need unless you have decreased mobility. Wrocław is so small and walkable, you can see more of the city on foot!
Top tip: Have a debit/credit card you can use in Wrocław as well as cash (the currency is the Polish złoty (zł)). The conversion is roughly 20p to 1zł. Lots of places in Poland accept card, especially the buses, but you may need cash for smaller purchases. You can actually buy a ticket on the bus during your journey from the little ticket machines onboard which can translate into English. But you will need a card to do so.
Accommodation in Wrocław: Where to Stay
I spent three nights/48 hours in Wrocław and arrived pretty late on Friday night and left in the wee hours of Monday morning. I’m a fan of using Airbnb for slightly longer trips (5+ nights) or if there are cost savings to be made, but not for such a short trip. I don’t want to be faffing about meeting hosts, sending messages and cleaning up afterwards on a weekend break. And Wrocław is an incredibly cheap place to visit (have I mentioned that already?) so just stay in a hotel.
I chose the Ibis Wrocław Centrum because I just wanted a modern, clean and comfy place to stay with a nice bathroom. I do generally like to book boutique hotels run by locals but I knew I’d be spending so little time in my hotel. The location was a little further out than I’d like but perfect if you’re travelling to Wrocław by train.
In retrospect, I’d book the PURO Hotel Wrocław Stare Miasto. The decor looks chic and clean and the Jewish neighbourhood is probably the best place to stay in Wrocław. It’s not right in the centre but still a great location, and it’s a cool and lively neighbourhood. Which is what you want when you’ve only got 48 hours in Wrocław!
Or if you are a fan of hostels for the community aspect (I definitely am), then check out Hostelworld’s Wrocław listings which is where I always find and book my hostels.
Saturday/Day 1 in Wrocław: Markets & the historic centre
Brunch – Central Café
If you listen to just one tip from me in this whole 48 hours in Wrocław itinerary, it’s this: do not, I repeat, DO NOT book breakfast in your hotel. Wrocław’s selection of brunch spots is delish and so inexpensive, you’d be wasting precious real estate in your stomach by filling up on dry toast and instant coffee.
Instead, head straight to Central Café in the Jewish quarter to start your weekend in Wrocław the right way. They serve a fantastic selection of bulging bagels, fluffy pancakes and hot drinks. It’s a cosy place and yes, maybe a little bit hipster but the great food is why I’m recommending it above anywhere else.
And the price? A measly 53zł (£10.70) for my stack of delicious fruity pancakes, a bagel and two coffees. I’ll just let that sink in.
Please note: It’s a self-service café. So once you get inside, just sit down on any table that’s free (go as close to opening time as possible to get a seat, which is 9:00 on weekends) or you’ll just have to wait for one to open up. Then, claim your table by taking off your coat/bags and head back to the counter to check out the menu (on the blackboard) and order/pay for your food and drinks. You’ll have to keep an ear out when they shout your food so you can go and collect it. And you won’t have to wait for the bill because you’ll have already paid!
- Papa Krasnel & Wrocław Dwarfs – The Wrocław dwarfs are one of the cutest attractions in Wrocław! There are literally over 100 small statuettes all over the city and you can learn more about the dwarfs’ important history to Wrocław here. The very first dwarf is called ‘Papa Krasnel’ and I’ve pinned its location on the map. It looks rather different from the others! It’s fun spotting them whilst walking around the city. And there’s even an app of the Wrocław dwarfs locations.
- Wrocław Town Hall & Market Square – The pièce de résistance of Wrocław and most Polish cities: the Market square! It’s glorious and begs you to walk around all of it. Don’t forget the Wrocław Town Hall which has an astronomical clock.
- Hansel & Gretel Houses – I don’t get what the big deal is with these twin houses, but they’re in the historic centre you’re bound to pass them. I think maybe it’s just because they’re tiny houses in the middle of the city? The Hansel and Gretel/Jon and Margret houses are worth a few seconds to admire en route, but nothing more.
- St Elizabeth’s Church – You need to see one viewpoint during your 48 hours in Wrocław and the view from the top of St Elizabeth’s Church is hard to beat! The tower is an eye-watering 300+ steps to the top but the view over old town is so worth it. It’s open regularly April-October from around 10:00-18:00, sometimes earlier or later. It’s weather dependent though and was open when I visited Wrocław in March and for a friend when they visited in December. Admission is 7zł (£1.41).
- Stare Jatki street – Just a nice little, pedestrian-only street en route to the café stop. There are bronze farm animal statues and a few gift shops, too.
Café Stop – Vinyl Café
For this 48 hours in Wrocław itinerary, I’m planning brunch stops, café breaks and then dinner recommendations. This is how I planned my weekend in Wrocław and it worked out really well. You just don’t need three massive meals a day! So if you’re starting to need a pick-me-up after climbing all those stairs in St Elizabeth’s Church, then stop at Vinyl Café just a couple of streets away.
I’d say it’s got a similar vibe to Central Café where you had brunch and serves the usual coffee shop drinks as well as sweet treats and light snacks. A totally unpretentious, welcoming café that looks a bit like an old musician’s living room!
- Kotlarska 19-23 Street Art Mural – Wrocław isn’t well known for street art, but it does have some cracking large murals including one at this address (just down the street from Vinyl Café). See how many you can spot as you walk around the city! Check out the history of the art collective behind these murals and the huge art festival/project that takes place every year.
- Hala Targowa Market Hall – Some people absolutely love checking out markets and fresh produce everywhere they travel. I see the appeal, but I’m not generally one of them. Especially if I’m not staying in an apartment because I can’t cook with the food I’d buy. So when I first walked around Hala Targowa, I thought it was pointless. However, I did find one shop I’d highly recommend visiting if you’re a magpie like me and buy jewellery everywhere. It’s on the upper level and called Galeria Mystica and I now own a beautiful, silver necklace handmade with a tarot card for 20zł (£4.04). The market is open 8:00-18:30 Monday-Saturday and closed on Sundays.
- Walk along the River Oder – After Hala Targowa, spend some time admiring the islands across the River Oder. If the weather is nice, head to the Peace of Mind community gardens or anywhere nice with a bench so you can people watch. Or, if you are visiting during the Wrocław Christmas markets, you might want to head back to the historic centre early.
Dinner – Graciarnia Pizza & Crafts (or Iggy Pizza)
I know. You’re spending a weekend in Wrocław, a city in Poland, and I’m recommending Italian food! What kind of uncultured swine am I? But actually, Wrocław has a sizable Italian community and some of the best pizzerias this side of Milan.
One of which is Graciarnia Pizza & Crafts which surprisingly served one of the best Napoli-style pizzas I’ve ever had in my life. It’s near the Jewish quarter and has the added bonus of being a craft beer pub as well as a pizzeria. Who would have thought the gates to heaven are outside a pizzeria in Wrocław?! It’s near all the craft beer bars I’m recommending you visit in the evening, so it’s perfectly located.
If you’d rather visit a pizzeria in the middle of Wrocław’s city centre, head to Iggy Pizza instead. I didn’t try Iggy Pizza but it’s got a good reputation and lots of cheap prosecco if beer isn’t your thing.
Top tip: Maybe try and pop in earlier in the day or give them a message on Facebook to reserve a table. I was very lucky on Saturday night to get a table because Graciarnia Pizza & Crafts is popular with locals and therefore quite busy, but the restaurant does take reservations.
If this is your first time here at Almost Ginger, you may not know that I’m partial to a craft beer or three. Wrocław is an utterly fantastic city for craft beer because it has German and Czechia (Czech Republic) influences as well as being just a bloody cool city.
I would definitely try and sample as much craft beer as possible during your 48 hours in Wrocław. It’s got to be Poland’s best city for craft beer. An easy way to taste the best Polish craft beer would be to book a place on this Craft beer of Wroclaw Tour. I had such a great time on this tour! It runs from 16:00-18:00 (Saturdays only) and then you can go out drinking with your new tour buddies afterwards. It costs 60zł (£12.11) and is well worth it.
Or, you can just check out the best craft beer bars in Wrocław for yourself. I recommend you hit them up in this order…
- 4Hops – Open from 15:00-00:00 every day and also serves pub food.
- Kontynuacja – Open from 14:00-00:00 every day and is also a microbrewery. Possibly the best and friendliest craft beer bar in Wrocław.
- AleBrowar – Open from 14:00-00:00 every day.
Sunday/Day 2 in Wrocław: Art Museums, Islands & Gardens
Brunch – Di Dinette
A slightly fancier brunch this morning but still extremely affordable, head straight to Dinette as soon as it opens. It’s a hyped-up brunch favourite but for good reason, because the food is genuinely homemade and delish. To avoid the insane queues and hour-long waits, head to Dinette on Sunday morning just after it opens at 9:00. They have a varied menu and Insta-worthy interiors.
- Panorama of the Battle of Racławice – Okay, so I’m not a massive fan of museums that don’t have any famous paintings or sculptures in them. I’ll visit the Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and have a jolly good time, but not any old random one. But if you visit one art gallery/museum in Wrocław, do make it this one. Panorama of Racławice is a really important piece of art to Wrocław and it’s absolutely massive. It’s a 400ft x 50ft painting that commemorates the Battle of Raclawice in 1794. When you turn up, you’ll be given the next available timeslot (so you may want to book, I didn’t) as each visit is accompanied with a talk whilst you admire the huge painting (you can pick up an English audio guide). It’s open 9:00-16:30 or 18:30 and costs 30zł (£6.05) per ticket. The talk is only around half an hour.
- National Museum in Wrocław – If you have some spare time and you do love museums, then head across the road to the National Museum in Wrocław. I didn’t visit because, to be honest, I’m sceptical of a ‘national’ museum that isn’t in a Nation’s capital city, which in Poland’s case would be Warsaw. I imagine the capital city would have all the cool stuff! The museum is open 10:30-18:00 on weekends and is free admission if you have a ticket from Panorama of the Battle of Racławice. Otherwise, it’s 20zł (£4.04) for admission.
Café Stop – Bema Café & Lody Naturalne
Now, I wanted to try Bema Café in the north of the city on Cathedral Island but it was chocker when I visited so I had to go somewhere else. It’s not on a very attractive street but the reviews and menu look great. Just a nice, perfectly-located café where you can pop in for a smoothie and a bagel/slice of quiche to keep you going until dinner!
If you’re spending a weekend in Wrocław in the summer, make sure you head to Lody Naturalne for some heavenly gelato. I even popped in during a rainy Sunday in March and with two nuns enjoying their ice cream so you can take my ‘heavenly’ comment literally… It’s mere seconds away from Bema Café, too.
- Most Tumski and the islands – We’re going to spend the last afternoon of your weekend in Wrocław wandering around some of the islands in the north! Wrocław has 12 islands and over 100 bridges so you can’t leave without exploring some of the best. Ostrów Tumski AKA Cathedral Island is the biggest and you’ve got to cross the prettiest bridge, Most Tumski, to get there. You should also try and stroll around Wyspa Piasek AKA Sand Island and Wyspa Słodowa AKA Malt Island.
- Japanese Garden OR Botanical Gardens of The University of Wrocław– If it wasn’t chucking it down with rain when I visited Wrocław this March, I would have definitely visited the Japanese Garden. Or, the Botanical Gardens of The University of Wrocław on Cathedral Island at least. Everyone raves about the Japanese Garden and, even though it’s a little further to walk, it does look absolutely beautiful and the Centennial Hall sits in the middle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s open 9:00-19:00 every day and costs 8zł (£1.62) to enter. The Botanical Gardens are usually open 9:00-18:00 and cost the same for admission but when I visited in March all the entrances were closed! It was a rainy Sunday in March so maybe that was the reason?
Dinner – Pierogarnia Stary Młyn
If you’re wondering where all the traditional Polish food is… Well, it’s here! I tried eating at another ‘traditional’ Polish restaurant in Wrocław and it was just a negative experience. But I think this restaurant is perfect for a newbie to Polish cuisine. Pierogis are as quintessential to the Polish culture as fish and chips are to the British so you just have to try them in Wrocław!
Pierogarnia Stary Młyn may seem like a really touristy place, but it’s popular for good reason. You can order every type of pierogi under the sun, it’s a super-cute, authentic-style tavern and you can get recommendations from the English-speaking staff on what to try. Still hungry? Just order more pierogis! There are lots of veggie options and even sweet pierogis for dessert. This restaurant was a little more expensive than the other restaurants and cafés I ate at during my 48 hours in Wrocław, but barely.
Please note: This restaurant is in the Market square so maybe be prepared to wait a wee while, especially if you’re in a large group. Though I visited at around 14:30 on Saturday and walked straight in!
There are a couple of activities you could do on your last night in Wrocław. Again, if you are visiting during the Christmas market you may like to spend one last evening in the historic centre drinking mulled wine and eating spiced biscuits.
Or, if you’re a film fan like me, definitely check out the showing times at Wrocław’s top independent cinema, Cinema New Horizons.
If you’re a cocktail enthusiast as well as a craft beer fan, definitely take advantage of Wrocław’s cheaper prices and head to Doctors’ Bar. Really spacious place and arguably serves the best cocktails in Wrocław as well as having its own microbrewery!
BONUS: Monument to the Anonymous Passerby
I didn’t mention the Monument to the Anonymous Passerby in my 48 hours in Wrocław itinerary because it’s not really near anything else. Unless your accommodation happens to be in a similar location, you’re not going to see it.
It’s a striking and eloquent piece of artwork which consists of pedestrians sinking into the ground on one side of the road and reappearing on the other. It commemorates a time in the early 1980s when Poland was under the power of Martial Law and ordinary people were arrested in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. It’s really poignant and if you have the time, definitely check it out.
That’s my guide to 48 hours in Wrocław, Poland itinerary for the perfect weekend break! Are you planning a trip to Wrocław? Let me know in the comments below!