Wroclaw, Poland

Known as the ‘Venice of Poland’, Wroclaw is divided into a beautiful maze of streets and islands by the River Oder and many of its tributaries and canals. Truly a city of bridges, Wroclaw’s 12 islands are linked by more than 100 bridges. The cultural heart of the city can be found in Reynik, its central square. The broad square is lined with rows of enchanting Baroque houses and a Gothic cathedral. Some of the most stunning examples of the period, the houses are painted in bright lolly reds, greens and pinks, their white sills and gables conjuring up icing on gingerbread houses.

Wroclaw is famous for its cheerful cafés and restaurants. While the city’s German history is reflected in its charming Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, its cuisine comprises traditional Polish food. Don’t leave the city without trying a beer and traditional Pierogi – dumplings, filled with meat or potatoes and cottage cheese – or a coffee and an almond strudel (made from yeast dough).

Wroclaw plays an important role in Poland’s trade economy thanks to its position on the Oder River, which links the Baltic Sea to cities further south in Poland and on to the Czech Republic. With its river and canal views, fairy-tale houses and numerous islands to explore, Wroclaw is an exciting destination for any cruise passenger.

Port Location

Wroclaw has three large river harbours and three smaller harbours. Cruise ships are likely to be directed to a different large harbour each time. One of the main harbours, Zwierzyniecki, has a port close to the zoo.

Port Facilities

Facilities near Zwierzyniecki Harbour in Wroclaw include:

  • Parking
  • Tourist information centres
  • Public toilets
  • Restaurants
  • Internet cafés
  • Medical centre and pharmacy
  • ATMs
  • Souvenir stores
  • Post office
  • Supermarkets.

How To Get Around

While the Old Town is compact and easy to navigate on foot, the rest of the city is too large to walk. Bicycles are a popular mode of transport, with hundreds available for hire from self-service Wroclaw City Bike stands throughout the city. Wroclaw has a good public transport network comprising water taxis, buses and trams. The city is a maze of streets with bad traffic, so hiring a car is not ideal. Taxis are available, but very expensive for Europe.

Travel times from Zwierzyniecki Harbour in Wroclaw:

On foot:

  • It is a 21 minute journey to National Museum
  • It is a 25 minute journey to the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice
  • It is a 38 minute journey to Town Hall.

By car/taxi:

  • It is a 6 minute journey to National Museum
  • It is an 8 minute journey to the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice
  • It is a 10 minute journey to Town Hall.

By bicycle:

  • It is a 7 minute journey to National Museum
  • It is an 8 minute journey to the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice
  • It is an 11 minute journey to Town Hall.

General Information

  • Currency – The currency in Wroclaw is the złoty (zł), which is then divided into 100 groszy (gr). Notes come in zł10, zł20, zł50, zł100 and zł200. Coins come in 1gr, 2gr, 5gr, 10gr, 20gr, 50gr and zł1, zł2 & zł5.
  • Time Zone – Wroclaw, like the rest of Poland, uses Central European Time (CET), which is only one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This changes to two hours ahead during daylight savings (March to October).
  • Weather – Wroclaw enjoys a humid continental climate with warm summers and cool winters. July is the hottest month in Wroclaw, with temperatures averaging at 17.7 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of -2 degrees Celsius.

Highlights

  • Zoological Garden  – Covering more than 80 acres of land, these beautiful Zoological Gardens constitute Poland’s oldest and largest zoo. The zoo houses over 5,000 animals from Europe and Africa, including giraffes, rhinoceroses, sharks, meerkats, elephants, reindeer and apes. With feeding demonstrations, various land and water habitats and even Shetland pony rides, this is a fun attraction for animal lovers of all ages.
  • Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice  – This epic 19th century painting depicts the Battle of Raclawice, a battle of independence where the Polish army held back invading Russian forces. This giant, 114-metre long painting took almost a year and 750 kilograms of paint to complete. Guided tours are available every thirty minutes.
  • National Museum – The Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu, or National Museum of Wroclaw, comprises a broad collection of paintings and household items from the local region, including furniture, ceramics and silverware from the 16th to 19th centuries. The museum also houses a comprehensive collection of contemporary art from around the country.
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