My trip to Wroclaw was also my first ever trip to Poland.
But it certainly won't be my last.
Whilst Krakow and Warsaw are the better known Polish cities, Wroclaw is arguably the prettiest. It is the 4th largest city in Poland and although 70% of the city was destroyed during WW2, it has since been restored to it's former beauty.
I loved exploring this colourful city, meandering down the cobbled lanes and walking through the impressive and colourful main square. The city is steeped in history yet the large student population brings it bang up to date with a healthy number of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
How long to spend here?
When it comes to exploring Wroclaw, you only need a couple of days and everything can be seen on foot although the city's efficient tram system can come in handy after a long day of sight seeing!
Where to stay?
When it comes to accommodation then I would recommend staying in Wroclaw's old town. Here, you will be in the prettiest and most central part of the city, allowing you easy access to everything on offer. I would recommend staying in The Art Hotel, set in a historic tenement dating back to the 14th century it stills contains many of the original details. Each room is uniquely furnished and styled elegantly and is, of course, finished off with artwork created by Polish artists.
How much do I need?
Wroclaw is a very affordable city to visit. Food and drink are inexpensive and accommodation is reasonable. It is far cheaper than Prague in neighbouring Czech Republic as you can get a pint of beer for as little as €1.50.
What to see?
The best thing to do here is to simply wander through Wroclaw's enchanting streets and you will no doubt stumble up on many of its treasures. Rynek, the main square in the centre of the old town is one of my favourite places. Surrounded by tall, colourful buildings and filled with bars and restaurants, it is a lively centre which you will fall in love with. There are various gothic styled churches to explore including the Church of St Elizabeth which has an 83m high tower offering views across the city. There is also the Panorama of Raclawice, a 360 degree painting housed in a circular building which depicts the 1794 Battle of Raclawice. Also be sure to visit Ostrow Tumski which translates to "Cathedral Island" and is home to the cathedral of St John the Baptist, one of the cites most enduring landmarks.
PS - if you are looking for a great breakfast spot then head to Central Cafe - the pancakes, bacon and maple syrup are to die for!
You will not be disappointed in this vibrant, multicoloured city. With less tourists than other more well known Polish cities, it enables you to discover it's beauty at your own pace. For me, it was a wonderful introduction to Poland and I can't wait to go back and see what else the country has to offer.
Wroclaw is a city which highlights the best of Poland, the food, the architecture and the overall vibe of the city made this the perfect weekend getaway.