Wroclaw is full of big and small surprises, and the smallest, but one of the best in my travel book, are the gnomes. There are several hundred of them all over the place, but most are hidden in plain sight in the Old Town.
Wrocław, which we visited in mid-November, turned out to be full of creatures of all kinds, not only tourists. The beasts appeared in many forms, a selection of which follows here.
There’s plenty of beer to be had, and there are allegedly some bears roaming the forests. I can confirm many a gull flying around.
Wrocław is also home to a magnificent zoo. There they have real rhinos.
After WWII, Wrocław lay in ruins, but it has been rebuilt wonderfully. Buildings in the centre are marked with plaques in Polish, English, and sometimes German which inform about the building’s history and also the people who lived and/or worked there. Animalic decoration abounds.
The place is steeped in history and features lots of statues. And it came as a lovely surprise to find a memorial to all the slaughtered & eaten animals.
The only other place I’ve seen something vaguely similar is London – the memorial to the animals which died in wars.
Wrocław also used to have the third-biggest Jewish community in Germany before WWII. So, there are two Jewish cemeteries in town. We visited the older one, and found many birds, a stone butterfly and an agile cat.
We’ve recently spent a long weekend in Wrocław, Poland. It’s an amazing place, and here are some first impressions. The murals reminded me of Buenos Aires.