A trip to Wroclaw, the city of dwarfs!

City number 1. Ready? Let’s go.

Here we are, me back in Tirana and me back blogging, this time with a new column dedicated entirely to travelling. We all know the long searches before visiting a new city, where we wanna know the best sights to visit in little time, where to stay or how to make our trip economic. Eventhough me and travelling just started, I thought my suggestions can be useful, especially for the ones who want to visit Poland.

And the first one is my favorite city of Poland (till now): Wroclaw. Pronounce it however you want because no matter how much I tried, I never said any word in Polish right.

You will remember Wroclaw as the city of dwarfs, since it has more than 350 small statues (20-30 cm), which are the cutest thing ever! You can turn it into a “challenge” to find as many as you can (there is also an app like a map of where the dwarfs are, “Wroclaw Dwarves Go”, but it is only for Android), and therefore see more the city. I found more than 50 in 3 days, yay. Their history began as a symbol of the anti-communist movement in Poland, and then became a town tradition.

How many days? 3

Where to stay? Dukes Hostel and Apartments, a great costumer service, with clean rooms for 1-6 people, located really near the centre (5 min walk) and prices as low as 7 euros.

One of the monuments that will catch your attention as you enter the city is “An Anonymous Passerby” with 14 people who seem to disappear in the ground, and then reappear at the other side. It is thought to be a memorial for the people who were killed or lost during the period of military law in Poland in 1980s.

The old medieval city centres (Rynek) are always a must to visit. And if you can, visit Wroclaw during Christmas in December, where the market is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Don’t forget to drink wine (or tea, your choice) in a boot-mug, which you can then take home as a souvenir.

Near there, before you arrive to the St. Elisabeth Catholic Church, in the entrance you may notice a 500 year old structure, which locals call “Jas i Malgosia”, or in English – Hansel and Gretel. There are a lot of urban legends about it, but the connecting structure seems like a couple holding hands.

Shortly, what you may else visit is the Ostrow Tumski island, the Oder River and if you go in spring-summer season, you have the luck to see the lights show.

Also, in the same area, you can find the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cathedral and the city university built in 1702. Ah and there, if the statue of a naked man, being held by two women, catches your attention, the feminist in me explains you why. The legend of “The Naked Swordsman” says that one night, the boy was drunk and lost all his fortune in gambling including his clothes (he kept the sword as a sign of nobility). And then this erected as a warning for the other students. AND he could come to life again only if a virgin girl got a master diploma. But this history belongs to 1904, so let’s hope no one believes anymore in such legends.
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The last but maybe the second for importance (after the dwarfs sure) is the zoo, which from the number of species is the third biggest in the world. The tickets cost nearly 13 euros (or 11 for students) I suggest you download the app which helps you a lot with the orientation to your favorite animals, and get ready because it will take you some good hours. You can find the Africarium with is the only “oceanarium” which focues only in the fauna of Africa; a Madagascar with penguins and other rare animals.

And voila, this was my modest itinierary of three days, because I will always be the kind of “tourist” who may not visit 30 attractions in a day, but to the few she goes, gets all the essence. If you have been (or will go) to Wroclaw too, and have another suggestion to add, post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #lifewithanablog and tag me. P.s More photos of my travels can be found on my Instagram Stories Highlights.

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