Attractions Nearby Wroclaw, Day Trips and Excursions
(Wroclaw, Silesia, Poland)
Silesia is a large region of Poland
and close to Wroclaw are a number of interesting attractions suitable for day trips, such as the historical town of Trzebnica and also the dramatic Mount Sleza, which dominates the area and features a popular viewing tower part way up.
Travel further afield from Wroclaw and you will encounter some of Poland's biggest cities and most popular attractions. However, cities such as Krakow
are actually too far for day trips and really lend themselves to short breaks or overnight excursions, allowing visitors from Wroclaw to properly explore the attractions, sample the cuisine and enjoy the atmosphere.
One of the most visited of all Poland's cities, Krakow is a leading tourist destination, and rightly so. Lying just over 270 km / 168 miles to the south-east of Wroclaw and boasting a wealth of Polish history, Krakow is easy to explore, since the majority of its attractions are concentrated around the compact centre of the Old Town
district. The Main Market Square in Old Town Krakow is a particular highlight, as is the surrounding stretch of gardens known as the Planty
, which was once actually a moat and lead towards Wawel Castle
A likable and inviting Polish city some 208 km / 129 miles north-east of Wroclaw, Lodz boasts an array of Art Nouveau buildings and attractions, although for many it is a little off the main tourist trail. Lodz is also known for its film industry and acclaimed movie schools, with its Ulica Piotrkowska being amongst Europe's longest pedestrianised thoroughfares and filled with interest. Lodz is also home to a series of good museums, such as both the Modern Art Museum
and the Historical Museum of Lodz.
Sobótka and Mount Sleza
At just over 35 km / 22 miles to the south-west of Wroclaw, the dramatic cone that is Mount Sleza is one of the region's most visited attractions and rises to a height of 720 metres / 2,362 feet, dominating the surrounding plain. Located on the northern side of Mount Sleza you will find the town of Sobótka, which is a good place to start a climb to the very top, where the 360-degree views are more than worth the hike.
A small and appealing town situated around 24 km / 15 miles to the north of Wroclaw, Trzebnica is extremely historic and famous for its Cistercian Abbey, which was actually one of the very first brick buildings to be constructed in the whole of Poland, although it has since been rebuilt. This church is the main attraction and home to an especially elaborate interior, comprising the Chapel of St. Hedwig (Kaplica Sw Jadwigi).
Poland's lively city of Warsaw is approximately 341 km / 212 miles from Wroclaw and also it is just under five hours away, as the country's capital it really should be visited to make your Polish experience all the more complete. If you leave early in the morning you will be in Warsaw for lunch and still have time to sightsee, with the main attractions being based within both the Old Town (Stare Miasto)
and the New Town (Nowy Miasto) districts, along with the boroughs of Wola and Praga Pólnoc. The medieval city walls, Barbican
fortress, Royal Castle and St. John's Cathedral are just a handful of the landmarks worth looking out for.