The (Not So) Old Town of Wroclaw, Poland

I love Ryanair. Plenty of people will disagree with me. And that’s fine. But when I fly Ryanair I’m not looking for customer service or any sort of luxury. I am looking for cheap flights that will get me somewhere I want to visit. Or somewhere I didn’t know I wanted to visit.

Recently I was searching through Ryanair’s website and stumbled upon one of their deals flying out of Stockholm. Well, close to Stockholm at least. You know how flying Ryanair works. Anyway, after a few of the fees that are always tacked on, I managed to fly round trip from Stockholm to Wroclaw, Poland for 93 SEK.

Before this trip, I had never been to Wroclaw. Not to mention Poland. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even know where Wroclaw was. For 93 SEK I couldn’t resist.

And I was pleasantly surprised. I found a hostel just a couple of blocks away from the main square of Wroclaw. Smack dab in the middle of Old Town. Which actually isn’t so old.

Wroclaw was one of the last cities to capitulate under Nazi rule during World War II. Because of this, it took a beating. The city was destroyed. In fact, 70% of the city was destroyed. And Old Town took even more of a beating with 90% being damaged.

As Poland rebuilt, most of the focus was on Warsaw, leaving Wroclaw to fend for itself. And fend it did. Today the city is filled with history, culture, and a thriving university.

University - Wroclaw

During the rebuilding process though, Wroclaw was not rebuilt to look as it had just prior to WWII. Instead, it was rebuilt in the Baroque style which once dominated years prior to the German rule. Walking through town you would think it is one of the best preserved examples of old Baroque style architecture in Europe. It’s all a façade though. Literally.

Old Town in the Rain - Wroclaw

Because the rebuilding process actually focused on communist buildings. The fronts of the buildings are the only part that took the Baroque architecture to heart. What looks to be a well preserved Old Town was really built in the years following the end of WWII.

Old Town at Night - Wroclaw

While the Old Town of Wroclaw might not actually be that old, a visit to the city is well worth it.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.