One day trip ideas from Wroclaw – where to go?
Wroclaw is the capital city of the Lower Silesia and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Poland. It is the most important cultural and touristic center of south-west Poland. Its long and eventuful history was influenced by the cultures of Germany and the Czech Republic. It has many interesting attractions, but it can also be an excellent starting point for many trips in the Lower Silesia and its surroundings. There are plenty of fascinating destinations for short excursions from Wroclaw.
This article will give you information about some of the best one day trip ideas from Wroclaw.
Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp
The Auschwitz concentration camp is considered a global symbol of terror and genocide. It was created in 1940 at the outskirts of Oswiecim as the „ultimate solution of the problem with the Jews”, which was the plan of the Nazis to exterminate the Jewish people living in the areas occupied by the Third Reich. The idea of creating the camp in Oswiecim first appeared in Wroclaw, when one of the officers suggested to create a new place for pridoners from Silesia. It is estimated that approximately 1.3 million people died here.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is open everyday, except January 1st,December 25th and the first day of Easter. It is located about 230 kilometers away from Wroclaw.
The museum should not be visited by people under the age of 14. Visitors are forbidden to demostrate behaviors that would breach the good name of the Auschwitz victims or deny the Nazi crimes. It is forbidden to visit the museum with any animals except guide dogs.
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Discover Karkonosze Mountains
Karkonosze is a mountain range located in Western Sudety, 120 kilometers away from Wroclaw. It is one of the most gorgeous regions in Poland, with plenty of fascinating attractions to offer. Its most popular cities include its capital – Jelenia Gora, as well as Karpacz and Szklarska Poreba.
Among the numerous attractions in Karkonosze you should especially visit:
- Sniezka – the highest peak in these mountains. You can either hike on the green or yellow trail, which reach to the top of Sniezka in roughly 3.5 hours or take a 30-minute ride in a gondola lift.
- Karpacz – a small, charming town with the Wang Temple – a Protestant church brought here from Norway and the very interesting Multimedia Museum of Karkonosze.
- Jelenia Gora – the largest city in Karkonosze with a beautiful Market Square and Time Gates – an exciting underground attraction, which takes visitors back in time.
Amazing The Chronicles of Narnia Filming Location – Adrspach
Adrspach is a rocky town located in the Czech Republic, very close to the Polish border. Adrspach is located roughly 100 kilometers away from Wroclaw. It was known to local people for a long time, who were hiding here from danger. It was visited by many famous people, including a German poet named Goethe. And recently, it became famous as a filming location for a movie called „The Chronicles of Narnia”.
The Adrspach rocky town is available for tourists all year round. In the summer it is crowded by tourists, so you should consider coming here either early in the morning, or in the middle of the week. The tickets cost 120 Czech crowns in the summer season.
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Prague – the capital of Czech Republic
Prague is the capital and the largest city in the Czech Republic, located in the western part of the country, about 285 kilometers away from Wroclaw. The current city of Prague was created in 1784 from the connection of the districts of the Old Town, Josefov, Mala Strana and Hradcany.
Some of the greatest attractions in prague include:
- the Hradcany castle – the former headquarters of the kings of Czech. It is the largest castle in the world in terms of occupied surface.
- The Old Town Market Square – the historical piazza in the Old Town district with beautiful gothic buildings. From the top of the Town Hall you can see the marvellous panorama of the Old Town
- Charles’ Bridge – one of the most famous attractions in the city, located on the Vltava river. It connects the districts of Mala Strana and the Old Town.
Gross Rosen Concentration Camp
The Gross Rosen concentration camp was established in August of 1940 as a division of KL Sachsenhausen. Its prisoners were assigned for working in a local granite quarry. On May 1st 1941, Gross Rosen gained the status of an independent concentration camp. It is considered one of the cruelest concentration camp in history. The deadly 12-hour shifts in the quarry, starvation and the lack of appropriate medical care caused drastic death rates.
Today Gross Rosem is commemorated with a museum, which is located near the village of Rogoznica, roughly 65 kilometers away from Wroclaw. The museum is open everyday except January 1st, Decemer 25th and the first day of Easter. Individual tourists can enter the museum for free, but larger groups must purchase a ticket.
It is forbidden to bring animals to the museum except guide dogs. The exhibition of the museum might be too drastic for younger people.
Sky Bridge – the longest suspension footbridge in the world
Sky Bridge is a suspension bridge located in Dolni Morava in the Czech Republic. After its official opening in May of 2022, it broke the record for the longest suspension footbridge in the world, which was earlier held by the Gandaki Golden Bridge.
Sky Bridge is located right next to the Polish border, about 150 kilometers away from Wroclaw, between the Orlickie Mountains and Jesioniki. It is situated at the height of 1135 meters above the sea level.
Normal ticket cost 350 Czech crowns, and reduced tickets for children ages 3-14 cost 245 Czech crowns. You can also purchase a Sky Pack, which includes a ropeway ride to the top, entrance to Sky Bridge and entrance to Sky Walk – a walking path in the clouds.
Dresden – the pearl of Germany
Dresden is the capital of Saxony, a region in Germany. It is often described as „Elbflorenz” because of its location upon the river Elbe, as well as its historical importance and beauty compared to Florence in Italy. Dresden is located roughly 270 kilometers away from Wroclaw. In the past Saxony was a wealthy and important nation. Today, it is a very popular tourist destination.
Some of the most significant attraction of Dresden include:
- The Church of Virgin Mary – a baroque Lutheran church. It is one of the most recognizable monuments of Protestant sacred architecture.
- The Dresden Castle – the former residence of the princes of Saxony with an 800-year history. It was originally a small castle, which was reconstructed in 1547 in renaissance style.
- Zwinger – a late-baroque architectural complex located in the centre of Dresden. It is considered one of the most significant building of late baroque in Europe.
The Moszna Castle
The Moszna castle is a monumental residence located in the village of Moszna, roughly 120 kilometers away from Wroclaw. It is considered one of the most gorgeous castles in Poland, and some people even compare it to a Disney castle.
This magnificent building, which has 365 rooms and 99 towers, was constructed in the mid-18th century as a baroque palace. It gained its current form after the fire of 1896. Near the castle there is a stunning park with beautiful trees and plants. A ticket for sightseeing inside the castle and entrance to the park costs 33 PLN for a normal ticket or 21 PLN for a reduced ticket.
Krakow – the most beautiful city in Poland
Krakow is the former capital of Poland and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It is located about 270 kilometers away from Wroclaw and offers plenty attractions for anyone to enjoy.
Some of the highlights of Krakow include:
- The Wawel Castle – the former royal residence. Its history dates all the way back to the middlre ages. Over the years, it was expanded and renovated many times.
- The Main Market Square – the largest piazza in Krakow and the largest medieval market square in Europe. Its highlights include the Cloth Hall and st. Mary’s Church.
- The Kosciuszko Mound – one of several mounds in Krakow dedicated to Tadeusz Kosciuszko – the national hero of Poland. From the top of the Kosciuszko Mound you can admire some truely marvellous views.