You want to get a quick overview of Wroclaw? Checking what is the best part of Wroclaw? Where to stay and start to explore the city? Then you just arrived at the right place.
Here we are going to introduce you to the most important districts of Wroclaw – for visitors. We are not going to talk through the real districts of Wroclaw like Fabryczna, Psie Pole, Krzyki, etc. – those only will be more important if you decide to live in Wroclaw.
Just visiting Wroclaw, you will spend most of your time in the city centre (Stare Miasto). Because of that, we will focus on this area and the surroundings. But no worries, we will also provide a quick idea of how far the „arrival points“ like the train station and airport are away.
Let us have a look at the map first and then talk through the districts to find out what the best part of Wroclaw is for you.
Get an overview with our map of Wroclaw:
The Old Town of Wroclaw (Stare Miasto)
The Four Denomination District
The Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski)
The Grunwald Student District & Manhattan
1. The historic Old Town of Wroclaw
Without any doubt, the historic old town of Wroclaw is the main tourist attraction. The beautiful colourful tenement houses and the magnificent town hall building are shaping one of the largest market squares in Europe. Visiting Wroclaw, this part of the city (Stare Miasto in Polish) is an absolute must see and can‘t be missed by anyone.
It is the most central part of Wroclaw and although there are plenty of hotels and apartments in the city centre, we would recommend you to stay not directly in the old town. Why? Because you will get more value for your money when you stay just on the border to it.
For example from Nadodrze or the Four Denomination District you can walk in 5 minutes to the old town and be right in the middle of other interesting sights. We will tell you more about those parts of Wroclaw soon.
Looking for the best prices and latest availabilities for the tours of the most important sightseeing points? Here you can find the best prices online.
2. The Four Denomination District
In the Four Denomination District, which sometimes is referred to as the Four Temple District or the District of Mutual Respect, you will find yourself in the centre of religion, culture and nightlife. Four different religions living peacefully so close together is definitely something very remarkable.
Apart of the religions you will find some of the best restaurants in Wroclaw, amazing craftbeer pubs, vibrant clubs and amazing breakfast places here. Not to forget the Neon Side Gallery, a graveyard for old neon signs.
We believe it is a great area to stay in Wroclaw – after a night out you can just fall asleep within minutes. Of course all main sights like the city centre are within walkable distance, the market square is just around 5-8 minutes away. In our post about the best places to stay in Wroclaw we recommend the PURO Hotel here in the Four Denomination District.
What a surprise – there are also guided tours dedicated to this district of Wroclaw, click here to find out more about it.
3. Nadodrze - the alternative Wroclaw
Nadodrze is the artistic and alternative part of Wroclaw that often is compared to Berlin-Kreuzberg. Some time ago it used to be a „no-go-area“ and very unsafe. But don‘t be afraid: Today Nadodrze is very safe and there is no reason to be worried.
Nowadays it is becoming home for many art galleries, cool cafés and much more. Just as example, one of the most special cafés is having parrots flying around you.
If you like street art, here you can see amazing murals. You are into ice cream? Here you can find one of the best ice cream places in Europe!
You like history? As this part of Wroclaw was not destroyed too much, you will be able to observe tenement houses where the paint comes off now and German signs appear again…
The location is very central and you can reach all main things to see in Wroclaw with a little walk. To the city centre it is not more than 5-10 minutes, depending on where you stay.
We believe the HP Park Plaza Hotel provides the best value here as it is located between the city centre and Nadodrze. In addition, you will find yourself with a nice view on the water around Słodowa Island.
In addition, we created a virtual free walking tour through Nadodrze about the still visible German traces here.
And if you are looking for guided tours of the alternative Nadodrze, here you go for the latest dates and rates.
4. Cathedral Island
This is where it all started and Wroclaw was founded. Certainly one of the most beautiful parts of the city along with the historic old town is the Cathedral Island, a sight that is impossible to ignore in your itinerary.
It is full of beautiful architecture and history and the right place to have a walk. But there are not really a lot of accommodation options available and it gets very quiet in the evenings.
In the picture you can see parts of the skyline and the „lovelock“-Bridge which is named „Most Tumski“. The bridge was recently renovated and now waiting for new locks, although now it is forbidden 😉
However, if you really prefer to stay in an area that is super quiet including its surroundings at night, then you should check out the Bridge Hotel on Cathedral Island here. It is quite luxurious, though still affordable and really nicely designed.
5. Grunwald - The Student District
Just after crossing one of the post popular bridges in Wroclaw, the Grunwald Bridge („Most Grunwaldzki“), you will find yourself in Manhattan.
Yes, that is correct, Wroclaw has it‘s own Manhattan! Technically spoken it is the Grunwaldzki Square Estate with six 55m tall buildings that are impossible to miss.
But Grunwald is not only interesting from an architectural point of view. It is the most popular area to live for students as various university institutions and a campus are very close.
We suggest to have a walk here and explore the area but as it is a little more remote, we recommend to stay closer to the centre.
What is not in the map?
In the overview on the map at the top of this article, you find the main parts of Wroclaw where you will be walking around. There are three other very important points where you might want to know how to get from/to them.
The Airport in Wroclaw
The Wroclaw Airport is located around 10km west from the city centre. If you are looking for information how to get from the airport to the city centre or from the city centre to Wroclaw airport, click here.
The Train Station and Bus Terminal in Wroclaw
If you arrive by train to Wroclaw, or you have taken a bus to Wroclaw, you will arrive a little bit south of the city centre. Actually in the map you can see the train station at the very bottom. It is still feasible to walk to the city centre, but with luggage not very convenient.
For more information on how to get to Wroclaw by train or bus, click here. If you want to know how to find a better alternative to taxi or how to use the tram system, here we will tell you about how to get around in Wroclaw.
The Centennial Hall
One of the most impressive landmarks in Wroclaw is the Centennial Hall. It is located east from the city centre and can easily be reached by public transport. If you are looking for more information, here we wrote about the Centennial Hall and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in and around Wroclaw.
Districts in Wroclaw „off the beaten track“
If you want to explore some really local neighbourhoods in Wroclaw that typically do not make their way into guidebooks, we recommend the neighbourhood maps created by Culture Zone Wroclaw.
What makes these maps so special is that they were created by the residents of the specific districts. There are stories and childhood memories from them, but also their favourite spots just around where they live.
What to read on your way to Wroclaw?
We truly love the book „Amazing Walks in Wroclaw“ by Beata Maciejewska. It is one of the most extensive books we read to explore different areas of Wroclaw, filled with lots of amazing historical details.
More book recommendations are available here in our dedicated post on which books to read about Wroclaw.
We hope that you enjoyed our article about the districts in Wroclaw to get a first overview about where is what in Wroclaw. A little hint? If you reload this page, you might find out that some pictures are changing…. We could not decide which is the best and used a few random pictures 😉
If you still can’t get enough, you also should read about the top alternative and hipster things to do in Wroclaw. Are you already aware of the 12 things you should avoid in Poland and Wroclaw?
Please help us and other visitors by leaving feedback in the comment section below. Do you think we missed some important part of Wroclaw? We also accept criticism here 😉