and the magical atmosphere of the city
Christmas time in Poland? Why not to try the mulled wine, feel some spice in the air, listen to Christmas carols and enjoy yourself in the merry atmosphere of Wroclaw? This city is magical!
Scents of delicious roasted food, mulled wine and hot chocolate melt hearts and add even more magic to the excellent Wroclaw atmosphere. Each year the beautiful center of Wroclaw fills with thousands of lights and Christmas illuminations. Wroclaw’s market square, together with Świdnicka and Oławska streets, becomes home to various stalls offering you possible gifts and other goodies for you and your loved ones. The fairytale forest for children brings lots of joy and fun also to the adults. I lived in Wroclaw for almost a year. Hence I’ll show you how to make the most of even the shortest visit to the city.
Wroclaw Market – the meeting place
Wroclaw is today the 4th largest city in Poland. Thanks to its various rulers throughout the centuries Wroclaw’s architecture is a beautiful mosaic of different styles: Gothic, Baroque, Bohemian, Prussian, and Austrian. The oldest part of the city surrounded by the water is called Ostrów Tumski. That’s where you’ll find the main Wroclaw’s churches and the city’s cathedral. Make sure to walk around the river by night and feast your eyes on the main building of the University of Wroclaw!
Wroclaw Christmas Market facts
Christmas Market in Wroclaw dates back to the 16th century. As time passed, the Fair was moved to Nowy Targ square and disappeared through the years of the unsettling atmosphere of political changes and wars.
For a couple of years now Wroclaw has been rebuilding the tradition of the Christmas Market bringing its inhabitants and tourists lots of joy.
Wroclaw’s Christmas Market has been modeled on the traditional German Christmas Fair. This pattern goes along with the city’s architecture, tradition, and history. You will find a characteristic 3-store wooden windmill as the most recognizable construction of the market.
Closeby next to the small house ‘Pod Krasnalem’ Santa parked his slides. There one also can send a letter to the North Pole. Wroclaw is known for its figures of dwarfs placed in different corners of the city. On the Christmas Market, you’ll see some live gnomes wandering around market square
Food on the Christmas Market
On Christmas Fairs in Poland, you usually get roasted food. You will have a chance to eat some hot Polish sausage, hunter’s stew (bigos), skewers (szaszłyki), and smoked ewe’s milk cheese made in the Tatra Mountains (oscypek). Apart from the traditional Polish cuisine, the Fair is an excellent occasion to eat some Lithuanian and Italian cold cuts, Hungarian Langos, and Austrian cheese. Regarding sweets, you’ll get a great variety of cinnamon rolls, gingerbreads, Spanish churros, and fruit dunk in a sweet dark chocolate. Gingerbread hearts with dedications for your loved ones always bring the memories of my childhood.
Wroclaw Christmas Market opened on November 18 and closes on December 22, 2016
What else to do and see in Wroclaw
Where to go if the mulled wine and bonfires didn’t help for the freezing cold? Make sure you pop into the legendary Spiż brewery and drink one of their beers. Stroll around Plac Solny, take a turn to Pawła Włodkowica Street and get some rest in the atmospheric Mleczarnia cafe. See the beautiful insides of Market Hall (Hala Targowa) on 17 Piaskowa Street, eat the best breakfast and drinking excellent coffee admiring the outstanding wooden ceiling of Lot Kury on 17 Ofiar Oświęcimskich Street. Pop into the Art Cafe Pod Kalamburem on 29A Kuźnicza Street and later find yourself enjoying a cup of best quality hot chocolate in Pijalnia Czekolady E. Wedel on 31 Więzienna Street. If you’d like to eat like a local in Wroclaw go to my article 6 Best Polish food places in Wroclaw, Poland.
Christmas Market in Wroclaw is a great reason to visit this magical city. I hope you’ll enjoy yourself in Wroclaw and possibly fall in love with its atmosphere and architecture. Marry Christmas!