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Wroclaw – The Best City to Take Kids in Europe

For all parents that want to experience a really fun couple of days in a city, and for free, Wrocław is the place to go. We’ve all wanted our children, our students, our friends’ kids to enjoy the places we’ve brought them to; and, well, they sometimes just don’t.

It’s exasperating and frustrating. Why can’t cities, museums, places of historical interest keep children in mind at all times? Well folks, Wrocław has done it! I hope they become an example for all city tourist boards! Wroclaw with kids; it’s where you want to go!

What is more magical than a whole orchestra of dwarfs? Dwarf hunting in Wroclaw Poland
What is more magical than a whole orchestra of dwarfs? Little M was fascinated by the many mini-statues he found all around the city. This is why Wroclaw with kids makes the city that much more fun!

Wroclaw with Kids! The Best Way to See the City

Digital Nomad Dwarf working in Wroclaw, Poland the best city in Europe for kids
This is a position we can all relate to nowadays. Even Wroclaw dwarfs like their wifi!
Here a dwarf, there a dwarf...everywhere are dwarfs. Just the right height for every child to find one in Wroclaw, Poland
The money lender looks generous enough.

There are so many things to do in Wroclaw, especially for kids, it and has become the City of the Dwarfs. There are foot-high statues all over the city of one, or more, dwarfs representing a job or an activity, and often, but not always, related to the location. For example, the money machine dwarfs just happen to have their machine located next to three cash machines at one of the banks. Just walking along the streets becomes a treasure hunt for any kid, young or old.

Wroclaw - Gnomes everywhere...this one riding and waving from the back of a lion.

Why Do Dwarfs Inhabit Wroclaw City Center?

According to the Wrocław City website, the dwarf statues first started appearing in 2005 and have grown to a number of around 300.

Female dward photographing dwarfs.
Probably my favorite dwarf in all of Wroclaw, this tourist dwarf is taking photos of all the dwarfs she finds.

Why dwarfs? Well, I don’t think the city initially thought of all the kids in the world looking for them, and instead, it began as political statement and a tribute to the Orange Alternative and its founder Waldemar Fydrych. This anti-communist group was active in the late 1980s and would try to undermine the current regime in whimsical and silly ways so that the militia would look foolish when they tried to suppress them.

One way it would do so was through graffiti. It is a tradition that Wrocław still embraces today. You can see graffiti on almost every wall and door. It can be extremely unsightly; and, during the communist regimes, the militia could easily find the graffiti culprits.

Little girl finding time to photograph the Wroclaw dwarves.
The Wroclaw dwards, only about 10 – 12 inches high, are at the perfect height for small kids, and they love it!

Many were arrested and imprisoned,the anti-communist slogans painted over, and everything would go back to normal, for a while. The OA started painting small dwarfs over the painted-over graffiti. These were more difficult to locate, and they were seemingly less threatening. Regardless, Fydrych was still arrested and given a life-long sentence.

A dwarf after my own heart, video Wroclaw.
Wroclaw dwarves come from all walks of life, and this one…a movie-lover, is one we can all relate to.

At any rate, graffiti or no, Wrocław is a joy to walk around. Not only does it have a gorgeous city hall, as well as many other beautiful buildings, it has these fantastical and fun little dwarfs to search out.

I challenge all of you kids, from 2 to 102, to go out there and find some of these dwarfs.

If you would like to find out more about the dwarfs, they do thave their own website, and you can also pick up a map of all the dwarfs’ locations at the Tourist Information. It is located right in the middle of the town square (Rynek).

Information Center in Wroclaw is right on the main square in the old town.
Grab a map at the Wroclaw information center in the main square and go on a dwarf hunt.

After searching for Dwarfs, why not do some Polish Pottery shopping at Poland’s Pottery Capital, Boleslawiec.

We love staying in Wroclaw at the Cleopatra Apartment. They are modern, clean and affordable and right in the old town with secure parking. We don’t have any type of special partnership with them or anything, but having the extra rooms and kitchen makes for a very comfortable stay, especially with children.

Have you been to Wrocław with kids?  How many dwarfs did you catch?

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Here a dwarf, there a dwarf...everywhere are dwarfs. Just the right height for every child to find one in Wroclaw, Poland
Here a dwarf, there a dwarf...everywhere are dwarfs. Just the right height for every child to find one in Wroclaw, Poland
Here a dwarf, there a dwarf...everywhere are dwarfs. Just the right height for every child to find one in Wroclaw, Poland

Here a dwarf, there a dwarf...everywhere are dwarfs. Just the right height for every child to find one in Wroclaw, Poland

Carmen Edelson

Friday 8th of September 2017

Awww, Wroclaw's dwarves!! I remember those! I wish I took my kids here when they were younger. Thanks for sharing :)

Corinne Vail

Friday 8th of September 2017

Carmen, Didn't you just love Wroclaw?

Nina Danielle

Friday 8th of September 2017

I LOVE THE DWARVES! That is so awesome! I could be very entertained hunting for dwarves.

Corinne Vail

Friday 8th of September 2017

Nina, We certainly were. The first time we didn't take kids and we had just as much fun as they did!

arsenalnic

Thursday 7th of September 2017

This looks like such a fun city to explore, love these dwarves all over too! We've not visited Wroclaw but we've heard good things and visited Poland twice and loved it, so I am sure we would really enjoy it!

Corinne Vail

Thursday 7th of September 2017

Nic, You two would love it. It's a gorgeous, fun city to begin with then just searching for dwarves puts it over the top.

sg

Wednesday 6th of September 2017

How cute are the dwarves. I can see how kids would be enchanted by them and the city generally. We haven't been to Poland yet but can't wait to go and take our little one. Looks like she will just love it. Thanks for sharing.

Corinne Vail

Wednesday 6th of September 2017

Skye, I'm sure she will. For a week afterwards, Little M kept asking if we could look for dwarves, and we had left Wroclaw. So much fun.

Laura @ Sometime Traveller

Tuesday 5th of September 2017

Those statues are brilliant! How have I never heard about them before?!

Corinne Vail

Tuesday 5th of September 2017

Laura, I don't know, but you have got to go on a dwarf hunt. I have been twice, and both were just as fun!