Wroclaw is overrun by dwarfs. When you walk around the city, you are going to find a dwarf near most major landmarks and, after a while, you start thinking about trying to find everyone of them. The problem is that there are more than 300 dwarfs around Wroclaw. Can you catch all the Wroclaw Dwarfs?
Why are there so many dwarf statues around Wroclaw?
This is the question we had once we started researching our trip to Wroclaw in the end of December 2014. Wroclaw, why so many dwarfs? The answer was unexpected and way more interesting than we thought.
Back in the 80’s when communism help power in Poland, dwarfs became the absurdist card of the Orange Alternative movement that wanted to have an alternative way of opposing against the authoritarian communist regime. They wanted a way of peacefully protest and they found it through painted ridiculous graffitis of dwarves. So, the dwarfs in Wroclaw have a historical an political background dating back to the 80’s but, why the statues?
In 2001, to celebrate the Orange Alternative movement, a figurine of a dwarfs was placed on Świdnicka Street, where the group used to gather. This might be one of the few times where a subversive group like the Orange Alternative was honoured by authorities.
And it was such a success that, in 2003, Wroclaw decided to start with the dwarf craze in the city. The next five dwarfs where designed by by Tomasz Moczek, a graduate of The Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw. After that, each year, in average, there are 30 new dwarf statues being erected. This is how they reached almost 300 dwarfs on the streets of Wroclaw!
Finding all the Wroclaw Dwarfs
In the Wroclaw tourist information center, you can buy a map pointing where are the dwarfs. Or you can go to Krasnale.pl and use the online map. It is your choice.
Or you can go crazy like we did and forget about maps and just walk around the city trying to find where the dwarfs are hidden. This might be more fun but it is way more difficult since finding 300 dwarfs is not an easy task at all.
I believe we found something like 50 dwarfs around Wroclaw. From a dwarf riding a horse to a group of them about to rob an ATM, we found lots of them but we need to get back to Wroclaw again if we want to catch them all. But, can we catch them all?
Where to stay in Wroclaw
We spent a weekend in Wroclaw in the beginning of January 2015 and it was great. We stayed at the Hotel Duet Wrocław and, if you looking for great value, this might be what you are looking for.
The rooms were comfortable, the bathroom was spotless and the wifi was working perfectly. The staff was friendly and helped us in english without any problems and the breakfast was cheap and huge. You should stay there if you are looking for a hotel close to the city center.
You can find some of the Wroclaw Dwarfs on the map above but only the ones on the city center. A pro tip for the dwarf hunters out there is that the polish wikipedia article about the Wroclaw Dwarfs has pictures and the location of everyone of the dwarfs, you should use it as a reference for your hunt.