Gnomenclature: Wrocław's Gnomes

04 Oct 2017

Commissioned by Agora (the publisher of newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza) to celebrate the history of the Orange Alternative, Papa Krasnal remains the largest of his progeny. Things really took off in 2005, however, when local artist Tomasz Moczek - a graduate of the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts – was commissioned by Wrocław City Council to create five more gnomes. The little devils proved so popular that envious local businesses quickly got in on the game by contracting other local artists to produce more, and in almost no time at all gnomes had proliferated around Wrocław to the point that they now constitute a veritable ‘sub-population’ of the city. The little buggers are currently rumoured to be running rampant to the score of over 400, making it literally impossible for us to try and keep track of them, or for visitors to try to find all of them on their own. Seeing how many gnomes you can spot while you're in Wrocław, however, is an incredibly fun alternative to traditional sightseeing, and a great way to keep the kids involved while tramping around town. To help you out we've GPSed 25 of our favourite gnomes below, so you can use your smartphone to find them while you're out and about.

If that's not enough, you can also pick up a special map from tourist information (Rynek 14) showing where to find 30 of the most centrally located gnomes, and there is even a special, dual-language (Polish and English) website dedicated to Wrocław’s gnomes - www.krasnale.pl – where you can find their history, photos and other information, including downloadable maps of their various locations. Spend an afternoon as a gnome-watcher and see how many of these mischievous miscreants you can spot as you stroll around town. Happy hunting!

Associated Venues


 ul. Kiełbaśnicza 24
Find this little snorer outside the entrance of Hotel Patio.


 ul. Świdnicka


 ul. Borowska 138


 ul. Cybulskiego 30-34


 Wrocław Zoo, ul. Wróblewskiego 1-5
See if you can spot this funny pair near the hippopotamus habitat.


 ul. Bujwida 44

Młynarz Tumski

 Wyspa Słodowa (near Tumski Hotel)

Panna Pychotka

 ul. Sądowa 14 (in Społem shop)
An ornery lady gnome wielding a frying pan inside the Społem convenience store.


 ul. Ruska 3/4


 Rynek (near the entrance to the Town Hall)


 Corner of ul. Św. Mikołaja and ul. Odrzańska


 ul. Świdnicka (next to the Post Office)


 ul. Włodkowica 8


 ul. Więzienna (on the windowsill of the old prison building)


 Rynek (near the entrance to the Town Hall)


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