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Wroclaw dwarves

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Wrocław is certainly one of the most beautiful Polish cities, pictures to prove it can be found in another post. I visited it again this winter and fall in love one more time. But while I enjoyed wandering around the beautiful Old Town with candy-colored houses or crossing numerous bridges, the highlight of my visit in Wrocław was dwarves hunting. „Why dwarves?”, you may wonder. Well, why not? Berlin had bears, Prague cows so Wrocław might have dwarves. But there’s a deeper story behind it.

happy dwarf in Wrocław

Back in the 1980s, when Poland was still under the Soviet regime, an underground protest movement, called „Orange Alternative”, started in Wrocław. Its main purpose was to fight with the current system using methods that were considered funny and not harmful, i.e. protesting in an absurd way or painting dwarves over paint spots that covered anti-government slogans. In every attempt of arresting a supporter of Orange Alternative the police became a laughing stock. These were some really weird times and hilarious events…

disabled dwarves in Wrocław

dwarf taking money from atm

The very first dwarf appeared in Wrocław in 2001. The monument was made on Świdnicka Street, where happenings of the Orange Revolution used to take place. It’s something unique in the whole world’s scale that the city decides to remember the anti-government initiative yet Wrocław did it. What no one really expected was that this one dwarf would pioneer a new tradition. These little creatures can be found all over the city at the moment.

dwarf and pierogi

dwarves stealing chocolate

No one really knows how many dwarves are there. The new ones are successively appearing but many are also stolen or destroyed. In October 2013 there were over 270 dwarves living in Wrocław! Most of them are sponsored by local (and not only) businesses to promote themselves in the dwarf way. There’s one taking money from ATM in front of the bank, another one lying flat, with huge belly after eating too much in Pizza Hut or two more creatures stealing chocolate from the sweet-shop. Outside the tourist information a tourist dwarf is trying to find his way around the city on the map, next to the hotel another one is sleeping tightly in a comfy bed. In the heart of the picturesque Town Square a trio of disabled dwarves can be found – a blind, a deaf and a wheel chair one – they are there to show that Wrocław is a barrier free city. But there are some rebel dwarves too – two guys enjoying their booze, another couple trying to robe ATM or a revolutionary one, holding a flag, ready to fight!

drinking dwarves

sleeping dwarf

rebel dwarves

Everyone who visits Wrocław should get a map of dwarves’ location (it can be downloaded from the official website or bought in just about every shop in the Old Town) and go around looking for them! Not only it’s so much fun but also that way you can explore the most beautiful streets and corners of the city. It was one of the most pleasant activities I’ve done when travelling as each found dwarf has brought a big smile on my face. We don’t have an Easter egg hunting tradition in here but I imagine there must be something similar in these two games. I felt like a kid when I was walking around the city with my nose glued to the ground and I was full of joy each time I stumbled across a new dwarf! I’m sure next time I’m in Wrocław I will go dwarves hunting again as there’re still so many of them that I haven’t discovered yet!

cool dwarf

suitcase dwarf

dwarves

too much food dwarf

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  1. No i masz ci głuptasie! Teraz przez całą majówkę będziemy szukać kasnali śpiewając „I am a dwarf and I’m digging’ a hole” :) :) :) http://youtu.be/ytWz0qVvBZ0
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    • kami
      11:48 30/01/2015

      przepadniecie w tych poszukiwaniach, gwarantuje Ci to! rewelacyjna zabawa!

  2. Mario Falzon
    13:42 29/05/2016

    I hunted for Wroclaw dwarves purposely without any information about their whereabouts and I am pleased to say that I found 182. The ones shown in the pictures Kami included in her article were all located without any problems at all. May I add that I was not a first-time visitor to Wroclaw and I was well acquainted with the city when I went dwarf-hunting. My advice to dwarf hunters in Wroclaw: keep your eyes open at all times because you’ll find them in the most unexpected places.

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