Wrocklaw: Dwarf hunting

Some of Wroclaw’s most popular sights are not cathedrals or monuments. Its dwarves.

It is said that there are over 300 of them, but most likely you will never find them all. Some are stolen or for various reasons taken away.

Hells gnomes
Den fengslede
Hardtarbeidende er de også
En stappmett gnom
Utenfor butikken
Utenfor isbaren

It’s almost impossible not to get hooked. First you see one, then another and soon you find yourself on a quest to see as many as possible. The dwarves are busy with all sorts of things. Some sleep, some are reading, there is one riding a motorcycle and another withdrawing money from an ATM.

They are virtually a symbol of this beautiful Polish city and for the dedicated, the tourist office are selling maps, listing where you can find these little ones.

It’s almost impossible not to get hooked

Den opprinnelige gnomen
The first dwarf.

En liten kar
Også gnomer trenger kontanter

The first dwarf was put in place in Świdnicka in 2001 as a memorial to the ‘Orange Alternative’. This was a Polish anti communist movement, who peacefully demonstrated against the authorities, by spreading graffiti of dwarves around town in the 80s.

The first dwarf became very popular and several businesses wanted to do the same thing. Artists including Tomasz Moczek and Beata Zwolańska-Holod were asked to design dwarves. These small guys are therefore quite different, have all sorts of agendas and their own little story.

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