Meet Wrocław Dwarves

They are the most friendly inhabitants of Wrocław – they are kind and helpful, particularly towards children. Here you can find out more about over 300 dwarves living in the capital of Lower Silesia.

There are many legends concerning the origin of Wrocław dwarves. According to one legend, it dates back to the old centuries when the Oder Pixie (Chochlik Odrzański) arrived in Wrocław. Other stories refer to the 1980s, when a smiling dwarf became the symbol of young people from the Orange Alternative anti-communist movement who organised peaceful happenings on the streets of Wrocław.

Today the streets, squares and backyards of Wrocław are inhabited by largely more than 300 dwarves. They are very friendly, and they arouse enthusiasm particularly among the youngest group of Wrocław inhabitants and guests. They like being photographed.

You can find representatives of many professions around them. Already their names suggest what they do: Bankuś (a banker), Bibliofil (an avid reader), Botanik (a botanician), Hohelka (a dwarf with a big ladle ready to serve guests in the Jacek i Agatka bar), or Chlapibrzuch and Moczypięta residing near the Aquapark. There are also dwarves that you can catch in real-life situations, such as Lunatyk (a sleepwalker), Miłostek (a very romantic dwarf with two hearts), Ogorzałek and Opiłek (a duo of heavy drinkers), Opiekunek (children’s best friend and guardian) and Krasnomaleństwo (a small dwarf looked after by Opiekunek). And when you are near the National Forum of Music, you can even come across an orchestra of dwarves. Listen carefully - they will play your favourite tune for sure.

When walking down the dwarves’ route, you must not miss Papa Krasnal (Senior Dwarf) near the Przejście Świdnickie passage and an entrance to their land at the backyard of the Jaś house close to the Market Square. Maybe you will guess the secret password that will open the gates.