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More than 400 tiny bronze dwarf statues dot the Polish city of Wrocław. Photo By: Alzay/Shutterstock

21. Spotting Dwarves in Wroclaw

When I visited the place in 2016, I found one casually reclining outside the train station, another in academic garb near the University. More than 400 tiny bronze dwarf statues dot the Polish city of Wrocław: a pair of firemen rushing towards St. Elizabeth’s Church, a female apothecary at a pharmacy, drunken party dwarfs outside a vodka bar, and so on. In the 1980s, activists of the Orange Alternative Movement protested the prevailing authoritarian regime by dressing up as dwarfs. In 2001, the movement was honoured with a dwarf statue placed on the corner of Ulica Świdnicka (the high street), after which hundreds popped up all over the city. Find a map online to go dwarf hunting or take a free walking tour, which gives you a deeper historical perspective.

—Prachi Joshi

 

This entry is a part of our 100th issue special: 100 reasons to love travel spread out across 14 varied categories. Read all 100 entries on our digital forum or new National Geographic Traveller India app here.

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