Wroclaw – 1

If you like gnomes, especially statues of gnomes, then Wroclaw is a place you should visit. There are over 300, all in miniature, scattered throughout the city. There’s even a map available at the tourist information for gnome enthusiasts to follow. I wasn’t purposefully following a trail, but I still spotted around a dozen in various places such as the one operating a mechanical digger by the river Oder, an opera gnome singing an aria to a ballerina gnome outside the Opera House , and a rock star gnome holding a guitar skywards in the main square. The most famous are the fireman gnomes near the Hansel and Gretel houses on the main square. Visitors will notice that certain parts of these gnomes, such as the nozzle of their hose, are highly polished as tourists have rubbed them for good luck.

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