Gnomes, or ‘Krasnale’ are one of Wroclaw’s most popular attractions.
New gnomes arrive every year, gradually populating more and more streets in Wrocław. People from all over the world are coming to hunt for them. They play an important role in Wroclaw’s daily life and history.
Wroclaw’s Gnomes history dates back to the 1980, when the country was under communist regime. Members of Pomaranczowa Alternatywa (Orange Alternative) wanted a peaceful campaign, which help to bring a dark period of history in Poland to an end. They decided to paint dwarves on paint stains on the walls covering the anti-government graffiti. Dwarves present everywhere, soon became symbols of the Polish dissident.