I enjoyed Krakow last year and wanted to return to Poland. Given my 24 day itinerary this year, Wroclaw was a geographically logical, and highly appealing, choice. Mid-way through my trip, it was meant to be my "vacation from my vacation" with time to relax. And get laundry done.
I loved Wrocław from the moment I arrived. (Well, after I found my bus stop and got going in the right direction.)
I will freely admit I lit up with a silly smile and snapped photos every time I happened on one of the cheeky little dwarves, some of them ambassadors for the local businesses. Favorites were the "Votes for Women" dwarf and the little pair of performers in front of the Opera House. They're clever and silly and fun – if you like that sort of thing. I do!
The Wrocław Rynek is lively in October. Lots of university students. And when I visited it was lively with German tourists. And a Pride Parade (and counter-protesters) on Saturday. My train from Dresden was packed with German workers headed to Wrocław to enjoy the 4 day weekend created by German Unity Day (Oct 3rd) falling on a Thursday. The German walking tours were packed. The English ones, not so much.
Wrocław is inexpensive, even in the tourist areas. $8 buys a 7 day transit ticket (though you probably wouldn't need it.) I paid 20zl / $5 for a medium sized load of laundry, full-service, dropped off mid-day and (because business was light) picked up that evening.