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Wroclaw: Guided Walking Tour of Fortress Wroclaw

1. Wroclaw: Guided Walking Tour of Fortress Wroclaw

Embark on a historic journey through Wroclaw, a city that compared to other Polish cities, has a completely different history, and symbolizes the fascinating but at the same time the tragic history of the 21st century in Europe. Meet your history guide at the market square in Wroclaw before heading in the direction of the beautiful Salt Square, where you could once find powerful anti-aircraft shelters. After a short walk, reach the Libicha Hill and be in awe of the immense concrete shelter, where the headquarter of Fortress Wroclaw was once located. Learn about the history of the enormous shelter located under the hill during the war. Next, continue the tour to the main train station close by. Take a closer look at the beautiful historic station where the Germans once built a system of concrete shelters. Take a tram from the main station and head towards Nowy Targ and Ostrów Tumski. Both areas suffered the biggest damage from the war. At the end of the tour, visit the Grunwald Bridge which was formerly also known as the Emperor's Bridge. When Wroclaw was under a siege, the square around the bridge served as an airport. Many houses in the area were demolished in order to build the airport. The bridge was severely damaged in the spring of 1945 but was rebuilt after the war ended.

Wroclaw Jewish Quarter Private Guided Tour

2. Wroclaw Jewish Quarter Private Guided Tour

Discover ancient synagogues and learn about Jewish culture on a private tour of Wroclaw. Visit the White Stork Synagogue with your guide and explore the exhibitions that span over 800 years of Jewish history.   Step inside a small traditional synagogue next door, to see where Jews have prayed for many years. Continue to the Four Denominations District, an area marked by a Catholic church, an Evangelical church, an Orthodox cathedral, and a synagogue. This area symbolizes the diversity of Wroclaw.    After this you’ll walk to the Polish Theater, to admire the mix of Jewish and Polish architecture. Choose the extended 4-hour version and explore the Old Jewish Cemetery with your guide. This calm and spiritual place gives a unique insight into the history of Jews in Wroclaw.

Wroclaw: Private Transfer to Project Riese

3. Wroclaw: Private Transfer to Project Riese

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel in Wroclaw and Project Riese. After meeting your local driver/ guide, you will set off to explore Project Riese. Sit back and relax as you travel in the comfort of your own private and modern vehicle.  Once you arrive at the Project Riese site, you can head off to explore this fascinating place. Project Riese was the codename for an impressive construction project initiated by Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945, consisting of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Książ Castle. Explore this extraordinary network of underground caverns, all in different states of completion, and learn about the history of the site.  After discovering more about this unique construction project, enjoy the comfort of a private transfer back to your hotel in Wroclaw. Take the stress out of travelling with this fantastic transfer opportunity. 

Wroclaw: Secrets of Wroclaw Walking Tour

4. Wroclaw: Secrets of Wroclaw Walking Tour

Discover the historic city of Wroclaw with its dark sides, secrets, and long-forgotten stories from the past. Start the tour at the market square and learn the history of the altar houses and the huge globe monument. Find out where the mysterious tunnel under the market leads. See the salt market then head towards the Cathedral Island, overlooking the beautiful, old Wroclaw University. On the way, your guide will answer all of your burning questions about the many statues and monuments that you pass. Learn about the German occupation of the city, when the town was named Breslau. Hear stories about Hitler's impact in the city, the history of WWII, and what happened to the 60 German monuments at the end of the war. From the pier, admire the beautiful view of Cathedral Island and its architectural masterpieces. Visit some of the most beautiful Gothic buildings and churches in the city. At the end of the tour cross over the Lessingbrücke and walk along the Oder Promenade. The tour ends at the Witches Bridge and the Maria Magdalena Church where you will find out about the many crimes that took place there.  

Wrocław: Jewish Heritage and History Private Tour

5. Wrocław: Jewish Heritage and History Private Tour

Begin your tour in the Market Square of Wrocław's Old Town. Admire the beautiful old Jewish department stores elegantly constructed in the Art Nouveau style as you take a stroll through the district. Stop at the Barash Department Store. This gorgeous business built in 1904 and located within a building called “Phoenix,” stands as the crown jewel of the Old Town. Along the way, stop and pause at the “Stolpersteine” or stones in the pavement that commemorate the victims of the Nazi regime. Journey to ul. Meadow, the street where the largest synagogue in Na Wygonie once stood. The synagogue there was once a significant place of worship for the Reform Judaism movement. Members of this sect mitigated certain religious restrictions, allowing them to achieve an active public life in German society, while at the same time maintaining their religious devotion. Tragically, the synagogue was destroyed during the Kristallnacht in 1938. Explore the Jewish Quarter and see the former Jewish Theater as well as the Ghetto Heroes' Memorial in Plac Bohaterów Getta. Enter the courtyard of the White Stork Synagogue. Many concerts and exhibitions take place at this important center of Jewish culture. Next door is the Little Synagogue which surrounded on three sides by the offices of the Wrocław Jewish Community. Your tour ends in the Jewish Quarter, where if you choose, you can have lunch at one of the neighborhoods many Jewish restaurants for an additional 12€.

Wrocław: Siege of Wrocław Walking Tour

6. Wrocław: Siege of Wrocław Walking Tour

On this tour, you'll learn the history of a turbulent time here, including how the NSDAP took power, what Edmund Heines did and how the Jewish community endured its new situation. During the first five years of World War II Breslau was a peaceful city, but near the end of the war, the situation turned. Your guide will tell you all about this history and show you the traces of this period throughout the city. Finally, on May 6, 1945, the capitulation of the city was signed, but only after much it was destroyed. Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt made the decision to redraw the borders and Breslau was renamed Wroclaw, which created a city with a new identity.

Wroclaw To Church of Peace and Project Riese Tour

7. Wroclaw To Church of Peace and Project Riese Tour

Your driver will meet you at the hotel and first take you to Project Riese which is a 1.5-hour drive from Wroclaw. Once you arrive at the Project Riese site, you can head off to explore this fascinating place. Project Riese was the codename for an impressive construction project initiated by Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945, consisting of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Książ Castle. Explore this extraordinary network of underground caverns, all in different states of completion, and learn about the history of the site.  You can stay here for lunch or drive to the next place the Church of Peace which is still an active protestant parish. It is the largest timber-framed building in Europe that attracts thousands of tourists. Those who visited the church say that they have never seen anything like that before. The church has a unique history which makes it a must see place to everybody who comes to Wroclaw!

Wroclaw: Project Riese and Ksiaz Castle Private Tour

8. Wroclaw: Project Riese and Ksiaz Castle Private Tour

Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Wroclaw and drive to the first stop of the day Project Riese. Project Riese was the code name for an impressive construction project initiated by Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945, consisting of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Ksiaz Castle. Explore this extraordinary network of underground caverns, all in different states of completion, and learn about the history of the site as you wander around. After Project Riese, head to Ksiaz Castle, the third largest castle in Poland with more than 400 rooms. The castle was home to the Hochbergs for more than 400 years, who were one of the richest and most famous families in Europe. The Hochbergs owned a lot of land in Poland, but their time in the castle came to an end at the start of World War Two, when the castle was seized by Nazis who planned to turn it into one of Hitler’s residences. Enjoy the freedom to explore the sites at your own leisure, and take the time to learn about their rich history. At the end of the day, head back to your transportation to return to Wroclaw.

Wroclaw: 3-Hour Jewish Tour

9. Wroclaw: 3-Hour Jewish Tour

During this tour, you discover the places where the Jewish community lived. Journey through centuries of Jewish history in Wroclaw and learn about the Jewish communities search for its identity in the city.  On your tour, you will visit the former Jewish Quarter. There you will visit the first rabbinical seminary in the world and where the community of The White Stork Synagogue still takes care of the Jewish heritage. In addition, you will learn more about tolerance and cooperation in the Four Denomination District, which is the contemporary name of the former Jewish District. After a walk in the city center, you will go by tram to the Old Jewish Cemetery, where we track the history of the Jewish community in its Golden Age. Twelve thousand tombstones, various architectural styles, as well as numerous climbing plants, which cover the Matzevahs create an enchanting atmosphere. Wander around the cemetary and take in centuries of Jewish culture in the city. 

Wroclaw: MRU (Międzyrzecz Fortification Region) Private Tour

10. Wroclaw: MRU (Międzyrzecz Fortification Region) Private Tour

Visit the MRU, the Polish Miedzyrzecz Fortigication Region. A region once fortified as the military defense line of Nazi Germany between the Oder and Warta rivers. Built in 1934–44, it was the most technologically advanced fortification system of Nazi Germany, and remains one of the largest and the most interesting systems of its type in the world today. It consists of around 100 concrete defense structures partially interconnected by a network of underground tunnels. Some of the forts and tunnels are available for visiting. Your driver will pick you up from Wroclaw, and take you over 200 KM to the MRU. Enjoy the picturesque drive through the mountains. Once arrived, learn from the local tour guide, about the history of the region. You can also rent an audioguide. After the tour you will return to Wroclaw. On the way you can have a lunch stop or buy some souvenirs.

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What people are saying about Wroclaw

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Due to the coronavirus situation, it was a special kind of city walk ... the city was pretty empty, no café or restaurant open, all public museums were closed BUT our city guide gave us an informative and worth seeing tour, responded flexibly to the current situation and Let us forget the empty city for 2 hours.

Thanks a lot for amazing trip with Peter! now we know everything about Jewish life in Wroclaw. I advise him to everyone, who wants to have a facinating trip around city!

Really knowledgeable guide, friendly and helpful have recommended him to my friends who are travelling here in August thanks for a great experience really appreciate it

Excellent tour lots of info and Michal is an engaging and knowledgeable guide, also do not miss the scooter tour absolutely brilliant fun!

We liked it very much. Guide has profound knowledge and answers our questions well.