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Wrocław: Old Town and Ostrów Tumski Guided Walking Tour

1. Wrocław: Old Town and Ostrów Tumski Guided Walking Tour

History of Wroclaw is long and complex. To understand it, you need to dive into the past of over 1000 years. The city is called Microcosm by professor Norman Davies due to being a part of different countries and its location in the middle of Europe. Davies said that everything, what happened in Europe, at some point happened in Wrocław as well: wars and religious struggle, wealth of trade city, Nazis and WWII with almost total annihilation of the city, becoming a part of communist block to final jump into freedom over 25 years ago. Modern Wrocław is one of fastest developing cities in Europe with rich culture and open, welcoming people. If you want to find out how all of this happened, simply join our tour!

Wrocław: Short City Walk and Cruise

2. Wrocław: Short City Walk and Cruise

After meeting with your guide, you will begin your walking tour with a wander to the city's market square where you can admire the biggest flower market in Wrocław. Next, you will visit the picturesque St. Elizabeth Church, where you can see the famous copper dwarfs, as well as the memorial to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You will then pass by the old city prison on the way to Wrocław University, and can learn more about the students of Wrocław as you pass by Fencer's Fountain. You will continue on to the former Matthias School and its Baroque garden, before seeing the old Market Hall and Wrocław Cathedral. You can admire Cathedral Island from the Odra river, and enjoy the views from the bridge as you stroll along the promenade. The short walking tour will end with a cruise on the river Oder on a passenger ship. You will sail for 50 minutes towards the zoo, before returning back to the port. The ship includes a bar, three decks for passengers, and one deck with sun lounges. Onboard you can enjoy beer, wine, coffee, as well as various sweet goods. During the cruise, you can admire beautiful views along the Oder River. You will pass Cathedral Island, the Grunwaldzki Bridge, the National Museum, the Water Towers, and Wrocław Zoo. Your guide will also inform you on the inland waterway transport system, as well as various monuments as you pass them. Your trip will then end at the marina in the city center.

Wroclaw: 3-Hour Bike Tour in English or Polish

3. Wroclaw: 3-Hour Bike Tour in English or Polish

Hop on a well-maintained and stylish bike for a guided three-hour tour of Wroclaw. Avoid tourist crowds, tired feet, and traffic while benefiting from the knowledge of an informative guide.  During this tour you will be able to admire the impressive baroque architecture of Wroclaw's Old Town, which was carefully reconstructed following World War II, check out Ostrow Tumski or Cathedral Island, the oldest part of the city, and visit Centennial Hall, an architectural masterpiece listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.   Besides these sites, your tour will take you to the Main Square, Old Town Promenade, Jatki, Spiż monument of animals for slaughter, Old City Prison, University of Wroclaw, Swordsman Monument, Ossolineum, Market Hall, Polish Hills, Grunwaldzki Square, Zwierzyniecki Bridge, Wroclaw Zoo, Japanese Garden, Iglica, Szczytnicki Park, the National Museum, the House of Old Stock Exchange, and the Salt Market.

Wroclaw: Multimedia Fountain Evening Show

4. Wroclaw: Multimedia Fountain Evening Show

Meet at Plac Solny and be transferred through historic Old Town and Cathedral Island to reach the show at Szczytnicki Park. Pass by several notable landmarks on the way to the show. Upon arrival, enjoy a spectacular 25-minute fountain show at the largest installation of its kind in Poland. See a variety of animations and images projected onto the water jets. With over 800 lights, 300 water projectors, and 3 fire jets, witness a colorful audio-visual performance. After the show, hop back on the bus and be returned to Plac Solny.

Wroclaw: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

5. Wroclaw: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join us on a historical and cultural tour of Wroclaw, “The Venice of the North.” With an abundance of watercourses and islands, and amazing architectural monuments, Wroclaw is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Explore Old Town highlights and see how many dwarfs you can find! The 2-hour tour will start under the Small Iglica spire at the charming Solny Square, lined with colorful old tenement houses. You will stroll around the medieval Market Square to see the notable residences such as the Griffin House, House Under the Golden Crown and the House Under the Golden Deer. See the iconic Gothic façade of the 13th-century Town Hall and Pillory (Pregierz), which was used for punishment by public humiliation during the Middle Ages. The historic Old Town boasts fascinating history and legends, such as the one of the holding hands of the Hansel and Gretel Houses. Your knowledgeable Private Guide will help you find some of the dozens of adorable copper dwarves spread throughout the city, and share tips on the best local restaurants, clubs and bars. You will see the towering 14th century Gothic St Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic parish then explore the narrow alleys of the District of Four Denominations. The tour will continue along the scenic Oder River and end at the main building of Wroclaw University, known for its stunning Baroque Aula Leopoldina (Ceremonial Hall). Choose the 3-hour option to learn even more about the city! Admie the amazing views across the Oder River, such as Tamka Island and Piaskowa Island, and see architectural monuments like the Cathedral of St. Vincent and St. James and the 20th century Market Hall. Explore the hidden gems of Slowacki Park, such as the Panorama of the Battle of Racławice, the ruins of Bastion Ceglarski, which marks fragments of the old city fortifications. The highlight of this tour will be visiting the 12th century Church and Monastery of St Adalbert to admire its elegant Gothic architecture and hear its fascinating history. Pick the 4-hour option to get a full experience of Wroclaw Old Town. During the extended route, your Private Guide will show you the oldest part of the city, Ostrow Tumski, also known as the Cathedral Island. Here, you will find a plethora of medieval landmarks, monasteries and churches. See the iconic Tumski Bridge, Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew, Archbishop's Palace and step inside the monumental Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Cathedral is one of the most iconic symbols of the city, with stunning chapels and phenomenal views from its tower. Fall in love with the beautiful skyline of Wroclaw!

Best of Wroclaw 3-Hour History and Culture Walking Tour

6. Best of Wroclaw 3-Hour History and Culture Walking Tour

Get to know Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia, on a 3-hour walking tour that introduces you to its history and culture. Explore the most beautiful and noteworthy monuments of Wroclaw, starting in Market Square (Rynek) where the unique beauty of the late gothic City Hall is truly worth seeing. Strolling through the medieval streets, come across the university campus where the main assembly hall is a striking example of beautiful Baroque architecture from the Hapsburg times. The tour concludes in the oldest part of Wroclaw, Ostrow Tumski. Located here is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist as well as many churches and cloisters, which lend the area an extraordinary spiritual atmosphere.

Segway Tour Wroclaw: Old Town & Ostrow Tumski - Full Tour

7. Segway Tour Wroclaw: Old Town & Ostrow Tumski - Full Tour

Before getting on your Segway, you will receive a short training and a safety helmet. Driving is simple and we guarantee you that it will only take a moment before you are able to move around on your Segway freely and confidently. Take a sightseeing tour of Wroclaw with a difference. No need for long and tiring walks through the city. Instead jump aboard and ride your own private Segway from place to place. Segway is a noiseless, environmentally-friendly, and fun two-wheeled vehicle which you will learn to ride in no time. This 3-hour tour is more than 10 km long (about 4 miles). It leads you around Wroclaw's most important places allowing you to admire the architecture and the monuments of the city. Your guide will recommend places that are worth visiting during your stay in Wroclaw, and will give you many tips about Wroclaw life. Admire the stunning view from the River, check out beutiful buildings, and glide through historical parks and royal residencies. See all this and much more.

Wroclaw: Sightseeing Cruise on the Odra River

8. Wroclaw: Sightseeing Cruise on the Odra River

Set sail along Wroclaw’s Odra River in an ecological, electrically-charged catamaran for a unique sightseeing cruise of the city. With zero emissions, enjoy the river without leaving anything behind. Onboard your eco-friendly catamaran there are audio guides provided in several languages, as well as a local driver to steer the boat. Begin by gliding past picturesque Old Town, heading in the direction of the city zoo. Along the way sail by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks including Hala Targowa, Piaskowy Bridge, University Bridge, University of Wroclaw, Ossolineum, Tumski Bridge, and Ostrów Tumski. During your sightseeing cruise, sail around the islands of Wroclaw, such as Piaskowa, Daliowa, Tampa, and Slodowa. Continue along the Boulevard of Xawery Dunikowski, next to the Academy of Fine Arts, and under the Bridge of Peace. Cruise towards Grunwaldzki Bridge, a suspension bridge that spans the Odra River. Continue onto the University Library, and Polinka cable car before returning to the point of departure.

Wroclaw: Guided City Walk

9. Wroclaw: Guided City Walk

Discover the diversity of this great city, its ingenuity, and its mixed legacy created by Poles, Czechs, Austrians and Germans. Your tour starts in the Market Square (Rynek), where you’ll be amazed by the unique beauty of the late Gothic City Hall. Strolling through the medieval streets, you’ll come across the beautiful university campus, where the main assembly hall is a striking example of the Baroque architecture from the Hapsburg times.   Continue on to wander through enchanting medieval streets and admire the variety of architecture styles on display. Throughout, your guide will tell you funny stories, quirky legends, and mysterious facts hiding behind each building. He’ll also point out for you the many gnome statues that make this city so unique. You’ll learn the story behind these gnomes and in particular, why there are so many of them.   Your tour concludes in the oldest part of Wroclaw, Ostrow Tumski. Located here is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, as well as many other churches and cloisters that lend the area an extraordinarily spiritual atmosphere. Your guide will be happy to give you suggestions of where to go from here to complete your exploration of the city.

Wroclaw: Tour by Historic Tram

10. Wroclaw: Tour by Historic Tram

Travel by one of the three historic trams through Wroclaw. Depending on the group size and time of year, ride with Juliusz, Baba Jaga, or Jas i Malgosa. In the summer, enjoy the view from the open cars; in winter, benefit from the coziness of the heated cars. The tram awaits at the Wroclaw Opera, the start of your tour. Climb aboard with your guide and take a trip through time. Discover the ulica Świdnicka and pass by the old Wertheim department store, before heading into the Jewish quarter, around the marketplace and to Ostrów Tumski island. Then pass the botanical gardens and zoo. Stop for 15 minutes at the Centennial Hall to see the Japanese Garden or the hall itself with an impressive water show every hour. Head back to the old town over the Grunwaldzki Bridge and end the tour where you started, back at the Wroclaw Opera. If you wish, you may stop at the marketplace.

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4.8 / 5

based on 227 reviews

I was the only guest on a snowy midweek tour. Shawn (native English speaker) was a superb guide, very well prepared, informative, impressive knowledge of Polish history. A great introduction to Wroclaw. I felt sorry for the huge groups on the free tour whose guide sounded robotic., when I had such an interactive tour

Our guide Sean was very knowledgeable about the history of Wroclaw and knew a lot of details. We have learned a lot and had a great time. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit significant sites in the city and learn about the history of each of them.

We had a fantastic tour with a true local. Glad we chose this option over a walking tour as we were able to cover so much ground.

We enjoyed learning about the history of charming Wroclaw while a bit off the beaten path. Absolutely recommend!

Very informative guide - great introduction to the city