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Tour 1: Gothic and Romanesque Architecture

The so called Polish Hill, the Gothic churches of Cathedral Island: the Cathedral (with the possibility of visiting the view tower), the Church of the Holy Cross, St. Giles church, St. Martin church, Sand Island with the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in the Sand and the moving crib, the House of the Virgins from Trzebnica, the nunnery of St. Ursula with the mausoleum of Silesian dukes from Piast dynasty, the story about St. Hedwig, the former butchery and the building of the medieval prison, the Basilica of St. Elisabeth, Market Square with the restaurant "Piwnica Świdnicka", the Town Hall and the pillory, the Church of St. Mary-Magdalene with so called Portal from Ołbin and the Bridge of the Witches.


Tour 2: Baroque in Wrocław

 

Market Square with Baroque tenement houses, the former altarists houses "Hensel and Gretel", the houses around Salt Square, the main building of the University with the most splendid interior in Silesia: Aulą Leopoldina, Oratorium Marianum, University Museum with the view tower, Ossolineum - the former monastery of the Knights Hospitallers with the Red Star, University Library in the Sand, Baroque architecture of Cathedral Island – among others the chapels of the Cathedral.




Tour 3: Classicism and Modernism

 

Market Square with the building of Bank Zachodni WBK, Salt Square with the former Stock Exchange building designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans, the former palace of Prussian kings, the Opera house, Partisans' Hill (Wzgórze Partyzantów) with its buildings, Centennial Hall (one of the best examples of Modernism, designed by Max Berg, the UNESCO World Heritage site), so called Pavilion of the Four Domes and the very modern residential estate constructed for the Exhibition WUWA in 1920-th.




Tour 4: Dukes from Piast dynasty in Wrocław

 

National Museum with the grave stones of Silesian dukes, Cathedral Island – the oldest part of Wrocław - a very important administration centre and dukes residence in the Middle Ages: the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (also the view tower), the Church of the Holy Cross, St. Martins church, Sand Island with the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and the moving crib, the nunnery of St. Ursula with the mausoleum of Silesian dukes from Piast dynasty, the former prison and the butchery, Market Square.




Tour 5: Churches and monasteries

 

The churches of Cathedral Island: St. John the Baptist Cathedral with the view tower and splendid baroque chapels-mausoleums of bishops, St. Giles Church, the two-storey Church of the Holy Cross, Sand Island with the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and the moving crib, Ossolineum – the former monastery of the Knights Hospitallers with the Red Star, the Dominican Church of St. Adalbert with the chapel-mausoleum of Blessed Czeslaw, St. Mary-Magdalene Church with the portal from Ołbin and the Bridge of Witches, St. Elisabeth Basilica.





Tour 6: Treasures from the former eastern provinces

 

The famous painting "Racławice Panorama", the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in the Sand with the icon of St. Mary from Mariampol, Ossolineum - the former monastery of the Knights Hospitallers with the Red Star, at present the site of the Ossolineum Institute and the library with the priceless collections of books and manuscripts brought from Lviv, the University and its splendid Baroque interiors: Aula Leopoldina, Oratorium Marianum, Mathematical Tower and University Museum. Market Square with the monument of A. Fredro (brought from Lviv), the Dominican Church of St. Adalbert with the icon of St. Mary from Podkamień.



Tour 7: Defensive structures

 

 

A walk along the promenade around the Old Town (the line of the former defensive wall), the moat, on the way beautiful parks and splendid buildings – for example the former Merchants' House (at present Doll Theatre), department stores in Świdnicka street, the Arsenal and others. Polish Hill – a former bastion, a picturesque view towards Cathedral Island, the remains of Oławska Gate, Partisans Hill – a former bastion, nowadays site of clubs and restaurants.




Tour 8: Islands and bridges

 

A walk cross the Bridge of Peace (on the way a wonderful view of the suspension Grunwaldzki Bridge – the former Emperor Bridge) towards Cathedral Island (the Cathedral, the Church of the Holy Cross, the bishops palace), Cathedral Bridge (the Bridge of Lovers), Sand Island with the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and the picturesque P. Włost Boulevard, Sand Bridge (the oldest in Wrocław), Malt- and White-tanner Islands (connected with modern footpath bridges, covered by beautiful parks, on the way you will admire stunning views of the University main building and the Ossolineum), University Bridge, Pomorskie Bridges.




Tour 9: Wrocław as a multicultural city

 

Wrocław has been created and was inhabited by the members of several nations of various confessions. That has had a significant influence for the contemporary atmosphere of this city. District of Four Confessions: temples of four confessions – Evangelical, Roman-Catholic, Orthodox and the Jewish synagogue.





Tour 10: Jewish population

 

The Jewish district with the Synagogue "Under the White Stork", Włodkowica street – the centre of the former Jewish district, the site of the not existing New Synagogue – burnt down during Crystal Night. The Jewish cemetery in Ślężna street - the burial place of the members of rich Jewish families, among others F.Lassalle – creator of the first labour party in Germany, J.F. Cohn – scientist, parents of St. Edith Stein. A visit to St. Edith Stein's house.





Tour 11: Parks and gardens

 

A walk through Cathedral Island, Botanical Garden with the multimedia exposition „Panorama of Nature", the geologic cross section of Wałbrzych coal-mining area and one of the largest collection of succulents in Poland. Zoological Garden – one of the oldest and largest in Poland. Szczytnicki Park (the largest and oldest city park in Wrocław) with the small wooden Church of St. John Nepomuk. Japanese Garden designed in 1913 and reconstructed in 1990-th. Centennial Hall (UNESCO) and the multimedia fountain. Additionally you can visit South Park (not very big, but one of the most beautiful) or the new created City Park.



Tour 12: The stories and legends of Cathedral Island and Old Town

 

During a walk through Cathedral Island you will hear the legend about the mysterious head carved in stone in the Cathedral's wall, about the Silesian nooddle, the bold-headed angel on the monument of St. John Nepomuk and about St. Hedwig. We will visit also the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in the Sand with its famous moving crib. Afterwards you will also hear some stories connected with the Old Town, for example about the Bell of the Sinners, the Bridge of Witches, Wrocław's coat of arms and the Town Hall clock.





Tour 13: Dwarfs

 

 

Traditional tour combined with looking for and meeting the famous dwarfs. The fountain with dwarfs near Doll Theatre, the biggest dwarf "Major" in Świdnicka street, a little house near St. Elisabeth Church – the living place of all the dwarfs. A game "Looking for the Dwarfs".

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