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Wroclaw: Small Group Guided e-Car Tour

1. Wroclaw: Small Group Guided e-Car Tour

Explore the beauty of Wroclaw while traveling by electric vehicle to see the city’s most interesting spots and landmarks using comfortable and convenient transportation. Discover the capital of Lower Silesia, taking in sights you would normally see on a 6-7 hour traditional walking tour. Learn about the history of the city and enjoy routes prepared by licensed tourist city guides developed especially for the tour. Enjoy free time to discover the two most important places on the sightseeing route: Cathedra and the Multimedia Fountain Show before being dropped back off in Wroclaw's charming old town.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Wroclaw

2. Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Wroclaw

This moving tour takes you to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial to experience the full impact of this harrowing site: a worldwide symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. Auschwitz- Birkenau was the largest concentration and extermination camp established by the Nazis during World War II. A guided visit of both sections, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, will let you understand the site in its entirety. See the camp's fortified walls, barbed wire, railway sidings, platforms, barracks, gallows, gas chambers, and crematoria. All this will help create a deeper understanding of the infamous project of the Holocaust, as well as the Nazi policy of mass murder and forced labor.

From Wrocław: Full-Day Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour

3. From Wrocław: Full-Day Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour

This full day tour takes you from Wrocław to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, which were used by the Nazis as forced labor and extermination camps during World War II. Over a million men, women and children lost their lives here or were forced to work in extreme conditions. These concentration camps have since become enduring symbols of the Nazis' brutal policy of Jewish and minority extermination. To fully understand the human tragedy that unfolded here, you'll learn about daily camp life and visit the former gas chambers and crematorium. Additional exhibits will help you take in the setting and learn about the Holocaust's legacy. It's a history lesson you'll never forget.

Wroclaw: Private Tour to Project Riese

4. Wroclaw: Private Tour 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: Tour by Historic Tram

5. 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.

Wroclaw: Lower Silesia, Ksiaz Castle, & Complex Osówka Tour

6. Wroclaw: Lower Silesia, Ksiaz Castle, & Complex Osówka Tour

The Church of Peace in Świdnica is the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe, built in the former Silesia in the mid-17th Century amid the religious strife that followed the Peace of Westphalia. Constrained by the physical and political conditions, the Churches of Peace bear testimony to the quest for religious freedom and are a rare expression of Lutheran ideology in an idiom generally associated with the Catholic Church. Built outside the city walls, made of wood or clay and built in less than a year, now placed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Książ is the third largest castle in Poland, located on a majestic rock cliff by the side of the Pelcznica River. Beautifully surrounded by the forest at the height of 395 meters above sea level, the castle is often called ‘the Pearl of Lower Silesia’. Such a location corresponding to the size of the building is rare in Europe. In 1943, Hitler’s paramilitary organization had stormed into the castle and began to construct one of the most important quarters for Adolf Hitler. Complex Osówka is part of a construction project conducted by Nazi Germany between 1943-1945 (Codename Riese). Mysterious structures nicknamed “Underground City” still await to unveil their secrets. Discover Hitler’s last and biggest quarters in Lower Silesia.

Wroclaw: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

7. Wroclaw: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Wroclaw's Old Town with the help of a private guide on a walking tour of the historic city center. During 2-hour tour, you will explore the medieval Market Square and stroll down streets to admire colorful narrow buildings, tenement houses and the Gothic façade of the 13th-century Town Hall. Follow your guide to see the unique District of Four Denominations and reach the main building of Wroclaw University with its grand Aula Leopoldina (Ceremonial Hall). Keep a look out for the famous copper dwarves that were placed around the city as part of the anti-Communist Orange Alternative movement. Take the challenge and find them all! To see even more interesting places, choose the 3-hour option and admire extraordinary buildings hidden in Slowacki’s Park, such as the Panorama Raclawicka, National Museum or Museum of Architecture. Go further and see the fantastic Bastion Ceglarski, the old fortification right next to river. On the way, you will also visit St. Adalbert's Church. The best part of Wroclaw can be seen in the 4-hour tour. The piece de resistance of sightseeing is the oldest part of the city with its magnificent cathedrals, buildings and atmosphere. It’s called Cathedral Island or Ostrow Tumski. It has few islands (Slodowa or Piasek Island), the lovely Tumski Bridge, churches, the Arcibishop’s Palace and the amazing Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Walk inside to see baroque chapels and its rich interior.

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.

From Wroclaw: Ksiaz Castle and Church of Peace in Swidnica

9. From Wroclaw: Ksiaz Castle and Church of Peace in Swidnica

Enjoy a half-day tour to one of the most beautiful places in Lower Silesia. First, explore Ksiaz Castle. This is the third largest castle in Poland with more than 400 rooms. For more than 400 years it belonged to one family, the Hochbergs, one of the richest and most famous families in Europe.  After you have explored the castle and grounds, your driver will take you back to Church of Peace in Swidnica, a journey that takes around 20 minutes. Thousands of tourists have visited the church, which is unlike anything you've seen before. With a unique history and aesthetic, it's a must-see for everybody who visits Wroclaw! After your day of exploring, enjoy the convenience of a private transfer in a comfortable, modern vehicle. 

Wrocław: Long City Walk and River Cruise

10. Wrocław: Long City Walk and River Cruise

This is your chance to truly discover one of Europe's most unique cities. Wander the city's market square and admire the incredible colors of the biggest flower market in Wrocław. Visit the picturesque St. Elizabeth Church and see the famous copper dwarfs as well as the memorial to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Pass the old city prison on the way to Wrocław University where you will visit the Oratorio Marianum music hall and the Aula Leopoldina, and enjoy the view from the Mathematical Tower. See the oldest university church in the world with its incredible Baroque ornamentation. Take a stroll through the old market hall and Wrocław Cathedral. Admire the cathedral, enjoy the view from the bridge and walk along the promenade. End the tour with a delightful cruise on the river Oder. Sail for 50 minutes in a return journey to the zoo. Take a seat on any of three decks on the ship or lounge in a sun chair while sipping a cold beer, wine, coffee or dessert. Relax and soak in the sights that pass you by until the trip concludes at the city center marina.

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based on 240 reviews

Very suggestive experience and to do at least once in a lifetime ... jarek was very helpful throughout the day .. any activity we have booked with get your guides have always been well organized, from when they pick you up until they take you back to the hotel.

Must visit! Great experience and learning a bit more about WWII. located in a beautiful landscape. Our driver Michael was excellent! thank you!! kind, pleasant and friendly, explained to us further about Poland's history during our drive.

John war brilliant, very interesting tour I had no history idea about wroclaw but now I am honestly amazed. Thanks so much.

It is a place you must visit, an episode in history that must never be forgotten.

Trip was excellent with time allowed to see the sights