5. Wroclaw: City of 100 Bridges 4-Hour Private City Tour
Meet your guide at the hotel and begin your fully private sightseeing. Discover the ancient city of Wroclaw. Over the centuries, the city has been part of the Kingdom of Poland, Bohemia, the Austrian Empire, Prussia, and Germany and has been part of Poland since 1945 as a result of border changes after World War II. With those visible reminders of Czech, German and Polish rule, Wroclaw has become a truly modern European city, and one that you simply must experience for yourself. Begin the tour with a visit to the 13th-century cathedral of St. John the Baptist with its vertiginous twin towers, located on Ostrow Tumski Island, the oldest part of the city. Cross a bridge over the Oder River and take a walk along the river embankment. More than 100 road bridges and footbridges pin together the riverbanks in Wroclaw – the only places where you’ll find more are Venice, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and Hamburg. Enjoy spectacular views. Stop by Racławice Panorama Museum hosting a monumental picture Panorama of the Battle of Racławice, presenting one of the biggest 360˚ panoramic battle scenes in the world - the Battle of Racławice in April 1794, in which Poles won over Russians, nowadays one of the nation’s symbol. Enter the Old Town. Admire Wroclaw University with its the most representative part Aula Leopoldinum, a beautiful baroque hall designed by the famous Italian architect - Christophorus Tausch. Continue down medieval cobblestone streets that lead to the Market Square, one of the largest in Europe, surrounded by old tenement houses. This is the city’s municipal and cultural centre, a place of happenings, concerts and performance art, lined with terraced cafes and restaurants. Be impressed with the huge late Gothic town hall and Its tower, housing the oldest clock tower bell, installed back in 1368! The town hall cellars are home to Piwnica Świdnicka, one of the oldest European restaurants dating back to 1273. Continue to Centennial Hall, the greatest architectonic achievements of the 20th century and a part of UNESCO World Heritage List. It is currently one of the most wanted places to organise exhibitions, conferences, congresses, cultural and sporting events from Poland and from abroad. At the end of your tour play dwarves hunting, one of the most popular activities for visitors to Wroclaw. These merry gnomes are simply ubiquitous around the city centre dotting doorways, alleyways and street corners, constantly underfoot but only seen by the observant. Enjoy the most important places and learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.