Free walking tour – no boring tour guides

 

The idea of Free Walking Tour  has been around for a while, but started to be more popular nowadays. It’s a relatively new way to discover Wroclaw compared to the traditional tour concept.

A Misconception about Free Walking Tours

The word ‘free’ has obvious appeal to budget-conscious travellers but it’s also a word that can ring alarm bells.

Here’s a piece of advice from an experienced tour guide who did many FREE tours: A good FREE walking TOUR is interesting and useful even for locals, because a good FREE walking TOUR guide spends a lot time exploring the city, he knows hidden spots and places to show and speak about, so a tour will be surprising both for visitors and travelers and locals as well.

Plus there is nothing to lose apart from the calories you’ll burn with walking. FREE walking TOURs can`t be boring because their based only on donations!

Free walking tour available in several languages: English, German and Polish. There are also paid tours: CRAFT BEERS OF WROCLAW, FOODS OF WROCLAW – PRIVATE TOUR, CENTENNIAL HALL PRIVATE TOUR, OLD JEWISH CEMETERY PRIVATE TOUR, STREET ART TOUR.

How does Free walking Tour work?

Check our official site, where you can find the schedule of the tours.

For Example,

OLD TOWN WROCLAW

Sep-6th Jan: every day at 10.00 AM & 1 .30 PM
7thJan – Mar: the schedule will be available soon
Cancellations: 24th – 26th December, 1st of January tour at 10.00 am (join us at 1.30 pm)

Duration: about 2,5 hours

ISLANDS & BRIDGES OF WROCŁAW

Oct – 6th Jan: every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 4:30 PM
7th Jan- May: the schedule will be available soon
Cancellations: 31st December tour is cancelled

Duration: about 2 hours

MEETING POINT

It will be guide with yellow umbrella in the Market Square close to Aleksander Fredro’s statue.

ATTENTION!
You don’t need to book a tour in advance –
JUST SHOW UP AND ENJOY.

Trip with old tram

old tram

If you like trips around Wroclaw, this is the topic for you.

An interesting offer in Wroclaw are the trips of old trams. This is possible with the organization “Towarzystwo Miłośników Wrocławia” and “Klub Sympatyków Transportu Miejskiego” (Urban Transport Enthusiasts Club).

The city of Wrocław has the oldest system of electric trams in Poland.  Most lines lead from the center to individual districts. The length of the routes is about 190 kilometers.

Special routes are available for tourists. You can choose four different routes for travel: A B C D. By going along the routes you can see many interesting historical and modern places of architecture. For example:
Racławice Panorama  , Centennial Hall , Japanese Garden , Opera , National Forum of Music  and many others.
Route maps are located below in the picture:


The courses are divided into a guided tour or without. Of course, a guided tour is more interesting. While traveling, the guide tells you about the places we see.

Traveling by tram is a great fun for children. That is why it is a very good proposition for whole families. The cost of travel is also not high. We buy tickets directly on the tram:

For example –  prices for route A and B:

Normal Reduced Family
One-way 8,00 zł 4,00 zł 16,00 zł
Return ticket 12,00 zł 6,00 zł 24,00 zł

The central station where we can start the trip is the stop at the opera. This is the place where the puppet theater is located. Here you can wait for the arrival of the tram. During this time, we can admire the city’s architecture.

For those interested in more detailed information about the historic transport in the city of Wroclaw, I refer directly to the website of Urban Transport Enthusiasts Club. On the website you can see exactly all routes. You can see photos of trams you can travel. We can also read about interesting events related to urban tranportation.

I cordially invite you to such an old tram ride because it is worth it:)

Where to go for a short vacation trip from Wrocław?

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The city is nice but hey! It is summer, time for a trip.
If You are searching for a little rest, nature,mountains, art and music-  Sokołowsko might be great place for You. It is not that far from Wrocław. You only need two days off,  backpack and a train ticket. Oh, and friends to share great moments with.

HISTORY OF SOKOŁOWSKO

Until the mid-nineteenth century  Goerbersdorf- a small mountain village did not differ in any way from other villages belonging to the Hochbergs. In 1845, countess von Colomb came here for a vacation. She was enchanted by the landscape and convinced by the uniqueness of the place so she persuaded her brother-in-law  Dr Hermann Brehmer
to create a health resort there. In 1945, in honor of the count’s friendship with Professor Alfred Sokołowski, the village received a new name – Sokołowsko.
In 1855 Sokołowsko became a place of the world’s first specialist tuberculosis sanatorium. After World War II, the spa was reclassified from the tuberculosis profile to the treatment profile for respiratory diseases. In the following years, attempts were made to create a Provincial Winter Sports Center. Unfortunatelly it turned out to be a costly undertaking and the implementation has never been completed.
In October 2005, the inhabitants of Sokołowsko heard an explosion,
a moment later the building was consumed by a fire. The fire burned the whole roof of the sanatorium building. The wooden elements disappeared, the vaults collapsed, the wall and ceiling paintings were burned.
A new, surprising chapter in the history of Sokołowsko was the purchase of the object by the Contemporary Art Foundation, which main goal was to rebuild the burned Sanatorium of Dr. Brehmer and create the International Laboratory of Culture there.

Sokołowsko - dawne sanatorium Grunwald
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Międzynarodowe Laboratorium Kultury (d. sanatorium Grunwald), ul. Różana, Sokołowsko
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NEW LIFE OF SOKOŁOWSKO WITH “IN SITU” FOUNDATION

In Situ Foundation, which means “in place” was founded in 2004 in Podkowa Leśna by artists Bożenna Biskupska and Zygmunt Rytka. “In situ is an activity in a place that, no matter where it is located, can become an art space. In Situ initiates the possibility of creation of infinite permutations, number of solutions and searches, creates
a field and the conditions for action and the interpenetration of time, space, people and various areas, and above all, create zones for a free creative and scientific research process.”- tells Bożenna BiskupskaIn 2012, the headquarters from Warsaw were moved to Sokołowsko. Along with the new president, Zuzanna Fogtt, new goals have been defined: “Creating space for the implementation of international artistic projects, diverse and interdisciplinary creative activities, research, meetings, confronting views, exchanges and experiences, as well as popularizing innovative artistic attitudes.”

ACTIVITIES, ART, FESTIVALS

The cyclical activities of the In Situ foundation include: Ephesus Art Festival Konteksty/The Contexts, Hommage à Kieślowski, Sanatorium Dźwięku/ Sound Sanatorium.

SOUND SANATORIUM

In Sokołowsko, postmodern chaos arose from a mixture of Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings, and the fauna and flora of the mountain landscapes proved to be the perfect basis for the experimental music festival – Sanatorium Dźwięku – a festival created by Zuzanna Fogtt and Gerard Lebik. The festival presents a wide spectrum of musical forms of the XX / XXI century – concerts, realizations from the border of sound art, interdisciplinary performance. The festival takes place in Health Kinoteatre in Sokołowiec, in the Multimedia Hall, Spa Park, but also within the ruins of the nineteenth-century sanatorium. Every year, the festival attracts hundreds of music lovers from around the world. The fifth edition of the festival did not receive funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, therefore the foundation conducts a fundraising campaign from voluntary donors, so that this year the patients could come to the music session to the Sanatorium Dźwięku.

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HOMMAGE A KIEŚLOWSKI

Three-day celebration for the greatest cinema enthusiasts, especially Kieślowski’s films, but also those “after Kieślowski”, ie debutants, students of film schools, directors and directors who created after 2000. Away from the urban momentum Sokołowsko becomes a meeting place for film creators and recipients, it gives the opportunity to meet famous actors, directors and interact with them in the extraordinary beauty of landscapes “For three festival days, we propose discussions, introductions to films referring to the spirit of the DKF and promoting cinema as a place to broaden the horizons of thought, putting into question our own, often unfair or outdated opinions.”. The festival program is divided into three parts. Documentary cinema “Without fiction”, a European feature film “Re: Interpretations” and Kieślowski’s films, meaning “Hommage and Kieślowski.” Film screenings are intertwined with a discussion between film scientists, philosophers, filmmakers and the audience. Kieślowski said: “Live and look carefully!”

The festival realizes this idea.

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THE CONTEXTS

Festival of Ephemeral Art. Performance art festival. With this project, the In Situ foundation proves once again that art can be at the fingertips of every human being. Periodically the performers of the performance and its recipients gather in Sokołowsko.They are looking for the answer to the question: “Is art a foreign body in society or maybe its integral element? ” Apart from the world-famous artists during the Konteksty Festival, there will also be a place for the” Open Platform “, a section enabling young artists to present their realizations.

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DESTINATION: Sokołowsko
TRANSPORT:
TRAIN: From Wrocław to Wałbrzych
BUS: From Wałbrzych to Mieroszów, the stop is Sokołowsko
WHERE TO STAY: Villa Rosa ( artistic, open-minded place)
WHAT TO TAKE: a pair of comfortble boots