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World War II and Jewish Wrocław by Walkative!

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on July 05, 2017

Walkative was established in 2007 by a group of young enthusiasts who also happened to be licensed tour guides. Today, we operate in 20 cities in countries across all of Europe and beyond, including France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Ukraine and Israel. We have already guided more than 3 million tourists, with more than 350 000 in 2023 only! Despite this growth, we stay true to our values: be local and present the history of our cities in a professional, yet entertaining way, accessible for everybody, regardless their budget. We provide service not only in big, well established places like Berlin, Paris or Krakow, but also smaller, less known, yet no less fascinating locations, like Nice, Toruń or Lublin. We cooperate with highly trained, professional guides providing both engaging tip-based and regular fixed-price tours. And most importantly - we know our cities by heart! Join us and stay Walkative!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Wrocław is situated right at the heart of Europe. Throughout centuries, it stood as a prominent hub of Jewish life within Central Europe. Collaborating with Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians, the Jewish community contributed to the prosperity of one of the most affluent cities in the German Empire. Despite being expelled during the Middle Ages, they later returned, and during the 19th century, Wrocław emerged as a central bastion of Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment movement that left an indelible mark on Judaism. The legacy of Wrocław's generations of rabbis is indispensable for understanding the evolution of modern Judaism.

This vibrant and diverse world encountered an abrupt halt during the 1930s with the rise of the Nazi regime. Subjected to humiliation and persecution, the Jewish population of Wrocław found themselves sharing the tragic fate of other European Jews, falling victim to the Holocaust orchestrated by the Germans and their collaborators. However, the tides of war eventually shifted, and in 1945, the Third Reich crumbled before the relentless advance of the Red Army. Adolf Hitler mandated Wrocław to be transformed into a "Festung" – a fortress intended to safeguard the vision of a thousand-year Reich, even if it meant the last ounce of blood and the final bullet. Consequently, the city turned into the backdrop for one of the most intense urban battles of World War II, ultimately succumbing to the Allies even after the fall of Berlin itself.

We invite you to delve into the historical and contemporary Jewish narrative of Wrocław, as well as the city's devastating experiences during the conclusion of World War II. Embark on a journey through the captivating heart of the city – the district of four denominations. Uncover a space where the profound and captivating history of Wrocław unfolds, alongside witnessing the resurgence of culture and the transformations that have transpired over the past two decades.

ℹ️ ⚠️ ATTENTION - booking rules

Please note that our free tours are designed for individual travelers and small private groups only. Hence, we do not accept parties of 8 or more people on regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a private tour in advance.


If you show up at the meeting point with the bigger group our guide will ask you for the payment (10 eur/person) before the tour or cancel your reservation on the spot. To confirm your reservation please arrive 10 minutes before starting. We can not guarantee participation when you will be late.                                  

Please note that multiply bookings (under different names) for 7 people who belong to one group will still be treated as one organized group and the guide has the right to deny participation to such parties.

This policy is implied in the best interest of our individual visitors. 

Please respect our rules.     

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  • Meeting point:
    Rynek, 50-438 Wrocław, Poland
    Rynek, 50-438 Wrocław, Poland
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    Next to Aleksander Fredro statue, close to entrance to the Town Hall Clock Tower. The guide has a yellow umbrella.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

113 ratings
4.6
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4.73
Fun
4.37
Expression
4.61
Quality
4.62
Route
4.55
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Esa Rantala 30 Mar 2024
Helsinki

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Lots of detailed information
Dina 04 Feb 2024
Moscow

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
It’s been a nice and very informative tour about the places of Jewish settlements and their development in Wroclaw. I liked the way the tour guide expressed himself, the way he was very attentive to everyone and open for any questions. Even though we were not very lucky to have had rain during the last 20-30 minutes of the tour, the overall impression is very good. I do recommend the tour for those who visit this wonderful city.
Gwen 16 Jan 2024
Porto

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
We saw so much! Such a sad time period but well presented with a curiousity for the future. Simon was incredibly intelligent and had lots to offer; it was sometimes difficult to take all the information in because Simon spoke quickly.
Jackie 13 Jan 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2024
Great way to experience the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable on the tour subjects
Jana 06 Jan 2024
Hanover

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
Viele tolle Hintergrundinfos und sehr netter Guide.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Accepts reservations up to 7 people.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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