Pre-war German provinces

Pre-war German provinces

 

Day 1:

Arriving to Wrocław. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2:

Wrocław – a walking tour through the city: the Racławice Panorama (a famous painting depicting the victorious battle of Polish uprisers commanded by T. Kościuszko against the Russian army in 1794), Cathedral Island with the Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Archbishops Palace, Cathedral Bridge (called the Bridge of Lovers), Sand Island with Blessed Virgin Mary Church and a picturesque boulevard on the bank of Odra River; the Old Town: the Baroque ensemble of the Ossolineum Institute and the main building of the University with the ceremonial hall Aula Leopoldina, the ancient butchers’ houses, the medieval prison, the former castle of Prussian kings (now the Municipal Museum), the Market Square with the Gothic Town Hall and merchants’ houses, the Centennial Hall – one of the largest dome-shaped reinforced concrete structures in the world (the UNESCO World Heritage site), Szczytnicki Park with the Japanese Garden.

Day 3:

Klodzko – the most important town in the eastern part of the Sudety Mountains: a visit to the interior of Austrian fortress, enlarged later by Prussians after they conquered Silesia in the 18-th century, view terraces (panorama of the town and Klodzko Valley). Wambierzyce, called often Silesian Jerusalem: a visit to the shrine of St. Mary – the Basilica with the miraculous medieval wooden statue of Virgin Mary, the largest ensemble of the Cross Road stands and chapels with various scenes from the Bible (altogether 135 stands and chapels), the mechanical Christ Child’s creche from the 19-th century, made of wood, one of the oldest and most magnificent in Europe. Duszniki Zdrój - the health resort, where F. Chopin gave a concert in 1826: the Museum of Papermaking (placed in an original wooden building of the former water mill from the 17-th century) or a short walk around the spa with an opportunity to see the house where Chopin gave his concert, two monuments of Chopin, the park and a visit to the drinking hall. Alternative possibility (instead of visiting Duszniki Zdrój): Kudowa Zdrój: a visit to the Skull Chapel in Czermna, walking through the large spa park, a visit to the drinking hall.

 

Day 4:

Transfer to Karłów (a village in Góry Stołowe (the Table Mountains) and hiking to Szczeliniec Wielki (the highest mountain in Góry Stołowe – 919 m above sea level). Then a visit to the unique nature reserve on the plateau of Szczeliniec – an unforgettable walk through labyrinths and gaps between sandstone rocks. Transfer to Góry Sowie (the Owl Mountains). A visit to the huge system of underground corridors constructed by Germans on military purposes during the World War II (one of the 3 places that are open for visitors - Walim, Osówka or Włodarz).

 

Day 5:

Książ (the largest castle in Silesia, 3rd largest in Poland, a former residence of the Dukes of Piasts Dynasty, from the 16-th century till the World War II it was a property of the German family Hochberg). A visit to the stud farm. Świdnica (in the Middle Ages used to be one of the most important cities of Silesia): a visit to the evangelical Church of Peace (a huge structure built of wood, loam and straw in the 17-th century after the Westfalian Peace Agreement, now the UNESCO World Heritage site). Krzeszów: the famous shrine of St. Mary and a former Cistercian abbey – the Basilica of Our Lady is a pearl of Baroque art, the located nearby St. Josef Church is famous of its wall paintings by M. Willmann. Transfer to Karpacz.

 

Day 6:

All whole day hiking in the Giant Mountains (Karkonosze): A ride with the lift to the mount Kopa (1375 m above sea level). Then hiking to Śnieżka (1603 m above sea level) – the highest mountain in the Sudety Mountains, also in Silesia and in the Czech Republic. Admiring the view from the summit, a short break in the hostel-restaurant. Walking down to the bottom of former glacier valley of Mały Staw (the Small Pond) (one of the most picturesque places in the Giant Mountains) - lunch in “Samotnia” mountain hostel. Walking down to Karpacz, on the way a visit to the wooden church Wang – constructed in Norway in the 12-Ith century and transported to the Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) in the 19-th century.

 

Day 7:

Transfer to Zielona Góra – the capital of the only Polish district of vineyards. If your trip is in September, we will visit the Market Square in Zielona Góra where every year the Wine Festival takes place. In other seasons, we will visit the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum in Ochla. Afternoon rest and overnight on a lake in Lubuskie or Leszczyńskie Lake District.

 

Day 8:

Wolsztyn: an Open-Air Railway Museum with steam locomotives that are every day in use (the last such a place in Europe). Gościkowo-Paradyż: visiting the Baroque ensemble of former Cistercian monastery. The Międzyrzecz Area of Defence (a huge fortifications system of the World War II): visiting underground corridors and bunkers. Some parts of the underground structure is a winter dwelling for thousands of bats (one of the biggest bats colonies in Europe – a nature reserve was created here in order to protect them).

 

Day 9:

Gorzów Wielkopolski: the medieval Cathedral, the eclectic Pauchsch villa, a warehouse from the 18-th century. Szczecin – a walking tour through the historic city centre: Boleslaw Chrobry Ramparts, the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, the Cathedral, a view of the harbour.

 

Day 10:

Transfer to Wolin Island. Międzyzdroje: a walk along the pier and the Promenade of Actors. Woliński National Park (one of the most beautiful parts of the Polish seaside): a view from the top of Zielonka Hill, sea-shore cliffs, the Turkus Lake. Świnoujście: the lighthouse (the tallest one in the Polish seaside), the Museum of Sea Fishing.

 

Day 11:

Kamień Pomorski: visiting the Gothic Cathedral with rectangular cloisters, inside the church you will see the famous organ. Trzęsacz: ruins of the famous church that was partly washed off by the sea. Kołobrzeg: the Gothic Cathedral, the promenade and harbour, a short rest on the beach.

 

Day 12:

Darłowo (the town where Eryk I – “the last Viking of the Baltic Sea”, duke of Pomerania and king of Denmark, Sweden and Norway lived and died in 1459) – a short walk through the town: a Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, St. Gertrude Church built in Scandinavian Gothic style – a unique example of architecture. Kluki: the Museum of Folk Architecture (a reconstructed local village). Łeba: time for a break in a small fishing town at the seaside.

 

Day 13:

Słowiński National Park: a walking tour to moving dunes, a view point with the picturesque panorama of the Baltic Sea and the Łebsko Lake. Transfer to the most beautiful area of the Pomeranian Lake District – so-called “Kaszuby’s Switzerland”: a break at the Raduńskie Lake, on your wish it will be possible also to hike to Wieżyca (the highest hill in Polish lowlands, 329 m above sea level).

 

Day 14:

Kartuzy: a visit to Kaszuby’s Regional Folk Museum. Gdynia: the promenade at the harbour, visiting the historic sail ship “Dar Pomorza”. Sopot – one of the oldest Polish seaside resorts: a walk along the promenade, the longest pier in Poland.

 

Day 15:

Gdańsk – a walking tour around the Old Town and the biggest medieval harbour in Poland: the Long Market, the Town Hall, Artus’s Court, Neptune Fountain (the most popular symbol of Gdańsk), the Church of St. Mary (the largest Gothic church in Poland), the former harbour area on the bank of Motława River (among others the medieval crane), the Monument of Fallen in 1970 Ship workers, the Cathedral in Oliwa (one of the suburbs of Gdańsk) – an organ concert. Malbork: the largest castle in Poland that in the Middle Ages belonged to Teutonic Knights.

 

Day 16:

Elbląg – a short walk through the reconstructed after the war damages Old Town. Then several hours lasting boat cruise on the Elbląg-Ostróda Canal (the slipways carrying the ships on the land up and down to enable them overcome the difference of water level, devices working without electricity – this is the only example of this kind in the world). Święta Lipka: a visit to the most famous sanctuary in the Masurian Lake District (the church and the Jesuits monastery is a pearl of Baroque art and architecture).

 

Day 17:

Gierłoż: Wolfschantze – Hitler’s headquarter during the World War II. Mikołajki: a visit to a beautiful Masurian sailors’ village with a very picturesque marina. Walking tour in the Nature Reserve of the Łuknajno Lake or a boat cruise on the Śniardwy Lake (the largest lake in Poland).

 

Day 18:

Transfer to Warsaw Airport.

 

We would recommend you to divide the whole journey into 2 or 3 separate short trips.