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The Trail of the History and Tradition of Wrocław – a brief description

The Trail of the History and Tradition of Wrocław runs through the city’s most important places. Relics connected with Wroclaw’s Christian beginnings can be seen at Ostrów Tumski and on the Piasek Island, which were the oldest parts of the city. Right next to these, there is the Prince Cape (Cypel Książęcy), an area on the left bank of the river Oder where, in the 13th century, the princes of Wrocław funded the construction of numerous monasteries and a new castle. The market square is a place where the high rank and influence of the middle class is best visible. The so called Mutual Tolerance District (or the Four Denominations District) shows how multidimensional old Wrocław was. The next stop is the so called Walloon District, inhabited in medieval times by Walloon weavers. Wrocław is strongly connected with the Oder and its tributaries, which is why many areas are actually located on islands. Wielka Wyspa (The Great Island) is where people spend their leisure time.

The trail may be visited with or without a guide.

The total length of the trail: 7.5 km.

The Trail:
1. Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island): 0 - 0.5 km
2. The Sand Island: 0.5 km - 0.7 km
3. The Ducal Cape: 0.7 km - 1.2 km
4. The Old Town's Market Square: 1.2 km - 2 km
5. The District of Mutual Tolerance: 2 - 2.8 km
6. Walońska District: 2.8 - 4.4 km
7. Grunwald Bridge - Zwierzyniecki Bridge: 4.4 - 6.2 km
8. Great Island: 6.2 - 7.5 km

Visiting the trail:

The trail may be followed on foot, as well as by bicycle, by car or by means of public transportation.