number 32 in the city

Penitents' Bridge

Local name: Mostek Pokutnic

Located inside: St. Mary Magdalene Church

The Penitents' Bridge, also called the Witches' Bridge, is a brick footbridge located at 45 m which connects two towers of St. Mary Magdalene Church. It was built in the first half of the 15th century and is one of the viewpoints in Wrocław. The bridge can be accessed by the long, spiral stairs.

Throughout its history, the footbridge was destroyed twice but was rebuilt each time. The first time was in 1887 during the fireworks show organized in honor of German Emperor William I. The second time took place during World War II when one of the towers and the footbridge were destroyed. It was reconstructed at the turn of the 21st century.

According to the legend, ghosts of foolhardy and frivolous women who played around with their admirers instead of leading lives of exemplary wives and mothers can be spotted on the bridge. Another version refers to ghosts of travelers who died in Wrocław.


Attractions inside

    Penitents' Bridge map
    Szewska 1050-122 Wrocław , Poland