John and Margaret House
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EvaF2Eva
Lorrach, Germany5,066 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
If info I found on internet is correct these are the oldest houses at the square, about 600 years old. It is interesting to know but honestly I was not really amazed. This place was so busy during my visit that at the first time I barely noticed them. Only after reading reviews and travel guides I came back and observed more carefully. I was curious why and when they got their names but unfortunately didn't find enough info. It is apparently inspired by famous German fairy tail Haensel und Gretel and most probably comes from German times of Wroclaw.
Written January 19, 2020
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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,314 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This quaint little house sits right outside the tallest church in Wroclaw, just off of Rynek. Some people refer to it as the John & Margaret House others as the Hansel & Gretel House. Not matter what, it seems to occupy a strange spot, neither part of the footprint of the church or on its own. There are a couple of the bronze dwarfs at the side in case you miss them.
Written January 3, 2020
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raverpol
Wroclaw, Poland18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012
and very nice pub in the very beautiful surrounding of old market square
Written March 27, 2012
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HCovik
Atlanta, GA3,282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
It's impossible to miss. The houses (one the "Hansel" and the other the "Gretel" are connected by a baroque archway (1728) leading to the Elisabeth's church coming from the Market Square (Rynek).
The archway once led to the church cemetery. There's a latin inscription that in English reads: "Death ‘Death is the gateway to life’). Both houses are old and likely build in the 15th century. If you use your imagination you could look at the houses connected by the archway as 2 people holding hands.
Written September 25, 2019
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brittany z z
Amherst, MA125 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Cut but nothing special to do there other than take pictures. The arched gate used to lead to the church’s cemetery. It’s right off the main square so you don’t have to go out of your way for it.
Written August 26, 2018
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The unique feature of this attraction is the archway that connects the 2 houses - one plain white, the other with a decorative facade. Yet it was a let-down as there seemed to be nothing outstanding about that arch or the 2 houses. The historical significance was that these 2 houses used to mark the boundary of St. Elizabeth's cemetery. On its archway the phrase "Death is a gateway to life" was once printed, but that phrase no longer was evident. Now the archway serves as an entry into the courtyard where St. Elizabeth Church still stands - on a corner of the old town square.

On the front top half of the white house notice the large sculptured bas- relief self- profile of the artist who now lives in that house - Get-Stankiewicz. The more decorative, pink house has a pub on the ground floor with an outdoor beer patio that overlooks the church courtyard. Bonhoeffer's memorial would be very visible from any chair on that patio as that memorial was just in the corner of the courtyard by the archway. Notice also by the front door of the pink house that one of those small bronzed gnomes is holding a gilded heart in his hand. Apparently, there is another meaning to that archway - it symbolizes a couple holding hands, In the church courtyard there was another gnome that looked like he was having a snooze.

Probably the best photo of the Hansel and Gretel house would be one taken a good distance away so that the outline of the church behind it appears in the photo too. Too bad that the church was still covered in scaffolding in mid-June. This attraction was a photostop on our city walking tour.
Written August 3, 2018
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Chrissybubs
Maidstone, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
This is the nickname of these two houses and there used to be far more of them surrounding the church. Sadly these two are the only remaining ones now. There is so much wonderful architecture to see in Wroclaw, but make sure you see these two !
Written October 12, 2016
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blazius
Norway228 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
Two nice houses from different epoques bulit together. They seem to be quite popular with tourists and the local public, but I don't really get why they're so popular. But hey, you could shoot a photo if you pass by.
Written October 26, 2012
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Анастасия Л
Gdansk, Poland420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Even though the picture outside is beautiful inside, spend 10 more minutes and go in the one which is white. There you will find a small museum on the ground floor and you will find out that another name of this building is 'The house of Cooperplater' as one of the most famous Polish graphic artists of the 20th century used to work there - Eugeniusz Get-Stankiewicz. The walls inside are covered with his works and each detail outside the house has its own history. For example, on the wall opposite the church you can see the relief with Jesus, cross and nails with the name of work - 'Do it Yourself'.
Written March 2, 2018
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davidandmel
Birmingham, UK1,583 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
These are 2 old houses joined by an archway but we were slightly underwhelmed by them. It probably didn't help that the church right behind was being worked on so was covered in scaffolding which was pretty much all you could see through the arch.
Written February 16, 2018
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