Wawel is a fortified architectural complex located nearby the Vistula river in Kraków. The tour guides you into the main buildings in this complex, which are the Royal Castle and the Wawel Catherdral; the oldest stone buildings od this place are dated to 970AD. The castle itself has been described as “one of the most fascinating of all European castles.” It is a place of great significance to the Polish people, as a former political power centre and the principal centre of Polish Christianity it holds a great history of Polish nation. Until 1611, the Wawel was the formal seat of the Polish monarchy; this was because Kraków was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1569, it is now the capital of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. This place is a great opportunity to see the former residence of Polish kings and learn about history of Poland. In the end the guide leads you to see Smocza Jama with it’s famous fire-breathing Dragon.
Old Town Walk
Kraków is a former capital of Poland, it was also a medieval centre of merchandising and the city with many legends. Undamaged by the Second World War, Cracow has been listed by UNESCO as one of the most significant historic places in the world. The tour follows the Royal Route which goes along the most beautiful streets in Cracow, the Slowacki Theatre, one of the oldest universities in Europe – the Jagiellonian University, the spectacular Main Marker Square compared in size only to Piazza San Marco in Venice, St. Mary’s Basilica also called Mariacki Church, and of course the magnificent Royal Castle on Wawel Hill.
Schindler’s Factory Tour
Schindler’ Factory is one of the most popular museums in Krakow, definately worth seeing. It will give you an insight into the story of Jewish and Polish citizens and Schindler himself during the World War II and German occupation. Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist and entrepreneur who purchased an enamelware factory in Krakow after the German invasion on Poland in 1939. Despite the fact he was a member of German Nazi Party actively supporting German government during the invasion on Poland, he became famous for saving lives of 1200 Jewish slave workers in his factory. Steven’s Spielberg in his movie „Schindler’s List” has described a part of this story and filmed shoots for the movie right there in Kraków.
Lagiewniki Sanctuary Tour
A tour to the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy situated in southern Krakow district of Lagiewniki. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage locations in Poland. The temple has a quite uniqe shape that resembles a boat. The place is famous for housing relics of Saint Faustyna Kowalska. The Sanctuary was visited by Pope John Paul II twice during his pilgrimages to Poland in 1997 and 2002.
In this tour we will take you for a ride from one Mould to the other, starting from cycling along well known meadows called Błonia to Kosciuszko’s Mound that provides fantastic view over Krakow from its top. Then we will move towards southern part of the city and visit district of Podgorze, which is on the other side of Vistula river. You will see the Podgorski Market Square which used to be the centre of independent city of Podgorze until 1915, subseqently, we will stop next to a surviving fragment of the Jewish Ghetto walls on Lwowska Street. In the end, we will climb the Krak’s Mound to have another spectacular view on Krakow from its summit.
OUT OF THE CITY TOURS
Tyniec Abbey Tour
Discover with us the 11th century Benedictine abbey, enjoying the bike ride on the side of Vistula River that leads you there. Tyniec Abbey has stood for nearly 1000 years above the Vistula River near Cracow. It reflects the artistic changes of successive epochs from Romanesque buildings that have been preserved, gothic cloister, gothic-baroque church, and baroque monastery buildings. The Abbey appears on the historical map of Poland as a place of great economic and political importance. Today, visitors can enjoy not only the beauty of the Tyniec landscape and architecture but also profit from wide-ranging educational and spiritual possibilities.
Wieliczka Salt Mine and Tężnia
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most ancient mines in the world, dating back to 13th century, and the largest mining-related museums in Europe. It is listed at UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. The tourist route open for visitors connects three levels and reaches 135 meters under the surface with the underground passages, chambers, the Kraków Salt-Works Museum. The museum’s collections can be admired both underground at level 3 of the salt mine and in the Salt-Works Castle. Near The Wieliczka Salt Mine you can find Tężnia – an alternative for all who want to take advantage of the health benefits of Wieliczka salt while remaining on the surface. It is an object occupying up to 7,500 sq m, connected with a 22 meter high observation tower, from which you can admire the panorama of the park and mining shafts.
Auschwitz – Birkenau Concentration Camp is listed at a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. It was established by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into museum displaying evidence of the genocide. Block no. 11, known as the Death Block, and the “Wall of Death” were the main places of murders. Outside the camp is located a gas chamber where around 70,000 people were killed between 1940-1943. Nearby Oswiecim, in the former village of Brzezinka, there is another camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. Approximately 1.5 million people lived and died in Auschwitz in years 1942-1945, most of them were Jews (90%), others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe, people of all nationalities, political and religious beliefs.