Optional Tours

Kraków Sightseeing

Kraków is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central Europe, chosen as the European City of Culture 2000. The Old Town of Kraków was entered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Kraków has a unique charm, created by centuries of history and cultural wealth. 

It is not a simple task to describe the unique character of Kraków to those who still have not had the opportunity to visit this city. This uniqueness is primarily due to the rare cultural heritage embodied within the city walls. Here, in the year 1000, a Roman Catholic bishopric was founded. Here, the residential royal castle was constructed on the Wawel Hill, becoming the site for the coronations and burials of kings, as Krakow was the capital of Poland from the 11th to 17th century. Here in 1364, the Kraków Academy was established, the first Polish University (today renamed the Jagiellonian University).

Barbican, Florian Gate; Kazimierz – former Jewish District; Wawel Hill – Royal Castle, Royal Cathedral and Chambers; walking via Royal Route – Grodzka Street to Old Market Square (European largest Medieval square) with the Renaissance Cloth Hall – Sukiennice and St. Mary’s Basilica with the unique altar curved in wood in 15th century.

Wawel Castle is a fortified architectural complex on the left bank of the Vistula River in Kraków. The complex consists of many buildings and fortifications; the largest and best known of these are the Royal Castle and the Wawel Cathedral.

Market Square It’s the central point of Kraków, with handcraft stores, street artists, and flower shops. It’s surrounded by restaurants and has a lot of buildings with touristic interest. The Market Square was built in 1257 after the Mongol hordes invaded Poland and razed the city. At the time it was the largest market square in Europe and still has a vibrant atmosphere.

The Church of St. Mary´s dominates the Kraków skyline and is responsible for a very timely and familiar sound. It is from here that visitors will hear a bugle call on the hour every hour ring out across the city, a historical tradition that continues to this day.

Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) is one of the symbols of the city. It is a central building in the Market Square in an Old town. Apart from small shops under arcade there is also The Gallery of 19th – Century Polish Art. The Medieval Shopping Centre was built in 1257, but the original structure needed renovating after it was ravaged by fire in 1555.

Sightseeing time: Approximately 4 hrs

 

Wieliczka Salt Mine

During the tour through the Mine, You will see underground chambers hewn out in the salt rock, statues sculpted in salt and saline lakes. Visitors may take a walk of 2.5 km through 3 levels, down to 136 meters below ground level. This point of our tourist program is also entered on the UNESCO List of World Heritage.

The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka is the only mining site in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as minor and major shafts) are located on nine levels and extend for the total of about 300 kilometers: reaching the depth of 327 meters they illustrate all the stages of mining technology development over time.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see a completely different image of the mine hearing the legend about Princess Kinga and how she brought the salt treasure to Polish land. Half way along the route they will see the wondrous chapel dedicated to her and the saline works of art decorating the chapel. Visitors will have a moment for reflection hearing the music of Chopin accompanying a light and sound spectacle on the shores of one of the saline lakes. At the end, when they have tasted the specialties offered in the underground tavern, they will regain their strength to continue their journey to the Kraków Saltworks Museum. Here, they will see the intricately set in silver horn of an aurochs (1534) – the Saltdiggers’ Horn, experience an unforgettable meeting with history, as well as become familiar with ancient mining tools and instruments. This second part of the trip along the Tourist Route is a 1.5-kilometre journey, at the end of which they will be able to return to the surface in a real miner’s lift.

Sightseeing time: Approximately 4 hrs

Comfortable clothes and shoes suggested.

IMPORTANT: The maximum size of hand luggage cannot be larger than 29.7 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm. Larger backpacks, bags, suitcases should be left on coaches or taken to the luggage room located in the area of the entrance to the museum. Please note, our company is not responsible for your items.

Note:

  • this tour is not recommended for those, who have problems with walking or are claustrophobic
  • to get to the 1st level, all tourists need to descent a wooden stairway of 378 stairs
  • underground temperature: +14 °C (55 °F)
  • ID card for students is necessary

Kraków – Kazimierz District, historical centre of Jewish religious and social life

This tour leads You into the south-east district of Kraków – Kazimierz, historical centre of Jewish religious and social life. Kazimierz was originally founded as a separate town near Kraków where, since 14th century Jews had the right to settle down.

The most famous Jewish street – Szeroka Street is a remnant of the former market square with Old Synagogue, Isaac’s Synagogue and Remuh Synagogue. You will also visit Podgórze quarter – where ghetto was established and Schindler’s factory on 4 Lipowa Street (during WWII enameled pots and pans were manufactured here. Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German industrialist from Czechoslovakia, saved Jews from labor camps by employing them in this factory. His story was told in Schidler’s List ).

Kazimierz – the district south of the Old Town between the Vistula River and Dietla Street (where a tributary of the Vistula River once flowed) was the centre of Jewish life in Kraków for over 500 years, before it was systematically destroyed during World War II. In the communist era it became one of Kraków’s dodgiest districts while gradually falling into disrepair. Rediscovered in the 1990s, thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure through the lens of Steven Spielberg, Kazimierz has rebounded and is today Kraków’s most exciting district – a bustling, bohemian neighborhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes and art galleries. Well-known for its associations with Schindler and Spielberg, traces of Kazimierz’s Jewish history have not only survived, but literally abound in the form of the district’s numerous synagogues and Jewish cemeteries. In fact, no other place in Europe conveys a sense of pre-war Jewish culture on the continent better than Kazimierz. As a result, the district has become a major tourist draw and pilgrimage site for Jews, which has led to the return of contemporary Jewish culture in the area.

Sightseeing time: Approximately 4 hrs

Comfortable clothes and shoes suggested.