Cracow is one of the biggest and oldest cities in Poland. It is visited by almost 10 million tourists every year, which is a really huge number. This city also offers many excursions, which are worth taking advantage of. How to spend a day in Krakow?
Tours to Auschwitz and Wieliczka
Tours of this kind can be conducted independently, using the kindness of the staff and information contained in brochures. However, an organised Auschwitz and Salt Mine tour will have a guide with us who will tell us more about the history of these places and allow us to get to know them better.
If you plan to see both of these places in one day, it’s worth starting with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. First of all, the tour takes up to several hours, the sites are far from each other and the emotional weight of the place requires time and concentration.
The Museum was established in 1947 on the site of a concentration and extermination camp. Unfortunately, history has dark spots and one of them is the mass genocide at Auschwitz. Over a million people lost their lives there! This is an unimaginable tragedy. Most of them were Jews, but Poles and Roma also died. The cruelty to which the prisoners were subjected is difficult to describe in words.
That is why a museum has been established as a memorial and a tribute to the people who lost their lives there, but also to those who survived. This place shows us that what happened can never be repeated.
That is why this tour requires concentration and seriousness. It is a memorial and must be treated with the respect it deserves. The long duration of the tour is conducive to this.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
After the emotionally difficult Auschwitz you can also go to the outskirts of Krakow – to Wieliczka, where one of the oldest natural monuments of our country is located. The mine may even be millions of years old!
This amazing place is of course located underground, and it is reached by 400 narrow stairs, so you should take this into account if you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights. It can be a difficult crossing, because in addition you go down only on the left side and it is difficult to turn back.
Wieliczka is a perfect place for adults and children. The former can not only explore the underground, but also relax in the graduation towers. This is a place where you can feel for a moment like at the seaside, breathing in salty air. You can really relax.
Students, on the other hand, can visit Solilandia and learn many interesting facts about this place. This is not only fun for them, but also a learning experience!