The first destination on this tour is Krakow. This is a unique place, which should not be missed by any traveller exploring Poland, especially due to its unique architecture, beautiful market square, mentioned among the most beautiful ones in Europe, and atmospheric alleys. Here you can touch the history of the country, for instance when visiting the Wawel Castle.
The next place where we will take you to on the first day of the tour is Auschwitz-Birnekau. the concentration and extermination camps, which belonged to Nazi Germany and where used to keep for instance Polish or Hungarian prisoners during the World War II. It is often called “the death camp”, because many people were eventually killed while being in the camp or during an attempt to escape from it. In 1947 it was decided to turn this place into the museum, which constitutes the memorial to the people imprisoned and killed in the camp. The object was added to the UNESCO list of heritage sights. At the entrance to the camp, there is a famous Arbacht Macht Frei sign, although the work in this place was a hard and slave labour.
As we mentioned earlier, the place where you will spend the second day is up to you. We can stay in Krakow and take you to the Schindler’s factory or if you prefer we can explore Wieliczka Salt Mine, another interesting and important place on the map of Poland.
In the Schindler’s factory, you will be able to feel as if you lived hundreds of years ago, because the museum offers many exhibitions relating to different eras in the history of Poland, for example the history of German Nazi Concentration Camp, City Defence Walls or the Cross House. Many exhibitions are only temporarily shown, so it is worth to keep track of what is happening in the Factory and many of its branches, because the offer is broad and very interesting, not only for history lovers. Why is it called the Schindler’s factory? From the name of Oscar Schindler, a German entrepreneur, who saved his Jewish employees from death by employing them in the factories that belonged to him. Apart from the visit in the museum, where you will learn more interesting facts about this figure, you can also get to know the information on his life and the role he played during the Holocaust from the novel the Schindler’s Ark and the famous adaptation of this book – the Schindler’s List.
Wieliczka Salt Mine is also the mine of knowledge. The place hides a plethora of secrets inside it. It offers beautiful sculptures, underground lakes and chambers, which provide stunning views. And all this is deep under the ground. The guide, who knows the place like the back of his own hand, will explore this fantastic place with us, and will provide us with everything that is worth to know about this place. How it all started, when the salt deposits where found in Wieliczka, when the extraction of salt was initiated and when it was ended, and why the salt mine was added to the UNESCO heritage list.