What Krakow Has to Offer Your School Tour Goup
Krakow school tour
Krakow is an excellent destination choice for history students but also a range of different classes/groups having been voted the best city break destination for the third year in a row. This blog aims to give you an insight into why you should choose our Krakow School Tour package. Be rocked by dark history, inspiring stories and adventurers in salt mines. Experience a guided tour of the largest concentration camp from Nazi Germany or explore Oskar Schindler’s Factory, now a museum to learn about all the prisoners he saved during WWII. When learning about the holocaust becomes too much, why not take a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine outside Krakow which has ‘outstanding universal value to mankind’ according to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. There is also a range of light leisure activities for your students to partake in such as shopping, ice-skating or even a trip to Aqua Park Wodny, the largest swimming complex in Poland complete with a wave pool and slides. Krakow has all there is to offer for the perfect school tour. There is also a beautiful scenic town called Zakopane, located approximately 2 hours south of Krakow which would be suitable for a day trip.
Visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp on your Krakow School Tour
Auschwitz is the perfect experience for any school tour no matter what the subject. This historical place is somewhere that everyone should be educated on. Auschwitz was the largest concentration camp from Nazi Germany with 1.1 million people killed. This will keep your students on their toes leaving behind an experience they’ll never forget. The memorial is split into two parts, Auschwitz and Birkenau. There is also a Museum that was created in 1947 which protects the post-camp relics.
There are plenty of useful resources on the Auschwitz Concentration Camp website to prepare your students for their visit to the Auschwitz memorial such as online lessons, presentations, and education conference videos, which are all available in English. There is also a range of different tours available including a one-day study tour. There is an extensive history section on the Auschwitz-Birkenau website entailing all there is to know about what went on in the different camps/sub-camps. This will be an unforgettable learning experience for you and your students. It’s a win-win!
Oskar Schindler’s Factory & Galicia Jewish Museum
If the amazing documentary, ‘Schindler’s List’, wasn’t enough, then Krakow is the school tour for you. Krakow is home to what was once Oskar Schindler’s Factory, but now a museum, to learn about the story of the Jewish prisoners he saved during WWII. Although a member of the Nazi Party, if it weren’t for Oskar Schindler, an additional 1,200 Jews would’ve lost their lives. Schindler did this by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories in both Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The screenplay is rated the 6th best movie of all time with 7 Oscars, another 83 wins and 49 nominations. Oskar Schindler’s Factory is a must-see whilst on your school tour.
The Galicia Jewish Museum operates one of the most extensive Jewish and Holocaust education programmes in Poland. Their mission is to educate in the field of Jewish history and culture in an accessible way. There is no Jewish museum in Central/Eastern Europe that is as innovative as this museum, exhibiting Jewish culture, the Holocaust, and present-day Jewish life all under one roof. The museum also has a café which is said to be a perfect place for both individuals and groups. Try their Jewish, Polish or international-style buffets for groups organised by the museums.
Wieliczka Salt Mine & Rynek Underground Museum
Would you like to take a walk among the salt works of art? Wieliczka Salt Mine offers both a tourist route where you can witness the treasures of the underworld and a miners’ route where you can feel the atmosphere of the mine. In the 13th century, it was known as the largest source of salt in Poland, and over the years it became crucial for the country’s economy. This is a great experience for both history and geography/geology students. The endless corridors and chambers are awaiting your discovery.
Take your students four metres under the surface of the market square to explore the recently excavated medieval merchant stalls and experience the city’s entire history. This museum is quite popular and limited to only 300 people at a time, so we’ll make sure your students don’t miss out. Try and save some time for the 5-6-minute films at the end which will give an insight into the breath-taking history of Poland.
Aqua Park Wodny, Ice-Skating & Kazimierz
When the students need some leisurely activities to take their minds off the dark history of Krakow, there are several things for them to do. Aqua Park Wodny is ideal for a school tour group, being the largest swimming complex in Poland, complete with slides, wave pools and even rock-climbing walls. There are also several ice-skating rings in Krakow that are available to entertain your school tour group. Why not spend some time exploring Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter of Krakow? Kazimierz is now full of indie galleries, quirky shops and vintage clothing stores, an ideal spot for your students to pick up something to remember their Krakow school tour.
USIT Additional Recommendations for Krakow School Tour
If the above attractions, experiences and activities aren’t convincing enough there are also guided visits to the Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Basilica, the Royal Castel and Wawel Dragon’s Den. We also recommend the award-winning cycle tour of Krakow which takes you off the beaten track. If cycling is too mainstream for your students well then horse and carriage tours are your best bet! Our tour co-ordinator, Joanna, recommends walking down the side streets and away from the main squares for a cheaper bite to eat. Thank you for taking the time to read our travel blog and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
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