As part of the conference, we would like to offer you a trip to the centre of Cracow, the former capital of Poland. The historical city centre, which you are going to visit on foot, was entered to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, that is in the same year as the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Participants of the conference will have the option of visiting Cracow before the conference, on Sunday 18 of November or after the conference, on Friday 23 November 2018. The organiser provides transport from hotels in Wieliczka to Cracow and back to Wieliczka, an English-speaking guide, a lunch during the trip and entrance tickets to museums. Persons who have to finish sightseeing earlier due to, e.g. the necessity of catching a plane, can leave the group at a convenient time. There is also a possibility of depositing luggage in a safe place in the centre of Cracow, at the beginning of the sightseeing route. If you wish to make use of the luggage depositing option, please notify the organisers in advance.
Cost of the trip: EUR 50.00 gross per person.
Departure from hotels: 8.00 a.m., return to Wieliczka: evening hours.
Please inform us if you would like to participate in the sightseeing trip whilst registering for the conference on the registration form till 30th of September 2018 or later via e-mail sent to the following address: email@example.com.
Fees for the participation in the trip are accepted until 10.11.2018. After this date, persons who have not settled the fee will be removed from the list of participants.
Persons who register for the conference as part of the so-called “late registration” by 19.11.2018 may register for the trip, provided there are free places left.
Fee for the trip is to be settled via a wire transfer.
In the title of the transfer, please enter your first name, family name and a note: CRACOW SIGHTSEEING
Payment to the account:
Recipient: Cracow Saltworks Museum in Wieliczka
IBAN: 87 1130 1150 0012 1268 2620 0001
SWIFT (BIC): GOSKPLPW
The sightseeing plan encompasses a walk through the centre of Cracow along the Royal Road - the historical coronation path of the Polish kings. At the beginning, the participants will see the Barbican and St. Florian’s Gate, the oldest remnants of the city’s fortifications from the 14th and the 15th century. After entering the area of the Medieval city, we will take a look at the impressive building of Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, modelled upon the Paris Opera and the beautiful corner with the former Arsenal and the Princes Czartoryski Museum. Next, we will walk to the Main Market Square along the fashionable Floriańska Street.
You can spend long hours on the Square - taking strolls or drinking coffee in one of several cafés lining the Square. This place is teeming with life all year round and at every time of day. There are many tourists, buskers, mimes and dancers. Florists are selling colourful bouquets, pigeons are flying over your head and you can savour the typical Cracovian snack - obwarzanek. The Main Market Square is lined with impressive town houses and exceptional monuments: the Gothic Basilica of St. Mary with sumptuous interior décor and the 15th century altarpiece by Veit Stoss - a world-famous masterpiece of sculpture. You are bound to hear the heynal (a trumpet call), played hourly from the Basilica’s tapering tower to the four winds. This also is the symbol of Cracow. On the Main Market Square, you will also see the Cloth Hall, the former commercial venue. Today, as in the past, the Cloth Hall houses souvenir stalls. Many of the keepsakes are made of silver, amber, wood, glass or leather. If you are looking for an original souvenir or gift, a visit to the Hall is a must. The first floor of the edifice houses an art gallery with works of eminent Polish painters. On the ground floor you will find the entrance to the Underground Museum, which was opened to visitors in 2010. This archaeological park, and simultaneously a multimedia performance, will offer an unforgettable journey in time to the Middle Ages.
From the Main Market Square, we will head to the historical university district and see the Collegium Maius - the oldest surviving building of the Jagiellonian University. The University, founded in 1364, operates to this day and enjoys a good reputation. A number of the surrounding buildings still belong to the University - they accommodate the faculty of law, archaeology, history and the University church - the Baroque Collegiate Church of St. Anne. Next, we will stroll along Grodzka Street, where numerous exquisite old churches and cloisters are located: Dominican, Franciscan, St. Peter and St. Paul's, St. Andrew's. While sightseeing, you will definitely notice the unique accumulation of architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist and Secessionist. Later, by walking along the charming Kanonicza Street - the oldest one in the city - we will reach the Wawel Hill. In the 11th century, the Polish princes and kings started to build one of the most magnificent royal residences in the world in this place.
The Wawel Castle, majestically towering above the Vistula bank, is a feast for the eyes and soul. Here, we will see the Cathedral, which was the place of coronation and burial of the majority of Polish kings. Tourists can admire the magnificent tombs and chapels devoted to them. Even large elements were made of precious metals, e.g. the silver coffin - reliquary of St. Stanislaus from the 17th century or the gilded cupola of the 16th century Jagiellonian Chapel. We will enter the cathedral crypt in order to see the Royal Tombs and the crypt of the Polish poets. There is also the possibility of climbing the tower in order to see the largest Polish bell, the Royal Sigismund Bell. Then, we will walk to the Royal Castle to see the Renaissance courtyard, palace interiors, the treasury and the armoury.
The most impressive way down the Hill leads through... the Dragon’s Pit, where the legendary Wawel Dragon lived in the past. The dragon welcomes you breathing fire by the exit from the cave. In this way you will find yourself on the bank of the Vistula River. The participants of the trip who feel like continuing the trip will walk along the river to the Kazimierz district. Along the way, we will pass by the interesting Pauline Monastery on the Rock and the magnificent Gothic Churches of St. Catherine and the Corpus Christi Basilica. Right afterwards, you will enter a different world - the former Jewish district of Kazimierz. Jews lived there from the 14th century until World War II. Many Jewish people from over the whole world come here in search for their roots. In Kazimierz, you can visit historic synagogues, old Jewish cemeteries, a mikvah and cultural centres. All of them have been beautifully restored and delight with their distinctness. After sightseeing inside the buildings, we will roam the narrow streets, peep into courtyards, tiny shops, pubs or antiquarian bookshops. And if we are still here in the evening, it is all for the better. At this time of day you will really feel the magic of Kazimierz.
Lunch is planned in one of the restaurants in the vicinity of the Wawel Royal Caste right before or right after its sightseeing.
The distance from the start of the trip to the Wawel Castle is approx. 2.5 km.
The distance from the start of the trip to Kazimierz is approx. 5 km.
Persons who wish to end the sightseeing earlier and, for example, go shopping, should definitely visit Cracow's commercial centres located in the city centre, e.g.: Galeria Kazimierz or Galeria Krakowska. They are open until 10.00 p.m.
The return time to Wieliczka and the meeting place will be provided to the registered participants of the trip.
Individual return to Wieliczka should be notified to the organisers at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org, personally during the conference, or by calling the number provided below: +48 518 590 673.