Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz Tour – 8hrs
Day tour from Krakow to see two sites with outstanding universal value. Join Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz Tour to remember the history around Krakow. This tour is a great opportunity after you’ve seen Krakow town and still have time for a day tour with a specialist guide and a group of max 4 people.
Wieliczka salt mines are about 40 minutes ride from Krakow and what you’ll see is hundreds of kilometers of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in the salt, making this tour a fascinating pilgrimage into the past.
The mines were administratively and technically run by Wieliczka Saltworks Castle, which dates from the medieval period and has been rebuilt several times in the course of its history.
Lying on nine levels, its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as lesser and major shafts) stretch for a total of 300 kilometres reaching the depth of 327 meters and illustrate all the stages of the development of mining technology over time.
The tour includes a visit to the stunning “underground town” with lakes, passages, and the marvellous Chapel of St. Kinga.
The second half of the day is spent visiting Auschwitz. We travel to Auschwitz to see traces of the past, acquire knowledge of the history of the camp and the Holocaust of the Jews, and to see and understand how the crimes were perpetrated there. You’ll be visiting of one of the most important places on earth, a place where the most tragic crimes in the history of humanity were committed. It has come to symbolise the evil of which humans are capable.
The Museum encompasses the two largest camps of the Auschwitz complex: Auschwitz I, the main camp (in the town of Oświęcim) which includes the museum exhibits, and Auschwitz II-Birkenau near the village of Brzezinka. Birkenau is kept as a relic, a reservation and place of reflection. It covers an area of 176 ha, including the site of the concentration camp and the mass extermination facilities. The tour includes both these parts of the Museum and lasts around 3.5 hours.
The exhibits, located in former camp buildings where the prisoners lived, are divided into two parts. The first part, which is a permanent feature of the guided tour, presents the general history of the Auschwitz camp. The second part includes national exhibits concerning people who were deported to Auschwitz from particular countries.
Visiting this Memorial is a difficult and painful experience which provokes reflection and the asking of difficult questions to which there is often no answer. That is why it is important to come to this place of remembrance with an awareness of its significance and your guide will give knowledge about the issues described above.
Join our Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz tour to get acquainted with Polish history in an efficient way organized professionally and led by a local guide.
You can choose to go private or join a small group of max 4 so the experience is always intimate. This tour runs only on Saturdays and Sundays and starts at 125Euros per person. Unfortunately we can not offer the tour during weekdays.