Krakow - Music Tour Specialists

Krakow's sad history lends extra weight to each concert you perform. With stunning venues, in interesting places, Krakow is a top choice for all music groups.

Krakow's sad history lends extra weight to each concert you perform. With stunning venues, in interesting places, Krakow is a top choice for all music groups. The beautiful city of Krakow was fortunately spared destruction during World War II. This medieval city has a wealth of historical and architectural treasures, which, despite carrying great sadness, are an important reminder of Europe's recent history.

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  • Rehearsals whilst on tour

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  • A view of Wawel Castle from across the river

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  • The Sukiennice is the largest Medieval square in Europe

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  • Contemporary photograph of barbed wire fences and look-out towers at Auschwitz

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Sample excursions

History Excursions

Auschwitz and Birkenau

Auschwitz and Birkenau

After the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, much of the country was incorporated into the realm of the Third Reich. Auschwitz became the largest Nazi concentration camp in the world and it now serves as a museum to remember the horrors and atrocities that took place there. Originally, set-up as a prison camp for political Nazi dissidents, in Spring 1942 it became the site used by the Nazis to exterminate as many Jews as possible: a total of 1.1million Jewish men, women and children all lost there lives there. The Museum of Martyrdom includes a moving 15 minute film taken by the Soviets when the camp was liberated. It is located 60km west of Krakow and to complete a guided tour of the site will require at least 3.5 hours of your time. Children under 13 are not allowed.

www.auschwitz.org.pl


Plaszow

Plaszow

Plaszow was initially designed to be a forced labour camp, but it later developed into a concentration camp. In 1944, as the Soviet Army approached the site, Germans prepared to dismantle the whole operation. The SS transferred prisoners to other concentration camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau, where many were murdered. The Germans wanted to cover up all traces of the crimes that had been committed there, so they even exhumed the mass graves and burned the bodies. In January 1945, the last prisoners were sent from Plaszow to Auschwitz for further evacuation West.


Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle, is the Camelot of Poland. It was built under the commission of Kazimierez III the Great in the C.14th, after Krakow became Poland's royal seat. During World War II it became the home of Nazi Governor, Hans Frank. Start with the State Rooms and from there move onto the Treasury and Armoury. Finish the trip with a look into Wawel's mythical past at the cave on Wawel Hill, where the legendary Wawel dragon was supposedly slain by Krakus, a Polish Prince, who, according to the plaque, founded the city.

wawel.krakow.pl/en


International education

Galicia Museum

The Galicia Museum does not only exist to tell the story of the Holocaust, but to communicate the history of Polish Jews from well before the C.20th. It challenges the stereotypes that both Jews and non-Jews formulate about Jewish history, and brings to life the culture, customs and traditions of the Polish Galicia Jews through time. Its permanent exhibition, "Traces of Memory," is an internationally acclaimed photographic exhibition featuring photos by the late Chris Schwartz who, together with Jonathan Webber, spent twelve years gathering material, which offers a new way of looking at Poland’s Jewish past. Go to the website to download educational materials.

www.en.galiciajewishmuseum.org


Old Town Square and Cloth Hall

Old Town Square and Cloth Hall

Europe’s largest medieval square, dating back to the C.13th, is home to one of Europe's most magnificent buildings, the Cloth Hall, also known as The Sukiennice. It is Krakow's most distinctive building and is best approached from Florianska Street (the Royal Way). It was once the focal point of Krakow's trade, but after a while, political ineptitude led to its gradual decline. Since its reopening it has been host to a number of important dignitaries from around the world including Prince Charles in 2002.


Jewish Quarter Krakow

Jewish Quarter

In 1495 King Jan I Olbracht transferred Jews from Krakow to the royal city of Kazimierz, which became a bustling centre for Jews over the next three centuries. It eventually established itself as a virtually self-governing state of 34 acres, and by 1630 it had a population of 4,500. It is located in the Kazimierz district where you will find the Museum of Judaism (24 Szeroka Street) and the Old Synagogue, which dates back to the C.15th, among many other interesting sites.


The Barbican Krakow

The Barbican

The Barbican is the last remaining fortification in the Old Town and in summer it sometimes serves as a concert hall and/or theatre. When it was built, in the early C.17th, it was one of Europe's strongest fortifications.


Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt mines were working mines for 900 years, and used to be one of the world's biggest and most profitable industrial stations, when common salt was the equivalent of today's oil in value. This long period of salt mining led to a mine with a total of 200km worth of passages and 2,040 caverns. It is now a very popular tourist destination, where visitors can walk into some of the oldest parts of the mine, at a depth of 135 metres. At this 135 metre point there is a museum dedicated to the salt mining industry and its history in Krakow, where you can trace the progress of mining techniques and equipment through the ages. The visit takes about three hours and there is a sanatorium for those who suffer from asthma and/or allergic reactions.

www.wieliczka-saltmine.com/

 

Sample tour

Day 1

  • Arrive Krakow
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 2

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine Excursion
  • Lunchtime recital at St. Kinga Chapel within the salt mines
  • Return to Krakow for free time
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 3

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Jewish quarter and the Old Town
  • Afternoon rehearsal
  • Evening concert
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Excursion to Auschwitz with performance at St. Joseph's church
  • Return to hotel for dinner

Day 5

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to airport for return flight home

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