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|IPS 2016 Post-Conference Tour - Cracow|
Krakow was left untouched by the Second World War, and today stands as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Surrounded by parkland, the fascinating Old Town boasts the largest medieval square in Europe, lined with bars, restaurants and pavement cafes, where you can relax and watch the world go by. Krakow is a city bustling with character and charm. Take a seat at one of the many pavement cafes in Krakow's Main Square. Walk along the Royal Route to Wawel castle and cathedral. Visit one of the oldest universities in Europe at Jagiellonian University.
During the tour you will visit: • The Wawel Hill, which is the embodiment of Poland's former monarchical glory. Its summit is the Royal Castle and a 14th-century cathedral which hosted almost all coronations and funerals of the Polish monarchy. • The Collegium Maius (Great College), the oldest building of the Academia Cracoviensis. •The Main Market Square. This bustling heart of the city is a perfect place for picking up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall which has been the local market place for centuries. • The St. Mary's Church, where the stunning medieval altar sculpted by Veit Stoss is located, and a bugle call sounds towards the four corners of the world every hour on the hour. • The Jewish District of Kazimierz, the area which used to be inhabited by one of the most diverse Jewish communities in Europe.
Town not far from Krakow. A visit there is an unforgettable experience. The historic salt mine in Wieliczka is the only mining site in the world which has been in continuous use since the Middle Ages. Lying on nine levels, its original excavations (longitudinal, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as minor and major shafts) stretch for a total of about 300 kilometres and reach a depth of 327 meters. The mine illustrates all the stages of mining technology development over hundreds of years. There is a fascinating tourist route located 60m underground!