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Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

Distance from Katowice International Airport: 62.5km

Ul. Wiezniów Oswiecimia 20 , Krakow (Poland)
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial
8:00am – 7:00pm daily (June, July, August — closes earlier in the off-seasons, times vary by month)
Admission free; tours 26 zloty

I highly recommend a guide. Tours are available in several languages; English tours are common and are scheduled daily. All the captions are in English as well as other languages, but having someone to tell you the stories is unbeatable. Furthermore, if you’re visiting Auschwitz alone, you’ll be glad to have the company of the group. Trust me. The tour takes about 3 ½ hours; you are then free to go spend more time wherever you would like.

If you join a tour, the shuttle bus to Birkenau is included. If you go on your own, you can pay a small fee for the bus, or just walk to the other part of the camp.

To get to Auschwitz from Krakow, catch a bus at the station (which is near the train station). Several of the buses stop right at the museum; make sure you get the right one. (Buses that stop at the museum leave at 8:40, 10:10, 13:20, and 17:10.) It costs 7 zloty one way. You can buy your return ticket on the bus when you board to go back.

Collegium Maius

Distance from Katowice International Airport: 107km

Ulica Jagiellonska, 17 Old Town , Krakow , 31-010
The outside of this building is not overly impressive, so it would be easy to pass it by. However, once through the low, arched doorway entrance, you will enter what feels like a secret world.
The inner courtyard is a Gothic wonder. Built in the 1300’s and still used by the university, there is a small museum to visit as well as a gift shop. Famous former alumni (and there are many) include Nicolas Copernicus.
The wonderful motto engraved in stone reads Plus Ratio Quam Vis meaning ‘Through reason, not force’.

Czartoryski Museum

Distance from Katowice International Airport: 108

Ulica sw. Jana, 19 Old Town , Krakow , 31-017
+48 12 422 5566
The building itself is pretty and famous in its own right, but the museum is acclaimed in Poland for one particular painting. In fact, the hotel across the street from the museum uses its’ proximity to this painting in its sales pitch!
The painting in question is none other than Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady With An Ermine and naturally, it is the number one attraction.
Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man was stolen during the war and has unfortunately never materialised since. There is also a Rembrandt, as well as ancient Greek, Etruscan and Egyptian paintings.


Distance from Katowice International Airport: 111km

Wawel, 5 , Krakow , 31-001 , +48 12 422 5155
Conveniently situated in the city centre on the Wawel Hill, the royal home guarantees an invaluable lesson in Polish history. This was the seat of power from the 11th century until 1609 when the capital was transferred to Warsaw. Then occupied by Austrian troops, eventually, in 1930, the museum was opened in an attempt to recapture some of its former glory. Visitors admire a large collection of Renaissance furniture, paintings and jewellery. There is an armoury with treasury inside the castle as well as other exhibitions in the surrounding chapels.

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Distance from Katowice International Airport: 120km

10 Danilowicza Street , Krakow (Poland)
This is Europe’s oldest salt mine and was placed on UNESCO’s world list in 1978. Many famous tourists have visited, including Copernicus {1493}, Goethe {1790}, political leaders, scientists, and artists.
The tourist route, around 20 chambers, was laid out at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, and salt has been mined here over the last 700 years. A complex of excavations leads through an eerie world of narrow tunnels, galleries, chapels, chambers, and lakes. One lake holds more than 300g salt per liter. The tour started with a walk down 378 steps to the shaft bottom {depth 64m}.

Wawel Castle Courtyard

Distance from Katowice International Airport: 111km

Wawel Castle , Krakow , 31-001 , +48 12 422 5155
One of the many reasons to climb up to Wawel Castle -this is a beautiful example of a Rennaisance style courtyard. It was built to reflect the glory of Sigmund the Elder in the 16th Century and fragments of frescoes are still visible on the walls. The courtyard is said to be the home of a mysterious stone which can endow man with superhuman powers.