Religious Studies trip to Krakow

Krakow, listed by UNESCO as one of the world’s most historical sites, was miraculously spared from destruction during WWII. A trip to Krakow provides Religious Studies students with the opportunity to see for themselves a city which, like all Polish cities, embraces the Catholic faith; there are many beautiful churches to explore, including the magnificent St. Mary’s Basilica in the Main Square, which houses a huge Gothic altarpiece.

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Most Religious Studies visits to Krakow will focus on the atrocities of the persecution of the Jews during WWII, where tours of Auschwitz/Birkenau death camps and Oscar Schindler’s Factory will bring this period to life. Meeting a Holocaust survivor will further enrich their understanding of these events.

Visits

  • Auschwitz/Birkenau: situated in the unassuming town of Oświęcim the concentration camps, which lie close together, were the site of the mass killings of over 1.5 million Jews and ‘undesirables’ between 1940-45.
  • Oscar Schindler’s Factory: Schindler’s old factory has housed a highly emotive, interactive and visually stunning permanent exhibition on the Nazi occupation of Krakow since 2010.
  • Galicia Jewish Museum: situated in the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, this is a thought-provoking, truly excellent museum that celebrates Jewish life while also commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. An opportunity to meet with a Holocaust survivor can be arranged, ensuring a powerful and educational encounter for your students.
  • St. Mary’s Basilica: in a prominent position on the corner of the Main Square, this is a fine example of 14th century Catholic architecture and contains the famous altarpiece by Veit Stoss.
  • Cathedral and castle complex: the city’s cathedral lies just outside the city centre, close to the river, in a magnificent complex alongside the castle. It is here that most of Poland’s past kings are buried. Archdiocese Museum: Pope John Paul II lived and worked in Krakow for many years; this museum is housed in his past residence when he was Archbishop of Krakow, including a display of gifts he received when Pope.

Where to stay

Our groups stay in 3 star hotels on the edge of the city, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Main Square.

Sample Itinerary

Day One

Take a morning flight and arrive in Krakow in the afternoon. Time to explore the local area.

Day Two

Morning guided walking tour of Kazimierz, the Jewish District. Afternoon visit to the Galicia Museum, with the opportunity to meet with a Holocaust survivor.

Day Three

Full day visit to Auscwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.

Day Four

Morning visit to the Main Square and St. Mary’s Basilica, and the Baroque church of St. Peter and St Paul. Afternoon walk to the castle and cathedral complex.

Day Five

Time in the morning for final sightseeing and shopping. Afternoon flight home.

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