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Group Tourism - Itineraries

THE INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE TOUR

Industrial Museums & Old Mines of the southern Poland
Touring offer for hobbyists and connoisseurs
If you like some off-the-beaten-track-touring, here is something very special for you!
/6 days & 5 nights in Krakow/



Museum of Municipal Engineering Day 1. Arrival in Krakow, transfer to a hotel, check-in, welcoming dinner, overnight.

Day 2. After breakfast - a visit to the Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow

The museum, sited on the area of the first streetcar depot in Krakow which was put in operation in 1882, exhibits in one of its buildings the history of public transportation, including historical streetcars, buses, technical service cars, accessories and old photographs. At a separate exhibition devoted to the history of the Polish automotive industry all the most important models of cars and motorbikes manufactured in Poland since the period before the World War II up to the present day, are on display.
A guided tour of the museum takes approximately 40 minutes, including the sightseeing of an old industrial area encompassing buildings and installations of the old Krakow Gasworks (1856) and the old Krakow Power Plant.

Visit to the Aviation Museum

Aviation Museum The museum is partly situated on the old military Rakowice-Czy¿yny airbase, one of the oldest permanent airfields in Europe. Collections are on display in two air-sheds and include a collection of pioneer-time planes, gliders, helicopters and planes since 1920, as well as aeroplane engines. An open-air exhibition shows planes manufactured after 1945.
Lunch break; in the afternoon City Tour, including Wawel Hill (The Royal Castle): Royal Chambers, Wawel Cathedral and St Mary's Church .
Krakow, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central Europe, EUROPEAN CITY OF CULTURE 2000. The Old Town of Krakow is entered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Krakow has a unique charm created by centuries of history and cultural wealth. With its very special climate of culture and arts, this city teaches us the history of Poland and Europe. Krakow is a place you will keep coming back to, each time to discover new objects of startling beauty.
Leisure time before the dinner

Day 3. After breakfast a trip to Tarnowskie Gory via Dabrowa Gornicza and a visit to the "Museum of the Town's Foreman of Miners" (Muzeum Miejskiego Sztygarka) in Dšbrowa Gornicza The museum depicts the town's history, including its industrial history. It also provides the visitors the access to the Exercise Drift (Sztolnia Æwiczebna) (Gornicza Street) with two coal beds: Nos. 401 and 402. The training coal mine was established in 1927-29 at the State School for Mining and Metallurgy and served as a training site until 1994.
Machines and mining equipment for coal extraction and transport, a combination cutter/ loader, conveyors and colliery wagons are on display in the excavations.

Mines in Poland Afterwards you will be transferred to Tarnowskie Gory
On the programme:
1. Visit to a silver mine
A unique underground tourist route in Poland along old silver mines. The 1700-metre route including a 270-metre-long boat transfer - spreads between three shafts. It presents the surviving mine faces from 16th-19th centuries, mining work stations of the period, mining tools and natural relics, such as well preserved traces of blue lead, limestone dripstones and karst phenomena. On the surface you can visit the Museum of Mining and Heritage Park of Steam Engines.
A tour of the mine takes 1 hour.

2. A visit to the "Black Trout Shaft"
The Black Trout Shaft is a section of the "Deep Shaft Frederic", bored between 1821 to 1834 in order do drain water from the Frederic mine, where galena and smithsonite (zinc spar) were mined. During the second decade of the 20th century the coal winning process in this colliery ceased, thus ending the 700 years of mining in this region. Visitors go down the shaft 20 to 30 meters deep, and then are boated for an hour amongst the dolomite rocks of the mine.
* lunch break during the tour.
Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight


Day 4. Breakfast and departure to Bochnia for visiting the Salt Mine in Bochnia
The oldest salt mine in Poland and the oldest industrial plant continuously operational from the Middle Ages to 1990, when the production ended. Currently, tourists have access to some of the 17th-century excavations, where the elements of original wooden supports and windlasses are preserved.
Visit to the extraction chamber and the inhalation chamber: 3 hours.
Around noon leaving the Bochnia for Wieliczka , lunch en route.
Afternoon - Tour of the Salt Mine in Wieliczka
Underground exhibition on level III, a unique museum at a mining heritage site entered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, displaying:
The history of salt-works and salt mining, a unique exhibition of an original water drainage system and equipment; windlasses, a display of salt extraction methods, tools and methods of salt extraction, a panorama of Wieliczka in the first half of 17th century, mining heritage parks, an operational model of a system through which miners went down to the mine, miners' art, sacred art., and unique samples of salt from Polish mines.
Zamek Zupny (Salt-works Castle) - a historical monument, its origins dating back to the medieval era (13th century) with a 14th-century defensive tower and remnants of salt-works. Permanent exhibitions: the Early History of the Town of Wieliczka, the Reconstruction of the Zamek ¯upny, a collection of salt cellars and the Mining Heritage Park.
Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

Museum of Railway Rolling Stock Day 5. Breakfast and visit to the Municipal Waterworks and Sewerage Plant in Krakow .
The Waterworks in Bielany supplied the town with water since 1901, the outcome of much planning and many ideas. The waterworks and the water intake were constructed according to the design by Roman Ingarden, a Krakow engineer. The original layout and buildings of the works, as well as part of its facilities, have been preserved to the present day. The Establishment houses an exhibition room in which archive materials and photographs are on display.
Afterwards - trip to Chabowka - a visit to the Museum of Railway Rolling Stock
The museum was founded in 1991 on the area of a locomotive shed dating from the end of the 19th century. This technology heritage park has approximately 140 exhibits on display, chiefly old-timers: rail-vehicles, pumps, cranes, and locomotives. The most precious exhibit is the oldest steam locomotive TKb 1479 preserved in Poland, as well as Prussia-made locomotives, Austria-made narrow-gauge locomotives and different kinds of wagons.
(A ride in an old-fashioned train can be arranged within the Heritage Park).
Along the train route you will see an exhibition related to the themes of the ride.
Lunch on the way and afternoon for leisure. Dinner with a folklore show.

Day 6. After Breakfast transfer from the hotel to the railway station or airport. Farewell to Krakow.

Notice: programme possible for group of min. 10pax.

 
 
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