Kraków, Poland
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Field Trips for Kraków, Poland

You are encouraged to participate in the organized field trips, which are included in your program fee. In addition to the included program field trips, you may also have course field trips and numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.

Auschwitz

Auschwitz opened in 1940 and was the largest concentration camp established by the Nazi regime during World War II. As you pass through the gates where millions walked to their death, you may feel completely numb. It’s a somber journey walking through the three camps – Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II (Birkenau), and Monowitz (or Buna); however, the history shared within these walls is greater than any book you could read. It’s just something you have to see and feel in person.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. The mine opened in the 13th century and produced table salt continuously until 2007. It was one of the world’s oldest salt mines in operation. The mine is deep and full of tunnels, as well as spectacular chapels with sculptures of the country’s most beloved figures – all carved out of salt. It’s definitely worth the trek down the shafts.

Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

Head outside the city and into the mountains for spectacular views. The Tatras are the tallest range in the Carpathian Mountains, towering over most of Eastern Europe. The old town of Zakopane has preserved traditional mountain architecture with mountaineer cottages surrounded by ash trees. In addition to the architecture, folk costumes and jewelry have also survived here.