Chortycia Travel Agency - sightseeing tours to Poland and Ukraine
Tuesday 26 October 2021
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Mini guide

KRAKOW – To capture the atmosphere and flavour of Krakow one must see coexisting with each other the past, found in historic sights, tradition and legends, and the presence. Here one will find: the Castle of Wawel – the seat of Royal Power used in coronation ceremonies of Polish Kings, St. Mary's Basilica which contains Veit Stoss Altar, the Main Market Square with Sukiennice ( Cloth Hall), Kazimierz – a unique historical Krakow district which was a separate town in the past, and the oldest university in Poland – the Jagiellonian University with famous Collegium Maius. Krakow is one of the most important cultural centre in Poland and tourist attraction in Europe. The area of the Old Town and Kazimierz was entered in 1978 on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

WIELICZKA – Not far from Krakow one may visit one of the oldest mine in Europe – Wieliczka Salt Mine. In 1978 it was entered on the UNESCO First World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage, and in 1994 it was found as the Monument of National History and Culture. Walking a two-kilometre underground passage you will admire unique chapels carved in salt, underground salt lakes and chambers where they used to exploit salt deposits.

LVIV – Lviv is different than any other cities in the world. Its area of 120 ha embraces over a thousand sights of historic value, 200 of which are architectural masterpieces known worldwide. In 1998 the old Lviv entered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. It is a city of three cathedrals: Armenian, Uniate and Latin one. The Latin Cathedral is one of the most precious Gothic places, the Armenian Cathedral enraptures with its beauty, and the St. George's Cathedral located on a high hill is overlooking the city. One will also find beautiful sights at the Market Square and on Svobody Prospect.

PRZEMYŚL – this 1000-year-old city has about 800 sights of historic value. The Old Town embraces numerous historic tenements and churches which date back to the 17th century. A unique, sloping Market Square, surrounded by tenements with arcades, will enchant everyone, especially those seeing it first time. Museum lovers should pay a visit to the one and only Museum of Bells and Pipes. All those who are fascinated by fortresses will find the fortifications of Przemyśl Fortress dated the First World War (the third largest in Europe) a real must. The Przemyśl New Synagogue and the two cathedrals, Greek Catholic Cathedral and Roman Catholic Cathedral prove multiculturalism of this old Galician town.

PRZEMYŚL FORTRESS – Przemyśl Fortress is a huge complex of defensive fortifications, one of 200 great permanent fortifications in Europe in 1914 and third largest fortress after Antwerp and Verdun. It stands out as it was besieged three times (something uncommon in war period) and the longest period of siege, it broke out after 172 days. Only the French Verdun managed to last out longer.

KRASICZYN – A well-known Krasicki Palace dated back to the beginning of the 17th century is one of the most valued monuments in Poland also known as the pearl of the Polish Renaissance. Among the castle's most valuable architectural elements is the chapel located in the Divine Tower. One should also note richly carved portals, loggias, arcades and unique mural works of art. Construction works were done under Italian architects supervision, whereas all decorations were made by the artists from Przemyśl.

ZAKOPANE - Zakopane the biggest town situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains informally is known as the winter capital of Poland. Stunning views over mountains and valleys make it a tourism mecca for those who love to go for strolls along Kościeliska Valley, or for all those craving for more challenging routes leading to e.g. Morskie Oko Lake or Czarny Staw (Black Lake).

OŚWIĘCIM (AUSCHWITZ) – A concentration camp which was a centre for extermination of mainly Jews, but also Poles, Gypsies and Russian prisoners. Each year the camp is visited by half a million of tourists.

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