Krakow is a spellbinding city and attracts huge numbers of tourists each year looking for the type of culture and experiences that only this charming place can offer. The things that make it such a special destination are also of interest to school trip organisers looking to interest their pupils in its historical value. The significance of Krakow is something that cannot be denied, and is best experienced in person rather than through a text book. As well as the educational benefits, the UNESCO city is beautiful and full of fun things to see and do. It’s sure to captivate students and teachers alike. |
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
The sombre and heart-breaking story of Auschwitz concentration camp makes for one of the most enduring memories of school trips. Organisers of the site have created a highly engaging museum, which includes the chance to watch a short-film made when the camp was liberated. While it may be difficult for some students to imagine the horrors that took place here, the tour is conducted in an educational and intelligent manner. Pupils will want to discuss and learn more about what they have seen when they return to the classroom.
The camp is located around 60 kilometres from the city and can be reached easily by road. The tour takes around three and a half hours and is not suitable for children younger than thirteen. Those old enough to go on the visit will find it a very beneficial experience.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
More than a million tourists visit the salt mine in Poland each year, and the fascinating attractions there are sure to fascinate students. A tour of the mine will explain the thousands of years of history in the area, as well as the huge significance of the salt mine itself.
There are two main routes to follow when visiting the salt mine. The tourist route allows students to take in some of the more aesthetic parts of the area, such as the Chapel of St. Kinga, and the corridors that define this route provide the perfect opportunity to learn about the history. The second avenue is the miners’ route, which provides a highly authentic experience from the mining perspective.
The stunning sights and educational possibilities in Krakow are sure to have students engaged when they’re back at home in the class room and the city makes a fantastic destination for school trip organisers to consider. Because this type of educational activity is very complex in the planning, with the limited amount of time available to teachers it is well worth seeking out a specialised educational tour operator to take care of the details.
There are few cities as historically significant as Krakow, and your students will be riveted by the interesting and tragic events that have taken place here. If you’re a school trip organiser then this Polish gem should definitely be on your wish-list for the coming year.
Author Plate John Gardiner is the Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specialising in educational trips in destinations all over the world. This company works with school trip organisers to design the ideal educational travel experience and provide young people with immersive learning experiences they are sure to remember forever.
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