Krakow, a city with a beautiful historical center and an overwhelming past, is one of the cities you cannot miss in Europe. On a weekend you can visit the city perfectly, especially its old town with the beautiful Market Square and the Jewish quarter. Although if you have more days in Krakow it is advisable to make some excursions to places that are nearby, such as the extraordinary Wieliczka Salt Mines, the moving Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp or the town of Zakopane.
All these places can be visited by bus from Krakow station, they are very popular sites and there is a good frequency of buses, throughout the day, although another good option is to book guided tours in Spanish to learn more about the history and curiosities of these places.
After our visit to the city, we have prepared a list of what we believe are the 5 best tours and excursions in Krakow in Spanish, based on our trip to Krakow in 5 days.
1. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
The visit to the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp from Krakow is one of the most essential excursions and emotional that you can do in your life. This complex located about 68 kilometers from Krakow, was the largest center of Nazi extermination with more than one million (90% Jews) of people killed for reasons of race, religion, politics or prisoners of war, during their almost 5 years of functioning.
In 1979, the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, declared a World Heritage Site in 1979, was created in two of the concentration camps of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau complex.
During the tour of the two fields of the museum, in addition to remembering the history and the atrocities that happened there, you enter places that shudder like crematoriums, gas chambers or barracks where prisoners were stacked.
To get to the field you can do it on your own by bus from the Krakow bus station, on a journey that lasts an hour and a half and has several stops. The visit to the field is free before 10 in the morning and after 4 in the afternoon, but between these two hours it is mandatory to visit it on a guided tour.
The number of visitors is limited, so it is advisable to book the guided tour with time as they sell out very quickly. The tour of the two courses can take you around 3 hours and there are free buses to transfer between them.
On this occasion we chose to book an excursion in Spanish with an agency with very good reference and good guides, to learn more about the history and which also includes bus transportation.
2. Wieliczka Salt Mines, one of the essential excursions in Krakow
The incredible salt mines of Wieliczka, a World Heritage Site in 1978, is another of the best excursions in Krakow. These salt mines, considered the oldest in Europe, are located just 10 kilometers from the center of Krakow and are, next to Auschwitz, one of the most visited places in Poland. The mine complex is huge, with more than 3 kilometers of galleries and rooms, with a depth that can reach more than 300 meters.
During the visit, not recommended for people with claustrophobia although the spaces are wide, more than 700 stairs are lowered although the climb is done by elevator, so it is suitable for all types of public. The Chapel of St. Kinga is the most spectacular visit of the Wieliczka Salt mines, a huge religious room decorated with salt, which really impresses. During the tour you can also see several interesting rooms with salt sculptures, mining constructions and lakes.
You can get to the salt mines from Krakow you can take local bus 304 from the Krakowska Gallery stop. The visits inside the mine are always guided and it is advisable to reserve it in advance to secure the place.
We on this occasion also opted to do the guided tour in Spanish which includes bus transportation.
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