- Prague, Czech Republic
- Kyiv, Ukraine
- Lviv, Ukraine
- Krakow, Poland
- Vienna, Austria
- Budapest, Hungary
- The host city- Kharkiv, Ukraine
Academic Field Trip - Krakow, Poland
The EESA academic field trip to Krakow, Poland will give students a unique insight into this beautiful city’s history and culture. You will leave feeling that you saw everything that Krakow had to offer. You will visit the Main Market Square, Krakow’s Historic Centre, the Church of Virgin Mary, Wawel Cathedral, Francsican Church, medieval city walls, Wawel Royal Castle, the infamous Wawel dragon breathing fire, the Planty, the Church of St. Andrew, Kosciuszko's Mound, the Barbican, Slowacki Theatre, Rynek Underground Museum, St. Florian’s Gate and much more!
While in Krakow, students will go on a day trip to Auschwitz, a place that all over the world, has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. Auschwitz was the largest concentration and extermination camp established by the Nazi regime during the World War II. In 1947, Poland founded a museum on the site of Auschwitz I and II, which by 2010 had seen 29 million visitors—1,300,000 annually—pass through the iron gates crowned with the infamous motto, Arbeit macht frei ("work makes [you] free").
With Poland's accession to the European Union in 2004, there has been a steady increase in foreigners and tourists alike looking for something truly special in the city. Krakow is the second largest city and is the country’s main tourist destination. It is one of the oldest cities in Poland and in many respects the most Polish of all this nation’s cities. For many centuries, Krakow was capital of Poland, however, in 1596 Warsaw became the capital. The city has developed over many centuries and provides a showcase setting for many historic styles of architecture. Built from the city’s nucleus outwards, Krakow’s many architectural monuments can typically be seen in historical order by simply walking from the city centre out towards its later districts. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic centers. The original Polish spelling of the name of the city is Kraków, pronounced ‘krakoof’. Krakow’s historic centre, which includes the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle, was included as the first of its kind on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978.
Interesting Facts About Krakow
1) Krakow was a busy trading center of Slavonic Europe as early as 965.
2) Krakow was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596.
3) In 1978, Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first ever Slavic pope.
4) Every hour a lone trumpeter plays from the city centers church tower. The story goes that when Genghis Khan marched into Krakow years back, the trumpeter played to warn the people. One of the arch men then shot an arrow into the top of the tower killing the trumpet player right in the middle of his song. That’s why every hour the song is cut short mid play.