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IFToMM 2019 SOCIAL PROGRAM

30 June – 4 July 2019

 

30th of June 2019 (Sunday) – City Tour Kraków Sightseeing – 3.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Kraków Sightseeing

Kraków is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central Europe, chosen as the European City of Culture 2000. The Old Town of Kraków was entered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Kraków has a unique charm, created by centuries of history and cultural wealth.

It is not a simple task to describe the unique character of Kraków to those who still have not had the opportunity to visit this city. This uniqueness is primarily due to the rare cultural heritage embodied within the city walls. Here, in the year 1000, a Roman Catholic bishopric was founded. Here, the residential royal castle was constructed on the Wawel Hill, becoming the site for the coronations and burials of kings, as Krakow was the capital of Poland from the 11th to 17th century. Here in 1364, the Kraków Academy was established, the first Polish University (today renamed the Jagiellonian University).

Sightseeing time: Approximately 2-3 hrs

If you are interested in taking part in city tours please book a place on-line throught your IFToMM 2019 registration account. Additional cost: 30 EUR

 

1st of July 2019 (Monday) – Kraków Evening Tour – 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.

See all the highlights of the Old Town area that made Cracow so famous.

Starting with Barbican – the remaining fragments of city fortifications, the masterpiece of medieval military structures built in the 15th century.

The spectacular Main Market Square with the Renaissance Cloth Hall – a perfect place to buy local souvenirs, the Town Hall Tower and St Mary’s Basilica with unique wooden masterpiece of Veit Stoss.

Don’t miss the buildings of Poland’s oldest university, Jagiellonian University, where Nicolaus Copernicus studied.

Wawel Hill that is dominated by the Cathedral, the Castle and the defense towers.

Wawel Cathedral used to be the scene of coronations and is the eternal resting place of the kings of Poland.

Sightseeing time: Approximately 2-3 hrs

If you are interested in taking part in city tours please book a place on-line throught your IFToMM 2019 registration account. Additional cost: 30 EUR

3rd of July 2019 (Wednesday) – Kazimierz Kraków District walking tour – 9.00 a.m. – tour for accompanying person

Kraków – Kazimierz District, historical centre of Jewish religious and social life

This tour leads You into the south-east district of Kraków – Kazimierz, historical centre of Jewish religious and social life. Kazimierz was originally founded as a separate town near Kraków where, since 14th century Jews had the right to settle down.

The most famous Jewish street – Szeroka Street is a remnant of the former market square with Old Synagogue, Isaac’s Synagogue and Remuh Synagogue. You will also visit Podgórze quarter – where ghetto was established and Schindler’s factory on 4 Lipowa Street (during WWII enameled pots and pans were manufactured here. Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German industrialist from Czechoslovakia, saved Jews from labor camps by employing them in this factory. His story was told in Schidler’s List ).

Kazimierz – the district south of the Old Town between the Vistula River and Dietla Street (where a tributary of the Vistula River once flowed) was the centre of Jewish life in Kraków for over 500 years, before it was systematically destroyed during World War II. In the communist era it became one of Kraków’s dodgiest districts while gradually falling into disrepair. Rediscovered in the 1990s, thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure through the lens of Steven Spielberg, Kazimierz has rebounded and is today Kraków’s most exciting district – a bustling, bohemian neighborhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes and art galleries. Well-known for its associations with Schindler and Spielberg, traces of Kazimierz’s Jewish history have not only survived, but literally abound in the form of the district’s numerous synagogues and Jewish cemeteries. In fact, no other place in Europe conveys a sense of pre-war Jewish culture on the continent better than Kazimierz. As a result, the district has become a major tourist draw and pilgrimage site for Jews, which has led to the return of contemporary Jewish culture in the area.

Sightseeing time: Approximately 4 hrs

Comfortable clothes and shoes suggested.

If you are interested in taking part in city tours please book a place on-line throught your IFToMM 2019 registration account. Additional cost: 35 EUR

 

4th of July 2019 (Thursday) – Wieliczka Salt Mine GALA DINNER

meeting place: 6.00 p.m. in front of the Congress Venue

Situated just outside of Krakow, the Dinner will take place in one of the most precious treasures of material and spiritual culture in Poland – the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world. It is also a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.

The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka is the only mining site in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Its original excavations are located on nine levels and extend for the total of about 300 kilometers: reaching the depth of 327 meters they illustrate all the stages of mining technology development over time.

Today, the Wieliczka Salt Mine combines many centuries of tradition and modernity, the history of several hundred years and an underground metropolis with extensive infrastructure. The mine is a product of work of tens of generations of miners, a monument to the history of Poland and to the Polish nation – a brand, present in Polish consciousness for centuries.

Important Reminders:

  • Visitors enter the mine then descend to a level of 64 metres underground and return (after dinner) to the surface in a lift from a level of 135 metres underground.
  • The temperature in the mine during a visit, though constant, is a low 16-18 oC and in the chamber where the dinner will be served is 18-20oC
  • It’s strongly recommended to choose good footwear and to bring a jacket. The cloak room is available at guests’ disposal during dinner.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the venue.
  • This dinner event is not advisable for persons suffering from claustrophobia.
  • Accessibility – The most marvelous section of the tour is adapted for persons using standard wheelchairs measuring 59 centimeters in width who enter the mine in an elevator. Any participants in wheelchairs or with mobility problems should contact us directly.