Day 2 - Visiting Cracow
On Tuesday the project participants visited the former capital of Poland - Cracow. They saw the Wawel castle and the old town which is a UNESCO Heritage side. They saw the most important sights which are considered must-sees e.g. Cloth Hall, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary's Church, town walls. They also heard the legends of the Wawel Dragon, St. Mary's Trumpet Call and the Tale of two brothers.
They had the possibility to try 'obwarzanek' - the traditional prezel from Cracow and they had 'pierogi' (Polish dumplings) for lunch
Day 2 - Visiting the Wieliczka Salt mine
In the afternoon everybody visited the world-famous salt mine in Wieliczka which has been included in the UNESCO Heritage List. We visited the mine with a guide who told us about the origins of the mine (Legend of St. Kinga) as well as important information about salt and its use. We saw beautiful monuments made of salt by the miners and the most beautiful chamber - St. Kinga's Chapel
Day 4 - Queen louise Adit
In the afternoon the project participants visited Queen Louise Adit in Zabrze. We walked in the original 19th-century mine workings and then we went on a 1100 metre boat-ride underground. We could admire calciferous infiltration which are normally seen in caves and living plants grow 40 metres under the groud. During this tour the visitors learnt about the dangers which 19th-century miners had to face and met the legendary creatures like “Skarbek” (“The Treasurer”) and “Utopek”
Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Gory
On Friday afternoon the project participants visited historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry which is also included in the UNESCO Heritage List. The main mineral excavated here was so-called galena which is lead ore. In the middle of 16th century Tarnowskie Góry was the biggest in this part of Europe producer of galena. It is thought that the exported lead had an influence on the development of the international trade and the silver was exported to China which needed it to make coins.
On Thursday the whole group visited German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau which was established in 1940 and which was the largest of Nazi German concentration and extermination centres. More than 1 million people lost their lives there. We must learn about the history of this place so that his history will never be repeated and mankind will never commit a similar crime again. The place is included on the UNESCO Heritage List.
The bread museum
In the afternoon, the participants went to Bytom to learn about bread (how it is made, why it is important etc.) which is deeply rooted in the Silesian and Polish culture. There they could also make their own bread which they ate after the visit. Everybody learnt about some machines and devices which were used in homes in order to prepare food.
At the end of the trip - we all had the possiblity to enter an old 19th-century classroom and learn about how school utensils have been changing.
After lunch the guests had a short walk around Zabrze and they visited the Town Museum in Zabrze. In one of its buildings, Cafe Silesia, a worker of the museum - historian Piotr Hnatyszyn- gave a lecture on history of Zabrze.
At the Polish venue, the groups of children presented a nobel price winner of their country.
The children got inspired and learned important personalities that offered with their hard work and dedication to science mankind.