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Zakopane is a town on the south of Poland, situated just at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. It is the informal „winter capital of Poland” and you might have even seen it on TV if you watch Ski Jumping World Cup!ch!

It is a favourite spot of all Polish mountaineers, snowboarders and skiers and for most Cracovians it is a number one destination for their weekend retreat.

Zakopane is also the home of Polish Gorals – an ethnographic group of highlanders known for their colourful traditional clothing, their mind-boggling dialect and delicious sheep milk cheeses.

The city is the headquarters of the Tatra National Park which is entered in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Full of mountains, spectacular panoramas, great food, Gorals and sheep Zakopane is waiting for you!

Wieliczka Salt mine

The Salt Mine was opened in the 13th century and produced table salt continuously until 2007.  Currently Wieliczka is one of Poland’s official national Historic Monuments and was placed on UNESCO list. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world.

Sometimes the Salt Mine is referred to as “The Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland” because of its chapels and dozens of statues carved out of rock salt. Interesting fact – even chandeliers are made of salt which was dissolved and reconstituted to achieve glass-like appearance.

One of the mine’s chapels is dedicated to Saint Kinga, who according to Polish legend “brought” salt to Poland, and it is the biggest underground chapel in the whole world.

Enter this city of salt and discover underground Poland with US.

AUSCHWITZ kolaż

Oświęcim is a small town located in the south of Poland. During II World War it has been a location of the German Nazi concentration camps known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Over 1,1 million of Jewish and Polish people were killed there.

Nowadays, the camp has been turned into a museum as a memorial. It is the key point on the agenda while visiting Poland, a place of remembrance where one should stop and reflect upon the past.

“The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again.”

Optional activities

trips

Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory

Do you know Steven Spielberg? Are you a fan of Liam Neeson or Ralph Fiennes? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you certainly know the movie “Schindler’s List”. If you are curious about events presented in this movie, you will have a unique opportunity to visit a place where real Oskar Schindler saved more than a thousand people. You can learn about the history of Polish and Jewish inhabitants of Cracow during The Second World War.

Wawel

Do you want to learn more about the history and tradition of Poland? There is no better place to do it than Wawel Castle. Listen to exciting stores about Polisch kings and see a frightening dragon. Wawel Royal Castle is the crown jewel of Kraków’s architectural treasures and a symbol of national pride, hope, patriotism and self-rule.

Krak Mound

One of the most beautiful views on the whole Krakow in the heart of old part of the city called Podgórze. You are going to have an unforgettable opportunity to visit the places you would never find in a guide and listen to the stories and legends that only local people know.

Rynek Underground

Surely you’ve heard about the Main Square in Cracow, but have you ever wondered what is hidden underneath? The archaeological layers of the Main Square contain 1000 years of history. When visiting this incredible museum, you will have a unique opportunity to see what the heart of Cracow looked like at the end of the Middle Ages. It is an exceptional place which atmosphere is created by modern technology, proposing new ways for meetings with history and monuments.

activities

Cycling

Hop on the seat, grab handlebars and off we go! Cycle through a fantastic journey to Tyniec. Experience wonderful sights of landscape park all around you. And the best thing – you don’t even need to get off your bike for a minute!

Trampoline park

Jump in for some fun and wake your inner child as you joyfully leap around in a trampoline park. Express yourself through some backflips and gently fall into a pool filled with sponges. Don’t let anything bring you down, just jump sky high!

Canoeing

Do you like sightseeing but overcrowded and loud places drive you mad? Would you like to combine active leisure with chilling in the bosom of nature? This trip is definitely for you!

Parties

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PUB CRAWL

Krakow’s Old Town and Kazimierz district present overwhelming nightlife choices, with more pubs per square meter than you can imagine. Are you in the mood for sweet cheery shot? Baltic porter? Cinnamon-topped vodka shot? Go and check how heaven tastes like in our microbrews and bars. Simply party where the locals go!

PRL PARTY

Instead of partying like it’s 2018, why don’t we throw an evening like it’s 1970s? Let’s travel in time together! Secret underground bars, hidden parties and exquisite cocktails – that’s what polish 70s are known for. Get ready for disco vibes!

CULTURAL EVENING

One place, one evening, multiple countries – all together showing what’s best in their homeland. Get ready for mouth-watering food and traditional drinks from all around the world! And don’t forget to bring something yummy!

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LUBICZ BREWERY

Combination of traditional artisan hand-crafted beer and modern design of renovated interior of old brewery. Even if you are not a beer lover you will fall in love with this place!

WHITE T-SHIRT PARTY

The best way to keep your memories forever is to make masterpiece on your friend’s t-shirt! Let’s capture names, wishes and impressions about IVSA members. And of course don’t forget to bring white T-shirt with you!

OFFICIAL DINNER

We are pleased to invite you to a place with 200-year-old history and traditional polish architecture. During this evening we will change from ordinary veterinary students to elegant future doctors. And we will dance all night long!