“I have never felt able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency… I have never at any other time experienced an equal sense of shock.”
Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during WW2 & 34th President of the United State.
After visiting Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial we will drive the country way back towards Krakow (instead of the motorway) so you can experience the Polish countryside, towns and villages as we drive through them and on to our next tour destination Lanckorona, where we will explore this fabulous village and stop to have something to drink and eat.
Lanckorona UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lanckorona started life as a settlement built around a large wooden fortress, established at the beginning of the 13th century.
In the 1339, King Casimir the Great turned the wooden fortress into a more substantial castle made of brick and stone (now in ruins) to protect the main road to Krakow and the boarder of Duchies of Silesia.
He also funded the building of the village’s Church which is still intact and used today. In 1366 the King granted Lanckorona town rights under Magdeburg law and allowed the duty-free import of beer to the newly appointed town, all quite a privilege back in the day.
During this time the town Lanckorona developed vibrantly thanks to the King & his entourage frequent visits of royal hunting parties & gatherings.
Since its formation, Lanckorona can be found to be woven into the very colourful fabric of polish history, with its documented destruction in Swedish Deluge to the great battles of the Bar Confederation fought on the plains below Lanckorona.
In 1869 a great fire destroyed many houses and outbuildings, what we see today is the reconstruction of the town from that period.
The medieval layout and well preserved architecture has been designated a cultural monument by the Polish government.
The buildings in the centre of the village are regarded as the most beautiful examples of traditional wooden architecture in Poland.
Lanckorona is a charming, peaceful and creative village with some great cafés, galleries, potters and artisans, a place famous for attracting and inspiring artists, actors, and writers. With spectacular landscapes, fabulous walks and a great atmosphere Lanckorona is one of our favourite locations to explore.
After visiting Lanckorona we will head back to your hotel in Krakow or pickup/drop off point, where this tour and day out ends.