EVERY DAY EXCEPT: MONDAYS, 1ST AND 6ND JANUARY, EASTER SUNDAY, 3RD MAY 25TH MAT, CORPUS CHRISTI, 18TH JULY, 15TH AUGUST, 1ST NOVEMBER, 11TH NOVEMBER, 24TH, 25TH, 26TH, 28TH DECEMBER.
The Aviation Museum is located on site of the former Rakowice military airport. The Rakowice airport was established in 1912, when Cracow was a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was one of the first airports in the world. In 1917 it was converted into one of the shipping points of the Vienna-Kiev air postal service, it was the first service of that type in Europe. On October 31st of 1918 the Polish military authority took hold of the airport, it became the first Polish-controlled airport in a country that still awaited its independence.
At the end of 1920's the Rakowice Airport was the Polish Air Force’s second biggest base. When the Second World War broke out, it was bombed by Nazi Germans, like all Polish military installations. During the war the Germans expanded the airstrip in the direction of the Czyżyny village, and later used it to launch sorties to the Eastern Front. In January of 1945 the Red Army captured the airport during the advance on Berlin. It was later assigned to Polish authorities. In 1963 it was closed due to its proximity to new residential districts.
The history of the Aviation Museum dates back to the year of 1964 when an aircraft exposition was organised. The museum was opened in 1967, and today it is considered as the 8th best aviation museum in the world.
The collection consists of more than 200 planes, numerous of which are unique. It also includes gilders and 100 aviation engines. The Museum possesses 22 planes from Hermann Göring's private collection. Göring was the commander of Luftwaffe until 1945. Those planes were displayed in Deutsche Luftfahrtsammlung Museum in Berlin, however they were evacuated East to protect them from Allied bombings.
The Museum possesses very few Polish planes from the period between 1918 and 1939, as most of them were destroyed during the Nazi occupation, including the planes displayed in museums before the war. The only two examples of polish military aircraft from the interwar era are a PZL P.11 (the only surviving example in the world) and a PWS-26. Both survived, due to the fact that, they were shown in various places by the Germans as war trophies. Some Polish civilian planes from the interwar era were returned by Romania after the conflict, and they now can be seen in the Aviation Museum.
It is worth noting, that the Museum possesses a full collection of all types of planes used by Poland after 1945.
The tour will begin at the hotel or apartment where you are accommodated. It will end in Cracow city centre or at your hotel/apartment - according to your wishes.
Private transfer from your place of accommodation and back.
Service of an English speaking Blue Badge guide for up to 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Entrance to the Aviation Museum.
A whisper system for a better experience during the visit.
Anything not mentioned above.
PRIVATE CITY TOUR IN ENGLISH IN CRACOW, ONLY FOR YOU AND YOUR GROUP
Price per person with 6 persons: 31 euros
Price per person with 5 persons: 36 euros
Price per person with 4 persons: 44 euros
Price per person with 3 persons: 57 euros
Price per person with 2 persons: 80 euros
If there are more persons make a request, contact us and we will quote a price for you.
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