Practical information


When planning your pilgrimage, please read the following information on some pilgrimage and tourist destinations:


Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Sanctuary of the Passion and of the Madonna

Groups who wish to visit the Sanctuary in the days between 15 July 2016 and 10 August 2016 are asked to report this to the following address:

together with the following information about the group:

– registration number in our system
– country of origin – the group leader name and contact details
– number of participants;
– estimated time of arrival in the Sanctuary

Your applications will be forwarded to the Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, and then the Sanctuary will accept your registration.


Auschwitz Memorial and Museum (city of Oświęcim)

• 20-28 July 2016
Between 20 and 28 July 2016, the Museum will be open to all pilgrims free of charge. Pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Museum independently (there will be no guided tours) and to a limited extent. Each pilgrim will receive information on the Museum only in the form of a small guide book.
Sightseeing the Museum between 20 and 28 July 2016 requires a separate registration through the following website:

Each group registers on their own, without support of our Centre.

On 29 July the Museum will be closed due to some technical reasons.

• 15 – 20 July 2016 and 2 – 5 August 2016

Before 20 July 2016 and after 1 August 2016 it will be possible to visit the Museum according to standard procedures of sightseeing (the entrance fee: 3 – 5 Euro per person).
We kindly ask all the groups planning to visit the Museum in this period to inform our Centre upon the following email address:

Such a declaration should include:
- Registration number in our system
– The group’s leader data and the country of origin
– Number of participants
– The estimated time of entry to the Museum.

The groups which have already registered through the Neocatechumenal website and declared their will to visit the Auschwitz Museum do not have to declare that again.

The Jasna Góra Sanctuary of Our Lady (city of Częstochowa)

• 18 July – 5 August 2016
The entrance to the Sanctuary between 18 July and 5 August 2016 will require prior registration through the Sanctuary’s registration system. The system is currently being prepared.
Unregistered groups will be allowed to enter only in the case when a registered group does not come. The registration will be made for a definite time.
The groups visiting the Sanctuary may ONLY pass in front of Our Lady of Częstochowa revered icon. There will be no possibility for any longer prayer or liturgy.

• 18 – 25 July 2016
Between 18 and 25 July 2016 the Days in the Dioceses will be held at the Sanctuary, which means that each day pilgrims staying in particular dioceses of the Polish Church will come to the Sanctuary. It will not be possible to celebrate an individual Eucharist on the premises of the Sanctuary. During the day, two Holy Masses will be celebrated for all the pilgrims (nearby the so-called ramparts). The Masses will be simultaneously translated into different languages. Times of the Masses have not been set yet. It is necessary for all the pilgrims willing to participate in the Mass to arrive at Jasna Góra at least 2 hours in advance.

“Wieliczka” Salt Mine

The Organization Centre shall not book any entrance tickets to the Mine for any groups from the Neocatechumenal Way. If you are planning to visit the Mine, please make a booking on your own well in advance. All the information on sightseeing and group reservations is available on the following Mine’s websites:

Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Warsaw

All those who wish to visit the RM Seminary in Warsaw, please send an e-mail to the address:

supplying the following data:
- Registration number in our system
– The group’s leader data and the country of origin
– Number of participants
– The estimated time of entry to the Seminary.

In agreement with the Seminary, the Organisation Centre shall register groups that are planning to visit the Seminary. The entrance to the building will be possible:
From 25 July to 5 August 2016 (except 30-31 July and 1 August),
Opening hours: 9am-1pm and 3pm-7pm.

We shall register pilgrims for a specific day and time. Unregistered groups, because of the limited number of people who can visit the Seminary at a time, will not be allowed to enter the Seminary.
It will not be possible to celebrate a Eucharist on the premises of the Seminary!!!
Groups that have already registered in our system and reported to us a request for a visit in the Seminary, have already been entered into the registration system of visits.

BASILICA in Wadowice

• 25 – 31 July 2016
During the WYD Wadowice will be a very crowded town. For coaches heading Wadowice the access to the town will be dependent on the amount of traffic.

• 18 – 24 July 2016 and after 1 August 2016
In the week before the WYD and after 1 August 2016 it will be possible to visit the Basilica upon the earlier declaration of the group.
For the period between 18 and 24 July 2016 a common place of celebration for groups of pilgrims at the Wadowice market square (centre of the town) will be prepared. There will be no possibility of celebrating individual Eucharists. The Basilica will be open for groups from 9am to 5.30 pm.

We ask all the groups wishing to visit the Basilica in Wadowice in the days between 18 and 24 July 2016 as well as between 2 and 5 August 2016 to report such information to the following address:

together with the following information:
- Registration number in our system;
– The group’s leader data and the country of origin;
– Number of participants;
– The estimated time of arrival to the Basilica.
We shall send your applications to the Sanctuary in Wadowice, which will accept your registration subsequently.

Groups that have registered on our Neocatechumenal website and reported to us their will to enter the Basilica, do not have to report that again.

More announcements to come soon.


Transport in Cracow during WYD 2016

During the World Youth Days 2016 the city of Cracow will be closed to coach traffic.

All pilgrim coaches will be directed to parking places in the suburbs. The pilgrims will be able to commute to the city centre only with a public transport.


Preferred time of arrival for WYD 2016

Due to the organisational and communicational reasons we advise all groups from the Neocatechumenal Way to come to Cracow on Thursday 28th of July 2016 AT THE LATEST.


Official registration for the Brothers who need to apply for visas

We remind you that the official WYD 2016 registration through the website will be obligatory for all the Brothers who need to apply for visas. After registering you will receive an official invitation for the World Youth Days, which will make the visa application process viable.

The main registration for WYD will start in July 2015.



If you plan to use services of a Polish travel agency or a travel bureau while organizing your visit in Poland for WYD Cracow 2016, please be very careful with choosing the agency. We are observing new travel companies which have appeared recently on the Polish market and some of them may be focused on gain only, and may not perform what they were supposed to. We want to warn you: check the agency carefully before you transfer any money (look for recommendations and opinions on the internet, how long the company is on the market etc.).