Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp - Krakow
A must visit for everyone. Once in your lifetime...
Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp is Best For
Directions to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp
Just over 50 kilometers west of Krakow lies the small town of Oswiecim, a place that would easily have remained in relative obscurity were it not for the Nazis' decision to construct the Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration (and later death) camp there. Since the war ended, the site has been preserved as a museum and memorial, and receives over a million visitors a year. Allow a good three hours for the visit, which includes both camps: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Although it is generally most notorious for the huge numbers of Jews murdered there, it is worth pointing out that a considerable quantity of non-jewish Poles also died there. Visiting the camp is part of the Polish schools' curriculum. Be advised that for many visitors it can be a profoundly moving experience. Admission to the museum is free but various types of guided tour are available at differing prices.
If you are based in Krakow, an ideal way to visit and sightsee the Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration capm is to buy an organised trip and tour at some local tour operator. This is not only is for your comfort but it is also most economical in terms of your time planning and wallet.