Located some 67 kilometres from Krakow is the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum & Memorial. Auschwitz is a name so connected with terror and suffering due to it being the largest Nazi death camp in World War II with between 1.1 million and 1.5 million people tragically murdered here.
It is not a difficult decision to make whether to go to Auschwitz when visiting Krakow on a weekend break as you do feel it is your duty to remember and in some small way honour all those lives lost. It is a place that everyone should visit once in their lifetime.
Nothing prepares you for the sight of those grim words Arbeit Macht Frei ( "Work makes you free" ) as you make your way silently though these gates trying to imagine how prisoners must have felt years before.
Auschwitz tours are run amazingly well given the huge number of people visiting and just enough time and information is given in each place for you to gain an insight into the horror but not for you to become completely overcome by grief of the enormity of the suffering. Each red-bricked building depicts haunting images of people and their personal belongings. Especially poignant are the suitcases upon which the Nazi’s made the owners write their home addresses, giving them a mocking belief that they would return home once more.
Whilst a visit here is undoubtedly chilling, it is also an important part of the country’s history and a testament to the postwar generation.
Visit Auschwitz on our Classic Poland Group Tour, which is an 8 day guided tour encompassing Poland's highlights. For full details see below.
We also offer an Auschwitz Day Tour, which can be included in any of our Krakow City Breaks. This round trip 6 hour excursion includes coach transfers, museum entry fee and guide for £34 per person.
Private Auschwitz tours can also be arranged which include a guide and driver from Krakow.