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.
A visit to Auschwitz can easily be included on a short break to Krakow. It is a place that everyone should visit once in their lifetime and in some small way, honour all those lives lost.
Nothing prepares you for the sight of those grim words Arbeit Macht Frei ("Work makes you free") as you make your way silently through 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,allowing just enough time and information in each place for you to gain an insight into the horror, but not to feel completely overwhelmed by grief at 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 Nazis made the owners write their home addresses, giving them a mocking belief that they would one day return home.
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, an 8 day guided tour encompassing Poland's highlights. We also offer a guided Auschwitz visit, which can be included on any of our Krakow City Breaks. This 6-hour excursion includes coach, transfers, museum entry fee and guide. Private Auschwitz tours can also be arranged which include a guide and driver from Krakow.