Tours to Auschwitz

The proximity to Krakow makes a visit to the museums a very real option - the town of Oswiecim (Auschwitz) is an hour and a half drive by car from Krakow. And certainly, having seen the camps (regardless of how many other groups are also filing through) few will regret the experience. The camps and their legacy are an indelible part of today's world, and visiting them is both sobering and edifying.
Auschwitz-Birkenau is the most well known cemetery in the world and place of genocide. Started in 1940 as a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners in 1942, it became the centre for extermination of European Jews. In the years 1940-45 the Nazis killed about 1.1 million people there, mainly Jews as well as Poles, Gypsies, Russian POW's and members of other nationalities. Your tour begins with a 15-minute documentary film about the liberation of the camp, and then a museum guide will show you the exhibitions in some of the surviving prison blocks, the gas chamber and the crematorium. After a short break, the tour continues to Birkenau, where you go up to the watchtower above the entrance gate to see the view of the biggest Nazi Concentration Camp. A Martyrdom Museum was set up here in 1947 and in 1979, UNESCO included Auschwitz-Birkenau in its list of World Heritage sites.
To know well about the place you should visit both parts of the former camp – Auschwitz and Auschwitz II – Birkenau as well. It takes 7 h to see Auschwitz and at least the same to visit Birkenau.
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