The Auschwitz concentration camp is located at Oswiecim, 60km (37 miles) west of Cracow, and is an essential day trip, as it brings home the horrors of Nazi rule and the Holocaust perhaps more than anywhere else in the world. Auschwitz was actually made of three camps (Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II in Birkenau and Auschwitz III in Monowitz) with 40 sub-camps. Today, the preserved buildings of the first camp house displays of photographs and personal articles (from hair to shoes, suitcases, pots and pans).Continue reading Auschwitz tours and excursions
As the legend goes, Krakow was founded on the defeat of a dragon. The beast called Wawel Dragon terrorised all the people living in the King Krak’s town. They had to meet dragon’s demands, which were no more, no less than every-week sacrifices from cattle. After many tries to vanquish the terrible monster a young shoemaker outsmarted the Dragon by giving it a ram stuffed with sulphur. The beast consumed a ram and exploded like fireworks. In this way, the heroic shoemaker liberated his town from the monster. Much time has passed since these mythical events, but you can still feel the magical atmosphere of the beautiful „Krak’s town”.
Top 4 Krakow sights
Propably no other city in Poland has so many historic buildings and monuments or such a vast collection of artworks. It’s impossible to see them all during one stay. These are our top four recommendations – the most important must-visit attractions. Most Krakow tours include them in their schedules.
Main Market Square – one of the largest medieval squares in Europe (200 x 200 m). Usuallly it’s the first and most important stop during tours in Krakow. You can find there numerous antique buildings, such as the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, the Church of St. Adalbert, and other great sights. In the Main Market Square you can take part in many cultural events, visit the Historical Museum or spend nice time in one of many fancy restaurants or cozy cafes.
Lady with an ermine – the iconic painting by Leonardo da Vinci is undoubtedly one of Poland’s national treasures. It can be viewed at the National Museum in Krakow. The lady in the portrait is Cecilia Gallerani, a mistress of Lodovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. The ermine seems to be an allusion to Duke Sforza himself, who was called the White Ermine.
Wawel Hill with magnificent complex of Polish architecture and culture: the Royal Castle, Cathedral and the archaeological-architectonic reserve called the“Lost Wawel”.
Kazimierz – the former Jewish quarter laying just outside the Old Town. The mass deportation and extermination during WWII took lives, along with the atmosphere and fabulous Jewish culture. Today, we can speak of a revival of the district and you definitely should see it.
Tours in Krakow
You can plan many beautiful and interesting Krakow tours on your own. If you want to book a tour with a professional city guides – you can find them on the internet. Some of the walking tours are even free.
In April 1940, on the orders of the commander-in-chief of the SS, Heinrich Himler, the construction of the concentration camp in Oświęcim – Zasole was started, using the military barracks that were already there. The organization of the camp and the commandant was entrusted to a trusted Hitler supporter, Rudolf Höss. The first transport of prisoners was sent here on 14 June 1940 – 728 Polish political prisoners from Tarnów. Until June 1941, it was a camp intended exclusively for Poles, over 17 thousand of whom were registered in that period.
Then, in accordance with earlier plans, it was transformed into an international camp. In March 1941, after his visit to Auschwitz, Heinrich Himler ordered to set up a second camp in nearby Brzezinka, mainly intended for the extermination of Jews. Its construction started already in October after the deportation of the residents of Brzezinka, and neighboring Pławy, Rajsko, Babice and Broszkowice. The “primary” Auschwitz I camp was the original camp, which initially included 39 collateral labor camps (including in Silesia) in addition to Brzezinka (Birkenau). In November 1943, this entire “death factory” team was divided into three separate concentration camps.
The camp in Oświęcim-Brzezinka was the largest of all Nazi extermination camps. Currently, you can visit it by choosing Auschwitz tour. Such Auschwitz tours can be booked in many cities and online on site like: http://www.seekrakow.com/en/auschwitz-birkenau/.
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