There is much to see and do in the Malopolska region. One of the most visited and recognized sites is Auschwitz memorial.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum is a former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. In 1979 it was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Auschwitz is a well-known symbol of the Holocaust – it was established in 1940 by Germans on the outskirts of the city of Oświęcim (Auschwitz). Initially it was created to become a regular prison to replace the local ones that were overpopulated but soon it became apparent that it is primarily a death camp.
The prison has been divided into three main camps and many sub-camps, the largest section has been built in the city of Brzezinka (Birkenau). The local population – Poles and Jews – living nearby the camp were evicted – their houses demolished – and many of them have been imprisoned.
To this day the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is a reminder of the cruelty of humanity and the dangers of fascism. It is also a symbol of the past to take into consideration by the generations of today and tomorrow to avoid such crimes all over the world.
You can reserve an individual guided tour to the museum on the official site of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
However, there are many private guides who provide both transportation to Auschwitz and back to Kraków, as well as guided tours. Here are some of our recommendations:
- Cracow City Tour – promotional prices for organized groups
- Discover Cracow – possibility of booking visits in a variety of languages
- Kraków Tours
Read more about Auschwitz on the official website of the museum and memorial.