City Guide to Krakow, Poland: Part 3 | Visiting Auschwitz Concentration Camps & A Photo Essay
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Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau
The effects of World War II and the systematic capture and killing of men, women, and children by German Nazis can be seen across Europe. Historically, Poland was one of the more strongly affected countries and is where two of the larger and more well-known concentration and death camps are located. While we were in Warsaw, we visited areas of the Jewish Ghetto and witnessed memorials and sections of the walls that were built during German Nazi occupation. We also visited Krakow, which is about an hour and a half drive from Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration and death camps. Like many visitors to Krakow, one of our main goals was to visit the two concentration camps.
Most visitors to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau know the history of the two camps, likely from the multitude of books, documentaries, and other educational pieces that have been created. Instead of discussing the history, we’re going to take this opportunity to share our experience at the camps through our pictures, as there are no words that will fully capture the meaning and emotions behind the camps and the atrocities that took place there.
You can find general information about the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum by visiting the memorial's website, or for visiting information such as, temporary exhibit closures, guided tours, or opening hours check out the memorial’s visitors section.
Getting to the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as reserving tickets takes a bit of planning in advance. Therefore, before visiting you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the options for visiting the camps, as well as what to expect. Don’t miss City Guide to Krakow, Poland: Part 4 | Visiting Auschwitz Concentration Camps, Travel Tips & Tourist Information