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Auschwitz-Birkenau

A solemn reminder of one of the darkest chapters in human history. This former concentration and extermination camp stands as a symbol of the Holocaust, embodying the depths of human suffering and the consequences of hatred. Read more

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Located in Oświęcim, Poland, Auschwitz-Birkenau is the collective name for the network of Nazi concentration and extermination camps established during World War II. It is one of the most well-known and frequently visited Holocaust memorial sites in the world. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it serves as a chilling testament to the atrocities committed by the Nazis between 1940 and 1945.
More than 1.1 million men, women, and children—primarily Jews, but also Poles, Roma, Soviet POWs, and others—were killed here. Auschwitz was initially intended as a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners but evolved into an extermination camp as part of the "Final Solution." The site includes the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate at Auschwitz I, and the vast expanse of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where most of the exterminations took place.
Visitors come to Auschwitz-Birkenau to pay their respects, to learn, and to remember. The site features numerous exhibitions and displays, including personal belongings of the victims, and the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz I - The Main Camp

The original camp, it houses many exhibitions and has retained much of its original architecture, including the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate.

Auschwitz II-Birkenau

The much larger extermination camp where the majority of the mass killings took place; its sheer size is overwhelming.

Memorial Plaques

Situated throughout the camps, they are inscribed in multiple languages, marking places of particular suffering or resistance.

Block 11

Known as the "Death Block," it was used for executions and torturous experiments on prisoners.

The "Wall of Death"

Situated between Blocks 10 and 11, this was the site where thousands were executed by firing squad.

Railway Platform

The arrival point for many prisoners, it serves as a grim reminder of the beginning of their ordeal.

Gas Chambers and Crematoria

Though largely destroyed, the ruins stand as silent witnesses to the atrocities.

The International Monument

Situated at the end of the camp, it honors the victims and calls for remembrance.

Personal Belongings Exhibition

Displaying items like shoes, eyeglasses, and suitcases confiscated from prisoners, it brings home the enormity of the tragedy on a personal level.

Auschwitz Museum and Visitor Center

Provides in-depth information and educational resources for a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the significance of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

What else to visit
In and around Auschwitz-Birkenau

Tychy Brewery Museum (17.88 km)

Located in the heart of Silesia, the Tychy Brewery Museum in Poland is more than just a tribute to the country's brewing heritage; it's a fascinating journey through time and taste.

Katowice (28.27 km)

Katowice, the industrial jewel of southern Poland, represents a harmony between history and modernity. Explore this vibrant city full of culture, music and architecture and expect unexpected surprises around every corner.

Bedzin Castle (33.15 km)

Perched majestically atop a limestone hill, the formidable Będzin Castle serves as a silent sentinel to Poland's rich medieval past. With its towering walls and intriguing tales, this castle beckons travelers on a journey through time.

Krakow (53.2 km)

Krakow, one of Poland's oldest and most beautiful cities, fascinates with its rich history, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Enter a world of royal palaces, imposing churches and a vibrant Jewish heritage.

Wieliczka Salt Mine (62.24 km)

Journey deep beneath the Earth's surface to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an enchanting subterranean wonderland of carved chambers, chapels, and crystalline salt formations that have captivated visitors for centuries.

Plawniowice Palace (64.06 km)

Amidst verdant landscapes, Plawniowice Palace stands as a testament to Poland's regal past and architectural grandeur. A fusion of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles, this palace invites visitors to step into a world of opulence, romance, and history.

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