Visit Krakow & Auschwitz – Part 3

Visit Krakow & Auschwitz – Part 3

Previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2) in this short series that follows our trip to Poland included plenty of pictures showing the beauty of Krakow, the magnificence of the salt mines and the other places that we wandered to and visited.

I mentioned in Part 1 that one of the reasons we decided to head for Krakow was that we were keen to visit Oswiecim  and the war time sites of the death camps known as Auschwitz.

This post has a selection of pictures from our visit to Auschwitz, there is much there that it is simply not appropriate to photograph. There is little else for me to say, other than it really is impossible to get a sense of the place without visiting – the sheer scale of the camps, especially Auschwitz II (Birkenau) is hard to describe.

It’s murder and genocide on an incredible industrial scale.

Getting there

Oswiecim is a Polish city, annexed to the Third Reich by the Nazis and had its  name changed to Auschwitz, and so of course is  better known the world over for being the site of the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centres.

The city of Oswiecim is around 20 miles from Katowice and about 40 miles from Krakow and it’s easy enough to get there from Krakow with regular bus and train service running from the main station in Krakow.

This Wikipedia article provides some detail and overview of the horrors of the death camps, and if you are not familiar with the events that went on there – you really should be.

This link will take you to the Auschwiz Birkenau site where there is extensive information and reading material.

Picture gallery

Pictures in this set are from our visit to Auschwitz I and II (Birkenau).  Clicking on any of the images below will open a picture gallery that can be clicked or scrolled through.


In Part 4

Don’t forget to check out Part 4


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