Where is Auschwitz located?
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, so grievously known today, was built in the polish city Oświęcim when the land was occupied by the Nazi German soldiers. The name of the city was Germanized to Auschwitz, and the camp was named after its location.
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If your main aim is to see the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the best city to stay in is Krakow. The Museum is located in the city Oświęcim, which nowadays is a small industrial city, located in Lesserpoland voivodeship, close to Krakow. Oświęcim has no touristic attractions to offer. Over 1 million people flock here every year to visit and see for themselves the most horrendous remnant of the second world war.
While staying in Krakow, you can get arranged a one day trip to Oświecim, and spend the rest of your vacations on visiting other crucial sites and attraction that the area of Krakow has to offer.
Alternatively, you may stay in Katowice. Both cities have airports located nearby and the camp can be reached within one or one and a half hour.
Why Auschwitz is so important?
Auschwitz-Birkenau was the biggest Nazi German concentration and extermination camp. It was a place of extermination of over 1 million people and became the symbol of Holocaust and a place associated with terror, suffering and horrors of war.
After the end of the war, Auschwitz-Birkenau was turned into the Museum and Memorial to serve as a reminder of genocide and horror, that happened there. Nowadays, it is visited for over 1 million tourists from all around the world.
How far is Auschwitz from Krakow?
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is located 60 km west of Krakow. The road by car there takes approximately one and a half hour. From Krakow, you can get there by car, bus or by train.
Krakow to Aushwitz – by car
You can visit Oswięcim by car. You need to undertake A4 motorway (E40) in the direction of Katowice (west from the city). Then follow the signs to Oświęcim. After you reach the city, follow provincial highway DW933 and look for the signs of Muzeum Auschwitz.
Krakow to Aushwitz – by bus
Buses go from the main bus station located at Bosacka street 18, Krakow. Buses leave approximately every 10 minutes. The road takes from 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes. Ticket cost from 9 zlotes to 15 zlotes (from 2 to 3,50 euro). Consider the fact that some of the buses have different final stops. Some of the buses go directly to the Museum entrance.
For more details visit website https://www.e-podroznik.pl. After entering the starting point and the destination (Oświęcim), the website offers you a timetable, ticket prices and a map.
Krakow to Aushwitz – by train
Trains to Oświęcim leave from the Krakow main railway station. They usually depart every hour, with some exceptions – sometimes there is a 2-hour break, and sometimes the break is shorter – around 15 or 30 minutes. The trip takes around 1:25-1:35 hour. Ticket costs from 9 to 15 zlotes (from 2 to 3,50 euro). The best way to choose the appropriate time is to visit the website https://rozklad-pkp.pl/en/ and enter there the destination and suitable day and hour. This website allows you to buy tickets online.
From the Oświęcim train station you will have to undergo 1,6 km walk to the entrance to the Museum.
Airports close to Auschwitz location
If you wish to visit Poland by plane, there are two destinations to choose from. Close to Oświęcim city, there are John Paul II International Airport (KRK), known also as Balice Airport and, alternatively, Katowice Airport (KTW), known as Pyrzowice Airport. Both airports serve as major hubs and have dozens of direct connections.
How long is the visit to Auschwitz
Auschwitz Museum consists of two parts: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. At each of the parts you will be going to spend at least 1,5 hours. Take into account time for a walk between the parts and time that is required to get to the Museum and back to the city. All things considered, it will take almost all day to visit Auschwitz from Krakow.