Welcome to Upper Silesia


The region's largest city, Katowice, offers cultural highlights that outstrip its utilitarian appearance. Beyond this urban web, the region has its share of attractive cities and towns.

Upper Silesia is where the German Nazis built the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp complex. Preserved as though frozen in 1945, this essential site is now a profoundly moving and important memorial.


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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, tour from Krakow

Your trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum will begin in the city center or at your hotel in Krakow. After a 1.5-hour drive, you'll arrive and begin your 3-hour tour of the museum. Visit Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where you'll find crematoriums and gas chambers, as well as loading and unloading ramps, and wooden and brick barracks, the former of which is entered through the iconic gate inscribed with Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free). Visitors can see some surviving barracks and the ruins of gas chambers and crematoriums. At the end of the route is where you’ll encounter the Monument to International Victims of Fascism. Your tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is guided by experienced professionals who will tell you all about the history of the area and many interesting facts about World War II.

$85.63 Cultural & Theme Tours

Auschwitz Birkenau & Salt Mine in one day from Krakow

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandAuschwitz Birkenau (1940 - 1945), is a memorial place.This complex was a place of the largest mass extermination of humanity during WWII. People which lived there were forced to slave work, and treat like animals, most of them did not survived more than 6 months. Over 1.2 millions of people lost their life in those camps, Prisoners of Auschwitz were originated from every country in Europe under German occupation. 90% of population of camps were Jews.On the tour you will be taken to Auschwitz I for aprox 2h, and Auschwitz II - Birkenau for aprox 1h, with professional english speaking guide. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandExplore 3km of underground tunnels, 2 lakes, and 2nd the bigest in the world undeground Chapel named of the Blessed Kinga, which is made in natural salt deposist so as their altarpieces and chandeliers. Walk through many unique chambers, and disover a history of 700 years old mine. Tours also contains about 700 steps to walk down, and elevator ride to the ground level on exit. Duration: 3 hours

$156.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

Auschwitz Tour from Prague

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandAuschwitz is located 450 km from Prague so it’s pretty far from the capital of Czech Republic but it’s possible to vist the camp in one day trip. One way driving takes appprox 5 hours and sightseeing with local guide inside Auschwitz lasts 3 hours and 30 min. We can organize for you private tour with english speaking driver who will pick you up from your hotel/hotels and take you to Auschwitz-Birkenau.After sightseeing you will go back to Prague. Of course there will be some lunch break during the trip and you can stop at some restaurant in Poland or in Czech Republic.Duration: 4 hours

$162.13 Cultural & Theme Tours

Auschwitz Tour from Budapest

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe concentration camp in Auschwitz was established by German Nazis in 1940 in southern Poland, near the city of Oswiecim. In 1941, only 3 km from Oswiecim, in the former village of Brzezinka, the Germans established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau.Duration: 4 hours

$188.39 Cultural & Theme Tours

Auschwitz Tour from Vienna

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe concentration camp in Auschwitz was established by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into museum displaying evidence of the genocide. Block no. 11, known as the Death Block, was where people were murdered also at the “Wall of Death”. Outside the camp, there is a gas chamber, where 70,000 people were killed in 1940-1943.Duration: 4 hours

$28.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

Auschwitz-Birkenau Selfguided Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandOn 27 January 1945, the Soviet army liberated the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, where between 1.5 and 4 million people were murdered, according to various estimates.The history of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau is full of fear, horror and sorrow. This terrifying place keeps a lot of horrid secrets. The exhibits held in the buildings of the camp, torture rooms, the railway of death and crematorium horrify everyone who has ever visited the Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is rumored that the head of the camp said: "There is only one way out of the camp and it is through the pipe of the crematorium".Museums such as this are essential for consciousness of humanity, they safeguard it by reminding us of unspeakable horrors that people unleash when not bound by law and morality…Duration: 7 hoursStop At: Tutti Tours, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandOswiecim is a city that has become a symbol of the ruthlessness of the fascist regime. Several millions of people died here during the Second World War: those people were not only murdered, but physically and psychologically tortured and used as subjects in terrible experiments.Duration: 7 hours

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