Tips and Recommendation
How to reach Auschwitz?
You have two options either to take a train or a bus. However I wouldn’t recommend taking a train since the train station is 2 km away from Auschwitz whereas a bus would leave you at the entrance of the museum. The bus fare are somewhere 10-12 Zl which is very cheap. Do not buy a round trip ticket which will give you the opportunity to be flexible with your return timings.
Duration of the tour
Keep in mind that the city Oswiecim is 66 km away from Krakow and it will take one whole day to visit Auschwitz I and II. Do not plan anything for the day. Also, preferably keep this for your last day as it will exhaust you physically and mentally.
Taking food is not allowed inside the museum. I recommend packing some food from a supermarket and keeping it in your bag, which you might need to store in the baggage room if it exceeds their size limit. There are a few stores around as well.
Please note that, you can eat after getting done with Auschwitz I and before going to Birkenau Camp.
Tour Guide and Price
They have several tours depending on what you want. I took the General tour for groups and individuals which lasted around 3 and a half hour. I paid approximately 35zl with a student discount. You can check out this page for more information on the price, timings, type of tour and language.
Books and documentaries
My favorite books on the Holocaust are, Reading the Holocaust by Inga Clendinnen and If This a Man by Primo Levi.
However I am yet to see any documentaries or movies based on the Holocaust, a friend recommended The Boy in Striped Pajamas.
This is the last and most important recommendation I would like to give anyone who is going to visit Auschwitz or is planning to. Respect Auschwitz. You will be walking were millions were killed, tortured, murdered, raped, and so many other things. DO NOT spend time clicking pictures, selfies, laughing or judging. Have some humanity and compassion while you’re there. You never know there might be a Holocaust survivor’s family with you in the group walking down the path her grandfather marched to death.
That’s it folks! If you made it this far then lots of love and hugs! Thank you for taking your time out and reading about this part of history.
P.S- Some facts and numbers were taken from the official website of Auschwitz museum.
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