Auschwitz Concentration Camp
While Krakow is a beautiful city full of culture and exciting things to do, only 50km west lies an ominous reminder of the area's grim past - the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
In the 60 years since opening, the museum has collected thousands of camp relics, many of historical significance, in addition to art work made both at the camp and after the war.
Today, Auschwitz Concentration Camp serves as a site of remembrance and since opening as a museum in 1947, 29 million visitors have paid their respects to those who lost their lives at the camp during the holocaust.
A brief history of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Auschwitz Concentration Camp saw the mass murder of 1.3 million Jews between 1942 and 1944, under the rule of the Nazi Third Reich. Jewish men, women and children from across Europe were brought to Auschwitz and died in the Nazi's gas chambers or otherwise from starvation and disease in the terrible conditions at the camp.
Auschwitz was the largest German concentration camp during the Second World War. The camp consisted of three large camps, with 45 satellite camps around the periphery. The horror of Auschwitz came to an end when the camp was liberated by Soviet troops on 27th January 1945.
Paying your respects at Auschwitz
Only a short drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow, the Auschwitz Concentration Camp is easy to reach by visitors looking to visit the cultural site and learn more about its history.
Guided tours around the camp help visitors understand the unique place more fully, and it is recommended anyone traveling to Auschwitz set aside a minimum of 3.5 hours to take in the grounds appropriately.
Visiting the Auschwitz Concentration Camp near Krakow is an important part of remembering all who died during the Holocaust.