Krakow & Auschwitz from Warsaw
Auschwitz I and II, Birkeanou together with the majestic city of Krakow are a must-see in Poland. You can now easily visit all in one day from Warsaw. Find out how in this article. Take an all-inclusive tour from Warsaw or just do it alone.
Auschwitz, the factory of death!
Krakow, the fairy tale former capital of Poland!
For Greek-speaking tours to Auschwitz, please read: Auschwitz from Krakow and Warsaw (Greek)
See also: Krakow and Wieliczka Tours from Warsaw
Book an All-inclusive Tour
The easiest way to visit Krakow and Auschwitz in one day without much planning and time spending is to take an all-inclusive tour from Warsaw.
The van will pick you early morning from your hotel in Warsaw and take you to see both Auschwitz and Krakow.
You are going to have a professional guiding service in a group and also lunch and then you are going to return back to Warsaw the same day.
You can get this tour from only €100 per person (when 8 people).
Just send me a message to send you information on how to book with a discount.
The price includes
- Transporation by a car or minibus from your hotel in the city center of Warsaw, to Auschwitz, Krakow and then back to Warsaw.
- English-speaking driver at your disposal.
- Guided tour in a group in Krakow in English.
- Guided tour in a group in both Auschwitz I (museum) and the Birkenau camp in English.
- Entrance fee to the Auschwitz museum.
- Traditional Polish dish of the day.
- Wi-Fi in most of the cars.
Plan The Trip to Krakow and Auschwitz Alone
It is highly recommended that you first book your tickets to Auschwitz as soon as possible. You can book them from the Auschwitz website.
In case you cannot find tickets, then it might be the risk that you wait in a long queue in order to get tickets.
The fastest way to get to Krakow from Warsaw is by train. You can book your train from the intercity website (Warszawa Centralna - Krakow Główny).
The fast train will take around 2 hours and 20 minutes only and if you book it early, it might even cost only 50 PLN (around €12) per person one way.
The city of Oświęcim (Oshwieoutsim) is a small city in Poland, which became infamous for hosting the Auschwitz camps.
You need to take an early train to Krakow from Warsaw. As soon as you arrive in Krakow Główny, you can take the LAJKONIK bus.
The LAJKONIK bus costs 15 PLN per person per ride and it will leave you just outside the Auschwitz I entrance.
Take the bus from here: Kraków dw. aut. Bosacka 18, 31-505 Kraków. Bus schedule: «https://www.lajkonikbus.pl».
It is advised that you organize your schedule in order to be at Auschwitz at least 20 minutes before your entrance.
If you think you cannot make it on time with the bus, then send me a message. I can book a private transport for you with €95 (per group of 1-5 people).
The transport will pick you from the central station, take you to Auschwitz I and II and wait for you to return you back to Krakow as well.
The trip to Auschwitz lasts around 1,5 hours with buses and 1 hour and 15 minutes with private transport.
Between the two camps, you can use the FREE bus or private transport if you have one.
After you pay your respects in Auschwitz, you will return to Krakow, have some food and relax.
Finally, you can see Krakow city alone or you can have a private guide.
A private guide for Krakow will be €80 for 2 hours and €100 for 3 hours (1-10 people). I can book the guide for you.
Finally, you take the train to return back to Warsaw or stay for a night to Krakow if you want.
Auschwitz I - Gate quote
Arbeit Macht Frei - "Work shall set you free". The expression comes from the title of a novel written by the German philologist Lorenz Diefenbach.
The Novel story is about gamblers and fraudsters which find the path to virtue through labor.
Nazi, used the same expression in a few more concentration camps, like Dachau (1933).
What to expect to see in Auschwitz
Everyone heart about Auschwitz. It is the primary symbol of the Holocaust. The Nazi Germans killed more than 1,300,000 people, mostly Jews.
There are undeniable proofs of the Nazi cruel crimes and unimaginable genocide they commit.
Hair of people, shoes, personal belongings, papers, and suitcases with names.
The original fences, wooden watchtowers, and railway ramps have been preserved.
Also in the collections of the museum (Auschwitz I), you will see original documents and also the first gas chamber.
A visit to the biggest factory of death in whole occupied Europe, Auschwitz II Birkenau is also included.
What happened in Auschwitz
People deported from their place of living after the German-occupied their country and locked them into Ghettos for some time.
Nazi didn't care if there was children, pregnant woman, or older people. The selection was simple. They can work or not, are they useful to us or not.
Useful people had bigger chances to survive for a longer time.
Some people survived only for a few days or a few hours. Some people died on the way and some others were transferred directly to the gas chambers.
The woman was holding tight their children, taking them to death. Some people were playing the disabled to avoid the labor and they end in gas chambers.
Families separated, children stayed alone and used in doctor's experiments.
The hardest work was made by the Sonderkomando. They were responsible to burn their own people into ashes.
That was the most creepy invention of the Nazi Germans.
As soon as they were opening the doors of the gas chambers, the dead bodies were falling in front of them.
The most tragic was that on the top there was a small child. It seems their parents were throwing them hoping that they will breathe :(
The total extermination and humiliation of the Jewish nation, that was what Nazi was trying to do in the "Final Solution"
Spend time in Krakow
Together with the Auschwitz, you have to see the beautiful city of Krakow.
Some points of interest in the city are listed below.
- Main Market Square - the biggest Medieval square in Europe.
- Old Town
- Town Hall Tower
- St. Mary’s Basilica,
- Krakow's Barbican
- Sukiennice (Cloth Hall)
- Wawel Hill
- Cathedral and the Royal Castle
You can find a more complete list of things to see in Krakow
Oświęcim («Living in the shadow of Auschwitz is not easy»)
You can also stay in the Town of Oświęcim and discover this small but beautiful city that leaves in the shadow of Auschwitz.
See all the available hotels in Oświęcim.
The small city Oświęcim in Poland, which became infamous during World War II and famous later on as Auschwitz.
The place where 3 main concentration and extermination camps existed during World War II.
Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II Birkenau and Auschwitz III, Monowitz) together with many other sub-camps not known to the most us.
In the city, there are around 40,000 citizens and it is a very nice city in Poland.
People try to do whatever they can so the city won’t be connected only with death camps, but also with something nice.
This is one of the reasons they started the TAURON LIFE Festival Oświęcim.
The idea of the festival comes from Darek Maciborek, a music journalist of a major Polish radio station RMF FM, who lives in Oświęcim.
His intention was to “break the spell” of his home town that is commonly associated solely with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.
The main concept of TLFO is to build peaceful relations beyond cultural and state borders where there is no place for discrimination, racism, and anti-Semitism.
Among headliners of 8 editions of the festival were: Scorpions, Queen & Adam Lambert, Elton John, Manu Chao, Eric Clapton, Soundgarden, Sting and more.
The bands very often visit the Auschwitz Memorial before their concerts, as it is just a few blocks away.
Let's inspire the change. Let's write something about this city and the amazing festival. Let's visit the city after Auschwitz.
Short Video from the TAURON Festival in Oswiecim
History of the town: http://www.it.oswiecim.pl/History-of-the-town-158.html
Looking at what else to do in the city?
- The Castle Museum in Oświęcim
- Jewish Center in Oświęcim and the Chewra Lomdej Misznajot Synagogue
- The Association of Roma in Poland
- Museum of Bl. Mother Małgorzata Szewczyk in Oswiecim
- Town Hall (Ratusz |) Museum
- Auschwitz I Museum
- The Castle
- Defense tower
- The Synagogue
- The Ślebarski's House
- The Herz Hotel
- The Wedding Palace
- Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Convent Complex of Seraphic Sisters in Oświęcim
- Parish Cemetery
- The Mausoleum of the Haller Family in Dwory
The best way to Discover Auschwitz & Krakow from Warsaw
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