Treblinka extermination camp from Warsaw
Treblinka was an extermination camp, built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II. Together with the camps at Bełżec and Sobibor, was one of the Operation Reinhard extermination camps.
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«It was hell, an absolute hell.
A normal person can not imagine how anyone could survive it.
Murderers, born murderers without a trace of conscience would kill any, even the smallest being»
Wrote Kalman Taigman, one of the few prisoners who survived the Treblinka camp, years later.
History of Treblinka
Treblinka is a small village located on the Bug river and is around 110 km from Warsaw. It takes around 1,5 hours by car to get there.
During the Second World War, it was chosen by the Nazis to be an extermination camp.
It was first established in 1942 and started operating on 23 July within the framework of Operation Reinhard.
It is estimated that around 850,000 Jews and 2,000 Roma were murdered in Treblinka.
This makes Treblinka the second place (after Auschwitz II, Birkenau) in the number of people murdered by the Nazi's.
The Germans at first were killing all the Jews who were being transported to Treblinka
But then they started keeping a few alive in order to perform the dirty "work".
These Jews formed a core of resistance aimed at revolting and escaping the death camp Treblinka.
The revolt of Treblinka finally executed on the 2nd of August, 1943, nearly 1 year and 2 months before the one in Auschwitz.
From the 700 people around who started the revolt in Treblinka, only 70 made it escape. All the rest were killed.
Nazi Germans wanted to hide the traces of their crimes, so the camp's buildings were destroyed and the area was plowed up and planted with lupine.
In Treblinka, everything is symbolic now. This is a thought-provoking place where humanity reached one of its lowest points in history.
That was one of the main reasons for the Ghetto Uprising.
The easiest way to visit Treblinka from Warsaw is by a guided, private tour.
First, you are going to visit two Memorial sides in Warsaw which are connected to Treblinka: Umschlagplatz and The Ghetto Heroes Monument.
Then, you will visit the Treblinka museum with exposition presenting the organization of the camp and its miniature.
After, you are going to walk among the ruins of the Penal Labour Camp.
Finally, you are going to see the place of the Extermination Camp.
Afterward, the driver will take you to a local restaurant for lunch and you will return to Warsaw around 15:30.
This tour takes approximately 6 hours and starts around 9:00 from your hotel in Warsaw.
Tour Highlights (Warsaw - Treblinka)
- Visit the Umschlagplatz and The Ghetto Heroes Monument in Warsaw.
- Visit the Treblinka Museum.
- Learn about World War II and the Holocaust
- Visit the Treblinka Penal Labor Camp
- Traditional Polish Lunch is included
- Wi-Fi in most of the cars.
- Transportation by a private car/minivan with hotel pickup from Warsaw around 9:00.
Your transfer will take 1.5 hours from Warsaw, with the whole tour takes around 6 hours.
The Treblinka camp just operated from July 1942 to October 1943. During this one year, around 850,000 Jews from both central Poland and Europe were murdered.
It is a symbolic place marked by 17,000 stones. You can certainly feel the massive tragedy of World War II.
This is a criminal labor camp which is located 1.5 miles from the death camp. In this place, the Nazis murdered more than 10,000 Polish people.
The prices start from only €50 euros per person!
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Going with a tour-operator and in case you are the only person to visit Treblinka from Warsaw that day, you are going to pay €200.
In case you cannot afford this price, then you can try to do it alone and save money.
Renting a car from Warsaw and travel to Treblinka might be the best option in this case. You can rent a car for one day for €30 / day.
Not only you can go to Treblinka, but you can also enjoy some beautiful places in the Polish countryside from Warsaw.
You can check the Audio Guide for Treblinka here and maybe you can set it to work and your trip alone.
You can book your visit in advance from the Treblinka Museum Website.
Considering a gas consumption of about €30. You save €140 when only one person and even more when bigger groups.
Treblinka with Train from Warsaw
Trains to Małkinia (Treblinka) depart to either Białystok (and beyond) or Warsaw (and beyond).
There are two main destinations in Warsaw for these trains: Warszawa Wileńska (Koleje Mazowieckie - green / yellow/black/white trains), and Warszawa Centralna (Intercity trains, grey-blue).
Take the latter, as it is generally faster. Timetable: www.intercity.pl/en (Intercity trains only), or (all possible trains) rozklad-pkp.pl
From the Małkinia station to the museum it's less than 10 km one way, so I don't think you'll pay more than 100-200 PLN. But I also don't think you'll find an English-speaking driver easily.
Basically this option will possibly cost more and it will take you much more time.
Extreme Plan - Rent a Bike!
Renting a city bike from Warsaw center will cost you for 8 hours around €10. You load the bike in the train - see above for train info.
You get out in Małkinia station and then you drive with the bike to Treblinka.
You get you Free Audio guide and you visit all the important parts of Treblinka - See above for audio guide info.
You will need also Google Maps. You can then return to the train station in the same way!
Be Aware! You cannot exceed the total of 12 Hours for Bike Rental because you are going to have a Penalty.
You can return the bike in any station in Warsaw! Check also our article about all the transportation options from Warsaw.
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