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From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. Located in German-occupied southern Poland, it took its name from the nearby town of Oświęcim, situated about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Katowice. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I — the administrative centre; Auschwitz II (Birkenau) — an extermination camp; and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) — a work camp. On this guided tour of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, discover the terrifying but touching site where at least 1.1 million people were killed, 90% of them Jews from almost every European country. See the gas chambers where the vast majority were slaughtered using Zyklon B, and learn more about the Holocaust with your English-speaking guide. Hear about the most important original objects at Birkenau, and visit the permanent exhibition and original buildings on the grounds of the main camp (Auschwitz). Pay your respects and take some moments for reflection in a place laden with historic horrors.  With this tour, both skip-the-line entrance tickets and hotel pickup and drop-off in Katowice are included. However, if you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb, or any form of private residence, you will have to make your way to the meeting point at the local partner's office in the city center to begin your tour.

Katowice: Auschwitz and Krakow Old Town Private Guided Tour

2. Katowice: Auschwitz and Krakow Old Town Private Guided Tour

Auschwitz-Birkenau, also known as Oswiecim, is a former Nazi concentration and extermination camp where around 1,1 million people perished during the less than 5 years of its existence. You can now discover its darkest secrets on a private trip from Krakow with tickets, transfers and a Licensed Guide included. Witness the horrors of the Holocaust. Choose the 6-hour option to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. Private transfers direct from your accommodation in Katowice are included in this tour, so you can easily reach the memorial site. During the Second World War (1940-1945), Auschwitz-Birkenau became the largest Nazi concentration camp complex. Your Private Guide will show you the rail track that was used to transfer thousands of Jewish people and political prisoners to the camp, where most of them died of disease, hunger and torture. You will visit the old barracks to see the bad conditions that the prisoners had to live in, and learn about forced labor, medical experiments and other horrific things that they had to endure in Auschwitz-Birkenau. You will see the gas chambers, crematorium and memorials on the site of the mass graves. Your Expert Guide will ensure that you learn a good lesson from this thought-provoking experience. Choose the 12-hour option to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow in 1 day! Discover the former capital of Poland with a Local Guide to learn interesting facts from its rich history, from the golden Middle Ages to World War II. Hear interesting stories and facts about Polish kings as you follow the Royal Route in the historic Old Town, and see the Wawel Castle, St. Mary’s Basilica, Cloth Hall, Old Town Hall, and more. In addition to a walking tour, you will have free time for lunch and souvenir shopping before your professional, English-speaking driver takes you back to Katowice.

Katowice: Private City Tour with Stories & Viewing Points

3. Katowice: Private City Tour with Stories & Viewing Points

Be greeted by your guide at the hotel and invited for the fully private sightseeing. It's high time to explore Katowice – the capital of Upper Silesia. It is one of the most underrated tourist cities in Poland. Once the center of the biggest coal basin in Poland. Today a bustling city, the center of cultural and business life. Every year, numerous sports and cultural events, conferences and concerts take place here. In 2015 Katowice was officially made a UNESCO City of Music as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative. Start your tour in the Market Square - one of the city's landmarks. On a way see a renovated old train station and Silesia Theatre. Go towards the Culture Zone consisting of: the Spodek (UFO shape arena), the International Congress Centre, the seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Silesian Museum. The museum is located on the site of the former "Katowice" mine and its main symbol is the tower of the Warszawa II shaft (the observation tower). All these buildings are architectural gems that have received multiple awards for their unique design. Finaly explore Nikiszowiec - the historic workers' housing estate of Katowice. This district is famous for its characteristic red brick mining buildings. Enjoy the most important places and learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.

From Katowice: Auschwitz Tour with Private Transportation

4. From Katowice: Auschwitz Tour with Private Transportation

Step back in time and learn more about one of the darkest chapters in European history. Auschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives there. Funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of Holocaust, human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Follow an official guide to the main sights and buildings, and learn more about the terrible events that took place in different areas of the camp. Take a break and recharge with a traditional Polish lunch before you make your way to the camp at Birkenau, located about 3 kilometers from Auschwitz. After a day of understanding one of the most harrowing periods of modern history, benefit form a private transfer to take you quietly and easily back to your accommodation.

Katowice Castle in Moszna and Plawniowice Palace Private

5. Katowice Castle in Moszna and Plawniowice Palace Private

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Katowice and travel to Moszna Castle, a historic residence built in the mid 18th century as a baroque palace. Begin the tour with an overview of the exterior of the castle. Note the unique fusion of various architectural styles, including Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance. Take a stroll through the gardens as you listen to your guide share fascinating insight into the history of the castle and the Tiele-Wienckler family that used to live there. After your introduction, head inside the castle for a look at its impressive interior. Wander through the castle’s rich chambers, including the ballroom, mirror room, great library, gallery, and the Count’s room. As you explore, get a better understanding of the castle’s former residents and what life here might have been like. Climb up to the castle’s tower to admire the fantastic views of the surrounding mountain landscapes. Later, visit the nearby village of Plawniowice, home to a magnificent palace bursting with fairytale charm. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the palace’s beautiful gardens, full of flowers, trees, and plants. Spend some time marvelling at the palace’s ornate architecture, as well as its array of sculptures and towers. At the end of a magical and insightful tour, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

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4.9 / 5

based on 6 reviews

This trip was well organised. We were picked up from the Meeting Point on time and driven to Auschwitz-Birkenau. We then were provided with the entrance tickets and instructions on how will the group tour be split between the two camp sites. Our driver spoke very good English. He was waiting for us to take us back to our hotel in Central Katowice when the tour came to an end. Would recommend!

It was well organised. The afternoon tour of Krakow was a good break from the morning's emotional tour of Auschwitz. Magda my tour guide in Krakow was fenomal. She loves the city and new the history very well. She took me to places I would never have found on my own. Can highly recommend her - best tour guide I've ever had!!!

The whole experience of this trip was memorable. It was such a good way to refresh your mind about the war history and our tour guide have an extensive knowledge. Driver was very kind and welcoming. Excellent organised and informative tour start to finish! Thanks a million for this experience!

Very well organized and punctual tours. The guide was super nice helping me to arrange another tour later, he looked for information for me and was very friendly. About the tour itself, impressive and impactful. Required.

Easy booking. Nice engslish speaking guide. All over a great experience.