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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.

From Katowice: Auschwitz Tour with Private Transportation

3. 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

4. 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.

Katowice Industrial Center & Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Gory

5. Katowice Industrial Center & Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Gory

Katowice is an industrial city known for the discovery of rich coal reserves and at the same time is a real mixture of cultures: Polish, German and Jewish. It is a center of science, culture, industry, business and trade and was named a UNESCO city of music. See the sights of the Nikiszowiec area, part of the Katowice city. Enjoy a relaxing and easy transfer to Tarnowskie Gory, the city known for historic lead-ore mining. Its silver mine has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017. The visit in Historic Silver Mines starts in an interactive museum where tourists get the knowledge of methods of silver. It proceeds with going underground. The trail is 1,749 meters long; 270 meters are travelled by boats. Transfer back to Krakow.

Katowice 1-Day Trip to Prague Private Guided Tour

6. Katowice 1-Day Trip to Prague Private Guided Tour

Be picked up at your hotel in Katowice and begin the drive to Prague. The drive from Katowice to Prague will take approximately 4.5-hours. Along the way, you’ll pass by beautiful landscapes through Lower Silesia and Sudetes Mountain. Upon arrival in Prague, you’ll meet your local guide and begin your Prague city highlight tour. In Old Town under the Powder Tower, you will see some architectural masterpieces such as the Church of Our Lady before Týn and the Prague Town Hall with its Astronomical Clock. Walk through Prague’s Jewish district and see the Jewish Town Hall and synagogues including, the Spanish Synagogue and the Maisel Synagogue. Cross the famous Charles Bridge and see the sights in Mala Strana, known as Lesser Town. Visit St. Nicholas Church and experience its exceptional baroque style interior. Your last stop on this Prague highlights tour is Prague Castle. Here you can marvel at its richly decorated gates and courtyard and see the St. Vitus Cathedral. After the tour, you’ll have some free time to have lunch before meeting your driver. Be driven back to your accommodation in Katowice, where your day trip will come to an end.

Katowice 1-Day Private Tour to Jasna Gora _ Czestochowa

7. Katowice 1-Day Private Tour to Jasna Gora _ Czestochowa

Visit the most important Catholic site in Poland, the Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora, on this private day tour from Katowice. Take a guided tour of the monastery and discover the highlights of the town of Czestochowa with a licensed guide. Marvel at the monastery's architecture and the painting of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, which attracts millions of pilgrims from around the world. Benefit from comfortable transportation with pickup at your accommodation in Katowice. Drive for roughly 1 hour to Czestochowa, then go sightseeing in the town with your guide. See the beautiful Town Hall before walking around to the Church of St. James. Enter the impressive Cathedral of the Holy Family and admire one of the biggest organs in Poland. Then, take a relaxing stroll through Starzic Park to reach Jasna Gora. Upon arrival at the monastery, enjoy a guided tour around the chapels, the basilica, the Knights' Hall, and much more. See the monastery's greatest treasure, the Black Madonna painting, with your own eyes. The painting, also known as Our Lady of Czestochowa, is credited with numerous miracles, such as saving the monastery from a Swedish invasion in the 17th-century. After your tour, enjoy some free time to spend on your own in Jasna Gora. Relax, meditate, and soak up the unique atmosphere of this place. There will also be time for you to have a lunch break before you head back to Katowice. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation.

Katowice Private Tour to Krakow with Transport and Guide

8. Katowice Private Tour to Krakow with Transport and Guide

Explore all the best that Krakow has to offer on a fully immersive six-hour tour with transportation from Wroclaw. There are two options to accommodate your travel preferences: take a seat on a comfortable train with your friends or family and be picked up by a local Krakow guide, or be picked up by an English-speaking driver who will drive you directly to Krakow. Start your tour in the Old Town where you can see the Krakow Barbican, St. Florian’s Gate, Cloth Hall, and St. Mary’s Basilica. Follow the Royal Route where Polish kings used to walk and see the magnificent Wawel Hill. Walk around the courtyard and learn all about the history behind this building. Enter the most important cathedral in Poland, the former site of coronation for Polish kings and burial place for many famous Polish people. Discover the Kazimierz district, formerly the Jewish district of the city prior to WWII. Discover hip cafes, up-and-coming bistros in tucked-away alleyways, and an overall different vibe to the Old Town. Visit the Synagogue Temple, admire its architecture, and learn about the local community.

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What people are saying about Katowice

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.