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World heritage site · History Museum
Devoted to the memory of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau displays arguably the most devastat
History Museum
Founded to revitalize Jewish culture in the town of Auschwitz, Jewish Museum and Synagogue serves as both a place of worship and a museum. Pa
Historic Walking Area
Main Market Square , Oswiecim
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Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
While in Poland don't miss your chance to visit Wadowice - childhood home of John Paul ll. Travel through the stunning Beskidy mountain range, pay homage to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, visit a centre dedicated to the life and work of Pope John Paul II - the "Have No Fear!" John Paul Centre, and visit the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska on this intriguing tour from Krakow.
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Specialty Museum
History Museum
Zamek Museum , Oswiecim

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Parks
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow. The location of some of the most horrific moments of the 20th century, Oswiecim has managed to find a measure of peace over the last few decades, turning itself into a regional center of industry. Although most travelers just pass through on their way to the Holocaust memorials that once served as notorious extermination and forced labor camps, Oswiecim does contain a small but rewarding old town, featuring several churches and the remains of a medieval castle. Add Oswiecim and other destinations to your itinerary using our Poland route maker website, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.

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Where to stay in Oswiecim

Most visitors to Oswiecim come from nearby Krakow, where they can take advantage of the larger city's greater variety of accommodations. Oswiecim remains a small town with few lodging options, so if you wish to stay near the major attractions, consider the few mid-range hotels and guesthouses located near the city center. Before making your final selection, check your options for getting to the area's main sites, the former Nazi concentration and extermination camps situated about 80 km (40 mi) west of the city.
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