Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camps - Day 2 Suz & Priya's Adventure
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After rambling through Krakow, we decided that we should see Auschwitz. Always somewhere I wanted to go and experience, I did not know when planning the trip we would have the opportunity to visit. In my ignorance I had thought the camp was in Germany.We were taken to the Auschwitz first and then to Birkenau. Auschwitz was the main port of call and as it was in operation before Birkenau was built, the start of things.An emotional and shocking voyage it is by far one of the best things I've done - so we don't forget. Being able to walk where the prisoners walked each day and the buildings they slept in, built and died in was humbling.Photos are not allowed inside the buildings, so out of respect only buildings and signs are included. But to be frank, I think they would upset many and scar some, if you weren't there. If you are in the area, you must see this.
Recommendations / Tips
Time crunched and not speaking Polish, I would recommend you go via tour. If you have more time and can afford the potential for getting lost, by all means use the public transport - it is cheaper, but the lack of worries about getting to and fro was great. We had a lunch at a restaraunt packed between another tour booked for the day, so couldn't afford any time slips.