Out of the 1.3 million people which the SS and police deported, there were over 1.1 million men, women and children who lost their lives in this horrifying place.
This infamous concentration camp operated from May 1940 in the suburbs of Oswiecim (Auschwitz in German) until January 1945, when it was liberated by the 1st Ukranian Front of the Soviet Union’s Red Army.
The tall barbed wire fences surrounding the block cells which were intended to house the suffering prisoners. The watchtowers and the wooden barracks, along with the gallows and gas chambers show the terrifying image and demonstrate the enormous scale and depravity of Nazi Germany.
Once a salt mine (until the early 1990’s, when the mine flooded), it was one of the largest business ventures in Europe a few centuries ago.
During the 16th century, royal guests began visiting the mine lured by the developing culture and health benefits. Over the years, miners transformed the mine from a typical dark cave into a majestic location. By the 19th century, giant salt-crystal chandeliers lit the underground complex, they’re still today. Striking salt-carved monuments line the chambers alongside displays of historic salt-mining technology, an underground lake, four chapels and numerous statues carved by miners. A visit through the shafts and labyrinth as well as more recent sculptures made by contemporary artist all combined result in world-wide fame of this magical place.
Why Private Tours & Trips by Krakowfy?
Our private tour to Auschwitz Birkenau and Salt Mine allows for a more personalized and flexible experience. Adjusted pick up time, door to door service and time for a lunch break makes the day easier, our new and comfortable cars offer greater comfort and convenience. All of that to fully enjoy the day on your own pace and without being disturbed by others. You will travel in a private vehicle with air conditioning, allowing you to relax and stay cool during the journey. Get a more personalized, and respectful experience that can enhance your understanding and appreciation of these significant historical sites.