Ghetto Heroes Square (formerly Zgoda Square).During the war, it was the center of the ghetto where held appeals and selections of the Jewish population before the last travel to Auschwitz. On the square stand 70 chairs made of bronze. Symbolize the furniture left by residents. It is also a reference to a quote from the memories of deportation witnesses: "In the Zgoda Square decays not converted amount of cabinets, tables, dressers and other furniture that are transferred for the dozenth time from place to place."
Trams in the Kraków ghetto. Through the ghetto ran two "Aryan" tram lines. Vehicles overcame the ghetto without stopping and travel time through its territory is only a few minutes. Since Kraków trams had not painted windows, passengers during the passage could observe the inner life of the ghetto. Nothing is known that Jews used the tram to escape. This would require a bribe of conductors, policemen guarding the gates and also passengers... Today, from time to time Jewish Museum organizes a course of historic tram in which actors read the memories of people who went to the ghetto.
Ghetto Wall at Lwowska Street. In early April 1941, during the Jewish holiday of Passover, abolished the existing wire fence and crew of Polish masons began to rise wall around the ghetto. It was built in the shape of matzevas - Jewish tombstones (specific sense of humor of Germans). German Governor's wife in this way described the building: "In Kraków, my husband built all around of the ghetto the walls in oriental style, with beautiful arches and battlements. Jews in Kraków really can not complain. The truly elegant wall with Hebrew taste".
Kraków - Kazimierz. Center for Jewish quarter in Kraków. Babelstein tenement has been notarially bequeath to Polish female physician, in gratitude for her commitment and caring for the poor Jews before and during the war. Sensing the worst - some Jewish family before deportation to a concentration camp, endowed to the doctor the house in Kazimierz. The woman was able yet to save from the pogrom a few Jewish children, for what she received after the war sapling in Avenue of the Righteous in Jerusalem.
Gate of Death at Auschwitz II Birkenau. In early 1942, the selection of arriving prisoners held at the railway ramp Judenrampe front of the camp. Columns of newcomers on foot passed through the gate. At the beginning of 1944, to improve the process of selection and death - extended railway tracks and put them directly into the camp. According to calculations by modern historians, reached then the highest daily number of gassed and burned during the extermination of Hungarian Jews. Were murdered 24,000 people per day.
Sightseeing of Kraków by electric bus with audio-guide system in 26 languages, or with a licensed guide in 6 languages.
Professional Guide to Auschwitz Museum in 6 languages. Individually tour only in English.
Transportation from anywhere in Warsaw directly to all locations on the tour route in the same car.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-4 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Sprinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose.
Upon arrival to Kraków you have the choice of either 1.5 hour tour on the Old Town and other districts of the city by electrical bus with audio-guide system (26 languages - You can choose from 6 languages as standard (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Polish) and 12 on special order (Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish). After the sightseeing we are going directly to the Auschwitz Museum, where a licensed guide guides you in a group of a dozen or so for about 2 hours in the camp in Auschwitz and Birkenau (6 languages). Individually tour only in English. If you are interested in individual exploring in any other language, subcharge is necessary (depending on the number of people). Tour in English are included in the price.
After completion of Cracow & Auschwitz Tour, our qualified driver-guide takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Kraków.
2. Kraków. Sightseeing of Kraków (1,5 hour) by electric bus with audio-guide (26 languages). Tour: Church of St. Adalbert, St. Mary's Church. Church of St. Cross, Juliusz Słowacki Theater, Florian's Gate, Barbican, Czartoryski Museum, Cloth Hall, Town Hall Tower, Franciscan Church, Wawel Castle, Piarist Church, Street of St. John, Church of St. John, Collegium Novum, Collegium Maius, Planty Park, remains of the ramparts of Kraków, Kazimierz Town Hall, Wolnica Square, Corpus Christi Church, Temple Synagogue, Old Synagogue, Popper Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue, Isaac Synagogue, New Square, Church of St. Catherine, Skałka, Church of the Holy Trinity, Gestapo Prison, Broad Street, River Vistula, Ghetto at Podgórz, Under the Eagle Pharmacy, Ghetto Heroes Square, History of the Ghetto and its inhabitants, O. Schindler Factory, walls of the Ghetto, Market Square of Podgórze, Church of St. Joseph.
3. Sightseeing of Kraków (1,5 hour) with licensed guide (6 languages).
Tour through the Old Town: Royal Road, Church of St. Florian, Julisz Słowacki Theater, Planty Park, remains of the ramparts of Kraków, Barbican, Florian's Gate and Street, Grodzka Street, Market Square, St. Mary's Church with an altar by Veit Stoss, Cloth Hall and National Gallery of Art, Church of St. Adalbert, Jagiellonian University.
4. Transit Kraków - Oświecim.
5. Auschwitz Museum .
Camp Gate with Arbeit Macht Frei inscription. Blocks 4 (doom exhibition - general information, model of gas chamber and crematorium, cans of Zyklon B). Block 5 (material evidence of crimes exhibition - human hair, suitcases, dentures, glasses, shoes). Block 6 (everyday life of prisoner - daily schedule, rations). Block 7 (living conditions of prisoners - toilets, washrooms, rooms with bunk beds). Block 11 (Death Block, cells in penalty bunker, cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe, penal standing, Wall of Death). Parade ground, gallows and place of death of Rudolf Hoess, crematorium I, Museum of Auschwitz II - Birkenau. Camp Gate with administration buildings of SS. Place of selection. Railway platform. Barracks in male section.
6. Transit Oświęcim - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 12 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Cracow is 300 km / 186 miles.
Distance between Cracow and Auschwitz is 70 km / 43 miles.
Distance between Auschwitz and Warsaw is 310 km / 193 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 3 hours 30 minutes.
Time of Kraków-Auschwitz Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.