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Auschwitz

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Between June 1941 and January 1945 approximately one million men, women and children perished in the three Auschwitz concentration camps – Auschwitz itself, Birkenau and Monowitz – and their forty plus sub-camps. At its peak the whole complex of the Auschwitz death camp was a deadly prison to some 150,000 inmates that were being either murdered outright or starved and worked to death. Every year 1,400,000 visitors flock to Oswiecim, an industrial town of 45,000 people, to see Auschwitz. Nearly 30 million people have already visited the site of the notorious German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp.  It takes a minimum of an hour to explore Auschwitz, and you should allow another hour to visit the nearby Birkenau site called Auschwitz II. Individual visitors are free to see the Birkenau site (Auschwitz II) anytime during opening hours. Auschwitz itself...

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Krakow

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Krakow is Poland's third largest city, that said it leaves all the other Polish cities far behind when it comes to tourism. For centuries, Krakow acted as the royal capital and is therefore steeped in a wealth of Polish history.  Remarkably Krakow suffered no damage during the Second World War, resulting in the majority of its most beautiful medieval buildings and Renaissance architectural treasures remaining well preserved. With such a wealth of historical buildings, many exceptional museums and collections of art work numbering well over two million, you will not be disappointed or bored. A good base for day trips, lots of tourists choose to explore the area directly outside of Krakow, visiting attractions such as the salt mines at both Bochnia and Wieliczka, the ruined Royal Castle at Dobczyne, and of course the Site of the notorious German...

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