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Auschwitz is located roughly 60 km from Krakow. The Polish name is Oswiecim but is more commonly known by its German name, Auschwitz. It was a concentration camp originally meant for detaining Polish prisoners of war. The Nazis turned it into a concentration camp for the Jewish population as part of the "final solution" plan to rid the world of Jews and others they thought inferior to the German race. The tour continues at Auschwitz II (Birkenau) where you see the actual sleeping quarters as well as of remains of the crematoriums where the victims went to "shower".
A visit to Auschwitz is sobering and you leaves you feeling disturbed, but l believe it should be seen so we don't forget the past.
Tips on visiting: Only smaller bags and backpacks are allowed, so make sure to leave the bigger bags at home. You should also bring some water in plastic bottles with you as you spend a lot of time walking.