This is the 2nd and scaryest Auschwitz camp...its a huge and flatter plane surrounded by trees at the end and a railway track that cross all it. Every few meters was a barrack so you can imagine how many of it could fill the area!!
The pic is taken from outside 50 meters away from the main entrance...the railway track crossed the entrance and prisoners got down into the camp and distribute or kill whatever nazis wanted it... in order to sex, age, and strength
Into the barrack.. most of them has a lot of pics former prisoners and beneath it when they got in and when they "got out"... mostly of them hold just for 3 or 4 months..i just saw one or two that stayed there for more than a year ! wow!!
Each barrack contains some stuff.. ones plates and pots, hair, suitcases, everything you can see there inside
I wasnt so affected for that maybe because i knew beforehand what was expecting there but some schoolgirls got out crying and dropping tears..well thats a point ..
Otherhand we found the jewish with their typical habits and im going to say it...really bad-mannered persons...its just an impression but they believe the owners jostling people, me my friends, while they walk on the streets or in the barrack entrances or stopping in fron of notice board while you was reading and doing it impossible to keep on reading.... 75 people clad in black coming all togehter... what are u gonna do, just bad mannered
Among two barracks there is the execution wall....listening guides we knew that sometimes before get out to the yard nazis killed prisoners in the previous room ...so it was just a game, just shoot the target!!
I tried to do something different, everybody looks the wall as the pic, I walked to the wall and turnaround and i tried to feel as someone who left just a seconds of life...bufffff its so scary its so weird and feelings are so intenses ...much more than a normal sight of the wall...believe me!!!
This is the famous letters in the entrance of Auschwitz 1st...everybody get crazy shooting pics here and the railway track, wire fences, lol
once cross this door you are into and start the tour around the barracks fit out to behold some scary or better weird and masochisitic stuff for some people...
This is the entrance to Auschwitz 1 (the first field once you arrive) for more information about how to arrive look in my Oswiecim tips page
After a large avenue amidst wire fences you will find in your left hand a building where there is some information about the camp and all that stuff full of tourist, students, sionist people not much polite, that is really crowded. Thats the place to book a guide, but dont spend your money because is really intuitive , just buy a tiny guide book with barracks information.
Once you get out walk ahead and you will enjoy the sight of barracks and high wire fences ..its quite impressive
Tipping etiquette in Poland can be confusing for foreigners. While in other civilised countries it´s normal to say thanks when a waiter collects the money, you´ll be horrified to learn that in Poland uttering the word thank you is the sign that you won´t be wanting any change back. This cultural slip-up can get very expensive. What´s more, the waiter will do his or her best to make you feel deeply embarrased if you try to get anything back after realising what happened. For the most part it is common to reward good service with a 10% tip once you have received your change.
Touts at the central bus staion offering to take you to places like Auschwitz.
These guys will offer you a trip in a car and then to pick you up , but the price you will pay will be very very expensive .
Fun Alternatives: Just go inside the bus station and catch the bus to Oswiecim , it really isnt expensive at all, and you will probably find yourself on a bus full of travellers doing exactly the same.
The bus stops just down the road from the Camp and picks up from there at regular intervals , so it is really easy to do .
AND MUCH CHEAPER THAN A PRIVATE CAR
There are 2 ways of getting to Auschwitz, you can take either the train or the bus. Taking the train won't face you with much problems, though it's slightly more inconvenient (19 zloty both way, plus a 3km walk).
Taking the bus can be more challenging, and local scams know about this. The bus is very cheap, about 9 zloty one way. However, scams will try to get you into their own busses. These are minibusses who offer some kind of full package tour (return fare and transport between both camps) but these cost you 60 to 120 zloty per person!
Don't fall for it, they will tell you there are no regular busses or that the bus has broken down, but usually one will shop-up though they can delay. Just look at the timetable in the busstation building. And remember that there are free shuttle busses between both camps anyways, tourguides are best to be arranged in Auschwitz itself. So just try to get a regular bus!
Unique Suggestions: If you take the deal, make sure they do whatever they promised you. A reason to pay extra may be that the bus is actually more convenient, let them show you the bus, and make sure to know when they leave, you might have to wait another hour.
outstanding catsle to visit. but you have to pay seperatly for the rooms you want to visit. ticket box on entrance ramp. cathedral ticket in a door way oposite the cathedral entrance.
Unique Suggestions: private apartment tour boring and not up to much.
There's people selling "designer" perfume at rock bottom prices in the Old Town.... but you wouldn't be stupid enough to buy it right?
Unique Suggestions: Throw the bottle away and curse yourself for being such a fool!
Fun Alternatives: Duty Free Shop!
If you need something to eat quickly there are lots of fast food outlets to choose from.Pizza,kebabs and burgers can all be bought in and around the old quarter.
Altho Florianska seems a bit commercialized,it is dissapointing to see a certain burger chain with its huge glass windows and bright illuminated sign so close to the Florian gate.In Grodzka a Pizza resturant was discreetly "hidden" in a building more fitting to it's surrounding architecture.
There are some places (too many) when filming or taking pictures is NOT allowed in Krakow. And not exclusively of military objects - are there any in a downtown? And even if you don't use flash (almost always forbidden in museum interiors).
The worst rules are at Wawel Hill in my opinion:
- filming and photographing the interior of objects (Cathedral, Castle) or exhibits requires the authorisation of the Director of the Royal Castle,
- the creation of films or photographs presenting objects of Wawel Hill (including architecture) for commercial purposes requires the authorisation of the Director of the Royal Castle.
Unique Suggestions: Do it secretly like me in "Wawel Lost" exhibition. Look at my picture: Kathy (Kodi01) was watching around :-))).
Shouldn't they put us in a jail for this picture?
Hmm... Kathy was in a jail in Poland, not so bad and great Polish food was served there as I know - better ask her personally : click here :-)))
Fun Alternatives: Ask for the authorisation of the Director of the Royal Castle or other museum - good luck! Warning: Polish beaurocracy is terrible.
It's said that there are a lot of handsome men in Krakow. I don't know. Kathy (Kodi01) from Dallas, Texas said that she saw a lot of handsome men in Krakow :-))) And coudn't they come to our VT-meeting? Is VT a woman thing or so?
Never mind, dear ladies, be careful. The man in Krakow are different - honest and sometimes not so honest (casual men), I must admit.
Unique Suggestions: If you are single: be careful and don't (never) make friends in streets, better do not accept food or drinks from strange men, notably alcohol.
If you are married: think about your poor husband first. Hehe isn't it called men's solidarity?
Fun Alternatives: None unless your are full blind or heterosexual man.
It's a real big tourist trap - you can meet him in Krakow from time to time (usually once a month in weekends, sometimes with other VT-er).
I do hope you will rate this tip as not helpful and not accurate i.e. 2x1 :-).
Unique Suggestions: Sorry, no way :-(.
Fun Alternatives: None! Forget it!
There a lot of pretty (very pretty) women walking around Krakow. Look at my picture - am I wrong?
You can meet them at night clubs, discos, pubs, restaurants, cafes around the old town as well. Usually they come with friends especially to less expensive, crowded places on Thursday (students living outside Krakow), Friday and Saturday evenings. Younger women quite often can speak English or/and German.
Unique Suggestions: If you are married: it maybe real tourist trap for you, go away ASAP or - depends on you and your real feelings :-)))
If you are single: hmm... good luck :-))), it maybe a must see activity for you and maybe good chance not to be single longer! Polish women are fantastic, believe me!!!
Fun Alternatives: None!
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