OświęcimOświęcim is a city in Lesser Poland Voivodeship in southern Poland.
The first record of the town dates to the 10th century. Originally, Germans and Poles inhabited the town. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Jewish population of Oświęcim began to grow and in a relatively short time Jews were in the majority.
By planeArriving at Kraków-Balice (55 km) or Katowice-Pyrzowice (70 km)
By carFrom Katowice (35 km), Kraków (60 km, route 780)
By trainThe Train station is located 2km west of the historical center of the town. However, it is located closer to Auschwitz-Birkenau locations.
By busBuses are frequent and cheap, if not totally reliable around the town, and particularly to the Auschwitz museum not far away.
On footOświecim is easily navigated on foot, as everything is close by.
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration campThe generic name given to the cluster of concentration, labour and extermination camps established by the Nazis during the Second World War. The camps have become a place of pilgrimage for survivors, their families and all who wish to travel to remember the Holocaust.
Oświęcim Castlephone: +48 33 842 44 27address: Zamkowa 1A medieval castle
Jewish cemeteryA Jewish cemetery dating back to the 18th century
phone: +48 33 844 70 02address: Plac Księdza Jana Skarbka 5Includes a museum about the former Jewish life in Oświęcim. Jews were for 150 years the majority in this town.
Oświęcim Market Squareaddress: Rynek Główny 2The market square is one of the oldest part of the town, dating back to the medieval times. It is surrounded by historical buildings, including the town hall, most dating to 19th century. There are a number of cafes and shops in the area.
Life Festival OświęcimMusic, theatre and art festival whose main concept is building peaceful relations between cultures. 2014 edition's line-up includes Eric Clapton, Soundgarden and Balkan Beat Box.
- Hotel Galicja, a bit pricy, but fancy cuisine. Dąbrowskiego Street.
phone: +48 33 842 28 69address: Jędrzeja Śniadeckiego 22BPizzeria. Good Italian style pizzas, reasonably prices. Sniadeckiego Street (by the town's Culture Center (OCK)).
phone: +48 33 843 25 47address: Powstańców Śląskich 29Very cheap, not overly friendly, but a wide variety to choose from when waiting for a train.
- Pub Kancelaria Caffe, Tea and drinks - is near synagogue temple and Castle. Place in Old Oświęcim town decor, with before WW2 photographs of town and people who lived in town.
Hotel GalicjaA short taxi ride from railway station and memorial.
- Kraków is an hour from Oświęcim by bus or train.